October 28, 2007
by Jean McDonald
Firstly I must thank IWAGS for inviting me to judge this prestigious show. The
show was so well put together, a magnificent venue, we were blessed with fine
sunny weather, although a little cold, it was perfect for the dogs.
I enjoyed sorting out a wonderful entry, having never judged in your country I
was therefore assessing your hounds for the first time. It seemed unusual for
our breed, but for me the males outshone the females, type was more stable in
the dogs than the bitches.
The level of hounds' cleanliness was creditable and there were some lovely
Your temperaments were excellent, a credit to you all.
Not knowing any of your kennels it was interesting for me to see when looking in
the catalogue who had consistent placings in strong classes, maybe that was my
version of the standard.
Some striking exhibits were out of condition and soft in muscle -tone, so I had
to downgrade because of this. Bad bites, again in some lovely specimens had to
pay the price.
Finally, congratulations on your wonderful veterans, a credit to breeders and
owners, they truly bring tears to our eyes, so special.
Best of Breed" Kellykerry Emmit of Aerie" Glenn. H. Myer (Winners Dog, Best of
Wow, what can I say about this beautiful young male, just out of puppy, and a
star in the making. So handsome, commanding appearance, of good size, superb
bone and substance, wonderful curves, great depth of brisket for age, correct
shoulder and upper arm lovely topline, good length, strong rear quarters, lovely
hind angulation, good feet. Loved his head, nice eye beautiful ears, held
correctly on the move, strong neck, correct bite and on top of all that I loved
his movement, he drove from behind, and had great extension in front, presenting
flowing lines. He was handled superbly, at one with his owner, looked as though
he could have kept going all day. I want him to fill in front and at the moment
a touch close behind, but he is still a baby and all this hopefully will come
with age. He was my best overall day one and although I gave his Sire top
honours, he was still overall the exhibit of the show for me Superb. wish he was
mine. I will follow his career with interest.
Best of Opposite Sex "Garlow Neesha of Eagle" Sam Houston McDonald (Winners
15 month old Wheaton, and wow could she move. A lovely free mover. In top
condition and it showed, very shapely, beautiful head and pigment, lovely
expression, correct rose ears, clean neck set into good shoulder and upper arm.
Substantial body of nice proportions, sweeping strong hindquarters used
correctly on the move, a hound of lovely type, her movement gave her the top
honours, showing her socks off for her handler.
Awards of Merit I had no hesitation in awarding my 3 awards of merit, all 3 were
dogs of high quality.
"Ch Pitlochry's Quintus" Marx and Benjamin. Another excellent type, with
such commanding appearance, beautifully balanced, good reach of neck, handsome
head, good topline and underline, lovely depth of chest, he is well angulated
front and rear. He is a huge boy without coarseness, great bone and substance,
and width throughout. A really impressive hound, hard to fault. A sound easy
mover with good reach of stride. See he is the sire of my best male, he has
certainly passed all his attributes to his son. Another great dog.
Ch Dun Myrica Speaker of Eagle" Houston McDonald and Roland. Upstanding
and imposing stallion hound of great quality has all the attributes required in
the standard. Lovely head of correct proportions, strong neck, well developed
ribcage, correct shoulder, good balance of length to height. Superb bone and
substance. Good depth and width all through, lots of dog under your hands. Moved
with long easy strides excels in type.
"Ch Wildisle Castlekeeper Quest" Kneavel and Bregy. I loved this boy, he
is a smart dog who fills the eye, has quality stamped all over him, he lost out
for the top spot as his handler was having problems moving him, she had her
knees strapped, so could not move this boy to his full advantage. Noble head,
the sweetest of expressions, so kind and gentle, great neck into good front,
lovely depth , strong topline and correct underline. Bone and substance without
coarseness, beautifully sound throughout. Curvy well muscled hindquarters with
good width to thigh. A great beautifully balanced male.
Best Veteran "Ch Kellamore Starkeeper Majora" J Gagne.
How do we pick a best
veteran with so many old ladies and gentleman exhibits with their proud owners.
As you can guess this is not easy. But this old lady at just gone 7 years did
all her handler asked, she stood 4 square, moved a treat, looked into your eyes
and you melted, believe me! She was in good condition had still got a great
shape. I was delighted to give her this award. I must add others ran her close.
Best Puppy "R Noble McEwen of Eagle" Roland and Houston McDonald.
well grown young man, typical head, great pigment, strong neck set into a good
front combined with shapely quarters, good bone, correct topline and underline.
He is wearing a great jacket. He stands on good feet and moves so well for his
age. Great temperament. I liked him a lot, hope he has a great future
Puppy 6-9 Months Dogs
1. Wolfhaven Aint No Fool at O'Lugh. Beautifully balanced at only 6 months old
and a good mover too, he took everything in his stride. His immaturity did not
distract from his qualities and conformation. Correct length of body, good leg
length, strong muscular neck, well laid shoulder and excellent return of upper
arm. Adequate bone, shapely quarters with strength through the hocks. The most
melting expression. I liked him a lot.
2. Mise Eire An Fear Sarsfield. Red Brindle, less together than first,
much rangier in type, he has great bone, correct head with the most lovely, kind
expression. He is sound, has good padded feet, correct shoulder angulations, he
shows strength behind. He needs time.
3. Wolfhaven Calorien Fou Noir. A young male with a lot going for him,
when he settled down he was a lovely boy. He has a typical head with that
wonderful soft expression, a dark kind eye. A touch straight in front right now,
but hopefully all will come together. I would like more leg length for balance,
he has a good topline and underline, again he needs time.
4. Fleetwind Carroy Duan Amergin. I think this boy would have preferred to be a
home !! A touch anxious and needed to settle. He is an attractive tall boy with
a handsome head, correct expression, lovely length to a good arched neck. He
stood over the ground well. He is in great coat. A touch upright in
shoulder, but so much to like about him, he has great bone. Once he gets the
hang of showing I reckon he will be up there with the best of them.
PUPPY 9-12 Months Dogs
1. R Noble McEwan of Eagle (Best Puppy). At the top end of puppy in age and
looked more mature than the rest of the class. A very attractive male full of
promise, he stood foursquare whenever I glanced over at him. Well proportioned
head, good pigment, strong neck, excellent shoulder and upper arm, nicely
angulated hindquarters, good ribbing. Completely balanced with adequate bone.
Good extension in profile covering a lot of ground. In great jacket. Should have
a great future.
2. Aotearoa Lee Ridge Tote. Tall boy, in good condition standing well up on great
limbs, correctly balanced length of body, to wonderful leg length. Masculine
head, soft gentle expression, good bite, strong underjaw, great pigment, a
lovely arched neck set into correct shoulder and return of upper arm, super
forehand. Not as positive on the move as first, but still ran 1st close. Another
with a bright future.
3. Gralyn Autumn Green Spot. Another nice specimen, to be critical would like
more leg length. Most handsome of heads, dark eye, melting wolfhound expression.
Well angulated front and shapely quarters. Has sufficient bone. Sound action but
4. Baileysong Aotearoa Tiak. On entering the ring I thought this boy would have
been in the first three, he is very masculine with a most handsome head,
wonderful bone and substance, good forechest and depth of brisket for his age,
he had a straight front, o.k. shoulder, correct topline and underline, shapely
quarters. would like more muscle, a bit sluggish on the move. He looked very
much a baby, such a pity he had a mouth fault.
12-18 Months Dogs
1. Kellykerry Emmit of Aerie (Winners Dog, Best of Winners, Best of Breed)
2. Sykes Thunder. A smart eye catching cream, different type to first with lots
going for him. Touch plain in head and skull too broad, with slightly flat ears,
but he has a correct bite and good pigment, he lacks the furnishings of some.. I
liked his front assembly, he stands 4 square on good legs, plenty of bone,
correct topline, shapely quarters, could do with a touch more length to
hindquarters, had a good second thigh. Strong well muscled body , sound and
energetic on the move.
3. Westmount Mo-By Built on smaller lines, and very much the baby in this class,
but he had a well proportioned head, o.k. front, he needs to grow on. Movement
easy and active.
4. Starkeeper McEnroe of Limerick. Attractive male showing power and strength, he
has great bone, stands on strong feet has a correct crested neck lovely topline
and quarters. Loved his temperament, not as active in movement as I would have
hoped, well presented and handled.
1. Aotearoa Tihi Aru. Tall imposing male built on strong lines, he was in good
from wearing a lovely crisp jacket. Typical head, decent front but would like
more depth and forechest, he lacked muscle tone and would benefit with more
weight. He had a shapely underline with correct hind angulations. Moved well.
2. Crionnacht Carrickaneena Wyse. Well balanced, well presented male, he has a
great shape, has grand bone a strong neck set into o.k. front, touch coarse in
head, a little straight behind, but on the move showed power and strength.
3. Kindred Cormac O' Beltane. Smaller cobby type, shorter ribbed, but a lovely
shape. His head was o.k. but he lacked underjaw. He stands on good feet.
Movement was o.k.
4. Rosslare’s Mythic Galen Justice. Again a smaller type, similar to 3rd in size
and shape, he has adequate bone, a decent front and movement was o.k.
Bred by Exhibitor
1. Carrickaneena Slieve Caher. Just gone 2 years and in his prime, so well
developed strong and beautifully balanced, he shows great power and strength,
steady positive movement, looks as though he could go all day. Super strong neck
set into a good front, a dog with style.
2. Talisker White Christmas. A different type to first built on smaller lines but
nevertheless a nice boy. A typical head but eyes a bit small. I would like more
width throughout and his coat was not at its best. He has a correct front and
lovely sweeping quarters wonderful over the croup. Movement was sound and steady
3. Can. Ch. Aotearoa Manuka 2nd. A large impressive male, great leg length, he has a great
head and wonderful ears, good pigment, strong neck, correct topline and
underline. However so disappointed with his front movement, he was hackneying
and behind he lacked drive, such a pity as I liked his type a lot.
American Bred Dogs
1. Taliesin's Wizard of Wideview. Lovely headed male with much to admire, ideal
size, sweet expression dark eye and lovely rose ear. He is soundly constructed a
lovely shape wearing a good coat. I would like more forechest and depth, but
adequate neck, set into a good shoulder, lovely angulations, he moved out freely
covering plenty of ground.
2. Sykes Tryskelle Lightning. At only 15 month this boy was in top condition
wearing a wonderful crisp jacket. He stands on good feet with adequate bone,
touch straight in shoulder, short in upper arm and needs to develop his front.
Would like more hind angulations. Moved o.k.
3. Kellamore Braemar of Fitzwick. Built on smaller lines, has a great shape, tidy
topline, strong feet. He has a good head with correct expression, ears a bit
flat, great forechest and depth, would like more leg length for balance. An
easy sound free mover.
4. Skywalker's A’ Patriot Game. Pleasing male, tall elegant and houndy, has super
bone, his coat is blown at the moment so does not look at his best. Strong neck,
correct front assembly, and underline, wonderful strong hocks, croup a bit
steep. He let himself down badly in movement, uncoordinated behind.
1. Ber-D-Mars Classic Cruiser (Reserve Winners Dog). Very typical hound with a
most handsome head, good eye and pigment, good bite, ears a touch flat but he
held them correctly on the move. Correct length of neck set into a well
angulated front, good depth to chest and brisket. Grand bone. Lovely topline and
underline, well angulated behind with a great croup and good second thigh.
Correct tail set. He stands on good strong feet, moving soundly with reach and
drive. To be critical a touch short coupled. That said he is a lovely honest male
handled and shown to advantage.
2 Can. Ch. Aotearoa Kia Ora. Very houndy stallion hound, loved his strong bone, superb
feet and good legs. He was in good condition and in great coat. Typical neck and
a great shoulder, but he lacks depth and forechest. Strong quarters showing
strength through his hocks. Liked his topline and rise over the loin. His
overall balance was spot on , an active hound covering much ground.
3. Rosslare's Dubhghaill O' Beltane. Built on smaller lines, has a typical head
but flat ears. He needs more width throughout. His movement was positive and
4. Wildisle Castlekeeper Taralea Wiz. Appeals for type, has a quality head, great
expression, lovely crested neck, great depth and well boned legs. Good shapely
quarters, lovely rise over the loin. Moves o.k.
Puppy 6-9 Months Bitches A delightful class of lovely bitches.
1. Wolfhaven Caper of Aerie. 9 month old beautifully balanced baby of great
shape, very curvy, has a correct shoulder and return of upper arm. Pretty head
with the sweetest of expressions, wonderful dark eye and small rose ears held
well on the move. She has superb angulated hindquarters, a good topline and
underline and on top of that a sound free active mover. My only doubt at this
moment is will she come up to size? I do hope so, she is a lovely girl.
2. Carrickaneena Fioriomha. Another quality puppy of good type, a close decision
between her and first. She is more houndy than first, and I particularly liked
her good length of leg. She has a lovely head, with a kind eye and gentle
expression. Not quite the lay of shoulder of first, but has a great strong neck,
correct topline and underline. Stands four square covering a lot of ground on
good well padded feet. A steady mover handled symphatically by her owner, and
did all she was asked. A good prospect.
3. Carrickaneena Abbeylara. Litter sister to second and similar notes apply.
Another good type, with a super head, strong neck and she has great bone and
substance, again well up for size, standing on good feet. Just not as settled on
the move as her sister.
4. Gladstone’s Diamond in the Rough. Another good prospect. This youngster
although in her underclothes, showed off her lovely shape, and what an unusual
colour!! So striking. She stands on great feet, four square, a substantial
bitch of correct length to leg, so well balanced. Nicely laid shoulder and upper
arm with the correct proportioned head. Good breath to forechest and amazing
depth of brisket for her age. She has a lovely topline with a wonderful long
tail, this coupled with sound free movement presented a lovely picture. A
youngster with a great future.
Puppy 9-12 Months Bitches I must say all these 3 babies were a credit to their
owner/ breeders and will change places on other days.
1. R Noble Maggie McNeill of Eagle. Lovely youngster so well put together, nice
head and sweet expression, she is so well balanced has a good forearm, correct
length of leg, strong neck set into a good shoulder. She has adequate bone, good
ribbing and strong through the loin nice width to body. Excellent, effortless
movement with good front extension and drive from behind using her strong hocks.
Excellent presentation, handled beautifully. Very promising.
2. Curiann’s Indigo Rose. Another interesting youngster of good type. She has no
exaggerations and is so balanced. A good head set into strong neck with a well
constructed front and shoulder. Wearing a great jacket in good condition, moved
and showed well.
3. Baileysong Aotearoa Kahlua. Another eye-catching youngster in great form.
Beautiful head and melting expression, lovely dark eye, well constructed in all
departments, moving out very well.
12-18 Months Bitches
1. Garlow Neesha of Eagle (Winners Bitch, Best of Opposite Sex)
2. Gordon of Aerie (Reserve Winners Bitch). Another smart striking youngster,
just had her first birthday, and what a cracker she was!! She is a wonderful
type, mature and developed for her age, with a lovely head, touch light in eye
which spoils a typical melting true wolfhound expression. Stood and behaved
beautifully, moved really well. She had a strong neck set into correct
shoulders, she is a great shape, well ribbed, combined with correct spring of
rib. Lovely quarters, well muscled. In beautiful condition. She looked the part
and should have a great future.
3. Skyes Tess. 15 month old cream, o.k. head, but a touch heavy in skull and
would prefer a bit more length to muzzle, she lacked the furnishings of some,
but had a kind expression. A happy girl with substance and style, she has good
ribbing a lovely broad chest, good forehand, a strong well set neck. She is in
good condition , well muscled which showed in her free active movement, having a
good second thigh and strong hocks. Well presented and handled.
4. Kellykerry Peggy Sue of Aerie. I thought on entering the ring this would be my
class winner, litter sister to my best male. I loved her, she was of beautiful
type, had commanding appearance, she is stylish, has a pleasing topline, and
shapely underline, very houndy with a well placed shoulder and long upper arm.
Lovely strong arched neck, has super sweeping shoulders, is a good shape behind
finish off with a good croup. Free and true on the move, but sadly, so
disappointing, a mouth fault cost her a higher placing.
1. Lonnkyle Phoenix at Curiann. This girl caught my eye on entering the ring,
very pleasing outline, a substantial bitch with a strong well muscled body, she
has a lovely head with superb ear carriage although lacks the furnishings of
some, but makes up with the rest. Good depth and spring of rib, balanced body
all through, well ribbed back and super topline, shapely underline. Wonderful
free active movement. Well presented and beautifully handled a great prospect.
2. Sidhe's Wolfchase Reba. Liked a lot about this female, my notes say a great
prospect but a touch soft in condition just now, and I would like a stronger
topline, however she is of good type, with a correct head and superb expression,
lovely ear carriage, good breadth of body, strong in movement, great long
strides with an impressive side gait.
3. Carrickaneena Coimealai. Houndy bitch with a most typical head, neat rose
ears, but slightly light in eye which spoils. Good depth of body and spring of
rib, she has good length and ribbing, strong loin. Great feet, wonderful curvy
quarters. Powerful movement, really drives off her strong hocks. Well handled
4. Aotearoa Aroha Noa. Elegant cream built on a larger frame than most. A lot to
like about this young lady. Very houndy big strong girl, correct topline and
underline, great length to legs, good ribbing, but lacks forechest, hope that
comes as she is still only a youngster. She moved with long easy strides,
holding her wonderful ears to perfection. She just needs time to gain the high
honours. An interesting specimen.
Bred by Exhibitor Bitches
1. Wildisle Spicemate Keeper Jill. I loved this bitch, my notes say "What a
Cracker". She has such ring presence, built on classic lines. Lovely head,
wonderful ears, held on the move, superb expression, excellent pigment. Pleasing
topline, a well set tail. She has a lovely outline, good reach of neck set into a
good shoulder with lovely return of upper arm. Grand bone, good deep chest, ribs
well back, great width to stifle, well angulated, but not overdone. In great form
wearing good jacket. I considered her strongly for the top spot. A beautiful
2. Guffaw of Aerie. Another superb bitch, wish I could have given more first
placings in this class. Very shapely, beautifully balanced female, well
proportioned head, good neck, has great front assemble, combined with bone and
substance. Correct topline, strong body, good ribbing, correct croup, she has
good strong quarters and lovely hocks. In good condition with a fabulous coat.
Lovely easy active mover. I reckon she could have gone on all day. A great girl.
3. Castlemaine Jemimah. Yet another nice type. I loved her head, she had the most
wonderful gentle wolfhound expression. She has great bone, a strong arched neck,
correct front, plenty of muscle and breadth throughout. Correct strong topline
and rise over loin, loved her croup and shapely quarters combined with good
strong hocks. Free active profile movement. She does need to settle, as
throughout she was a touch restless. Made her owner work hard for her placing. A
4. Carrickaneena Slievenamon. A very elegant young lady, ultra feminine with a
exquisite head, and beautiful kind expression. She has a lovely arched neck,
good bone and length of leg, lovely forearm, with good depth and spring of rib,
has well muscled curvy quarters, and lovely low hocks. Active, free easy mover
giving her all, and wanting to please.
American Bred Bitches
1. Carrickaneena Crionnacht Darcy. A typical workmanlike bitch of good
proportions, she looked as though she could do the job she was bred for!! Her
movement was superb, long easy strides, driving from strong hocks, she was a joy
to watch moving at one with her handler. She is houndy and elegant and balanced
throughout,. Loved her head, kind eye, typical expression screamed Wolfhound,
long crested neck, well laid shoulder, good front. In tip top condition,
beautifully presented and handled.
2. Gabriels Starkeeper Jayde, JC. I loved her type, she has such ring presence,
pushed first hard, but first place pipped her on movement. Two very good
bitches. This girl has great bone, a super head, wonderful expression, strong
arched neck set into a good front assembly, well ribbed back stands on good well
padded feet, and has plenty of angulation behind. She has a lovely outline and
looked the part, moved with ease, another in great condition.
3. Limerick Hannah Sylverwolf. Beautifully constructed female with a gorgeous
head, superb expression. Excellent front, good depth of brisket with a well
angulated forehand. Ribs carried well back, strong topline, good rear backend,
low hocks. Moved well in fine condition, wearing the crispest of coats.
4. Ber-D-Mars Irish Rosie Moss. On entering the ring I thought she would have
been my class winner, but her front paddling movement spoiled an otherwise
excellent specimen. She has great bone, is a lovely shape very curvy, has a
lovely crested neck, decent shoulder placement. I would like more depth and
breadth to forechest. Pleasing topline, strong backend with a lovely long tail.
Tremendous ring presence.
1. Ber-D-Mar Little Light of Mine. Superb type, commanding appearance, ultra
feminine, completely balanced. She has a beautiful head, gentle expression, and
a strong crested neck. Well angulated front and rear, correct lay of shoulder, and
return of upper arm, good feet, strong topline, correct underline, shapely
strong quarters, sweeping stifle. However she did not give her all when it came
to moving, just did enough for her excellent handler. I was told later she is
recovering from an illness, so maybe not quite on top form just yet, but I
forgave her movement as I preferred her overall type.
2 Pitlochry’s Jasmin. A classy bitch in great coat and condition, although she
would benefit with less weight. She has a classic head and expression, strong
neck set into adequate shoulder, I would like more forechest and length to leg
for balance. A nice overall shape, movement o.k. but a touch close behind.
3. Jadzia Freesoul of Castlekeep. A overall rangier type built on a smaller
frame, would like more development to head and a darker eye. Good leg length but
narrow in front, topline could be better, she is Bum high. I would like more
width throughout. Movement o.k.
4. Carrickaneena Slieve Bearnagh. Shapely female, with good bone on strong feet and
pasterns. Pleasing topline and underline, but would prefer more width and
strength through hocks and thighs.. Strong front, well set on neck. Sound enough
bitch moved reasonably well.
Field Trial Dogs
1. DC Carrickaneena Garryowen, SC
Field Trial Bitches
1. Laislinn Starkeeper Rayne, JC, FCH. Lovely grey brindle. Loved her head, kind eye
and expression, would like smaller ears, she has great pigment and. Good bone.
Ultra feminine female with a correct topline, touch short in ribs and fine
through the loin, wonderful topline and shapely underline. What a super girl who
was in top condition could work all day. Well handled and presented.
2. DC Carrickaneena Slan Leat, SC, FCH. Another good specimen, a close decision for
first place, just preferred the more feminine head and expression of first, plus
first was a wee bit curvier all through. However this girl was in tip top
condition, had wonderful bone, great ears, and did all she was asked. Well
Veteran Bronze, 6 Years & Under 8 Years Dogs A beautiful class to judge
1. CH Ballincu Carrickaneena Cory, CGC. A very handsome 7 year old who moved out
really well, sound from all angles. He is a good size with strong bone has great
depth, strong front, well angulated hindquarters, a lovely boy, to nit pick I
would like a stronger topline.
2. Rosslare’s Kindred Montralee. Another 7 year in great form with a most
handsome head and kind expression, great ears, lovely dark pigment. He has a
well arched neck set into a good layback of shoulder, good return of upper
arm. He is a good size lovely type and so balanced, correct topline, good depth
and underline, wearing a correct crisp coat. Moved out well, very sound, pushed
first place very hard, but I preferred the longer stride coupled with strong
hind action of first. A credit to his owner, in lovely condition.
3. CH R Noble Aron. Lovely type, impressive male, strong with a masculine head,
long neck with a good front assembly, great forearm, shoulder and depth. Well
ribbed back, strong loin, correct topline and underline. Moved well in profile.
Another lovely boy.
4. CH Carrickaneena Templebreedy. Handsome 6 year old, thoroughly enjoying his
day. Strong male with a good overall shape, lovely bone, correct length of body,
well ribbed , with a strong loin. He has strength in his quarters but didn't
drive off them on the move, or sadly extend in front as I thought he would. But
a credit to his owner, a lovely boy.
Veteran Silver, 8 Years & Under 9 Years Dogs
1.CH Wildisle Lion Heart. Of great size and commanding appearance, a lovely boy
of good type. Grand bone, a most handsome head, kind soft expression, good
pigment. Strong neck set into a good front. Lovely length to legs, such a
balanced male. Sound mover viewed from all angles. A credit to his owner.
Veteran Gold, 9 Years & Over Dogs
1. CH Ironweed Deataig. What a grand old boy he is, still showing strength and
determination, out there to please his owner. Typical handsome head, he stands
on good feet, to be critical he needs more length to leg for complete balance.
Moved out well for his age.
2. Carrickaneena's Bro' Tim. Wish I could have given 2 firsts here, hard to split
these two boys. Again, what a lovely boy, credit to his owner, sympathetically
handled, he is in good condition, wearing a great jacket. A handsome boy with
such a sweet expression, and he still has his lovely shape.
Veteran Bronze, 6 Years & Under 8 Years Bitches A wonderful class of some
1. CH Kellamore Starkeeper Majora (Best Veteran)
2. CH Carrickaneena Treise,SC. This kennel consistently breeds and shows good
honest dogs, no exception in this 6 year old lady in superb condition. Strong
positive movement, very sound both coming and going. Typical head, I would have
liked a darker eye, she is well angulated from all angles, and has a lovely
topline and correct underline. Well balanced throughout. Her body is well ribbed
back with a strong loin and she has a good depth of brisket. Once again handled
3. CH Ballincu Kellair Ashleigh. My notes underlined say wonderful flowing
movement. How I wish I could see this class again you all must feel (and rightly
so) so proud of these lovely quality veterans. Another well balanced quality
girl with curves throughout, she is a good make and shape. I would like more
depth and strength through her front, She is a sound girl showing free, flowing
easy active movement. A great girl.
4. CH Calorien Glenamadda Arabella. Wonderful ring presence, she took my eye on
entering the ring, she is totally balanced with a exquisite wolfhound head,
arched neck set into o.k. shoulder, she has great bone and shows power and
strength throughout without losing any of her femininity, powerful well
angulated quarters. Loved her make and shape. Beautifully presented.
Veteran Silver, 8 Years & Under 9 Years Bitches
1. CH Faileen of Nutstown. 8 year old very attractive lady in wonderful
condition, she was beautifully presented, lovely to get your hands on, and her
movement won her this class. She has a typical wolfhound head, so pretty, kind
melting expression, although a mouth fault which I forgave (even we have these
crosses to bear as we get older). I would like to see more spring of rib, but
she has a good topline for her age, shapely quarters. She shows elegance,
strength and power all through. Wonderful for her age.
2. Maura o' Lass of Nutstown. Very balanced and typey female, has not lost her
figure and lovely curves. She is of good proportions, has a typical head lovely
melting kind expression, good bite, wearing a good jacket. Moment lacked the
activeness of first. A great old lady.
3. Carrickaneena Sise. Another sweetie with lots to like about her, she is
balanced has a gorgeous head, kind expression, good pigment, and she is so
feminine. Topline still good with curvy strong quarters. She is not overdone in
any way, her movement was positive, although she lacked drive, but she is
everything a veteran should be, and was there to please her owner.
4. CH Golden Lass Of Nutstown. A lovely cream wearing a wonderful crisp coat, in
super condition. SHE IS A STRONG SHAPELY BITCH WHO would have had a higher
placing, but she did not have the great head unlike the first three (By now I am
sure you realize I love a good head, so important to me) Another great girl a
credit to her owner.
Veteran Gold, 9 Years & Over Bitches What superb temperament these two girls
had, they were wonderful
1. Can Am CH Kellcastle Starkeeper Vanilla, CGC, JC, FCH. At over 9 years she was a
great girl, a lovely Wheaton in good form, thoroughly enjoying her day
out. Typical head and expression, lovely dark eye, rose ears, great pigment. She
is well constructed, a substantial girl of good type. Excellent coat. She still
has her figure. Well angulated front with good depth to chest and brisket. Would
like more leg length for complete balance. Moved soundly with grace and style.
2. CH Carrickaneena Ruithneach. Now this 10 year old was a joy. She said NO to
everything she was asked, I will not co-operate with my handler and continued to
sit down!! I was told she is in one of her "moods". A beautiful old lady so
well put together. Great shape, curvy quarters, lovely feet, good straight legs,
a balanced head with that look, that said it all. I want to go home. A