A few words from Belfast

The judge of Glen of Imaal Terriers at Belfast has sent the following; there will be a critique later.

I was very honoured judging glens in the country of origin. I have  Judged the breed for many years and was looking forward to see the breed in Ireland.

I judged 9 dogs and they were very mixed in type. Although it’s a shortlegged breed with a deep chest, I judged some dogs which were too short on legs and too heavy in body. These dogs are not always good movers and the glen is a working breed and they should move with drive.

Some dogs were too high on legs and missed substance and that is not correct as well. I was pleased with the fronts and many dogs had a level topline. Head need attention. Some dogs were too narrow in skull and too weak in muzzle. I was pleased with some fronts and many moved with drive. I only had one dog with wrong ears. Breeders must pay attention to the coat. Not all dogs had a double harsh coat. But…….I loved all dogs a lot because they were so disciplined and friendly in the ring that it was a joy to judge them

Hans van den Berg

Belfast critique

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Puppy Dog No Entries.

Junior Dog (2).

1. Richards, Ballyclare Jerry, a strong masculine dog, up to size, head balanced of good width, defined stop, strong jaw, level bite, nice shoulders, well sprung ribs, strong loin, muscular hindquarters.

2. Perrie & Campbell, Poachersmoon Angus Mag Og, nice size, typey head, ok in ribs and body. Needs more confidence in the ring.

Post Graduate Dog No Entries.

Limit Dog (2 – 1a).

1. Rogers, Bregorrey Wannabe Victory By Jeonty, a soundly made dog of good type, good head and eye, well placed shoulders, good forequarters, and good ribs, nicely made body, strong loin, and good hindquarters. I have seen this dog move and perform better unfortunately his handler held him back today. Res. C.C.

Open Dog (1).

1. White’s, IR CH Abberann Karl, good type, good masculine head, and dark eye, well set ears, muscular neck, good shoulders and forequarters, and well sprung ribs, good body, strong loin, good, muscular hindquarters. Good outline and well balanced. Moved well with good driving free movement. CC and Best of Breed.

Puppy Bitch No Entries.

Junior Bitch (2).

1. Rogers, Jeonty Meme Fern, a soundly made bitch of good type, outline and overall balance. Good head, eye and expression, well set ears, strong jaw, good shoulders, front and forequarters, good ribs and body, good hindquarters. Moved with drive and showed well. C.C.

2. Richards, Romanville Cinders N Ashes, a nicely made bitch, very typical, nice head, ok in ribs and body, good hindquarters, a steady free mover.

Post Graduate Bitch No Entries.

Limit Bitch No Entries.

Open Bitch (2).

1. Sutton’s, IR CH Bailielands Leanbh Orga, nice size good outline and well balanced. Good head, neck and shoulders, well sprung ribs, lovely body, strong loin, good hindquarters, Moved and showed well.

2. White’s, CH/IR CH Abberann Ennya (CJW 07 CW 07 AN CH 11), nice size, good type, good head, nice shoulders, unfortunately caring to much weight today, which made her lethargic on the move.

Judge; Peter E. Bakewell.

Also over the weekend

Glen of Imaal Terriers, and their owners, were getting out and about. At Belfast Championship Show Best of Breed was awarded to Ir/Ch Abberann Ennya with the Dog Ticket going to Int Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad. The two Reserve CCs went to Ch Brockland Belle Bregorrey and Romainville Brannigan at Brockland.

In America  GCH Finnabair Song O’My Heart had back to back Group 4s at Jacksonville Dog Fanciers’ Association and GCH Liberty’s Darren of Daulton was also Gp4 at Monroe, Michigan. At the Terrier Club of Michigan GCH Cill Dara’s Fergus of Daulton was Best of Breed.

And in the brains and beauty league more from the USA.

“A fine weekend for Coursing Ability Tests in Hollister (CA) – 3 tests sponsored by the Basenji Club of Northern California and a rare Sunday afternoon test by the Monterey Bay Coursing Association. Saturday runs opened in a cold morning fog which burned off late morning and finished in mid-70s sunshine for the afternoon. Sunday was clear and temperatures climbed quickly, but never reached the predicted 90 degrees (unlike Livermore which hit around 102F).

Quinn (now unofficially Caatskill’s Mighty Quinn JE CA) ran his first four CATs and qualified in each, giving him the Coursing Ability title and one leg toward Coursing Ability Advanced (CAA). Molly (Ch Maille of Cnoc JE RN CA)had two Qs going into the weekend and earned two more for her title and a start on CAA.”

Well done everybody!


Belfast Championship Show saw Multi Ch Abberann Conan take a repeat CC from judge Alan Small, Best of Breed and for the second year running Group 4. Well done to Homer but as the Group Judge (and the appointed Crufts 2013 judge) Nick Hammond had already awarded him the CC at Belfast 2009 Glen people did think there quite possibly would be, at least, a shortlisting for the Glen of Imaal Terrier. The Bitch CC went to Winnie Wanna Make Music By Jeonty with the two Reserves to Abberann Torcan and Ch Abberann Ennya. Winni getting the CC means there are now three bitches waiting that elusive third and they couldn’t be more different animals; young Winni at not yet 18 months, Muffin (Jeonty Maybee Daysee)  coming up to three and a half and Tierney (Brockland Belle Bregorrey) not far short of Veteran. Interesting few shows ahead!

Not often news from Canada but Toronto had an Irish Breeds Show and Sean Delmar was over to judge. Best of Breed was Ch Finnabair Rocket’s Red Glare. If you look at the BOB special award that Sean is holding it’s the aforementioned Homer.