Judge: Mr. Michael Hegarty (Chantismere)
My sincere thanks to the Northern Cavalier King Charles Society for the kind invitation to judge at this well-run show in a new venue and location. Entries appear not to have suffered as a result of the move and the consensus on the day that even in November the venue offered more than adequate facilities for the event. It was especially gratifying for me as it was at this show that I won my first CC. A heartfelt thanks to those exhibitors who took the time, effort and expense to present their dogs in mid-winter. As someone who must travel greater distances than most it meant a lot and was very much appreciated.
Much has been said of the quality of dogs currently being shown in the UK. I really don’t think we are behind the fence in comparison with other countries who have also suffered losses to the showing fraternity post pandemic. Gone are the days of when multiple dogs are being kept, partly due to the expense and lifestyle changes of breeders. Also, the ability to use dogs from Europe and beyond with greater ease than it once was, has negated the need to keep dogs surplus to requirements.
The strength is without doubt currently in the bitches and I was pleased to find many quality exhibits who could quite easily carry a crown. Head shapes have improved with less short faces (an extreme feature which while pretty to look at are none the less incorrect); light eyes; appalling dentition and weak rear movement. Some very nice exhibits had to pay the price for shortcomings in these faults which, if not dealt with, will have consequences in the future. That said, there was much to commend current breeders in the many beautiful dogs I judged on the day. To my surprise, my three main winners, bitch CC, Reserve bitch CC and BPIS were all sired by a dog I have never seen.
Finally, I would like to thank my co judge Anne Dobie (NZ). I had been looking forward to this opportunity for some time and we amicably agreed on the final awards making it a most pleasant day.
Veteran (5, 1)
1 Rees’ Embeth Bonny Boat JW What better way to start the day than with this lovely tricolour girl whose good construction and free flowing movement made her hard to ignore on entering the ring. Satisfying to go over on the table, with a super sweet expression from eyes that are set correctly and of the desired size and colour. Shown in marvellous bloom and gave her all in a non-stop performance, completely in tune with her owner, showcasing her many virtues and superb temperament.
2 Bayliss Castlewytch Krishnas Star Another super tricolour, close up to the winner in all respects. Her undeniable and indeed enviable shape and balance were both a joy to go over on the table and watch on the move. Super, clean cut and well broken markings making for a very classic picture. Beautifully balanced head with dark soulful eyes. Not an easy choice to make. I hope her owner keeps her out for others to see as I believe it has been a few years since she has been shown.
3 Fox Lewharle Izzadorable for Lynmily
Vintage (3, 1)
1 Callaghan & Todd’s Tillashby Northern Star at Callyspride ShCM Probably one of the most memorable exhibits of the day for all the right reasons. At 10 and a half it is still easy to see why this Blenheim girl is, in my opinion, one of the nicest bitches to have graced our ring in recent years. Her shape and outline are enhanced by a super top line and tail carriage. On the move she belied her years with a faultless performance in all directions. Moderate in all respects with a head that was harmonious for balance and ideal proportions, set off by eyes that were large, dark, round and imparting the most wonderful expression. It was an honour to judge her
2 Scott Lorphil Lalibertie Another nice richly marked blenheim exhibit and no disgrace to stand second to the winner. Most pleasing head with correct well tapered muzzle, lovely eyes and well-placed ears. Good for balance with short back and well off for bone. Put in a good performance.
Minor Puppy (12, 2)
1 Ryan Cavallibrook Ophelia Impressive well-broken and richly marked girl who was schooled to perfection and consequently put in a flawless performance which showed off her many virtues. She is just classic in every respect. Beautifully balanced and so satisfying to go over from top to tail, nothing discordant to the touch with each part flowing seamlessly into the next. Good quality coat coming through of correct colour and texture. Beautiful head properties with the best of eyes and expressions. Put in a rock-solid performance on the move to secure the class. Challenged her very worthy kennel mate for BPIS and, with complete agreement of my co-judge, sealed the deal with her enchanting expression and performance on the day.
2 Spiers Bonniemadra Cantarito My eye kept coming back to this neat little package who stood in a well-maintained ruby jacket and plenty of it. Good angles all through and moved with elegance, which was assisted by very positive movement both ends. Pretty head of nice proportions with dark expressive eyes as per the standard. One who was hard to ignore and I’d like to see her again as I’m sure she will just progress with maturity. Most appealing.
3 Jaramillo’s Conabec Lady Madonna
Puppy (13, 0)
1 Spall’s Llapsttam’s Eunice Another one who possessed a very snappy outline that was hard to ignore. Her neatness and ideal size gave a slight impression that she was a fraction shorter on leg but, on examination on the table, I found her pleasantly well balanced. Sweetest of headpieces with nice amount of fill below beautiful limpid eyes that were in proportion to her head size and shape and imparted a most endearing expression. Black and tan coat coming in and presented to perfection. Very appealing and won over 2nd place on maturity.
2 Fox-Shone’s Pamedna Sasha Rose I really liked this ruby girl who was just rawer in comparison to the class winner. However, this can also be a blessing as she has all the right attributes to mature into a very lovely bitch; a slow burner often finishes ‘on point’. The word ‘elegance’ sprung to mind, and she impressed on the first move around. On closer inspection she was most satisfying to go over. Lovely crest to neck leading into well laid shoulders, short back and level top line. Moved decisively both ways. When fully mature and in full coat I think she will give her owners many happy days.
3 Rogerson & Williamson’s Rabymar Hot Gossip
Junior (6, 2)
1 Kerr’s Kinvaar Away with The Fairys Little did I think I’d find my CC winner so early in the day. This delightfully pretty tri with such rich tan was not even on my radar having spent the preceding months at home maturing, as it seems very nicely indeed! She has such a beautiful classical head with correct tapered muzzle, well placed ears (which she made great use of) and enough fill under the eye to amount to a perfect look that is the result of complete harmony in head proportions and her evenly divided head markings. To top it off, her beautiful eyes imparted a gentleness that is so important to preserve in our breed. Despite a change of handler, she put in a good performance which got more impressive the more she moved. Coat of good quality and texture which was so striking that in profile she completely locked my eye. On breaking for lunch, she was the one to beat and ended up CC winner in the best of company. My co-judge agreed that the reserve dog CC winner presented in full coat and effervescent form should go RBIS. Notwithstanding, this bitch who is of such merit and worthy of a crown, went home with a respectable BOS on the day
2 Stanton’s Verheyen Isabelle at Cassandy A lovely girl who impressed me much. Lovely for size and shape. Well broken coat of rich chestnut markings, covering a very neat package that looked so nice in profile. Lovely angles all through. Moved impressively and certainly caught my eye. Unfortunately, she has suffered some degree of eye trauma that prevented me from fully assessing her expression. What I did manage to glimpse was enough to set her apart from the rest of the class.
3 Hawes’ Rainboweyes Bliss
Yearling (8, 1)
1 Fox-Shone’s Pamedna Tainted Love This beautiful blenheim girl scored on so many essential breed points; the sum of which amounted to what my notes say, ‘Quality bitch!’ Stood in a jacket of well broken chestnut on pearly white background that was presented beautifully. Her head is so engaging and houses the best of eyes with wonderful melting expression and darkest of nose pigment that is lacking in so many. Well balanced with an impressive out line she demanded attention as she moved with purpose always carrying a short level top line. She caught my eye on many occasions and am sure she will have many more great days. A worthy representative of the breed with type and temperament which is lacking in so many.
2 Kilcoyne & Hall’s Granasil Popsicle Loved this very nice black and tan. Many similar remarks apply as (1). Such a beautiful size and shape with an enviable top line and tail carriage, Shown in gleaming coat of good quantity and texture. She looked a picture in profile and especially on the move which she did so with such aplomb. Delightful headpiece which was nicely balanced with most pleasing proportions and excellent eyes. I liked her a lot.
3 Spall’s Llapsttam Sent From Heaven
Novice (8, 1)
1 Callaghan & Todd’s Llapsttam Heaven Sent at Callyspride Elegant little ruby who presented a lovely shape. Head still has lots of time to mature but with so much potential I’d be prepared to wait. Prettiest of eyes, correct tapered muzzle and well-set ears made for a nice picture. Nice amount of coat of good texture; on the move she was positive and displayed good angles all through. A waiting game but I think it will be worth it.
2 Leach’s Arrowbien Doris Day Close up to winner and will always demand a second look. Beautiful head, dark eye and gentle expression. Loved her short back and level top line which looked good in profile. Well broken blenheim of good colour. Moved well for her owner who did a good job curbing her enthusiasm.
3 Fox-Shone’s Pamedna Miel De La Vie
Graduate (10, 0) Very nice class
1 Claydon’s Brymarden May Blossom Such a nice neat, pretty blenheim with lots of kerbside appeal, shown in an abundance of coat in the best of condition. On closer examination she handled beautifully on the table. Lovely size with equal substance. So well balanced and steady on the move. Such lovely head proportions and the very best of eyes. To top it off she had one of the best temperaments of the day. Super girl with potential to go far.
2 Hogan’s Stavonga Skylark Well broken blenheim girl who unfortunately did not dress for the weather up north. Very satisfying to go over, proving to be a well-constructed bitch. Super eyes and well-set ears with very pleasing expression. Moved well for her handler, displaying the lovely cavalier temperament.
3 Bayliss’ Castlewytch Nevada
Post Graduate (8, 1)
1 Rix’s Stavonga Sea Change at Ricksbury JW One I was excited to get my hands on. Having watched her on many occasions I have always admired her and am sure that there is more in store for her. She is neat with a super shape that is so well balanced. Ideal size with matching head proportions and presented a very commanding outline in profile and on the move. Well broken rich chestnut markings. I loved her head – so correct with the best of eyes that were captivating. I loved her. When she coats up this delightful girl will trouble the best. Worthy of a crown.
2 Drewett’s Judyland Miss Isabelle What an adorable Tricolour. The very second, I looked in those wonderful eyes I was captivated. She is small with substance. Brimming with type without being overdone. What a beautiful head she possesses. Very shapely in outline with sound positive movement, super top line and so well balanced. Carried her tail beautifully making for a lovely picture. Shown in super condition; I truly loved her.
3 Jackson’s Fortunamajor Shining Star
Limit (10, 5)
1 Hughes’ Loranka’s Secret Potion Super black and tan of beautiful size and overall proportions. So neat with level top line that looks good both standing and on the move. Truly delightful head that is very captivating with the very best of eyes. Plush coat of lovely texture and immaculate condition. Moves like a dream! One who deserves a crown too; hard to ignore in any company.
2 Parsons’ Anjomil Harvest Moon JW Richly marked blenheim who is spot on for type and outstanding temperament. Beautiful head that exudes quality and fits the standard so well in all respects. Great size and shape. Looks great standing and equally impressive going through her paces. A quality toy spaniel.
3 Rogerson & Williamson’s Rabymar Secret Code
Special Open Black & Tan /Ruby (5, 1)
1 Holland’s Cempas Trolley Dolly at Bonniemadra (imp Can) Recently crowned black and tan who deserves the honour. Lovely shape and very satisfying to go over on the table being nicely balanced and of correct proportions. Shown in glorious raven black coat which shone like glass, with super tan in all the right places. Most lovely head and expression. Moved like a dream with verve and an enthusiastic temperament. A credit to her owners.
2 Spall’s Llapsttam Sent from Heaven Really liked this ruby girl who made more of herself than in her previous class. Still not finished but I thought her very correct with a touch of elegance that appealed immensely, especially on the move. Beautiful head that meets so much in the standard: correct ear set, tapered muzzle and just enough fill for her age. She has time on her side, and I won’t be surprised to see her notching up the ranks in due course. Shown in lovely coat and condition.
3 Maclaine’s Lochbuie Graffiti
Special Open Blenheim/Tricolour (3, 1)
1 Turnbull’s Peakdowns Angelica One of the steadiest movers of the day. She never put a foot wrong and was extremely happy on the move. Beautiful size and so well constructed, rich chestnut coat. Very pleasing head properties and nice gentle expression. She ticked many of the boxes for me and am surprised she is not doing more as I do feel she is a worthy representative of the breed.
2 Corner’s Kelrick Black Velvet Band at Delabyely Very pretty tricolour who was a tad exuberant and gave her handler a hard time. So much to like. Lovely size and shape with such pretty eyes. When settled she will have better days.
Breeders (5, 1)
1 Lovel’s Lovetrac Theodora Really lovely little blenheim girl just coming back into full bloom. Prettiest of heads, with the very best of eyes, which is her crowning glory. Neat shape with good proportions. Moved well in profile and won the class on her overall type and temperament with relative ease. Knocking on the door for greater things.
2 Hogan’s Stavonga Secret Crush Lovely blenheim of good shape and carrying just enough well broken coat for overall finish. Pleasing head with best of eyes. Made well with great neck and shoulders. Moved well off a strong rear. Unlucky to meet (1) on the day. Will be a useful girl.
3 Richardson’s Kringleholme Mosaic
Open (9, 6)
1 Lovel’s Ch Juzandia Sennan at Lovetrac A favourite of mine and well-deserved champion who is brim-full of quality. One of the best head and eyes of the entry, which is so pretty and typical of her breeder’s type and style. Well-presented coat coming back into bloom. Not much to offend and one of my most difficult decisions of the day. Unfortunately lost her top line on the move and together with ‘winter nose’ hard decisions had to be made.
2 Rix’s Ch Stavonga Shot Silk at Ricksbury JW Well known blenheim of great make and shape who was so satisfying to examine on the table. Enough coat which was of good colour and texture. Another one with a very pleasing head with super eyes which were so large, dark and round. She excels on the move and made a lovely impression going around. A quality girl.
3 Turnbull’s Peakdowns Elle