North of England Cocker Spaniel Association

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North of England Cocker Spaniel Association

20 Class Open Single Breed Show

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Sunday 9th November 2014

Owley Wood Recreation Club, Weaverham, Cheshire

Judge – Mrs Yvonne Billows (ROBIL)


I would like to thank the Officers and Committee of the North of England Cocker Spaniel Association most sincerely for inviting me to judge at their Breed Open Show and for their excellent hospitality. Thanks also to the exhibitors for bringing their dogs under me and for the sporting and friendly way that they accepted my decisions. I really enjoyed the day and found some lovely quality exhibits with super temperaments.

Class 1 MPD AC

Owner/Dog

Critique

1st








2nd

Ackroyd's Clydesian Achates








McIntyre's Sandlauga Sharp Dressed Man

A young black dog who was a real baby at possibly his first show.  A little unsettled on the move but probably expected as it was likely a big day for him.  However, he was very sound, he had a lovely head and expression and a good body on him with plenty of muscle.


Another baby, again very raw - this gold young man was a bit more settled on the move than 1, another with good muscle definition.  Just preferred the head and expression of 1.

Class 2 MPB AC

Owner/Dog

Critique

1st












2nd 






Whiting's Annilann Miss Sing












Vere's Adrona Diamond Delight

At almost 9 months old, this quality blue bitch was so well put together and certainly took my eye.  She was in lovely coat and condition.  Stood on those lovely firm, tight feet and as she moved with drive around the ring she displayed her super neck and shoulders and well defined hindquarters. She has a beautifully balanced head and such sweet feminine expression, with good eye shape and colour.  Was pleased to award her Best Puppy in Show.


Another quality bitch at almost 9 months old, this pretty black was presented in excellent condition.  Lovely head and expression.  Covered the ground well displaying overall good angulation.  Not quite the substance of 1 at this time.

Class 3 PD AC

Owner/dog

Critique

1st









2nd

Terry's Haradwater Make Me Smile at Shaggylands (Imp Prt)








Share-Jones' Sharemead Tandoori

Young blue dog with well-defined muscle tone overall.  Has a good neck and well placed shoulders, but, as might be expected from one so young, he still needs to mature in body.  Not enough work in his head for me as yet, however, was well presented today and won this class on his movement.


Black and tan young man whose coat was not at its best today.  A little unsettled on the move but when he steadied he did move soundly.  For me, he still needs to come up a little on the leg to give the overall compact picture.

Class 4 PB AC

Owner/Dog

Critique

1st 










2nd

Hughes' Glantraeth Time to Dream










Morris' Liberty Bella at Jennobar

Such a feminine blue bitch of good quality with a pleasing head and expression.  Nice definition to stop and good eye shape and colour.  Was very well presented.  Is well off for bone and has good angles front and rear.  Stood on nice tight feet and moved with drive.  With time will no doubt reach her full potential.  Reserve Best Puppy in Show.


Lovely quality blue bitch with the most delightful head and expression.  Good bone and substance.  Close decision in this class and just preferred the first's overall balance and outline.

Class 5 JD AC

Owner/dog

Critique

1st









2nd

McIntyre's Sandlauga Man of Fashion









Wildman and Edwards's Manlinson Seeds of Joy

It was a very close decision in this class of two.  In the end the decision was taken on movement.  Young black dog of good quality, with a well proportioned masculine head and good eye shape and colour.  He presented himself well in the ring displaying his substance and balance.  He moved with drive covering the ground effortlessly.


Blue dog with a really super head and expression.  Good quality bone, plenty of substance throughout and looked the part standing.  However, was not moving at his best today.

Class 6 JB AC

Owner/dog

Critique

1st


2nd

Moriss's Liberty Bella at Jennobar


Terry's Shaggylands Touch of Class

See above previous critique


Dark blue bitch, well put together, lovely body, good neck and shoulders and moved well.  Just preferred the head of one.

Class 7 Maiden D or B AC

Entries absent

Class 8 Novice D or B AC

Owner/dog

Critique

1st

West's Jasuebelle Tanfastic

Well presented, black and tan dog, perhaps carrying a tad too much weight today and appeared to be giving his handler a bit of a hard time.  Nevertheless he was soundly built, had good neck and shoulders and well muscled hindquarters which he used well.

Class 9 Novice D or B AC

Owner/dog

Critique

1st









2nd 

Olym Liquorice Stick









Martindale's Slick Chic

Blue dog put down to perfection and well handled.  Lovely masculine head and expression, with more work to come.  Good lay of shoulder with level topline leading to well set tail.  Was a little bit unsettled on the move to begin with, but once he got in his stride, moved with drive and carried himself well around the ring.


Blue bitch who appeared to be giving her handler a hard time in the ring. Super presentation and good quality bone and substance. For me she could do with coming up on the leg a bit more as she appeared a shade long and did not present as compact as I would like. 

Class 10 Yearling D AC

Owner/dog

Critique

1st

Sutton's Bencleuch Big Bang at Shirepark

So much to like about this blue roan and tan young man.  Such a lovely masculine head and expression, has good quality bone and substance presenting a very pleasing outline.  He was steady on the move and carried his tail beautifully.  Super coat and condition.

Class 11 Yearling B AC

Owner/dog

Critique

1st








2nd

Hillary's Design for Gold by Edasiy








Share-Jones' Sharemead Special Blend

In the line up of this class, this quality gold young lady presented a complete picture. Balanced overall and compact with good substance. Perfectly presented with correct front and rear angulation. Delightfully feminine expression and a well proportioned head

Another quality young lady who had lots to like about her including her lovely feminine head and expression.  Was carrying a bit of weight over her shoulders today and consequently her top line suffered a little, affecting both her outline and how she presented on the move. 

Class 12 Graduate D AC

Owner/Dog

Critique

1st







2nd

O'Brien's Trilo Joe







Atkinson's Drewrimic Alphamale

Black dog with a balanced masculine head and gentle expression. Best mover in this class and showed himself off really well. However, certainly not in his best jacket today and would benefit from carrying a little more weight.

There was so much to like about this black dog, his super neck and shoulders, compact body shape with plenty of balance and substance. Fabulous coat presentation and sound movement. However, for me, his head is not as balanced as I want, in particular I found his long foreface untypical. 

Class 13 Graduate B AC

Owner/dog

Critique1st

1st

Share-Jones's Sharemead Special Blend

See critique above

Class 14 PG D or B B/G/B/T/L

Owner/dog

Critique

1st








2nd

West's Sheigra Stargazer JW








Marris-Bray's Helenwood Integrity JW

Compact gold dog with a pleasing masculine head and expression. Was put down to perfection. Is well balanced, with good bone, deep chest and sound in all respects. Presents a great outline with super neck and shoulders and good definition to front and rear angulation.

Black dog of the same quality as the first and with the majority of those attributes however not in quite as good coat and condition today. 

Class 15 PG D or B AC

Owner/dog

Critique

1st

Hambley's Topday Blue Pearl

Blue bitch of nice size with good substance and balance, maybe a little bit heavy over the shoulders today, nevertheless, very sweet and a nice sturdy cocker. Took a little while to settle on the move but once she did she moved soundly.

Class 16 Spec Bred by Exhibitor D or B AC

Owner/Dog

Critique

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2nd

West's Sheigra Sugar Daddy with Donmyl JW








West's Jasuebelle Black Magic

Quality black dog with a masculine head that had so much to like about it. There is no doubt he is a male, and he has a very balanced skull to foreface. Lovely neck and shoulders, shown in hard condition including well-muscled hindquarters. Looked so compact standing, and couldn't fault his very sound movement.

Black bitch also of same quality, nice and compact with good bone, lovely feminine head and expression, good front & rear angulation, moved well once she steadied, so much to commend with super coat and presentation. Just preferred the dog to the bitch on this occasion. 

Class 17 Spec Not Bred by Exhibitor D or B AC

Owner/dog

Critique

1st


2nd

Olym Liquorice Stick


Marris-Bray's Weirdene Wake up at Helenwood JW

See above


A smart black dog who was very stylish and certainly of cobby, sound construction with plenty of bone and substance. He was carrying a bit of weight over the shoulders today and this affected his movement. 

Class 18 Open D AC

Owner/dog

Critique

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2nd

McBride's Topday Show me the Ropes
















Hackett's Lindridge Smart Move

Such a smart blue dog who I judged          as a puppy. I liked him then but he was quite raw. Oh how he has matured, filled out and become such a well-balanced man of substance. He has a striking outline, is of super quality with great bone. Correct angulation front and rear, lovely head and expression, balanced skull to foreface, eyes of nice shape and colour, lovely neck and shoulders. He was very together on the move and depicts a really sound and sturdy cocker. Presented in great coat and condition. Was very pleased to award him Reserve Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex.


A more heavier type of dog overall than 1, and slightly stronger in head but could not deny his quality. Heavier in head he might be, but it was a well balanced head, with correct eye shape and colour. He had a great outline in the line-up with plenty of substance overall. Good deep chest and very compact. In excellent condition and presented well. 

Class 19 Open B AC

Owner/dog

Critique

1st















2nd

Burns' Villaspaniol Silk and Steel















Whiting's Annilann Miss is Zippy

Blue bitch that certainly took my eye as she came into the ring. A young lady so full of quality that she asked for her placing. So well balanced and full of substance, she certainly depicts the sturdy cocker that I was looking for. Very feminine expression with good eye shape and colour. A well-developed skull that was so in proportion. Great neck and shoulders, textbook angulation front and rear and standing on very firm tight feet. She had great drive and covered the ground well. Certainly one to watch. It was a pleasure to award her a thoroughly deserved Best in Show.

A blue roan who was of equal quality to 1 with a delightful head and expression but for me not as showy on the move today, nevertheless a very, very pleasing bitch. She also had great neck and shoulders, well-defined hindquarters and tight firm feet, all of which she used very effectively covering the ground well. Certainly is another one to watch out for. 

Class 20 Veteran AC

Owner/dog

Critique

1st










2nd

Oakes and Kita Oakes' Jalankiu Odd Job










Marris-Bray's Sh Ch Helenwood Crystal Maze

Black dog – so compact, well balanced and still of good quality at 8 ½ years old. I judged him as a youngster and can confirm that he still has a truly masculine head and gentle intelligent expression. He is correct in all aspects of his construction. He has maintained his strong hindquarters, which he uses well covering the ground with great drive.


Top quality blue bitch of 7 ½ years who was beautifully presented. Is very sound and so well balanced. She moved effortlessly around the ring. She has a compact sturdy body on her, but perhaps little heavy over her shoulders today.