The October Kennel Journal is now online. One Glen of Imaal Terrier judge listed, Eileen Foy at Welsh Kennel Club 2019.
South Wales Kennel Association entries close today. The judge of Glen of Imaal Terriers is Eileen Foy and Terrier Day is Saturday October 10th
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Puppy Dog:1. George & Sullivan’s Romainville Billy Wizz, mature heavyweight wheaten pup. Good Head ears and expression. Well muscled but a little sloppy in hind movement as yet. Best Puppy
Post Graduate Dog:1. Holmes’ Bailielands BB Ben, blue dog with strong head, harsh coat, well muscled in good hard condition, lovely topline and tailset. Moved with drive and showed well. Would prefer a darker eye nevertheless Res CC.
Limit Dog:1. Welch’s Romainville Brannigan at Brockland, heavyweight wheaten dog. Good head but mouth level. Good harsh coat.
Open Dog:1. Garner’s Johnny Be Good at Romainville, smart heavyweight wheaten dog. Good head, powerful throughout. Harsh well presented coat. Moved with drive. BOB, CC. 2. Smith’s Romainville Bodhran heavyweight blue dog. Good head mouth could be better. Would benefit from more muscling over his loin to improve his topline. Moved and showed well.
Puppy Bitch:1. George’s Romainville Jean Genie, blue bitch with good head, dark eye and pigmentation. Moved with drive, showed well.
Post Graduate Bitch: 1. George & Sullivan’s Romainville Inki, blue quality bitch well balanced, good harsh coat. Moved and showed well. Res Best Bitch
Limit Bitch:1. Withers’ Romainville Aoife at Pajantick, wheaten bitch, neat head, good dark eye. Good spring of rib. Moved with reach and drive. Best Bitch. 2. George & Sullivan’s Romainville Lily quality feminine bitch. Sound throughout, just not as powerful in hind action as winner. 3. Sealey’s Grizzlemarsh Cassie, powerful yet feminine bitch. Well made and muscled but did not move with drive or reach.
Eileen S Foy (Judge)
Bath Championship Show is one of those weird “single ticket” affairs for Glen of Imaal Terriers. The one challenge certificate can go to either the dog or bitch best of sex and then the reserve CC can be awarded to either the opposite sex or the reserve to the CC winner. Judge Eileen Foy chose the dog Johnny Be Good at Romainville for the CC (another taking their first) and the reserve CC went to the reserve best dog Bailielands BB Ben. Best bitch was Romainville Aoife at Pajanticks & Reserve Best Bitch Romainville Inki
Bath Championship Show has released their entries and there are only 10 Glen of Imaal Terriers. Admittedly Bath has never been known as a favoured show for Glen people but the judge Eileen Foy is one of the most experienced people in the four terriers of Ireland-she first judged Glens way back in the early 1980s. There have been comments that the Southern shows don’t schedule the breed (Paignton removed classes due to lack of support) but entries like Bath’s do indicate why.
National Terrier entries close today. There are a full set of classes with Challenge Cerificates for Glen of Imaal Terriers and the judge is Eileen Foy. Eileen, with her long connection to Glens, is a good excuse to recount a small tale just for the people who like “the good old days”.
Eileen was the first judge to give a Glen of Imaal a Best In Show and it was so unusual that the dog papers covered it. Tom, wheaten and a showman, had been shown under quite a few judges in the north of England so was quite well known. One of the judges who had awarded him a Best of Breed was Peter Bakewell (the Birmingham National judge this year) & he offered his congratulations when seeing the news and passed the comment that “surely he must about have a Junior Warrant by now”. The fast reply was no…Glens don’t get Junior Warrants. Back then rare breeds could obtain Junior Warrants but they were very unusual as 25 firsts had to be won before the dog was nineteen months old. On returning home, just for interest, the diary was consulted, Peter realised more about Tom than I did. Two more firsts and Tom became the first and only Glen of Imaal Terrier able to write JW after his name.
Head shot of Aus. Ch. Malsville Man Alone JW
Two group placings and now, pause for fanfare, a Best In Show! Yes, you read that right and it is something that isn’t often read in Glendom. The Dunc (Amhard Damson Sauce and it has to be full name for SUCH an event) took Best In Show at Bury Sporting Terrier. Second pause for frantic clapping.
If Best In Show with a Glen isn’t an exactly common occurence it follows that a judge who has awarded it to a Glen of Imaal Terrier isn’t that common either. Eileen Foy, the replacement judge for National Terrier, can have that claim to fame twice; once at Manchester Sporting Terrier with Tom and once at Birmingham Gundog and Terrier with Bogglin.