Crufts critique 2017

Many thanks to judge Alan Small for the speed of his critique-it’s appreciated!

Glen of Imaal Terriers.

My thanks to the Kennel Club for the invite to judge the Glen’s, and for the hospitality extended to us all. Not having judged the breed for a while I was looking forward to the day. I was not dissapointed, with some quality dogs to go over, so thanks for the lovely entry. The problem with beeing 3rd. in the ring was plainly obvious at the start of judging when dogs hoovered their way round the green beige !

Couple of points worth mentioning is the over all length of the Glen is important to give the correct balance to the breed. The length from withers to set on is only slightly longer than the height from wither to the ground and the top line from withers to the loin should rise slightly and be in a continuous line….not, I might add, be dipey or Dandyish. Only a couple of iffey bites present. Loved my winners and was quite shocked when I found my Res. CC bitch , from veteran, was the dam of my BOB winner. Type will out !

Special thanks to my two Ring Stewards, Jean Hay & Joyce Setterfield, who enjoured a long day with three breeds to cover, cheers ladies. To all, enjoy your dogs, I did.


Puppy Dog. 0.

Junior Dog. 2, 1 ab.

1st. Hardy’s, Amhard Lightening Flash, good headed wheaten dog, nice round eye & strong muzzle, correct bite, very good front with ample bone, pleasing body with strong quarters, hoovered his way round the ring.

Post Graduate Dog. 4.

1st. Samuel’s, Jeonty Yippe Kiaye, blue with pleasing  head & expression, nice eye, good front & bow with well padded feet, nice overall length & balance, correct top line with level rise to loin & good set on, in good coat and went well.

2nd. Smith’s, Romainville Bilbo Baggins, stong wheaten dog, very good head, correct round eye, good front & bow with slight turn out at pasterns, went with drive from strong quarters.

3rd. Dunning’s, Romainville Freddies Choice,  wheaten, happy dog with pleasing head, in good coat & lots to like about him.

Limit Dog. 5.

1st. Alstead’s, Golden Spurs, cracing brindle dog, loved his over all balance & top line, a typey dog with good head, correct bite, used his ears well which were neat & well set, good front with ample bone & correct turn out at pasterns, pleasing neck to well laid shoulders – good ribbed body with strong quarters, in good coat with nice muscle tone, moved & handled well to Res CC.

2nd. Hammington’s, Boudivella Osca, lovely headed wheaten with good skull & muzzle, nice round eye, correct bite, bit  whispy in coat, grand body & quarters with good set on, a good moving dog that went with drive.

3rd. Rogers, Gleann Dynamo Man at Jeonty, tidy blue dog, good head with well set ears, good eye, nice front & bow, good feet with black nails, pleasing body, nice overall balance, went well.

Open Dog. 7,  2 ab.

1st. Assinen’s, US/FI/DK Ch.Gleann Cotton Cody, FI W 17, well presened blue with lovly head & expression, best of ears that he used well, nice round eye & correct bite, pleasing front & bow with ample bone, well padded feet with correct turn out at pasterns, good neck to well laid shoulders, grand body & length with nice quarters, good muscle tone, pleasing in profile with correct rise to loin & well set tail, went like a dream moving true, put down to a T, well handled & pleased to award him the Dog CC.

2nd. Sage’s, Romainville Fast N’Furious at Wickholm, another nice blue, loved his head & expression, best of fronts with good bow & bone, bit longer cast than 1 & not the top line, in good coat, moved & handled well.

3rd. Varrela’s, Glenrosedale Buagh Ri Arthur Milo, good headed wheaten, nice round eye, pleasing front & bone, good feet with dark pigment, grand body & quarters, eventually got his act together & went well in this class.

Good Citizen Dog Scheme. Dog. 1.  1st. Alstead’s, Golden Spurs.

Veteran Bitch. 3.

1st. Sage’s, Jeonty Lola May at Wickholm, wheaten bitch of quality, nice feminine expression, round eye, correct mouth, well set ears, good front with ample bone, up on her pasterns with correct turn out, lovely body & length, pleasing profile with correct rise to loin & well set tail. Went well enjoying her day. Tidy bitch that was moved & handled well to Res Bitch CC. Learnt latter that she was the dam of the BOB winner. .

2nd. Blaenkner’s, Ger. CH. Fire & Ice Jazz, lovely wheaten bitch, full of type with similar attributes to 1, neat rose ears & lots to like about her & carries her crown well. Moved & handled well.

3rd. Samuel’s, Jeonty Red Clover, wheaten, another golden oldie who belies her years, pleasing expression, in good coat, went well.

Puppy Bitch.   3.

1st. Alstead’s, Sigrid Helga at Pantcottage, lovely blue puppy bitch, nice head & eye, correct bite, neat well set ears, nice neck to well laid shoulders, pleasing front & bow, in good coat, went well with head up & showing. Best Puppy.

2nd. George’s, Romainville Izzy Wizzy, lots to like about this blue bitch, bit dark at the moment, of nice length & profile, good feet & pads with black nails, head to come but time on her side, moved & handled well.

3rd. Tavernor’s, Romainville Sky Blue, lighter blue & the litter sister to Izzy, lovely head & ears, good bite, good body for age, carried a little weight.

Junior Bitch.   2.

1st. Sage’s, Wickholm Breaking Dawn, cracking wheaten bitch, good all round, type, balance & movement, lovely head & expression with nice round eye, good bite, lovely front & shoulders with ample bone, correct turn out at pasterns with well padded feet, nice neck, good in body with nice bend of stifle & good muscle tone, good in profile wit h rise to loin & good set on, in lovely coat & condition, went like a dream with clean movement both ways with drive from strong quarters. Well handled by her young handler to Bitch CC & BOB. Loved her to bits – well done.

2nd. Blaenkner’s, Fire & Ice Naomi, blue, pleasing head & expression, nice round eye, good muzzle & bite, not the front of 1, nice body & quarters, moved & handled well.

Post Graduate Bitch.   4,  1 ab.

1st. Roger’s, Jeonty Minnie Meme, pleasing head on this typey wheaten, nice round eye, good front & neck, good top line with rise to loin and good quarters, good feet, nice overall length & balance. Tidy bitch.

2nd. George & Sullivan’s, Romainville Razzamatazz, blue of nice type, good expression, nice front, good neck with pleasing overall length & balance, bit dipey in profile, moved & handled well.

3rd. Smith’s, Bendikes Fidelma, strong bitch, good head, ample bone, grand ribbed body with strong quarters.

Limit Bitch.   2,  1 ab.

1st. Hannington’s, Romainville Uptown Girl, nice balanced blue of good type with pleasing head, good muzzle & bite, well laid shoulders with good front & bow, pleasing body with correct rise to loin, moved & handled well.

Open Bitch.     6,  3 ab.

1st. Seall’s, Ch. Bregorrey Madam Defiance, nice blue of quality, pleasing head with well set ears, round eye, good muzzle & bite, good front & shoulders, nice crest of neck, grand ribbed body with correct top line with rise to loin, in good coat, carried a little excess on loin, went with drive from strong well muscled quarters. Moved & handled well.

2nd.Quarrie’s, Rhumsaamit Glen Maye at Quaywest , wheaten with good head & bone, nice round eye, good bite, strong well ribbed body of nice length, good set on, strong quartwrs which she used to give good drive, went well.

3rd. Blaenkner’s, Fire & Ice Liberty, not the expression of previous 2 but good in front & shoulders, pleasing body, in lovely coat. Went well.


Alan Small.



A new star arises!

It isn’t that often a ringside is in agreement but yesterday around the Glen of Imaal Terrier ring at Crufts, just before the finger was pointed for Best Bitch, there was an audible sense of people feeling a new star arising. Judge Alan Small picked up the psychic surge and there it was: Bitch CC Crufts 2017 to 14 month old Wickholm Breaking Dawn handled by 12 year old Emily Sage. Then it was Best of Breed over Gleann Cotton Cody who certainly wasn’t suffering from jet lag as he had flown in the day before. The two Reserves were Jeonty Lola May of Wickholm (dam of Breaking Dawn) and Golden Spurs. Best Puppy went to Sigrid Helga at Pantcottage.

There were the overseas visitors, there were the long distance drivers, there was the excellent Bring and Share with more stuff than ever before, there were the photographers and the admirers but the day belonged to Emily and “Lola’s Girl” Breaking Dawn. We were all very proud!

Many congratulations to all the above and all the first prize winners below


Crufts entries are open

March seems an awfully long way away but Crufts entries are now open. There is plenty of time until the closing postal entries (9th January) and even longer until online (23rd January) but take this as a reminder for the diary.

Glen of Imaal Terriers are on Thursday March 9th and will be 3rd in Ring 6 in Hall1. Alan Small will be the judge of the day

As Crufts was mentioned yesterday……

It’s a good time to remind people that Crufts entries close on January 4th (postal) or January 18th (online). Schedules can be downloaded and to exhibit at the show you must dog must have a Kennel Club registration number or an Authority To Compete (ATC) number.

The judges for Glen of Imaal Terriers over the next few years at Crufts are:-

2016 Bill Brown-Cole

2017 Alan Small

2018 Francis Kaye

2019 Jeff Horswell

None are Glen Specialists so it’ll be interesting to see what they do!

National Terrier Critique

National Terrier Club  Champ. Show.                                6th. April, 2013.

Glen of Imaal Terriers.

I was looking forward to judging the Glens next year, 2014, which would have been 20 years since I first awarded Green Stars at Fermoy C.C.  in 1994. I was bought forward due to Judy Averis  being ill. She had pulled a lovely entry of 38. We wish her well & a fast recovery.                                                                                                                                                                          I enjoyed my day & looking back over the years there is now a more balanced look to the breed. Type & temperaments were first class & I was continually washed throughout the day, perhaps it’s the beard!                                                               Couple of points worth mentioning , muscle tone is important & the hard muscle I would like to feel on the loins & quarters was sadly lacking in a lot of the exhibits. Coats could be cleaner, my hands, at the end of judging, were black. It doesn’t take much to present a nice clean exhibit.

Puppy Dog.    3.                                                                                                                                                                                                      1st. George & Sullivan’s, Rogame Alfie, wheaten with nice head, correct round eye, good mouth, pleasing front & bow with well padded feet, good body for age with strong well muscled quarters, went well.                                                                   2nd. Withers, Panjantick Star Trooper, strong wheaten with good head, nice eye, good muzzle & under jaw, plenty of substance, good body & quarters, arrived late but settled well.                                                                                                                3rd. Sage’s, RomainvilleFast N’Furious at Wickholm.

Junior Dog.    2,                                                                                                                                                                                                     1st. Roger’s, Bregorrey Wannabe Victory by Jeonty, typy blue youngster with grand head & good eye, correct mouth, good in front with nice bow & feet, pleasing ribbed body of nice length & rise to loin, nice bend of stifle with strong hams, correct double coat in lovely condition, went with drive & challenged well.                                                                         2nd. Squires, Bendikes Edward Bear, good headed brindle with neat ears, nice round eye, strong muzzle, good over all length with correct top line, moved & handled well.

Post Graduate Dog.    3, 1 ab.                                                                                                                                                                              1st. George & Sullivan’s, Romainville Billy Wizz, wheaten with lovely head & expression, nice kind eye, strong muzzle,  pleasing front & bow with terrific bone, strong well ribbed body, good quarters, in excellent double coat,  well shown & presented. moved well.                                                                                                                                                                                      2nd. Brown’s, Jeonty Dinky Doughnut, smaller dog but well balanced & typy, pleasing head & expression with good stop, lovely mover going true both ways, fit dog that went well.

Limit Dog.    5, 2 ab.                                                                                                                                                                                             1st. Hadley’s, Donvaleset Rebus, good strong headed blue with well set ears, correct mouth, strong muzzle, good front & bow, pleasing body of nice over all length & rise to loin, in correct double coat, moved & handled well.                                          2nd. Penny’s, Grizzlemarsh Digby, strong dog with nice head & eye, correct mouth, lots to like about him with pleasing body & quarters, in good coat, moved & handled well.                                                                                                                                     3rd. Welch’s, Romainville Brannigan at Brockland.

Open Dog.     7, 2 ab.                                                                                                                                                                                           1st. Garner’s, Ch. Johnny Be Good at Romainville, wheaten dog of lovely type & balance, grand head with correct round eye, good mouth, correct front & bow with ample bone, nice arch of neck of correct length leading to good ribbed body  with strong quarters, good in profile with nice over all length & correct top line with rise to loins, in excellent coat & condition, well presented , moved round the ring as if he owned it, loved him to bits & pleased to award him CC & BOB.      2nd. Welch’s, Ch/Int. Ch. Brockland Brayhead Lad, well known blue of quality, of lovely type & balance, pleasing head & expression, good mouth, good front & bone with nice over all length, good body & quarters, nice in profile, good coat & condition, a credit to his owner breeder ,  went well to Res. CC.                                                                                                          3rd. Ashcroft’s, Romainville Typhoon.

Minor Puppy Bitch.    2, 1 ab.                                                                                                                                                                               Roger’s, Jeonty Meme Fern, wheaten youngster in lovely coat & condition, nice head & expression with well set ears, strong muzzle, good front & bow with ample bone & good feet & turn out, lovely body for age with nice over all length, good in profile with rise to loin & good quarters, moved & handled well to Best Puppy.

Puppy Bitch.    1.                                                                                                                                                                                                 1st. Baldock’s, Ellerton Dusky Beauty, blue bitch of nice type with pleasing head , nice round eye & correct mouth, good in body presenting  a nice profile with good over all length & rise to loin, tidy puppy with lots to like about her, went well

Junior Bitch.    2, 1 ab.                                                                                                                                                                                         1st. Cockayne’s, Bregorrey Lady Belleisle, cracking blue of lovely type, nice feminine expression,  well set kind round eye, correct mouth, pleasing front & bow with good feet & turn out at pastern, nice neck to good body, well ribbed up with correct  top line rising to well muscled loin, nice bend of stifle with strong quarters which gave her excellent drive, in the best of coats & condition, moved & handled well to bitch CC.

Post Graduate Bitch.    3, 1 ab.                                                                                                                                                                              1st. Ashcroft’s, Romainville Moira, pretty wheaten bitch of nice type, pleasing head with good eye & correct mouth, nice over all balance with good body, ample bone & well padded feet, nice rise to loin, went well.                                                             2nd. Squires, Young May Moon, blue brindle with strong head, nice round eye, strong muzzle, good well ribbed body with good set on, moved & handled well.

Limit Bitch.    4, 1 ab.                                                                                                                                                                                            1st. Baldock’s, Jeonty Maybee Daysee, typy wheaten bitch with lovely head & expression, best of ears, nice round eye, correct  bite, good front & bow, well bodied up with strong quarters, nice over all length with rise to loins, moved & handled well to Res. CC.                                                                                                                                                                                     2ND. George & Sullivan’s, Romainville Lily, wheaten bitch of similar attributes, pleasing  head & expression with well set round eye, good mouth & muzzle, nice neck to well ribbed body, strong quarters, moved & handled well.                                  3rd. Penny’s, Panjantick Rosin.

Open Bitch.    5,  1 ab.                                                                                                                                                                                          1st. Sage’s, Jeonty Lola May at Wickholm, nice headed wheaten bitch in good double coat & condition, pleasing expression with good eye & correct mouth, strong bodied bitch with good bone, went with drive from strong quarters.            2nd. Withers, Romainville Aofe at Pajantick, smaller type in good double coat, pleasing out line with rise to loin, feminine expression with nice round eye & good ears, moved & handled well.                                                                                                       3rd. Whitehouse’s, Romailville Tigau.

Alan Small (Judge)                                        

National Terrier tomorrow

National Terrier, at Stafford Showground, has 36 Glen of Imaal Terriers entered for replacement judge Alan Small. The breed is scheduled after Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers so an after lunch judging time is anticipated.

Because of the pm start the EFG meeting will be held before judging. Why is there a meeting? It’s being called “Not the AGM” because, as the EFG isn’t KC registered yet, there isn’t any official need to have one but as it was 12 months ago the membership said preparation should formally begin towards recognition everybody is being updated on what has happened and what will be happening. Paperwork was sent out weeks ago but if you think you didn’t receive yours (or have put it somewhere safe) do drop Jean an email.