Judge's Critique -
IWAGS – VETERAN
CONFORMATION SWEEPSTAKE CRITIQUE
October 26, 2008 – by Bambi
I want to thank you all
for the invitation and opportunity to look at your youngsters, and those
veteran hounds which were exhibited to me. It is a rare opportunity to
be able to really get your hands on the future, and gaze into the eyes
of the past.
I would like to begin this critique with a sincere
remark about the temperaments of the dogs which were shown to me. With
few exceptions the hounds all demonstrated reliable and steadfast
temperaments. There was a soundness of mind and spirit and that
reliability we have come to expect from our hounds. The exhibited dogs
ease in movement, further epitomized that these hounds were secure and
trusting of their owners, and that the format of the dog show was merely
something within the expected routine. With few exceptions the dogs
showed an emotional condition, and predisposition to a state of calm and
*It is easy to add comments of what you would
like to change or add to any particular dog, but that is self defeating
in a judging arena, and is more for the breeders eye, so I will not
comment on what I would have liked to have seen, but of what I saw.*
My assignment was very enjoyable and I hope that I fulfilled the two
hours of effort on my part, in a positive manner, easy to follow in
understanding where I hold value and that the hounds and exhibitors
enjoyed their experience as much as I did.
Let’s begin with
the Veterans as that is how I saw them this day.
Veteran Bronze, 6 Years and Under 8 Years Dogs
There was little doubt
that the dog, # 111, Am. Can. Ch. Curiann’s Celtic Rune, would take my
eyes. He came into the ring owning it and did not falter from that
assignment until just at the very end. But this was not enough to
detract from what he is. He is a big, powerful, curvy hound who clearly
could do his job and was in excellent condition to accomplish what was
asked of him. He stood without any concerns and had that regal presence
about him. I find the sweep of his silhouette curves in all the right
places and in proportion. Beautiful. The length of his back and the
smoothness from head to tail continued as he moved, and it agreed with
his standing presentation. He is balanced, standing, and while he moves
and that made it an obvious choice for me. (Best in Veteran Sweepstakes)
Second in the class was # 107, Ch. Carrickaneena Templebreedy. Here
is where the challenges lay for the nuances of the remaining dogs needed
to be closely examined. He is a strong dog who moved effortlessly. A
very pretty picture in motion.
Third in the class was a well
presented dog with exceptional height. #101, Ch.Skyes Comet. He is
obviously of “commanding size”, something for which we all continuously
And then fourth in the Bronze class, #103, Ch.
Carrickaneena Ultach. A dog worthy of his ribbon.
I do need to
mention here, that it is important to me that each part contributes to
the functionality of the whole. Therefore rear ends need to be
underneath and strong, able to hold up their end and initiate and
maintain power; bites need to be able to function for sustainability,
etc. Some dogs presented were not able to bring that all together and
this fit into my placements.
Veteran Silver, 8 Years &
Under 9 Years Dogs
Veteran silver class, 1
entry, #115, Ch. Carrickaneena Dearg Mac Logan. Here is an example of
what is the most difficult thing about judging the Veteran classes. As
the dogs age, body parts obviously loose their strength. I am suspect
that usually those parts were the ones that were challenged to begin
with. That was the case with this dog, as he was not using his rear-end
well. He is a good representative of the breed, however, in that he
clearly is an IW.
Veteran Bronze, 6 Years & Under 8 Years
#160, Ch. Giggles Aerie of Eagle, first in
this class is a beautiful, elegant and feminine bitch. She is a curvy
and well angulated bitch standing, and uses them to produce drive and
strength of movement. It was a real pleasure to see her moving
effortlessly around the ring. (BOS in Veteran Sweepstakes)
Second was #158, Ch Starkeeper Glennamadda Realtan who is a very
together bitch. Each part leads you to the next part logically, and all
work together in a total fluid package. Lovely, though I did feel she
moved somewhat wide in the rear at times.
#164, Ch. Sherwood’s
Abracadabra is a together bitch as well. Her topline is somewhat weak
and this took away from her overall appearance.
Fourth in the
class was # 162, Ch. Knocknarea Tamsin. A quality bitch, however she
does have a wide front.
Veteran Silver, 8 Years and Under
9 Years Bitches
In the Veteran Silver
class, # 172 was first. Ch Ballincu Kellair Ashleigh is a classical
type-y and elegant bitch, clearly feminine. Her underline in silhouette
is lovely. Time has taken some strength from her rear.
Veteran Gold, 9 Years & Over Bitches
Now, The Golden Girls:
Ist place going to #180, Ch Kellcastle Starkeeper Vanilla, and 2nd to
#174, Maura O’Lass of Nutstown. This is a credit to hound and owner
alike to see these old girls out. However, it was a bit of judging the
ghosts of what was. 1st in the class held up the best but both clearly
were having difficulties in their rears. Still, we would rather see them
this way, than not at all.
ABOUT THE WINNERS:
is easy to nitpick…could have had, maybe needed…but it is the overall
dog that you must assess, and #111 AM. CAN. CH. CURIANN'S CELTIC RUNE
had it all for me! He is the picture of a gracefully aging, quality IW.
#160, BOS Veteran CH.
GIGGLES AERIE OF EAGLE Absolutely a complement to BOB, every bit the
hound on the feminine side.
Puppy, 6 - 9 Dogs
1st, # 9, Desert Dune at
Curiann: A beautiful silhouette on this young dog, balanced and with
appropriate angulation for his age. This pup has potential.
11, Carrickaneena Croppy Boy: On this day, this boy who has clear
potential had some balance issues with the length of his leg too long to
be in proportion to his length of back, and his rear has better curves
than his front has angulation.
3rd, # 5, Carrickaneena Cruscin Lan,
demonstrated too much width in his front
4th, # 7, Carrickaneena
Roddy McCorley, seemed to be wide in front and quite close in the rear.
Puppy, 9 - 12 Dogs.
1st, # 25, Carnasserie
Chord: This is an athlete! Balanced and tall and long. He is an all
around beautiful pup and moved so smoothly, and strongly, demonstrating
his togetherness (Best in Sweepstakes)
2nd, #19 Aotearoa Oldline
Tumanako: Missing out in the length of his back, and is shallow in his
3rd, # 15, Redtops Cullen: his light eye and steep croup were
distracting to the whole picture
4th, #21, Paula’s Mighty Quinn:
moved very close in the rear
2 - 15 Months Dogs
1st, # 39, Taliesin’s Wheaten Wyncher; definitely could have held
his own with the competition.
15-18 Months Dogs
1st, # 29, R Noble for Pete’s Sake of Eagle: despite being small in the
class he demonstrated drive and reach, indicating good proportion and
was powerful despite his size
2nd, # 47, Carrickaneeena An Firic Aris:
This was a reasonable dog, each part in sync to the next. Well muscled.
3rd, #57 Castlemaine Infinity: A big dog with clear potential, but he
appeared to me to be limping off of his left hip.
4th, #35, Erinwood
6-9 Months Bitches
1st, # 22,
Ballyhara Chevonne: an overall nice bitch.
2nd, #16, Ballyhara
Cinneide: lovely and with more bone than she appeared to have.
#18, Starkeeper Karontara Carolina: just eligible for the class, she
appeared small which I assumed was her age. Moved deliberately.
# 8, Lismore Koi: not a lot to this girl at this point, but moved well
Note: it was in this class that I met my first hound whose
temperament I would need to question. She was very jumpy and showed a
Puppy, 9-12 Months Bitches
January of Aerie: Clearly a beautiful girl. Owned the ring and the
class, with excellent length to her leg, pronounced curves, and a lovely
head (BOS in Sweepstakes)
2nd, #24, Riversong’s Long May You Run
3rd, # 30, Oldline’s Lee Ridge Roslin: disappointing upward sweep of the
4th, # 28, Carnasserie Duet of Eagle: wide in the front, and in
12-15 Months Bitches
Starkeeper California Ierne: Lovely, balanced, strong puppy bitch,
needing more angles in the front.
Glenreagh R Noble of Eagle: this is a precise pup with a chiseled head
with lovely planes and ears, but I do have some concerns about the neck
set to the shoulder. Maybe a little “U” necked. Beautiful fluidity and
length of back. Maybe lacking in stifle curve at this time.
Karontara Devil May Care: nice, not quite the mover as the 1st puppy
3rd, # 80, Aotearoa Whakamaru: wide front, but strong and relatively
4th, # 68, Sherwoods Red Branch Fionnouala
several pups in this class were pacing and could not get out of it which
made it difficult to consider them, and in this class there was one
bitch I absolutely could not get my hands on.
Best in Sweeps:
#25 CARNASSERIE CHORD This was a clear choice. This pup moved with such
purpose and used all of his anatomical togetherness, moving like a
Best of Opposite Sex: #34 JANUARY
OF AERIE Feminine and strong, demonstrating all that is necessary to
help carry on the breed.
Thank you to all for supporting this
show and allowing me to see and touch your hounds.