Driffield critique

Apologises for the lateness of this-somehow or other it had disappeared, in effect, down the back of the computer.

DRIFFIELD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW. Thank you for entering, three well presented Glen of Imaal Terriers. Would like to see an improvement in handling as this will help the judge in their assessment.

PD & JD. 1 Alstead’s Golden Spurs, raw but promising puppy, a bit erratic on the move but this should come with training & maturity. Good expression & head, scissor bite with a strong jaw. Nice dark eye, correct ear placement, strong neck going into well placed shoulders. Good topline when he does stand well set tail, acceptable rearend. RBD.

OD. 1 Ashcroft’s Rominville Typhoon, really pleased to see this dog today, although the owners have improved their grooming please watch the amount of hair left on his face. Strong jaw with good bite, once settled moved well driving round the ring. BOB.

PB & JB (0).

OB. 1 Ashcroft’s Rominville Moira, very unsettled but nice bitch, coat just coming through, good topline, with a well angulated backend. Stood well in profile. BB.


Autumn approaches…

…but Glen of Imaal Terrier people are still out and about.

In Finland two back to back shows with a double BOB for Stiubhard Cutie Pie of Gleann and double BOS Stiubhard Artful Dodger at Gleann. Such a weekend was topped off by Gleann going Best Breeders group In Show on Day 1 and Terrier Group 4 on the second day. At the Copenhagen Winners BOB was awarded to McCormac Rathnait Kilraghts with Best Dog going to McCormac Setna Sithbacc.

In the UK at Driffield Romainville Typhoon took Best Dog again but this time got the nod for BOB. His kennelmate Romainville Moira was Best Opposite. Over in Ireland Abberann Phelan was BOB at Carlow with the Bitch Green Star going to Daulton’s Midnight Sky of Galore.

In America GCH Finnabair Ardmore Ned took his 14th Group 1 at a show in Montana. Emerald Isle’s Wild Irish Rose was BOB at Gig Harbour and Glentyrs Lady Isabella at Castlerock took the points at Chesapeake Virginia Dog fanciers.

Many congratulations to everybody!!

Darlington Championship Show critique

Glen of Imaal Terriers.

There aren’t a lot of exhibitors near to Darlington and I thank everybody who made the trip. In view of what one spectator said to me today “do you realise you actually scratched your head when looking at class X?” it is time to come clean; my conclusion of today is that there are no easy answers for Glen of Imaal Terriers at the minute. They are one of the greatest breeds that ever lived but at the moment appear to be at a crossroads where some things are stalling. One thing that isn’t though is the “health” that everybody now has to be so aware of whether judge, breeder or exhibitor. There was only one front that I considered extreme and two shorter (not super short) upper arms; both things the bane of many achondraplasic breeds. Eye colours were all acceptable, jaws and teeth continue to improve and without exception strength was apparent in both throughout the entry. These things certainly appear to have been cracked but what about the actual breed? Where are things going?

The Best of Breed was 10 years old and the Best Dog was coming up 7 and both were an out and out credit to Glendom but is that a sign of the longevity of the breed (talking to exhibitors afterwards it was nice to see the look of disbelief on a newer persons face when they realised how mature the top senior winners were) or a startling example that younger Glens aren’t really cutting the mustard that well? I’m fully aware that it’s the entry on the day, just my opinion etc. etc. but certain things should be the hallmark of Glen of Imaal Terriers and they were missing in sround 50%. All judges interpret a standard slightly differently and some things are considered more important to some than to others, it’s why exhibitors keep going month after month, but there are things that should be sacrosanct so where’s the bone? Where’s the movement? Where’s the all over musculature? Where’s the fitness? Those things, particularly the last three, aren’t rocket science whatever the level of expertise of the owner but in quite a few of the dogs today they just weren’t there.

A judge, once they have gone over a dog, should have a pretty sure idea of what to expect in movement. Moving is used to confirm what the hands (and eyes) have already found, apologises in using another analogy, it should be the icing on the cake and it’s up to exhibitors as to whether the judge sees Royal or just a bit of jam slapped on. On decently cut, reasonably flat ground with an overall collection of good back ends and rather decent fronts, with hardly any straighter angles, some of the movement was rather a surprise and it lifted the old-fashioned road walkers up into a different league.

That may have caused head scratching but ribs didn’t. Two strange things to bracket together perhaps but an apt example of “the crossroads”. Movement in Glens used to be King but the frames being carried around were often poor in the rib department; slab sided, short and shallow often being found. Today the slab was gone, the shortness was gone and it was ticks mainly all round in that department.

There were ears, thankfully none of those high flyers currently fashionable in some countries, there were toplines that were basically where they should be. Exhibitors know their dogs and don’t want the list of nice this, nice that and good the other. They want to know why a judge placed their dog where they did and why they were above or below a particular animal; my reasons are below.

PUPPY DOG: 1) Alstead’s Golden Spurs. He’s a baby and he’s raw. He walks well then he throws his front everywhere. He has a topline then he hasn’t. He can stand balanced then he doesn’t know the meaning of the word. He handles well and has all the essentials in one so young. To use an old-fashioned term-a prospect. RCC and congratulations to his owner on turning a brindle coat out so well.

JUNIOR DOG: 1) Golden Spurs.

LIMIT DOG: 1) Howarth’s Donvaleset Liffy at Arkview. A longer length dog that appeared even longer due to his full coat. Underneath it all was excellent bone right through with the right amount of substance (not the fat that many Glens carry). Excellent drive from well muscled quarters but quite short in front reach and flatly refused to settle.

OPEN DOG: 1) Ashcroft’s Romainville Typhoon. This is a Glen of Imaal Terrier dog. He was shown under me in 2012 and the critique said “this brindle dog is often hidden in the ring by an over heavy, over long coat but today he looked the business. His strong head, nice turn of front, good neck, typical topline, drive and balance just shouted. If his owners could just get it all together this dog could be like many of the Glens throughout the years; gets older and gets better”. He got the Reserve CC then and since that show has rarely been hidden by coat so his virtues can be seen and appreciated. His owners have worked really hard and now he only occasionally changes his weight and leans forward at the stand so flattening his topline. CC and congratulations on your first Champion.

VETERAN BITCH: 1) Seall’s Ch Brockland Belle Bregorrey. My notes say “she’s still got it” which was the thought as she walked into the ring. Bone in proportion to size, excellent reach and drive, head, topline, jaw, balance, shape, it’s still all there and she knows it. The package was topped off with a tight, tidy coat of correct texture. Best Veteran, CC and BOB despite the change of handler at one point!

POST GRADUATE BITCH: 1) Baldock’s Ellerton Dusty Beauty. This bitch just doesn’t match on the move what examination tells you. Good body proportions, decent topline, nice angles front and back are on the table but on the move it’s a different story; reach and drive are a bit short and she flattens her topline…oh and why should she stand balanced? Read her sire’s critique for 2012.

LIMIT BITCH: 1) Ashcroft’s Romainville Moira. A plain looking bitch with her coat only just coming through; she was a revelation. There was an excellent outline and proportion, nice bone, good legs, good angulation, a body with shape and she moved out well with good reach and drive. Res CC.

2) Seall’s Bregorrey Madam Defiance. A smaller feminine bitch rather swamped by excessive feathering. Like the Post Graduate winner she moves differently to what the table examination tells you. Beautiful body proportions, correct angles front and back but on the floor moves a little short despite excellent rear parallel drive. Her topline, which handled well, didn’t look good on the move. She is actually a text book example of what happens to a natural tail when the set on isn’t quite correct-the slightly higher position alters the angle of the croup on the move and up goes the topline.

3) Hannington’s Romainville Uptown Girl. This bitch was “sort of” there. Nice angulation behind, parallel drive but stands a little straight. Balanced body shape but prefers to be long. Has a topline but then hasn’t. The handler did a great job but more experience may help.

OPEN BITCH: 1) Seall’s Bregorrey Lady Belleisle. This bitch is a showdog rather than a Glen that is taken showing. She is eyecatching and moves with balanced rear and drive. For preference she should have a little more bone just had to have this class despite her awful coat which was why she went no further in the challenge.

2) Rogers Jeonty Meme Fern. Feminine bitch of good type, proportion and outline. On the table has literally everything going for her but yet another that unfortunately failed on the move.

3) Baldock’s Ch Jeonty Maybe Daysee. A bitch that is easy to see as to why she carries the Champion prefix but one more that doesn’t quite match up to table assessment. Well muscled and angulated behind but moved rather short in front despite her well balanced skeleton. A profuse coat and solid body shape didn’t do her any favours.

Harold Gay (Judge)



Busier than ever & noticed all over.

Darlington Championship Show saw another Champion Glen of Imaal Terrier crowned with Romainville Typhoon getting his 3rd CC. The Bitch CC, Best Veteran & BOB went to 10 year old Ch Brockland Belle Bregorrey. The two Reserves were Golden Spurs and Romainville Moira with Golden Spur also taking the Best Puppy rosette. At the Irish Breeds Championship Show a new star arose with Daultons Midnight Sky of Galore taking BIS4 to add to her BOB-Abberann Phelan took the Dog GS. The Irish Sporting Glen Club held their show with BIS being awarded to Knockroe Shannon & BOS to Ballyclare Luke. McCormac Setna Sithbac took a CAC in Sweden so earned his Swdish title. At the Benelux Winners at Rotterdam NL/LUX/VDH/B CH Laiquendi’s Jillian Giffith James was BOB with Madra Áthas Annowre Aobh an Solais was Best Bitch. Rosears Humpty Dumpty got the nod for Reserve Best in Show at the Danish Terrier Club Show. McCormac Rathnait Kilraghts was Best of Breed at Aarhus and shortlisted for the Group

In America GCH Finnabair Ardmore took his 3rd Group One in a row with a nod to the top spot at the Utah Terrier Club Show and at Cape Cod GCH Abberann Abaigael was Group 3 OwnerHandler. The fabulously named Licking River Kennel Club saw GCH Emerald Isle Sweet Molly Malone with the BOB ribbon. It wasn’t only the exhibition ring that saw triumphant Glen of Imaal Terriers. Jo Lynn took her team Barn Hunting and earned numerous titles including actually getting placed!!

Fabulous, fabulous few days and well done everybody!!

Crufts critique

Glen of Imaal Terriers

PGD:1 Sage’s Romainville Fast N’Furious at Wickholm, balanced overall, pale blown coat, fair head, scissor bite, good front & rear, moved soundly;2 Squires’ Bendikes Edward Bear, brindle, good head proportions, good front & rear angulations, erratic movement;3 Fraser’s Kirikee Celtic Warrior.

LD:1 George & Sullivan’s Romainville Billy Wizz, wheaten, masculine head with strong muzzle, good front & rear, well muscled, moved well. RCC; 2 O’Hanlon & Montford’s Pajantick Jimmy Mack, very gangly as a puppy but rest of body has caught up, fair front, a little straight in the rear stifle & moved OK.

OD:1 Ashcroft’s Romainville Typhoon, mature top size brindle, broad head, strong muzzle, ears small & well placed. Good front angulations into a well laid shoulder. Well proportioned with excellent bone, new coat. Well angulated behind, he strode out well. CC & BOB; 2 Hadley’s Donvaleset Rebus, a masculine blue dog, ears are small & well placed. Mouth is scissor. Moderate neck into a well placed shoulder, good front & rear angulation, old coat with the new one coming through. Movement is sound; 3 Quinn’s Kirkee Ronan O’Gara.

PGB:1 Hannington’s Romainville Uptown Girl, brindle, feminine head & expression, correct head with good bite, good front & rear angulation, balanced body shape with good topline giving sound movement. CC; 2 George & Sullivan’s Romainville Jean Genie, blue, very feminine bitch, the mouth is a correct scissor. She presents well when viewed from the front, the shoulder is well laid, her proportions are good, as are her front & rear angulation. Coat is correct, but her movement let her down;3 Baldock’s Ellerton Dusky Beauty.

LB:1 George & Sullivan’s Romainville Ellie Wheaten, neat balanced bitch, good head with correct bite, good body shape & moved OK, patchy coat; 2 Sutton’s Poachsmoon Sissy Mcginty, wheaten, good head & ears, correct bite, good overall balance, moved OK, on the small side;3 Seall’s Bregorrey Lady Belleisle.

OB: 1 Varrela’s Glenrosedale Aiobheann Nion, brindle, feminine head, good bite, balanced body, good front & rear angles allowing sound movement. RCC; 2 Harley’s Ch Donvaleset Brier, strong bitch. Good ear placement & carriage. Scissor bite. Front & rear angulations is very good. Well boned, lots of coat. Stands well, however a bit too much weight; 3 Baldock’s Ch Jeonty Maybe Daysee.


It’s the Monday after Crufts!

As Glen of Imaal Terriers were at Crufts on Friday the results are already known but putting photographs up from ringside wasn’t possible! Not every Glen owners attention was at Crufts with Laura Trainor being busy putting more titles on Niamh with obtaining her Masters Agility and Master Jumpers preferred titles. Noreen O’Moore was spreading the breed word at an Irish Breeds Festival and a new “baby star” was born when Abberann Phelan took Best In Show at Thurles Open Show.

We’re being a bit flash this year with a video of the Best of Breed runoff between the Best Dog & Best Bitch. Ruth Ashford was interviewed just after her win.

Irish Breeds Festival

So as it’s Monday….

…what have Glen of Imaal Terriers been doing?

Belatedly from last weekend the two Irish International Shows. On Saturday Green Star Dog was Abberran Karl with Green Star Bitch and Best of Breed to PoachersMoon Sissy McGinty. Sunday was a repeat of the Dog GS but BOB (and Bitch GS) was Abberan Enya. This weekend had Laiquendi’s Jillian Griffith James Best of Breed at Dortmund and so becoming a European Champion. At South Wales Kennel Association Best of Breed was awarded to Bregorrey Madam Defiance with Romainville Typhoon taking the Dog Challenge Certificate and Best Puppy Romainville Rock On Ruby.

Monique Anthony writes news of the fabulous (nearly 14 years old) Oliver:- Oliver had fun today at a Barn Hunt trial in Portland, CT. He was in the Senior class and had 3½ minutes to locate 4 tubes containing live rats hiddenin hay bales. With bales piled 3 levels high, 3 dirty litter tubes (without rats) to trick up the dogs, and many hiding locations, it was a very challenging course. He had already qualified twice in this class at trials a month ago. He ran round finding rat after rat after rat and qualified for the 3rd time earning his Senior Barn Hunt Title. There is a possibility he is only the 2nd dog in the country to earn the RATS title but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Congratulations to everybody!