Northern English Springer Spaniel Society



It was a great honor to be invited to judge The Northern English Springer Spaniel Society’s Championship Show at Hurworth. Arriving at this show brought back memories, as it was the first breed show my long time friend and mentor, the late Jean Taylor, took me to. This was in the early eightees, but I remember it as it was yesterday. It was also great to see John Robson again, whom I had not seen for about thirty years, and finally to say a proper hello to Margaret Jamieson, who’s mother, the late Ellen Dobson, I had known a long time. Margaret and John were my ring stewards.
The show has a beautiful setting, and all the facilities one could wish for. The hard working people in the kitchen came up with a lovely lunch for us, and with the good help of my excellent ring stewards everything went smoothly in the ring. A sincere thanks to them and to the committee. I really enjoyed my day, and had some lovely dogs to go over. My winners were of high quality and full of breed type. I found only a few lacking in muscle condition and show presentation. Some could have moved better, but I think for some it was more the handler’s fault than the dogs.

Minor Puppy Dog (5,1a)

1st Savells' Petranella Hot Gossip
stylish puppy with nice head and expression, a little straight in upper arm, good body for his age, strong quarters, good width of second thigh, sound mover, but could have had slightly more reach in front
2nd Glendinnings' Plaiglen Hustle
balanced puppy, beautifully shaped head, lovely neck placed on well laid back shoulders, deep body, compact feet, very good coat, would like slightly more knee angulation, and more reach when moved
3rd Richardsons & Terry-Richardsons' Alanea Juke
4th Long & Leemings' Tryhard Fools Gold

Puppy Dog (3, 1a)
1st Savells' Petranella Hot Gossip
2nd Long & Leemings' Tryhard Pioneer
nicely built puppy, lovely head, almond shaped eyes, good neck and shoulder, great body for age, strong quarters, in lovely coat, not as accurate on the move as the winner.

Junior Dog (4, 2a)
1st Camerons' Donarden Marauder
nicely balanced dog, shall fill out a bit more in muzzle and darken in eyes, nice body, firm back, stong hindquarters which he used well on the move, in lovely coat
2nd Dunsdon & Woodbridges' Seaspring Shipwrecked
slightly taller dog, eyes shall darken more, good neck, enough body for his age, strong back, in super coat, would like more reach in his movements

Yearling Dog (4, 1a)
1st Nicholson's Lochindorb Chief O'The Clan
what a super dog, when he came in I thought this one would be hard to beat, lovely head with that melting expression, good neck and shoulder, great body and strong back, lovely quarters, moderately bent, in beautiful coat, put down to perfection, moved around the ring with a true springer gait, I had no hesitation giving him the resCC
2nd Joyces' Shelcasrie Head Over Heels
nicely shaped dog, good size, unfortunately too broad in scull, eyes need to darken, lovely neck and shoulders, firm topline, enough angulation in hindquarters, well boned, in good coat, moved with a good stride
3rd Lintons' Rosannoch Ansuz

Maiden Dog (No Entries)

Novice Dog (2)
1st Savells' Petranella Hot Gossip
2nd Dunsdon & Woodbridges' Seaspring Shipwrecked

Undergraduate Dog (6, 2a)
1st Wrights' Anacapa Spring Tide
well shaped dog, would like more lenght of foreface, good neck and shoulder, well bodied, nice topline, correctly bent hindquarters, wish he was a bit more enthusiastic on the move
2nd Joyces' Shelcasrie Head Over Heels
3rd Dunsdon & Woodbridges' Seaspring Shipwrecked
4th Drinkalls' Mompesson Tribute to Esscroft

Graduate Dog (5, 1a)
1st Nicolsons' Lochindorb Clansman
balanced dog of good size, well chiseled head with nice eyes, good neck, a bit upright in shoulder, good body for his age, nice quarters, good coat. Moved very well when settled
2nd Stevensons' Gaolachcara Somhlth
masculine dog, nicely shaped head, good neck and shoulders, slightly long in loin, could have moved with more animation, in good coat
3rd Larges' Mompesson Flawless is Madaza
4th Lintons' Rosannoch Ansuz

Post Graduate Dog (16,3a)
1st Mitchells' Peasblossom Chance JW
eyecatching dog, lovely head and eye, super neck and shoulder, well angulated upperarm, good body and topline, stong hindquarters, moved with style, in lovely coat, won this class easily
2nd Long & Leemings' Tryhard The Black Gladiator
another that I really liked, beautifully shaped and of correct size, lovely head, soft expression, good neck and shoulders, great body, nicely bent hindquarters with good width of second thigh, good coat, I only wished he could give a bit more on the move
3rd Nicholsons' Lochindorb Clansman
4th Merrys' Anacapa Pipers Song for Tingvelle

Limit Dog (7, 2a)
1st Jacksons' Mompesson Cavendish
this one is all Springer to me, the correct size and the right proportions, not overdone in any aspects, have not seen him since he was a puppy and I liked him then, and he did not disappoint me now, he’s got a beautifully chiseled head with dark eyes and melting expression, the typical fluting beetween the eyes, lovely neck flowing into well laid back shoulders, mature body, strong hindquarters, lovely bone, in beautiful coat and condition, so sound and accurate on the move, CC and Best in Show
2nd Traczs' Meadowdale Alambama Slammer at Acregate ShCM
honest dog, slightly bigger, but nicely built, not as good in head as the winner, lovely neck, well placed shoulder, strong back, well boned, in lovely coat, moved well
3rd Downwards' Alanea Smax JW
4th Lillies' Tryhard Tempest at Freeway

Open Dog (5)
1st Mitchells' Sh Ch NORDUCH Barecho Hold Your Horses at Peasblossom JW (Imp Swe)
headed a class of top quality dogs, beautifully built, well chiseled head that could have been just a bit more masculine, I loved his shape and outline, lovely neck on well laid back shoulders, strong back , moderately bent hindquarters, in super, well presented coat, kept his topline on the move, if I should be hypercritical, I would like more reach in his movement
2nd Corbetts' Sh Ch Trimere Thriller
I have always admired this dog, liked his shape and overall balance, a true springer for me, lovely head, beautiful neck flowing softly into his shoulders, nicely bent hindquarters, lovely bone and feet, in super coat put down to perfection, not as firm in topline as my winner
3rd Bott & Allens' Sh Ch Trimere Talking Point of Alleniw
4th Donaldsons' Donarden Star Attraction

Special Beginners Dog (4)
1st Larges' Mompesson Flawless is Madaza
upstanding dog, could do with a bit more width and depth in foreface, good body, nicely boned, lovely coat, could have moved with more reach
2nd Woolhouses' Cherishym Outlaw
slightly bigger dog, but well made, would like more work in his head, good neck and shoulder, nice body, strong back, well made quarters, in good coat, could have moved with more reach in front
3rd Joyces' Shelcasrie Head Over Heels
4th Drinkalls' Mompesson Tribute to Esscroft

Veteran Dog (2, 1a)

1st Merrys' Anacapa Solo Flyer
ten year old dog in super condition, lovely head and eye, good shoulder, very good body and strong back, nice topline which he held on the move, nicely angulated hindquarters, good bone, moved effortlessly around the ring, a credit to his owner for keeping him in such good condition, Best Veteran.

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