Glen Association critique

Glen of Imaal Terrier Association Championship Show 27/10/16

Thank you to the Officers and Committee for their kind invitation. I thoroughly enjoyed my day. Thanks too, for my very able steward. Dentition has improved greatly since the last time I judged the breed, credit to the breeders for this. Not only were a majority of good bites, but teeth were of a good size and clean too. I was looking for a strongly built animal, correctly proportioned, muscled and boned and with that unmistakable Glen head and expression.

Veteran (2) 1st Sage’s Jeonty Lola May at Wickholm  8 year old wheaten bitch, between coats but took this place on her better balance and general proportions . 2nd Samuel’s Jeonty Red Clover 10 year old bitch who enjoyed herself! in good coat and satisfactory for breed type.

Junior Dog (2, 1abs) 1st Hardy’s Amhard Lightening Flash juvenile male who displays his qualities on the move better than he does stacked! A promising male, masculine throughout, of good size and type. He moved soundly and was presented in excellent coat. His expression was exactly what I look for in a good Glen male.

Post Graduate Dog    (3) 1st Samuel’s Jeonty Yippe Kiaye young blue of superior type. This male is excellently balanced, has pleasing angles allowing him to move freely. Another good masculine male with pleasing headpiece. 2nd Rogers Kingcottage Boogie on Basil presented in an excellent jacket, acceptable in terms of breed type and size. 3rd Dunning’s Romainville Freddies Choice.

Limit Dog (5, 1 abs) 1st Alstead’s Golden Spurs brindle male of excellent type. Presented in good coat, his took his place on his superior balance and good footfall. His movement in profile is excellent. I particularly appreciated the strong masculine head and excellent expression. I am sure it will not be too long before he joins the top males!  2nd Hardy’s Amhard Justin Thyme Strong male of lower station than the winner. Presented in excellent coat and moved soundly, but he fails to make the best of himself on the move, today lacking in a deal of enthusiasm. 3rd Hannington’s Boviolvella Oscar

Open Dog (5, 2 abs) a really interesting class which was a pleasure to assess. Decisions are made on the day rather than considering what might be in time to come! 1st George & Sullivan’s Ch Romainville Billy Whizz No dog is perfect, but this is a championship dog show, and this male entered the ring and commanded it, shown and presented as a show dog should be. He is for me, ideal for size and strength. He could only be a Glen, those eyes say it all! He possesses strong bone, a masculine head, although I would prefer a more slightly defined stop. His profile movement is a joy to watch, driving of strong quarters he powered around the ring holding his superb outline. Strength, substance and a superb jacket made him an easy CC winner and his stronger rear movement tipped the balance in his favour for BIS over an extremely good bitch CC winner. 2nd Sage’s Romainville Fast n’ Furious at Wickholm blue male of excellent type, surprised he doesn’t have his title. A well proportioned male of good height to length ratio. Pleasing head and good movement, presented in good coat but maybe tidy the fringes on the hocks a little to ensure that his sound movement is clearly evident.Delighted to award him a well deserved ResCC. 3rd Rogers Gleann Dynamo Man at Jeonty

Minor Puppy Bitch (3) 1st George’s Romainville Izzy Wizzy Heading the class of 3 super babies, this is the one I wanted to take home! 6 months on the day, her size and type are just what I was looking for. Pleasing in head & size of teeth, superb angulation fore and aft, sufficient rib and loin development. Clean in outline with excellent neck and shoulder line. Her movement is sound and true and in profile, she drives and reaches to an absolute advantage. Thrilled to be able to award her BPIS and seriously considered higher honours; look forward to seeing her develop more. 2nd Tavenrnor’s Romainville Sky Blue litter sister top above and much of the same comments regarding her breed type and qualities apply. her young handler must persevere  with her for she surely has a great future once she has the hang of the show ring! This puppies crowning glory is her stunning head and expression. 3rd Alstead’s Sigrid Melga at Pantcottage.

Puppy Bitch (3) 1st Sag’es Wickholm Breaking Dawn a well grown wheaten girl who has the potential to make a top class female. Her superior balance and co-ordinated movement made her an easy winner for me today. 2nd Squires Squires Beachat Baratheon pretty brindle bitch, need to body up and develop in the rib. Presently as one would expect, her lack of maturity is emphasising the fact that she is rather too long in the loin. 3rd Bill & Yates Romainville Bobbi Dazzler

Post Graduate Bitch (3) 1st Hardy’s Amhard Jezz Louise took this class on her sound movement. Initial impressions do little justice to the sheer essence of her breed type. She is well proportioned, well boned, superbly angulated, well ribbed back with strong loin and has the best of body coats. In the challenge for the bitch CC I found her most equal to my CC winner and I was delighted to award her the Res CC. 2nd Hall & Salett Bendikes Fidelma    young promising blue girl with a wonderful expression. She is well built with a good quality coat, presented in a little soft condition today which affected her movement . Not quite the angulation of 1. One I would love to trim! 3rd James & O’Brien Amhard Jessie Jay

Limit Bitch (3) 1st Squires Young May Moon I understand she now has her title and I can see why! She took my eye immediately for her perfect size, substance and oh so typical outline. Upon closer examination, I found  her head and expression so wonderful, flowing into well laid shoulder and superior front. Presented and shown to an absolute advantage, her profile movement is a joy to behold, excellent reach and drive. I had no hesitation in awarding her the CC and was delighted to see her in the challenge with my dog CC winner. Res BIS 2nd George & Sullivan’s Romainville Jean Genie another good bitch from this kennel, but today she looked rather immature against 1 and didn’t have the carriage and presence of 1. 3rd Hannington’s Romainville Uptown Girl

Open Bitch (5, 2 abs) 1st George & Garnham’ Romainville Fade to Grey blue bitch presented to an advantage. She took her place today due to her superior coat and condition and the soundest movement of the 3. I would like a little more muscle mass and wish she was a tad more animated, hope she gains her title, but today she couldn’t match the animation and carriage of my top winners. 2nd Rogers Ch Jeonty Me Me Fern I understand why she is a champion! Today she wasn’t in the best of coat, but her lack of coat only served to emphasis her superb breed type, head and maturity of body. Sadly her movement today let her down, she did not move away soundly despite several chances, a shame for if she had, she would of taken the class. 3rd Ashcroft’s Romainville Moira-

Judge Tim Harrison

Association Champ Show…amongst others.

A quieter weekend but some Glen of Imaal Terrier people were still showing on the 1st Sunday of Advent; Christmas presents can wait awhile yet! The Glen of Imaal Terrier Association saw Romainville Billy Whizz getting the nod for Best in Show with Young May Moon Best Opposite Sex and Reserve Best In Show. The 2 Reserves were Romainville Fast ‘n’ Furious at Wickholm and Amhard Jeez Louise respectively. Best Puppy was (6 months on the day) Romainville Izzy Wizzy and Best Veteran Jeonty Lola May at Wickholm. Nice day for the Romainville and Wickholm kennels. It was Billy Whizz’s second BOB of the weekend as he had also taken that position at West Midlands Terrier

Slightly belated news from the Irish Breeds Society Show with a wonderful result for Glens; Abberann Phelan was Reserve Best In Show and Abberann Conan was Best Veteran in Show…nice!

Over in America at Agathon Kennel Club Best of Breed, and OHG2, was Tipperary Violet Dowager Countess who can now put Ch in front of her name, Best Dog was Daulton’s Rory. Sunday Agathon had Rory BOB (with Group 3) and Emerald Isle Keely with Daulton BOS. Violet finished off a good weekend by getting the nod for Bred By Exhibitor Gp1.

On the “brains” front Kelli Whitfield sends news “Griffin earned a qualifying agility run in Open Jumpers today with a first place completing his Open Jumpers Preferred (OJP) title today.”

Congratulations all.



Leeds Critique

Glen of Imaal Terriers

Thank you to the officers and committee for my invitation to judge our breed, also a thank you to the two stewards for all  their help, but mainly thank you the owners for your entries.

JD   1st:  TOBIJANSKI, Miss J & TOBIJANSKI Mrs W Romainville Becks Blue For Zippor . Good bite with strong head correct eye and ear set level top line good angulations deep chest and well boned, Moved with drive very well presented and handled. Reserve Dog CC

PGD   1st:  HANNINGTON Miss A Boudivella Oscar. A honest lad with strong head correct bite and ear set,  good shoulder placement well muscled neck correct front good depth of chest. Correct top line good angulation, in very good coat movement good for and aft, Deserved Dog CC and Best Of Breed.  2nd:  ALSTEAD Dr J Golden Spurs .Good  head and bite correct ear set well off for bone good coat, Not settled on the move.

LD   1st:  SQUIRES, Mrs C & SQUIRES Messrs I& OW Bendikes Edward Bear At  Squiresbeach. Correct bite head nice head correct ear set solid body, ample bone correct front sturdy body. A little unsettled on the move.

OD   1st:  PERRIE Mrs J Poachersmoon Angus Mag Og .Good head and bite good ear set correct shoulder placement  deep chest ample bone good angulation did not move well on the long grass

JB  1st:  GEORGE Mrs K A Romainville Razzamatazz. Liked this young bitch, Pretty expression, Liked her head correct bite and eye  colour good bone correct front and top line, good shoulder placement  nice turn of stifle but  not overdone, deep chest  Handled and presented well, Movement sound,  pressed hard for top honours. Reserve Bitch CC, Well done

PGB  1st:  GEORGE Mrs K A Romainville Anna Belle. A nicely turned out wheaten bitch with pretty head correct bite front and feet, moved really well for her handler a young lady that  needs time to body up.    2nd:PERRIE,Mrs J, Amhard Jessie Jay B. Correct bite nice head neck and shoulder placement, A wheaten with plenty of bone but not overdone good front deep chest, Lost out to first on rear movement.

LB    1st:  SQUIRES, Mrs C & SQUIRES Messrs I& OW Young May Moon. Liked this one,  a honest bitch good head piece correct bite strong jaw lovely expression, strong neck down to good lay of shoulder Sturdy body good angulations all round,  correct front. correct feet position,  When settled in movement proved to  be sound. Pleased to award Bitch CC and Reserve Best of Breed.

OB  1st:  GEORGE, Mrs K A & GARNHAM, Mr M & GEORGE K Romainville Fade To Grey. A blue bitch with pretty head correct bite kind expression, correct round eye of good colour  good lay of shoulder correct front and feet good turn of stifle. Moved  well.

Donald Harley (Judge)


The 2016 World Show….and others with a BIG NEWS in there!

The 2016 World Show may have been in Moscow but Glen of Imaal Terrier people were there. It was a three day event for Terrier folk and a 3 day success for Gleann Bigwig & Pearytail Artless Tess as they got BOB & BOS 3 days out of 3. Meomodo Fantasterrific Arien was Junior World Winner with Pearytail Candy McCoy Best Junior on the other two days.

At Blackpool Young May Moon took Best of Breed with Bendikes Edward Bear at Squiresbeach Best Opposite. Over in America Daulton’s Wild Night of Galore took top spot in Glens at both Mid-Hudson & Shawangunk KC whilst Keadeen Blue Boy for Bluesette did “beauty & brains” par excellence with an Owner Handler Group 3 and obtained his Barn Hunt Q!

As a Breed we aren’t often awarded with Best In Show but we have a new recruit to those hallowed ranks. Kingcottage Boogie on Basil took Best Not Separately Classified, then the Terrier Group and then the ultimate, ultimate finger point for Best In Show at Carmarthen! His photograph was sent but the editorial decision has been made to go with the rosette shot as Beth’s OMG he gave it us face isn’t exactly flattering on her.

Applause for everybody and particularly Basil.

Leeds Championship Show critique

Glen of Imaal Terriers

PD (1) 1 Alstead’s Golden Spur, 7 months bl/br. Scissors bite, round eyes, ear placement & carriage is correct. Good quality coat coming through. From the front he shows an equal turn out of the feet, nice length of upper arm with a well laid shoulder. Good height to length ratio & well angulated behind. The topline needs to firm & movement was erratic until he settled. Very promising youngster. BP.

JD (1) 1 Golden Spur.

PGD (1) 1 Squire’s Bendikes Edward Bear, bl/br male. Masculine head & expression, correct scissor bite, round eye & well placed small ears. Level rise over the back with a quality coat. Viewed from the front the turnout of the feet from the pasterns is equal. Well angulated front & rear. In movement, his lack of condition showed, he did not hold his backline in movement & found the uneven ground difficult to deal with.

LD (2) 1 Howarth’s Donvaleset Liffy at Arkview, bl/br, masculine head & expression with a strong jaw & scissor bite. Ear placement & carriage is correct. Backskull is of a good width. Good length & lay of upper arm into a well laid shoulder. Good quality coat, a dog with a level topline rising without any dipping. In excellent condition, striding out well. CC & BOB;

2 Davis’ Donvaleset Rafferty at Viahninns, bl/br, litter brother to 1, another masculine dog. Much of the previous critique applies to this dog with the exception of his coat which on the day was soft & in movement he didn’t quite cope with the ground as well as 1, but nonetheless a dog with much promise.

OD (2) 1 Quinn’s Kirikee Ronan O’Gara, blue male, excellent masculine head & expression. Powerful foreface with good ear carriage. Well laid shoulder with a correct level rising topline. Double coat. Strode out well & in good condition which showed as he held his topline whilst on the move. RCC;

2 Ashcroft’s Romainville Typhoon, superb masculine head & expression. Good ear placement & carriage. Coat is correct & profuse. The coat caused him to look overloaded in front & to appear shortened, my hands told me a different story, but I can only judge on the day. Well angulated behind, another sound dog that strode out well.

VD (1) 1 Hadley’s Donvaleset Rebus, bl/br, excellent masculine head & expression. Scissor bite, round eyes, good ear carriage. Good breadth of backskull. Good length & lay of upper arm & shoulder placement. Correct topline & good rear angulation. Strode out well, slightly loose in pasterns, kept his topline on the move. BV.

PGB (2) 1 Squires’ Young May Moon, bl/br, feminine bitch with a well proportioned head. Correct dentition, round eyes & nicely placed ears which were carried well. Viewed from the front, feet turned out equally. Well angled upper arm which was of a good length. Good length to height ratio & not to long in the loin. In good condition, she coped with the ground well keeping her topline. CC;

2 Baldock’s Ellerton Dusky Beauty, another quality bl/br bitch who has matured nicely, however she was not happy with the conditions & it showed.

LB (1) 1 Ashcroft’s Romainville Moira, wheaten, feminine well muscled bitch in excellent condition. Correct mouth. When viewed from the front feet turned out equally from the pasterns. Upper arm is of a good length but could be better angled. In good coat. Nicely angulated in the rear. Did not cope with the uneven ground too well.

OB (2) 1 Baldock’s Ch Jeonty Maybe Daysee, feminine wheaten bitch with a good strong jaw, correct dentition & a well proportioned head. Well angled upper arm of good length with a well laid shoulder. Her coat showed the correct double coat however wispy undercoat did show through. Moved out strongly, keeping her topline & coping well with the terrain. RCC;

2 Harley’s Ch Donvaleset Brier, wheaten bitch, feminine head & expression, good strong jaw with correct dentition. Well boned with a level topline. Not happy in the heat, movement sound but lethargic, topline rolling slightly.