GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIERS
My first time of giving tickets, a daunting prospect when one competes with others on a regular basis. The thoughts that one has to make comments on the dogs you see many times over the years. However, thanks has to go to South Wales Kennel Association for giving me the opportunity and to the exhibitors for the entries.
Firstly a pleasing line up; hands on reveals things you cannot see from the ringside. The dogs on the whole were okay. Mouths much improved. Where is the condition going? We know road walking is not always easy but whilst some have great strength on the back end the fronts need more attention – some power needs to come through. We need to watch our breeding, look at what is out there and think, too long, too low, taller?, The dogs varying but on the whole proved again each one had its good points. The bitches had a good line up, many will be of breed able age soon. Look around before you decide. We need better heads, Tails, again watch what is being produced, this will run for a while as we have not got that overall view yet finalised on what tails should be. They differ quite a lot and it seemed best to overlook those present, though on balance most were alright. We just need to monitor in our minds what we want. I have lived with tails for longer than most and accept them but there is still a preference, but that is another subject.
Coats varied a great deal, stripping for some brought the subject of, this show, Xmas show, they were all tidy and whether been stripped and new coat showing through or coat in excellent condition they were clean and a pleasure to go over, thank you.
Puppy Dog/Junior Dog No entries
PGD (1) 1st: Pajantick Star Trooper, everything to like about this 17month youngster. Head of width and good muzzle, excellent bite, dark eye of kind expression. Depth of rib, bend of stifle and sufficient muscle tone .Has a lot of promise when matures out, still young yet. Moved slightly close behind but much improved on the challenge with better drive. Having a lively presence, enjoying his day so earning him RCC.
LD (1)1st Romainville Billy Wizz, Overall conformation good with adequate angulation, well ribbed. Nice dark eye, mouth sufficient, good ear carriage. Moved well both ways with drive. Decent coat with texture. He has much to give.
OD (3) 1 abs. 1st Romainville Typhoon. Nearly 6yrs old and proving Glens do improve with age. Now coming into his best with good hard coat condition and texture. Overall body carrying strength and muscle, moving well both out and back. Head of strength, good back skull and keen eye. Nice turn of stifle, good second thigh, deserved DCC. He just now needs to get that enthusiasm to take him further, he could learn a lot from the following dog.
2nd Ch Johnny Be Good at Romainville. So much to like about this Glen and so much showmanship for the breed. Presented in excellent coat, balanced, top condition, excellent in profile, beautiful nature and quite a promoter for the glens. However, standing today against a dog of quality just lost out in head. He will still capture many hearts. His young handler brought the showmanship out in presentation and movement, so well done, keep it up.
VD(1) 1st Ch/Int Ch Brockland Brayhead Lad. Admired this dog for a long time. Again lots to like, well balanced, good coat. General muscle tone very good, depth of rib and well rear muscles. Just starting to show his years against his younger rivals. Another glen who has represented the breed so well & can still give a good account of himself. We need the older dogs in the ring, they give a lot to the breed and deserve their place in the honours. Still giving many younger Glens a run for their money.
PB (1)1st Romainville Rock on Ruby. 11months and stood alone. Did enough to take BP but for me longer in body and already looking rangy in height. However, coat in condition, presented well. Needs time now for head to come on. Good angulation, well bodied, moved well though slightly haywire at times.
JB(1)1st Ellerton Dusky Beauty. Ratio of body and length good. Good solid head with great expression and good teeth and jaw. Ears need to settle. Eyes dark giving a keen expression. Did not settle too well on the move but when she did, she moved with positive drive. Coat not at the best and obviously took points away. She could follow in her father’s footsteps has that promise.
PGB(2) 1st Romainville Moira. Excellent coat type, good mouth. Front perhaps fine of bone, needing more muscle. Slightly straight in back end. Good depth of chest, sufficient head and good eye. Again a bitch that is improving with age and maturity.
LB(2) 1st Bregorrey Madam Defiance. Real harsh coat in top condition, good topline. Movement excellent with drive and purpose and has that air of presence. Head, muzzle, eyes, good and very feminine expression. Hands on giving that feel of good hard solid muscle tone throughout. Smaller bitch with excellent type and lots to offer. A bright future. Happy to award BCC and BOB.
2nd Romainville Ellie. Beaten on coat by one though still a good coat of quality coming through. Moving okay with plenty of drive. Head good, nice dark eye, good dentition, and excellent muscle. Went on to win challenge for RCC, a very close decision here in a very good line up of bitches.
OB (4) 2 abs. 1st Bregorrey Lady Belleisle. Lovely head and expression, great coat. Front movement better and flowed round the ring. Very flashy bitch which carries a lot of Glens through but lacks that overall hard tone and muscle at the present time. Needs to mature and gain the substance of her sister. They will change places often.
2nd Romainville Aoife at Pajantick. Lost to No1 on movement. Coat excellent, adequate head with kind eye expression.. Conformation good with rise over loin and well balanced hindquarters. Again another quality bitch and so on another day.