Darlington-TAKE NOTE!

Darlington Championship Show online entries don’t close until August 6th but note the following:

Entries made during the extended period (after noon 30 July to noon 6 August), will cost £27 so you have until midday today to get your entry in at the £25.00 rate.

Terrier Day is Friday 13th September and Glen of Imaal Terriers will be judged by Jeff Luscott.



Companion Show-EFG style

Okay we all know it was wet last Saturday, so wet that some people rang up to see if everything was still going ahead, but the EFG Companion Show was a triumph of joined up thinking and huge thanks must be recorded to the judges, Jeff & Amanda Luscott  for good-humouredly and with obvious enjoyment “going with the flow”.

Jeff may have judged all over the world but we are laying odds that he has never performed under such a variety of tents, umbrellas and even under a judging table (it  kept the rain off). The Puppy Walk and Puppy Class entrants were obviously a bit bewildered about what was going on but every owner made a point of saying how good the judge was with them. And even before judging started, as everyboody shared the biggest tent, Jeff did a brilliant greeters job; if he ever wants a reference for front door work at McDonalds we will be honoured to give it. In a day of torrential rain somehow or other Amanda managed to do all of her judging in the only dry period, the rain starting once more as she finished. Impressive connections with the Weather God, can we have you again please!

And it was…..

WET! For the very first time the Companion Show & FUNDay was not smiled on by the Weather God but still people came. They came with umbrellas, wellies and all-terrain sandals so the water could flow through. They came in poncho’s, cagoules and barbours. They huddled together under any shelter and stood together out in the pouring rain debating whether it was raining quite as hard as it was ten minutes ago. (It usually was).

First impressions from the day: A Glen of Imaal Terrier doing his Good Citizens beautifully but only on a stand-no way was he going to sit in the wet. A teenage Glen owner practising and practising with her girl and it paid off; the Certificate was hers. Judge Jeff Luscott striding around the outdoor ring carrying & waving the arm of a giant Tigger being auctioned. Sausages and bacon being cooked under a gazebo as the rain poured down. The spontaneous round of applause after a bogged down van was driven out after a change of driver. The disbelieving thanks from the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf person who sold more goods than they had at a recent good weather event. The Womans Institute doyen who, on leaving, left compliments on the standard of the cakes.

Despite the rain everything says “we did good” which was as it should be considering the work that has been put in….over the last 15 years. Yes it was 1996 that the EFG came into being and on Saturday evening a rather magnificent creation was  shared out.

How about that for a cake!

Birmingham National 2011 Critique

Thank you to Birmingham National for the invitation & the exhibitors for the entry, it was good to be amongst Glen of Imaal Terrier folk again. After judging the breed in Finland, with 31 present, and the US Nationals with 12 Champions present it seems the UK is sadly lacking now the overall qualities of the ones I judged at these shows. We seem to have lost the consistency in type, balance & shape. Short upper arms seem to be a feature which gives exaggerated rise to the topline. Width of skull needs some attention as good width is called for.

Where are the lovely bitches that are the foundation of any breed? With the freedom of the Pets Passport maybe consideration should be given to trips abroad to help in future breeding programmes. I know it is always a problem with a small gene pool but Glens are a lovely honest breed with enthusiastic owners who give good support & atmosphere to shows. It would be great to see a quality future generation coming along. I wish you well in future progress.

PD. 1) Quinn’s Kirikee Ronan O’Gara. Impressive strong & well built youngster with good skull, shape & balance. He has the size, skull & head width, eye & earset. Developing well in front, chest & body with the muscle of topline & quarters. He moves easily & is very promising, should have a good career. Best Puppy.

PGD. 1) Hardy’s Amhard Freebooter. This boy has the head with the balance to body & he carries good angles in the rear. Developing well in chest & muscle, not the bone of two but good ground cover on the move, with more finish to come in coat. 2) Welch’s Romainville Brannigan at Brockland.  Good, strongly built wheaten boy going through a growth stage at present, not quite the angles in front. Has head & jaw strength, with solidly muscled rear quarters, needs to balance in topline to improve the image. He can move & has the drive. 3) Horton’s Jeonty Highland Boy.

LD. 1) Rogers’ Jeonty Wanabee Bauer. Won an interesting class on the move. He has topline, front & shoulder angles, would prefer more width in the head but may come as he matures. He is strong in muscle, has the movement front & rear with the balance held well, pleasing coat cover and power finish the picture. 2) Ashcroft’s Romainville Typhoon. Great head and ear on this lad, he has the balance in front & rear, chest body & rib but not quite the rise in topline required. He has great muscled quarters & pushed all the way. 3) Hadley’s Donvaleset Rebus

OD. 1) Smith’s Romainville Bodhran. Really impressed with his strong balance & powerful frame, he has the bone, good overall outline & shape. Comes with width and strength in head & jaw, his body is developed, he has enoght coat & was going well on the move showing his hunting instincts to take the CC and BOB today. 2) Hardy’s Amhard Damson Sauce.  Great in type this honest dog has the bone, muscle & head proportions, he comes in good coat & shape. I liked his strength in rear quarters & muscle tone, just not quite the attitude & oomph on the move to push one harder for the decision. Res CC.

JB. 1) Rogers’ Winnie Wanna Make Music By Jeonty. Lovely youngster with good overall balance & size. She has good action, with the front & rear angles, carries herself well standing & on the move. She has the development coming through in chest & body with excellent muscle on the rear quarters. She has topline & coat coming through, will be interesting to watch her future progress. Felt she had enough qualities for the CC today.

PGB. 1) Whitehouse & McBrine Romainville Tegan. This wheaten girl has the shape on the move, she’s sturdy with the power & body, nice topline, good rear quarters but not quite the angles in front at this stage. Coat is okay & was a solid girl to go over. Res CC.  2) Hadley’s Donvaleset Domino.  Pleasing head, muscle & balance, she has nice quarters front & rear. Has the overall outline, good coat cover & style on the move, strong jaw & neck would let her work well, interesting to go over.

OB. 1) Whitehouse & McBrine Romainville Tegan.

Jeff Luscott (Judge)

Birmingham National Results

Birmingham National Championship Show took place on Saturday 7th and judge Jeff Luscott set two new Glen of Imaal Terriers on the Champion path. Romainville Bodhran (Defender Boy of Knockroe/Romainville Guess Who) took the Dog CC and Best of Breed. “Declan” is four and a half and, being a resident of Guernsey, is one of our more travelled UK Glens. The Bitch CC was awarded to our youngest winner ever when the nod went to 12 months old Winnie Wanna Make Music By Jeonty (Johnny Be Good at Romainville/Jeonty Red Clover). The two Reserves were Amhard Damson Sauce and Romainville Tigan. Best Puppy, and looking nice in the Group, was Kirikee Ronan O’Gara.

The last biggie

There are many countries that have a last “big show” to finish off the year but the biggie of the bunch that gets most international coverage is the Eukanuba Invitational and World Challenge from Long Beach California. The entry is up for Glen of Imaal Terriers (judge Jeff Luscott) and he has 4 dogs and 7 bitches to run the eye over