Critique - Mrs. Jenny Dove
IRISH WOLFHOUND ASSOCIATION OF THE
GARDEN STATE OCTOBER 30 & 31st, 2005
I would like to thank the committee for inviting me to judge at their
First Independent Specialty Show with the fine entry of 176 dogs with 240
entries thoroughly enjoyed my two days judging, we were also blessed with
lovely sunny weather, which always helps to make a show successful.
Marvelous to see so many veterans entered, 25 in all.
Veteran Dogs 6-8 Yrs. (Bronze)  1 Absent
1st, Wortman’s CH. Redtops Phantom of the Opera. For me an easy winner in
this class, well balanced head with pleasing expression. Excellent type
and conformation, correct front and hind movement has good style. Well
handled, 7 3/4 years old. Still in great form. Best overall Veteran in
2nd, Mazurkiewicz’s CH. Ironweed Deataig. 7½ years, good masculine,
balanced head, dark eye, well bodied with good depth of brisket, has
coordinated front and hind angulation, so moved soundly and with drive.
Not the condition and outline of winner, slightly losing his topline with
3rd, Flanigan’s Carrickaneena’s Bro’ Tim. 7 years old who has good overall
balance and type. I liked his head and expression, but preferred the
sounder movement of above.
4th, King’s CH. Ardrhi Niclif Aerie of Eagle. Younger 6½ year old, lovely
head and expression dark eye, good shoulder placement and front movement,
well bodied. Would like more angulation at rear, which affected his hind
movement and drive
Veteran Dogs (8-9 Years) Silver  1 Absent
1st, Daley’s Can. CH. Aotearoa Mangu Mumu. 8½ years, brindle, grand old
hound who was well bodied with good depth, masculine throughout with
correct ears and set. Would prefer more angle of upper arm but still has
good topline, well angulated hindquarters with good tail set and carriage.
Difficult to assess movement today as he preferred to do his own thing;
just being a stubborn old man! Stood alone in this class
Veteran 6-8 Bitches (Bronze)  4 Absent
1st, Gagne’s CH. Kellcastle Starkeeper Vanilla JC CGC. 7½ years cream of
excellent overall quality and type, correct body, well ribbed back and
good depth. Feminine head and expression, dark eye, correct ear set and
carriage. Won this class with ease. Well handled.
2nd, Sula’s CH. O’Lugh’s Touched By An Angel. 6½ years brindle, heavier
style of hound to winner. Not refined but has good presence, style and
movememt. Not the topline and outline of the winner, but she has well
angulated hind quarters, good tail and set.
3rd, Prawel and DiStefano Kindred’s Brenna of Sherwood. 7½ years old,
unfortunately a little stubborn and lazy on the move, but has feminine
head and expression, dark eye, lovely ears and set, well bodied. Preferred
her head to above, but topline and movement let her down today.
4th, Flanagan and Milner CH. Golden Lass of Nutstown. 6 years red wheaten,
well balanced, feminine head, good expression, correct topline. Not the
front angulation of winner. Hind angulation adequate, not the drive and
presence of above, but a little lazy today.
Veteran Bitches 8-9 Silver  1 Absent - Not an easy class to
1st, Roland’s CH. R Noble Anam Cara. Very striking, cream 8½ Years,
feminine head and expression, good ears and set. Lovely to see black ears,
so rare in the cream these days. Excellent overall type, carrying a little
bit too much weight for me. But still had the best overall movement and
2nd ,Flanagan’s CH. Carrickaneena’s Ruithneach. 8 year old brindle,
different style of hound to winner. Well balanced head, lovely dark eye,
good expression. Preferred her front angulation to the winner, but lacked
muscular condition. So stood and moved a little slack on the hind
quarters. Good overall type, lovely coat and texture.
3rd, Walker’s CH. Winchsr Padraig’s Cu Derdriu, CGC. 8 year old brindle,
smaller, heavier bitch than 2 above. Well balanced head but not so elegant
as her classmates. Stood well but a little loose front and rear when
4th, Kinsella’s Balincu’s Maguire of Kellair CGC. 8¾ years, cream, lighter
boned than 3 above. Feminine bitch, not my type of head. Lacked overall
quality and not happy moving today.
Veteran Bitches 9 and over  1 Absent
1st, Hoffman and Conner’s Blair’s Copper. 9½ years, brindle, well balanced
head and excellent overall breed type. Marvelous condition for age, still
has great presence, outmoved her classmate, very sound front and rear.
2nd, Hoffman and Conner’s Blair’s Luci Orga Crotac. 10½ years, half sister
to above, well balanced throughout, not the front angulation and movement
of winner, but has good type and quality. Well handled. Both grand old
ladies who are both a credit to their owners. Many thanks for bringing
Field Trial Bitch  2 Absent
1st. Flanagan’s DC. Carrickaneena Slan Leat SC. 3 years. Very pretty head
and expression, lovely dark eye, excellent front angulation, forechest and
depth. Slightly shorter coupled than second. Correct feet, good tail and
set. Would like slightly more hind angulation. She moves with great style
and presence. Sound throughout.
2nd. Flanagan’s DC. Carrickaneena Sorcha SC. 6 years old. Not the free
stylish and driving movement of winner. But she is a taller hound. Would
like more angle of shoulder. Good depth. Needs more body weight.
Puppy Dogs 6-9  - Very difficult class to judge, as my immediate
first choice to win unfortunately went lame.
1st, Price’s Blackthorn Wizard Gandolf. Just 6 months. Very stylish,
masculine pup. Not the same substance and maturity of 2nd but moved
adequately for age. Has good coordinating front and hind angulation.
2nd, Mascia, Flanagan and Murphy’s Carrickaneena Duchas Cu Fleadh.
Handsome 7 months. Dark brindle, lovely head and dark eye, good
expression, best overall breed type and conformation in this class, but
unfortunately went lame on front. Sound excellent, hind angulation, well
handled. Excellent youngster who I am sure has a great future.
3rd, Price’s Blackthorn Tobold Hornblower. Just 6 months. Well balanced
overall. So similar in style to little brother, the winner, but still so
4th, Katzer’s Blackthorn Aragorn Cordarragh. Another brother who is
heavier in head than 1 and 3, but well balanced overall with good depth.
Another who will improve with maturity.
Puppy Dog 9-12 
1st, Sula’s O’Lugh Blackwater Sullivan. Tall handsome cream, lovely pup,
who immediately took my eye. Easy sound mover, who is mature at 10 months
and still has so much time on his side. Lovely head and expression, long
neck with good front and hind coordination. Good depth, well ribbed back
and correct length of loin. I loved his style and presence. Well handled.
Typical lovely, laid back, easy temperament. I am sure he has a great
2nd, Tweer and Marx’s Arntara Braveheart O Brandywhine. Only 9½ months,
but another tall pup who also has a good outline and sound front and rear.
Still has to grow into his frame and needs to body up. Very good balance
and style. Well handled.
3rd, Forman’s Cudama Sandycove of Ballyhara. 11 months. Heavier style of
hound than two above and more mature. Well bodied with good depth and
correct topline. Lovely coat and correct texture. I would like slightly
more hind angulation as he lacked drive behind today, but has good ring
style. Well handled.
4th, Fullwood’s Eirian’s Little Boy Blue. Masculine 9 months. Very
immature to three above. Will level on topline when his hind quarters
drop. Still a real baby in this class.
12-18 Months Dog  1 Absent
1st, Daley and Freedman’s Aotearoa Emrys Meriadoc. 16 months. Tall cream
brindle. Masculine hound. Good overall balance. I like his head and
expression, good ears and set. Still a little immature but had the edge on
his classmates with his sound, easy movement. Has excellent drive and
extension front and rear.
2nd, Hartenstein and Simon’s Rockheart Enigma. 16 months. Heavier style of
hound. More mature than winner but for me lacked overall balance. I would
like a little more front angulation and less hind angulation. Well ribbed
back with good depth of body. Well handled.
3rd, Benjamin and Marx’s Pitlochry’s Ypsilon. Tall handsome, 14 months
masculine youngster who has many good qualities. He was less mature than
two above and he needs to body up and strengthen on the move. But I liked
his overall balance and style and he pressed hard for second place but he
was just too immature.
4th, Prokopenko and Gagne’s Kaleel Glenamadda Starkeeper. Smaller black
15½ months, different style to three above. Looked better standing than
moving. Totally outmoved by his classmates. A little fond of his tail
today. Lovely coat and texture.
Novice Dogs  4 Absent
1st, Littlewood’s Gulliagh Aslan. 19 months dark brindle, very good
overall type. Well bodied, shorter coupled than classmates. Moved with
style, sound hind and front movement with slightly more front extension
2nd, Daley and Shoreys Aotearoa Emrys Marama Kalua. Mature 2 years cream.
Lovely head and expression. Well constructed throughout. More mature than
winner but just was outmoved by Aslan. Well handled.
3rd, Butler and Flanagan’s Carrickaneena Minstrel Boy O’BK. Heavier style
of hound, cream brindle just 2 years. A little less coordination when
moving and a little proud of tail today. Will settle with maturity.
4th, Katzer’s Fleetwind Wystan O’Cordarragh. 2 years wheaten. A little too
heavy in head and round in eye for me. Well bodied but unsound front and
rear. Not my type.
Bred By Exhibitor’s  2 Absent
1st, Paloma’s Erinwood Rainier. Very handsome, stylish silver wheaten.
Lovely head and expression. Liked his overall conformation and easy sound
movement front and rear. Easy winner in this class and in the challenge
for Winner’s Dog. Beaten for Best of Winners by the bitch, was who just
2nd, Wortman’s Redtops Celtic Spirit. More mature 3 years dark brindle.
Well balanced overall with good head and expression. Very sound front and
rear, lovely outline. A little lazy today. Not the elegance of winner.
3rd,Flanagan’s Carrickaneena Bard of Armagh. Well balanced head with good
expression. Slightly different style of hound to two above. Very nice
overall construction. Lighter on his feet, just outmoved today.
4th, Daley’s Can. CH. Aotearoa Manuka 2nd . Tall 3½ years brindle, well
bodied with good depth, level topline. Liked his head and expression. Good
hind angulation but I would like more front angulation and front extension
American Bred  2 Absent
1st, Hartenstein and Simon’s Rockheart Anthem. Nearly 3 years brindle.
Excellent overall type and well balanced conformation. Moved soundly front
and rear. Would like less ring in tail but it is well set and has good
carriage. Well handled. Very nice hound.
2nd, Flanagan’s Carrickaneena Templebreedy. At first my winner as he came
into the ring but he did not make the best of himself on the move. Very
nicely made hound who has good overall balance. Well bodied with good
depth and length. Side movement excellent.
3rd, Hartney’s Carrickaneena McGarry. Light brindle, would like more front
and hind angulation but he is balanced overall. Sound mover but not my
style of hound.
4th, Flynn’s Moloney’s Benjamin. Shorter coupled hound, not dissimilar in
style and color to third but not so sound moving. Topline could be better.
Open Dogs  3 Absent - a good quality class
1st, Marx’s Pitlochry’s Quintus. 22 months. Tall handsome youngster who
has a lot of style and presence. Although still immature, he is well
bodied, good depth and length. Good outline and topline. Stands well and
really covers the ground when moving. Still needs to fill in and mature.
So I am sure his owners will have a lot of fun with him. Reserve Winner’s
2nd, Milner, Jimenez and Flanagan’s Carrickaneena Ardri JC. 20 months
cream. Another very promising youngster with a lot of style and presence.
Nice overall construction. Excellent front and hind movement. I liked him
a lot. Just slightly preferred the head and expression of Winner.
3rd, Daley and Shoring’s Aotearoa Kia Ora. Very handsome, light gray
brindle who at first glance was my winner but not happy in the ring and
spoilt his chances when moving. Sound throughout, in excellent condition.
Well handled considering his mood.
4th, Walker and Flanagan’s Carrickaneena Paddy Clancy. Tall 3 years, cream
brindle. Not disgraced in this class of quality hounds. Has good overall
balance, masculine throughout. Still a little immature. Sound front and
Puppies 6-9 Month Bitches  2 Absent
1st, Forman’s Rosslare’s Jane Of Ballyhara. Very pretty 6 months. Looked
lovely standing. With good head length and sound easy mover. Excellent
front and hind extension. More mature than classmates. Well handled.
2nd, Smith’s Blackthorn Varda Star Queen.
3rd, Smith’s Blackthorn Evenstar Of Arwen.
These two littermates are so similar that their critiques are almost
identical. Two very pretty cream brindles. Very immature but only just six
months. Lovely heads with dark eyes and excellent expressions. Nicely
constructed throughout. With good coordinating front and hind angulation.
Both pups were just outmoved by the winner.
4th, Daley and Freedman’s Aotearoa Emrys Mango. 8 month old, red brindle.
More mature than the two above. Sound pup who is well bodied but I just
preferred the heads of three above. Well handled.
Puppy 9-12 Months Bitches  3 Absent
1st, Prokopenko and Gagne’s Glenamadda Starkeeper U R Zada. Gorgeous 11
month red brindle. Top quality pup who I could quite easily have taken
home. I loved everything about her and was pleased to award her Best Puppy
2nd, Dormady’s O’Lugh’s Literary Genius. 10 months, cream brindle. Litter
sister to my best puppy dog. Similar style of hound to brother. Good
overall balance. Needs to settle on front but with maturity, should finish
well. Well handled.
3rd, Forman’s Cudama Santa Of Ballyhara. Taller pup than two above. 11
months not as mature as winner and not the front angulation but moved
adequately. Still very raw but another who just needs maturity. Looked
good moving from the side. Well handled.
4th, Johnson’s Gladstone’s Come Fly With Me. At 9 months, looked a real
baby in this competition. Lacked femininity for me and rather too tall and
needs to body up. Moving a little too close at present. Lovely dark eye.
Junior 12-18 Month Bitches 
1st, Michalski and Paloma’s Erinwood Wall Street. 17 months cream, litter
sister to Winner’s Dog. Excellent overall type. Pretty head, dark eye,
excellent ears and set. Not moving at her best today. Sound but lazy. Won
the class on type.
2nd, Owen’s Erinwood Solo Right Out Loud. Feminine well balanced head,
dark eye, good expression. Nicely made throughout. Not the front or hind
angulation of third, but happier and a little sounder on the move today.
Preferred her head and expression to number three. 17 months brindle.
3rd, Hartenstein and Simon’s Rockheart Eclipse. Dark brindle, only 13
months but very mature and nice to go over. Good overall breed type but
looked better standing than moving. Did not make the best of herself when
moving. Dark eye but I would prefer a more elegant head and softer
4th, Lee’s Aotearoa Suro Mango Keely. Very attractive 14 months. Shorter
coupled than above in grand condition. Well angulated hind quarters. Front
angulation not as good as above. Well bodied with good depth. Well
Novice Bitches  2 Absent
1st, Peltier and Flanagan’s Carrickaneena Ean Ceoil. 19 months dark
brindle, pretty feminine head. Good length of neck with lovely overall
balance. Easily the soundest in the class. Just wish she would put her
head up. It would just finish her nicely when moving. Promising youngster.
2nd, English and Flanagan’s Carrickaneena’s Mise Eire JC. Almost 2 years,
cream brindle. Lovely dark eye and pleasing expression. Nicely made bitch
who took my eye as she entered the ring but not the easy flowing movement
of Winner. Another who preferred to be outside the ring rather than making
the best of herself.
3rd, Flanagan’s Carrickanneena Gaeltacht. Litter sister to above, red
brindle who moved adequately but not style of above. Nicely constructed.
4th, Hartenstein and Simon’s Rockheart Defiance. 21 months not the
pleasing head and expression of three above but has good overall balance.
Would prefer less ring in tail which she carried a little high today.
Front movement not as good as classmates.
Bred By Exhibitor Bitches  2 Absent
1st, Curtin, Michalski and Paloma’s Erinwood Route Sixty Six. Another
litter sister to Winner’s Dog. 17 months super head and expression.
Another with excellent overall balance. Moved soundest and with drive in
this class. Would prefer straighter tail when moving, but breeders must be
happy with these three littermates who have all won classes against
2nd, Myer's Kellykerry Reanna of Eagle. More mature 3 years, dark gray who
oozes quality and type. At first I thought my Winner but just outmoved by
youngster today. Excellent handling.
3rd, Roland’s R Noble Alainn Nora. 4 years, gray brindle. Not the head and
expression of two above. Well bodied with good depth and length. Moved
soundly but topline could be better.
4th, Flanagan’s Carrickaneena Ardla. 20 months, red brindle. Different
style of hound to three above. Nicely made and moves with great style and
drive. Needs to mature not disgraced in this competition.
Another nice class with some fine hounds.
American Bred Bitches  1 Absent
1st, Myer’s Kellykerry Megan of Eagle. Gorgeous 2 years, gray brindle.
Lovely head and expression. Long neck into well angulated shoulders with
lovely feet. Well bodied, good depth, well ribbed back with correct
fallaway and hind angulation. Sound front and rear, excellent drive. Has
lovely overall type and presence. Please to award her Winners Bitch and
Best of Winners. Well deserved and will still mature more into a super
2nd, Gagne’s Gabriels Starkeeper Jayde. Less mature 2 years, cream
brindle. Very pretty bitch who is well constructed with excellent sound
movement. Unlucky to meet winner today. Well handled.
3rd, Whitney and Thomasson’s Fleetwind Spicemates Calli. Well balanced,
red. Another who needs to mature but has lovely conformation and movement.
Slightly more racier style than two above and not as feminine in head but
very nice youngster.
4th, Flanagan’s Carrickaneena Eire. Mature 3 years, black. Rather outmoved
by three above. Level topline but not quite the angulation I would like to
see. Not really my type.
Open Bitches  4 Absent
1st, Gorman’s Faith’s Fortune Fionnmae. Very sound, nearly 2 years old,
cream brindle. Lovely head and expression with excellent overall balance.
Mature bitch who won this class on type and style. Reserve Winner’s Bitch.
2nd, Michalski and Curtin’s Erinwood Solo High Fidelity. At 17 months, was
rather immature in this big class but her lovely, easy, sound, driving
movement won her this place. Feminine throughout. Lovely head and
expression, dark eye. Well made front and rear. Very promising youngster.
3rd, Ewing and Houston McDonalds Grealla of Eagle. Gorgeous 4 year, dark
gray. Excellent hound who is just my style. Lovely overall balance and
conformation and in top condition. Today she let herself down when moving
but when she settles, I am sure she will win with ease. A little erratic
but she still has great drive, front and hind extension and presence. Well
4th, Gagne and Prokopenko’s Kellamore Starkeeper Majora CGC. Well handled,
gray brindle, 5 years. With a lovely head and a lovely expression. Dark
eye, has good type. Hind movement could be better. Outmoved by three
Best of Breed  7 Absent
Was a great class with many top quality hounds and a pleasure to judge. I
would like to thank the exhibitor’s for the lovely entry and the nice
atmosphere of the whole show. A very nice two days and weather shone down
on us, thank goodness.
I was pleased to award to Malone and Smith’s CH. Taliesin’s Llenlleawg CGC.
Handsome 5 years, mature hound, who is in his prime. I was immediately
impressed by his presence and stylish movement as he entered the ring. In
excellent condition, and handled to perfection, he won amongst top
competition. A lovely dog, who would win anywhere in the world, I am sure.
Best of Opposite Sex
Ryan, Osborne and Andrew’s Am\Can. CH. Wolfhaven Rock and Roll to Curiann.
Striking top quality bitch who oozed quality, excellent type and overall
balance. Who moves soundly and with drive. A bitch who makes you smile
when she moves.
Best of Winners
Was Myers Kellykerry Megan of Eagle, who still looked a baby in this final
competition. She was also awarded Award of Merit as was: Paloma’s Erinwood
Rainier (Winner’s Dog) and also Ryan’s Am\Can. CH. Curianns Celtic Rune. 3
years, red brindle, who I particularly liked and for me was third Best of
Breed. Looked lovely standing and moves with style, soundly front and
rear, still a little immature compared to BOB winner But is a very
Two other Award of Merits: Prokopenko’s CH. Starkeeper Glenamadda
Realtan. Very houndy bitch, who is slighter build than bitch above.
Feminine throughout, pretty head and expression, lovely outline and
conformation. Covers the ground soundly and with drive. Interesting to see
that she is mother to my Best Puppy in Show Winner and litter sister to
above. Well handled.
Award of Merit also awarded to Roland’s CH R Noble Aron. Upstanding gray,
who is well constructed and moves soundly and with style. Mature at 4
years. Well presented and handled.
Stud Dogs 
1st, Flanagan’s CH. Carrickaneena Tigernach
2nd, Daley’s Can. CH. Aotearoa Manuka 2nd
3rd, Smith’s Blackthorn Setanta Cuchulain
4th, English and Flanagan’s CH. Carrickaneena Dearg Mac Logan
Brood Bitch  1 Absent
1st, Flanagan’s and Milner’s CH. Golden Lass of Nutstown
1st Ryan’s well-matched pair Am. Can. CH. Curianns Celtic Rune and Am.
Can. CH. Wolfhaven RocknRoll to Curiann
2nd, Prokopenko and Gagne’s Kellamore Starkeeper Majora CGC and CH.
Starkeeper Glenamadda Realtan
3rd, Butler and Flanagan’s Carrickaneena Sligo and Carrickaneena Minstrel
What a brave lady! Excellent quality foursome who all managed to
move together marvelously without pulling their handler flat on her face.
Amazing!! Gagne’s Laislinn Starkeeper Rayne and Gabriels Starkeeper
Jayde and Prokopenko’s and Gagne’s Kellamore Starkeeper Majora CGC. And
CH. Starkeeper Glenamadda Realtan.
Jenny Dove (Judge)