SDDTC Test 3

Stoneleigh Park, 26th September 2021. Judge: Mr Paul Eardley.

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This was my first judging appointment since things started to open up again and what better way to start than with the Dandies.

Margaret Russell and her team did a great job of setting things up and making us all feel safe at Stoneleigh and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere throughout the day. It was a decent sized ring which really enabled me to put the dogs through their paces.

Many thanks to my two stewards Mary Drake and Laura Noble who were super efficient and very pleasant to work with.

Thank you to all the exhibitors for bringing their Dandies for my assessment. There were some quality specimens on show which made for some good competition.

By way of general comment I have a couple of points to make.

First I was a little concerned that some of the top lines are becoming a little flat. The gentle curves of a Dandie are one of its unique features and it is an important breed point.

Secondly, although I am a great believer in good presentation I am concerned that some of the trimming is becoming a little extreme with very little evidence of what I would call “blending”. Presentation really should enhance the dog and a dog should be trimmed to emphasise its virtues and, wherever possible, not to emphasise its faults!

Dog CC & BIS Nicholson & Ness’s Viking via Calmarlin Winners photo
Reserve Dog CC France’s Int Ch. Back To My Roots at Luna Caprese with Torbrae
Bitch CC Milton’s Ch. Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit
Reserve Bitch CC Tinsley’s Cloverwood The One And Only
Best Puppy Allenby’s Diddimont Luna Wuffgood
Best Veteran Milton’s Ch. Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit

Minor Puppy Dog 1st: Butcher’s Mishahda Mischief Managed
Lovely one to start the day. Good size for his age with correct bone. Super outline both standing and on the move, good rear, great tail set and tail well carried. A bit long in foreface but there is of course time for his head to develop. Well handled and very promising.
Mishahda Mischief Managed
2nd: Davies’s Dandie Dream Call Me Winner
Lovely head and eye on this youngster. Good coat of correct texture. A touch proud of his tail which meant he could not match the outline of the winner. Lovely temperament.
Dandie Dream Call Me Winner

Puppy Dog 1st: Butcher’s Mishahda Mischief Managed Mishahda Mischief Managed

Junior Dog 1st: Simpson’s Dandiroyal Dream Catcher
Loved the head and expression on this boy. Good neck and shoulders, good coat with some pencilling, moved ok in front and good behind. Steady showman. Just a touch flat in outline. Promising.
Dandiroyal Dream Catcher

Graduate Dog 1st: Simpson’s Dandiroyal Dream Catcher Dandiroyal Dream Catcher
2nd: Jacka-Slater’s Partoncourt Song In Heaven
Lovely head and expression with the expression coming from a good eye. Coat just coming through. A bit too low to the ground which made him look a bit restricted.
Partoncourt Song In Heaven

Postgraduate Dog 1st: Bromley’s Mishahda Just Like Dad
Masculine boy with good head. Good texture of jacket. Probably needs a bit more time to come into his own.
Mishahda Just Like Dad

Limit Dog 1st: Webber’s Lilyphanie Great Showman
Interesting contest between the first two here. This boy is now fully mature, good head proportions, ok outline, steady showman. A bit narrow behind. Lovely temperament and character.
Lilyphanie Great Showman
2nd: Milton’s Etsill Tammie Norrie to Wilmit
Good type with a melting expression, good crisp coat and well presented. Just not putting all in against quite a showy dog.
Etsill Tammie Norrie to Wilmit
3rd: Poole’s Hawkesmill Merlon Hawkesmill Merlon
Res: Bromley’s Mishahda Just Like Dad Mishahda Just Like Dad

Open Dog 1st: Nicholson & Ness’s Viking via Calmarlin
Very much my sort. Caught my eye as soon as he came in the ring as he is so stylish. Absolutely correct in length to height proportions and is an excellent mover. Has a super neck and shoulders and really excels in forehand. Super temperament. Lovely headed boy. A well deserved CC and ultimately BIS.
Viking via Calmarlin
2nd: Hume’s Danchester’s Vote Me To Win
Another stylish dog, liked his head, super show temperament and fully cooperative with his handler. Not the rear of the winner.
Danchester's Vote Me To Win
3rd: Bell’s Reidswire Lord O’Liddesdale Reidswire Lord O'Liddesdale

Champion Dog 1st: France’s Int Ch. Back To My Roots at Luna Caprese with Torbrae
Impressive boy who is fully mature, beautifully presented to enhance his good points and well handled, great head, lovely feet on this boy, good rear. Pushed for the CC but not quite the attitude of the open winner. A well deserved Res CC and should always be there or thereabouts.
Back To My Roots at Luna Caprese with Torbrae

Veteran Dog 1st: Youngs’s Inzievar The Goldsmith
Gosh, this boy looks well for his age. Super jacket which was well presented, decent head, good outline. Could stride out a little more on the move but is very competitive.
Inzievar The Goldsmith

Minor Puppy Bitch 1st: Fray’s Woodfud Winters Dream
Nice girl, my notes said feminine but workmanlike, melting expression, lovely outline and moved ok. Is still a baby so will need to firm up. Coat just coming through. Promising baby.
Woodfud Winters Dream

Puppy Bitch 1st: Allenby’s Diddimont Luna Wuffgood
What a lovely baby, super outline, gorgeous head, lovely neck and shoulders, tail carriage perfect, well presented and well handled. A quality girl who just asked for BPIS.
Diddimont Luna Wuffgood
2nd: Karlsen’s Diddimont Ginny Wren at Karezig
More rangy at this stage than her litter sister, sound, decent head, not a bad outline and quite steady.
Diddimont Ginny Wren at Karezig
3rd: Bell’s Reidswire Lady Gaye Reidswire Lady Gaye
Res: Turner-Tarr’s Redgreet Mary Buttercup Redgreet Mary Buttercup

Junior Bitch 1st: Rolland’s Dandiroyal Dream Maker
Very promising young lady, super head, her jacket is just coming through and when it does it will be excellent, ok on the move. Is a bit in-between but should make a very nice girl.
Dandiroyal Dream Maker

Graduate Bitch 1st: Kurg’s Etsill Selchie
Super feminine this one, lovely type, melting expression, good outline, moved well both ends. Has some character and is one to watch.
Etsill Selchie
2nd: Youngs’s Danchester’s Can U Keep A Secret
Good moving girl, looking a touch raw at the moment, coat coming through, nice head, decent animation, will look better with maturity.
Danchester's Can U Keep A Secret
3rd: Throup’s Aksiom Eva Captiva Aksiom Eva Captiva

Postgraduate Bitch 1st: McCain’s Blue Violet Flower at Bankwillow
Pepper with a good head, nice mover, good crisp jacket with enough undercoat, lovely feet, animated, well handled. Would like a little more length on her but she is another showing promise.
Blue Violet Flower at Bankwillow
2nd: Jacka-Slater’s Partoncourt Show Me Heaven
Was unfortunately in her underwear which pegged her today, outline not bad when stacked but lost it a bit on the move. Showed well.
Partoncourt Show Me Heaven
3rd: Bromley’s Mishahda Easter Bonnet Mishahda Easter Bonnet

Limit Bitch 1st: Hume’s Danchester’s Could This Be Magic
This one is a showgirl, good outline, loved her temperament and animation, not quite as free moving as some of the others but has lots of quality.
Danchester's Could This Be Magic
2nd: Moult’s Hawkesmill Meg for Zamdilsa
Was carrying a bit of weight which pegged her here today, ok in outline, moved well. Will look better when she firms up.
Hawkesmill Meg for Zamdilsa
3rd: Wilson’s Morawelon Cader Idris Morawelon Cader Idris
Res: Jackman’s Dryfevalley Golden Lullaby at Carnkie Dryfevalley Golden Lullaby at Carnkie
VHC: Drake’s Tollcross Thistledown Tollcross Thistledown
Bromley’s Mishahda Easter Bonnet Mishahda Easter Bonnet

Open Bitch 1st: Tinsley’s Cloverwood The One And Only
Quality girl, eyecatching and looked lovely when she was freestanding. Melting expression from a liquid eye and beautiful neck and shoulders. Moved well and has all the graceful curves that I was looking for. Is only just out of junior so still needs to firm up a little in body and short jacket just coming through. Could not deny her the Res CC.
Cloverwood The One And Only
2nd: Allenby’s Wilmit Mildred Potter for Diddimont
Lovely girl to go over, not quite as flashy as the one above her but ticks a number of the boxes. Good mover and well handled.
Wilmit Mildred Potter for Diddimont
3rd: Bell’s Dryfevalley Gala Dryfevalley Gala

Champion Bitch 1st: Jacka-Slater’s Ch. Cloverwood Duchess May
Looking good for her age. Super type, lovely outline, steady showgirl, good rear.
Cloverwood Duchess May

Veteran Bitch 1st: Milton’s Ch. Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit
This girl is, in my opinion, looking better than ever. Had my attention as soon as she came in the ring. Has been unlucky under me before but today was her day. Lovely outline, good proportions as she has the requisite length and strength. Pretty head with good expression and enough strength that she could do her job. Good ribs, correct loin, moved well both ends and was well presented. Won the CC in quite a strong bitch line up and was ultimately Res BIS.
Hawkesmill Jenny for Wilmit
2nd: Jacka-Slater’s Ch. Cloverwood Duchess May Cloverwood Duchess May
3rd: Bell’s Kirkhalin Mystic Prudence from Reidswire Kirkhalin Mystic Prudence from Reidswire
Res: Drake’s Deegandan Bessie Surtees to Tollcross Deegandan Bessie Surtees to Tollcross
VHC: Little’s Courtmoat Heilan Maid Courtmoat Heilan Maid