Leeds critique


I was rather worried that I might not be able to award the CCs when, in advance of the show, I saw the small number of dogs entered – only 9. In the event I needn’t have worried. The quality of the top winners was very good indeed.

OD (2)

1. Alstead’s Ch Golden Spurs, though he could be better in eye colour, he scored very much in head and expression over 2 and was more typey in a number of ways. Moved better behind than in front. Very good coat with the correct textures of both top coat and undercoat. Enough bone and correct set-on and carriage of tail. Plenty of body substance and well muscled. DCC.

2.Hannington’s Boudivella Oscar, Good in skull but not quite the typical head and expression of 1. Moved out well behind, better there than in front, and was correct in typical topline. Needs a bit more coat to complete the picture. RDCC

JB (2)

1. Forbes’ Jeonty Dreams a Dream with Karensbrae, very typical in outline and moved around the ring very smartly. Moved well behind and in front as well, and had correct ears. Good width of skull and enough strength of foreface, Coat could be better. OK for size and good bone and correct body proportions. Well muscled behind. A very promising youngster which went on to win the RBCC

2. Tobijanski and Tobijanski’s Jeonty Glynis Making Magic for Zippor. Not showing to good advantage and seemed a bit scared of the wind and weather, needing more ring confidence. Good body and enough bone. Could move better but this was perhaps because she was just not happy in this ring and in this weather.


A difficult class. (3)

1. Hannington’s Boudivella Tegan, scored in head type body shape and coat over the others but was not good in forequarters or front movement. Moved well enough behind however with enthusiasm. OK in spring of rib and had plenty of bone.

2 James& O’brien’s Amhard Jessie Jay, good in topline but quite long in body as compared to height, not so good in eye and expression as winner. Moved better behind than 3 and was of better size also.

3. Quarrie’s Rhumsaamist Glen Elfin at Quaywest.

OB (2)

1. Alstead’s Ch Sigrid Helga at Pantcottage, quite a smart bitch when she decides to show herself off to best advantage. Better for size than 2, and better in front as well. Pleasing in head and expression, Better eye than 2. Typical topline, which is where I think she scored over the dog for BOB. Plenty of substance but at the same time not too big. I thought that she had much type and quality and was pleased to award her BCC and BOB.

2. Quarrie’s Rhumsaamist Glen Maye at Quaywest, good coat for texture and quantity. Good head properties and correct width of skull. Moved OK behind. Biggish and rather over the desired 14 inch maximum

Judge Ronnie Irving

Bath critique


Glen of Imaal Terriers

My thanks to the exhibitors who had come. This was quite a difficult entry to judge with four absentees & therefore only three dogs & seven bitches present. There was quite a variation in type, size & head properties among those present. I was disappointed to see a number with somewhat narrower skulls than is required & some with very little stop.

PD (0).

JD (1) 1 Alstead’s Golden Spurs, an upstanding dog who strode out well moving around the ring, though he was however just a shade close behind when seen coming & going. Good strong bone. Excellent head. Could be slightly darker in eye. Correct ears. Good topline & tailset & pretty good in typical coat. Shown in excellent condition with plenty of muscle. His type carried him through to win RCC.

PGD (0).

LD (2) A.

OD (3,1a) 1 George & Sullivan’s Romainville Billy Whizz, very strong dog with a good head & skull with enough stop & powerful muzzle. Good eye & correct ears. Stands extremely well with plenty of bone & is well proportioned. Good compact feet. Moved out well behind. Coat not at its best either on body or head but he was a powerful dog who showed well & had good strength & substance. Went on to win CC & BOB;

2 Hadleys’ Donvaleset Rebus, not in the best of coats & a bit lacking in furnishings. Good in skull & has enough body & bone & had enough rib without being overdone there. Moved a bit close behind & was somewhat erratic in front movement at times.

PB (1)1 O’Brien & James’ Amhard Jessie Jay, the only puppy present. OK in head properties though a slightly bigger eye would improve her expression. Good strong skull. Good in neck & topline & enough bone. Not in the best of coats & could do with just a shade less weight but still a puppy. Can move OK but was reluctant to get properly into her stride. Needs more ring training.

JB (0).

PGB (1) 1 George & Sullivan’s Romainville Fade To Grey, scored well in neck, body, topline & tailset & was very good moving – one of the soundest here, but didn’t have quite the strength of muzzle, width of skull or sufficiency of stop to complete the head picture. Good topline & correct spring of rib.

LB (4)1 George & Sullivan’s Romainville Rock On Ruby, rather a tall bitch who was lacking in coat quantity & texture today. Scored for movement over 2 both in front & behind. Strongly made & showing great power & propulsion & drive. Plenty of depth & plenty of bone & good feet & good width of skull RCC;

2 Seall’s Bregorrey Madam Defiance, a very typy bitch who was good in topline, correct for size though could have had just a shade more body substance. Good for coat but didn’t move as well as 1 in front or behind;

3 Hannington’s Romainville Uptown Girl.

OB (2,1)1 Seall’s Bregorrey Lady Belleisle, quite pleasing in head & expression though doesn’t always carry one of her ears correctly. She moved soundly both in front & behind. Enough spring of rib without being overdone there & OK in topline & overall body proportions. She was shown with fit body & muscletone. Good bone & enough bend of stifle. CC.


And over Whit weekend……

…here in the UK a new Glen of Imaal Terrier joined the ranks of the Upper House when Bregorrey Lady Belleisle took the Bitch CC at Bath Championship Show under judge Ronnie Irving. She had to bow the paw to the (previous) latest Champion Romainville Billy Whizz who took the CC and BOB but I’m sure it wasn’t minded. The two Reserves were Romainville Rock On Ruby and Golden Spurs. Best Puppy was awarded to Amhard Jessie Jay

At the Helsinki International Show Gleann Una Noonan took Best of Breed, BOS Gleann Ungus MacGuire and Gleann Dynamite Mike Best Puppy. Over in America GCH Daulton’s Emerald Green took BOB at Holland (Michigan) Kennel Club and at Grand RapidsAt Trumbull County KC weekend,the BOB ribbon went home with Tipperary Columbo and Tipperary Cora Countess of Grantham took Number 2 in the Bred By Group. Ber-D-Mar Ballygriffin of Greystone Griff on his way to Gp4did his brains and beauty routine very successfully at Walton Beach with a Qualifier in Rally Excellent and a Group 4 in owner Handled.

Many congratulations folks!

From the Kennel Club!!

Chairmanship of the Kennel Club


It has now been my privilege to hold the office of Chairman of the Kennel Club for nine years. For some time I have privately been considering how long to continue in the post, and in March of this year I finally took the decision to relinquish the position.  As a consequence of this I now wish to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as Chairman on June 7, which is the date on which the General Committee is due to elect its Chairman and Vice Chairman. I will also, in due course, retire as a Trustee of the Kennel Club and therefore as a Member of the General Committee. I will of course retain my Membership of the Club and will be happy, on an ad hoc basis, to help the Club in any way that it feels that I can be of assistance.

The Kennel Club has been through a difficult period over the last few years but I feel that it is now in a strong position to move forward under different leadership. When I took over as Chairman I said that I would ‘not continue in the post for ever’ and that it would be time for me to go when a fresh eye and new leadership would be beneficial.  I believe that time has now arrived and that it is therefore appropriate to move on and for me simply to return to the occasional judging appointment and to enjoying showing our dogs.

The Kennel Club’s position on Health and Welfare has never been stronger with the Kennel Club Dog Health Group up and running, the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust in full swing and the Accredited Breeder Scheme working well; the on-line Registration, Transfer and Petlog systems are operating successfully and the Kennel Club website contains a wealth of helpful information for breeders and for prospective and current dog owners; the Club’s financial position was strong enough last year to have a healthy surplus even after donating a total of nearly £800K to the KC Charitable Trust and to the KC Educational Trust for the benefit of dogs and dog people; this year’s budget also looks sound; we now have the Kennel Club Educational Trust’s Building at Stoneleigh being extensively used by the world of dogs; Crufts and Discover Dogs have been an agreed success and are likely to continue as such;  though the economic climate is not good and registrations are slightly down in the first part of this year, the demand for pedigree dogs continues apace; shows are bound to suffer from fuel and travel costs in the medium term, but hopefully the longer term future of most of the societies is still very sound.

Finally, and probably most importantly, I believe that the range of skills and the abilities of both the General Committee and the Staff of the Kennel Club have never been stronger and more diverse and that the Club, under that leadership, will have a very sound future ahead of it.  I would particularly like to thank both the Committee and the Staff for the very strong support they have provided to me over the last nine years.  Without that support, I would undoubtedly have decided to bring my tenure to an end several years earlier!

I wish the Club every possible success for the future.

Ronnie Irving