2014 Specialty Judge’s Critique

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America
Independent Regional Specialty Show
September 26, 2014

From Stephanie Hedgepath

I apologize for the delay in presenting my critiques.  The flying monkeys must have paid me a visit and they hid them very well!  My overall impression of the entry was good. There was some depth of quality in the classes and the Best of Breed Class was phenomenal!  I did see several dogs with the incorrect bone and feet (oval, not round) and there were some ear sets that were completely improper.  I was very pleased with the temperaments of the dogs shown to me, as well as the many exhibits who were as good in motion as they were standing. I was pleased that correct coats and bites and short loins were well in the majority of the entry.   I had a wonderful time and was really sorry that my husband did not return from his hiking trip in time for me to attend the dinner.  I thank the show committee for seeing to my every need and the exhibitors for being gracious in accepting my placements.  I had a lovely time – and the venue was phenomenal. Thank you all again for asking me to judge your wonderful River Dance Cardigan Specialty!

 

PUPPY DOG 6-9 MONTH (2 ENTERED)

 

1 – WELLSHIRE SEATTLE SUNNY. DN395028/02. 02/13/2014. BREEDER: Paula Weller and Eric Weller. By Ch Wellshire Luck Of The Draw-Ch Wellshire Queen Of Hearts. OWNER: Paula Weller and Eric Weller.

Brindle and white dog smaller male with very good outline and  proportions of height to body length. Good reach of neck that blended smoothly into the shoulders. Excellent round bone and correct round feet.  Lovely head with correct proportions of muzzle to skull. . Smooth movement on the side.  Overall a very nice pup.

 

2 – SPYROCK NAVAJO CODE TALKER. DN389114/07. 02/13/2014. BREEDER: Vela Schieffer & M Leiva-Sisley & G Schieffer. By Ch C-Myste Baledwr Pilot Flics Ove Spyrock RN PT-Ebonwald A Minnesota Blessing RE. OWNER: Vela Schieffer & M Leiva-Sisley & G Schieffer.  Blue merle and tan.  Another nice pup, larger than the one above. He had a very good outline overall with correct  proportions of height to body length.  Good reach of neck, good head with correct proportions of muzzle to skull. Fell down in movement. He was looser in movement than the dog above with some bounce to his topline on the move.  Paddled a bit coming.

 

PUPPY DOG  9-12 MONTH (4 ENTERED)

 

1 – TAILBRITE TIMEPIECE’S STARLIGHT TRILOGY. DN385502/02. 12/17/2013. BREEDER: Terry DeVine. By Ch Tailbrite Dark Before Dawn-Ch Beaguile To The Last Drop. OWNER: Charlene Anderson.  Tricolored with brindle points.  This youngster had a lovely outline with very good proportions of height to body length.  Balanced angulation   front to rear/  He had good reach of neck and showed good prosternum in front.  Level topline with correct tailset and carriage.  Masculine had with good proportions of muzzle to skull.  Eyes a bit small.  Moved well in all directions.

 

2 – TORETH’S ROCK ME LIKE A HURRICANE. DN384478/01. 12/23/2013. BREEDER: Le’o Washburn. By Ch Afara Xxpect A Storm-Ch Toreth’s What Goes Around Comes Around. OWNER: Le’o Washburn.  Blue merle.  Correct outline with good proportions of height to body length.  Good reach of neck blended well into shoulders.  Correct proportions of muzzle to skull, but a little narrow throughout muzzle and skull.  A bit stagy at this point in his development.  Placed on his easy side gait and good movement overall.

 

3 – TAILBRITE OVER THE MOON. DN385502/01. 12/17/2013. BREEDER: Terry DeVine. By Ch Tailbrite Beltane Dark Before Dawn-Ch Beaguile Good to the Last Drop. OWNER: Sister Janet Strong & Terry DeVine.  This young boy had a beautiful outline with correct proportions of height to body length. Best overall head in the class, with correct proportions of muzzle to skull correct eye and ear placement and correct  expression.  A little long in hock, he did not move as well as the two above on the day.

 

4- SHADOWALK ALL TRADE MAXWELL. DN389406/05. 11/14/2013. BREEDER: Susan Carl Lassila & D. A. Lassila & Ingrid P. Ohm. By Ch Telltail Like A Rolling Stone-All Trade Shaken Not Stirred. OWNER: Glen Garity & Kay Garity & Susan Carl Lassila.  What a beautiful boy!  I loved his overall breed type with his wonderful outline and correct proportions of height to body length. He had a lovely head with correct proportions of muzzle to skull.  I really liked this boy, but he was not too pleased to be shown on this day making an assessment of his movement difficult.

 

DOGS 12 -15 MONTHS (1  ENTERED)

1 -COEDWIG’S CHIVAS REGAL OF WHITE HART. DN375358/02. 09/03/2013. BREEDER: Kim Shira & Leo Eickhoff. By Ch Coedwig’s Winbuck Firefly-Ch Pawcific Lion Queen. OWNER: Barbara R Miller.  Handsome sable and white of good size.  Good head overall,  fair reach of neck blending well into shoulders.  Showed good prosternum in front.  A bit straight in front compared to his good rear angulation and correct bend of stifle.   On the side, he had a bit of restricted reach in front compared to his rear action.  He held his topline well on the move.  He paddled coming and was clean going.  Tail was set a bit high and carried higher over his back than is ideal.

 

BRED BY EXHIBITOR DOG (3 ENTERED)

 

1 – AFARA AGAINST THE WIND. DN377277/01. 07/11/2013. BREEDER: Owner. By Gch Ch Kosmar Strikmy Back Of Bridgelady-Ch Afara Julianna. OWNER: P Chen.

Very handsome black and white male showing excellent overall breed type,  he had a very good  profile standing.  Excellent proportions of height to body length.  Good prosternum showing in front.  Excellent round  bone and substance.  Correct  large rounded feet in front.  He had a lovely head, with correct proportions of muzzle to skull.  His dark eyes were well set and his ears were large with correct set and carriage.  He had a tendency to stand and move a bit close in the front.  He had balanced angulation front to rear  though to be ideal he could have carried more angulation on both ends.  Still he moved in balance on the side, with a quiet topline, taking only a few more steps to cover the ground than ideal.   His lovely overall type took him to WINNERS DOG.

 

2 – SHADOWALK ALL TRADE MANHATTAN. DN389406/04. 11/14/2013. BREEDER: S & D LASSILA INGRID PRYTZ OHM. By Ch GCH TELLTAIL LIKE A ROLLING STONE-ALL TRADE SHAKEN NOT STIRRED. OWNER: S & D LASSILA INGRID PRYTZ OHM PER MORTEN AARAK. Lighter brindle and white showed very good overall breed type.  Excellent  overall profile and correct proportions of height to body length.  Excellent head with correct proportions on muzzle to skull.  His excellent reach of neck blended smoothly into his shoulders. A little light in bone.  Topline was soft on the move  but he did move with an easy sidegait covering a good amount of ground with each step.  He paddled badly coming.  Clean going.

 

3 – TORETH’S IT’S A HOT ONE. DN368232/02. 05/31/2013. BREEDER: L. Washburn. By Ch GCH CH Twinroc Santa Paws PT-Ch Toreth C-Myste Rollin’ On The River. OWNER: Le’o Washburn.  Dark brindle and white handsome male with very good overall breed type.  He had good proportions of height to body length. Lovely head and expression with correct proportions on muzzle to skull. He had a shorter upper arm than ideal which  caused him to move wide coming.  His sidegait was balanced, but he took more steps to cover the  ground than ideal. His topline showed a slight softness when moving.

 

OPEN DOGS (3 Entered)

1 – TORETH’S HOT TODDY AT SHADOWALK. DN236626/10. 12/22/2011. BREEDER: Leo-Cadie Washburn. By Ch CH. Shadowalk Trademark-Ch Toreth C-Myste Rollin’ On The River. OWNER: Susan & D. A. Lassila.  Dark brindle and white male of very good overall breed type.  Excellent overall proportion of height to body length. Good reach of neck with good prosternum showing in front.  Lovely head with with correct proportions on muzzle to skull.  Good head overall with correct expression well set ears and dark eyes.  Good bend of stifle.  On the side, he was a bit high stepping in the front action but still had a balanced, easy moving sidegait with a quiet topline in motion.  I was pleased to reward him RESERVE WINNER’S DOG

 

2 – STORM RIDGE WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK. DN289308/02. 10/07/2010. BREEDER: Amanda Katasse Jo Campbell Keith Campbell. By Ch Wolfrun Brave new world-Ch C-myste Baledwr Let Freedom Ring. OWNER: Brittany Juarez.  Dark brindle and white very masculine dog with good overall breed type.  Good overall proportions of height to body length with good reach of neck that blended smoothly into shoulders.  He had correct round bone and good substance.  Slightly upright angulation front and rear produced a dog that moved in balance on the side but took too many steps to cover the ground.  Muzzle was a  bit long compared to backskull and eyes could have been set wider apart.

 

3 – COEDWIG’S BLUE BALOO. DN257194/03. 09/09/2009. BREEDER: Kim Shira & Leo Eickhoff. By Ch Coedwig’s Sliversmith-Ch Davenitch Coedwigs Bellatrix. OWNER: Melanie Ficken.   A ruggedly handsome clear blue merle and tan  who stands well over his front.  He  has good proportions of height to body length but would look longer  overall if he had better angulation front and rear.    Good head with correct proportions of muzzle to skull.  He fell down in motion as he moved wide coming and going and was short stepping on the side, taking more steps to cover the ground than ideal.

 

6- 9 MONTH PUPPY BITCHES  (3 ENTERED)

 

1 – TORETH’S BARNSTORMIN’ AT INDIUM. DN384991/01. 12/28/2013. BREEDER: Leo Washburn Chloe Washburn Mark Thorson. By Toreth’s Requesting A Fly-By-Samhain’s Flyin’ High. OWNER: Leo Washburn Mark Thorson.  A lovely  blue merle with tan points who showed very good overall breed type.  She had a wonderful   outline with correct proportions of height to body length.  Her excellent reach of neck blended smoothly into her shoulders.  She showed good prosternum in front and had good bend to her stifles in the rear.  On the day, she had a slightly narrow head throughout but with correct proportions of muzzle to skull.  Clean coming and going.  She  won this class  on her very easy, ground covering  sidegait.  BEST PUPPY

 

2- SUNSHINE’S TIDDLY WINKS. DN391180/01. 02/02/2014. BREEDER: Debra and James H. Berry Jr.. By Ch Coedwig’s Winbuck Firefly-Sunshine’s Trivial Pursuit PT. OWNER: Debra Berry & James H. Berry Jr.  Another pretty girl, this black tri had good overall breed type.  She had good proportions of height to body length, lovely bend of stifle and good prosternum showing in front.  Her lovely head had good proportions of muzzle to skull.  She did not move as well as the dog above, showing a balanced, but busy sidegait.

 

3 – WELLSHIRE MOONSHADOW. DN395028/01. 02/13/2014. BREEDER: Paula Weller and Eric Weller. By Ch Wellshire Luck Of The Draw-Ch Wellshire Queen Of Hearts. OWNER: Paula Weller and Eric Weller. This very pretty pup showed very good overall breed type.  She had excellent proportion of height to body length with good reach of neck.   Her front was placed slightly forward on her ribcage.  She had a very pleasing head and expression. She was somewhat  unsettled on the day which made it difficult to assess her when in motion.

 

9- 12 MONTH PUPPY BITCH (2 ENTERED)

 

1- TORETH’S MOONSHADOW. DN384478/02. 12/23/2013. BREEDER: Le’o Washburn. By Ch Afara Xxpect A Storm-Ch Toreth’s What Goes Around Comes Around. OWNER: Le’o Washburn and Paul Chen.  Black and white with brindle markings, this lovely, very feminine  young girl was of moderate size  had a correct outline with the proper proportions of height to body length.  She had good reach of neck that blended smoothly into her shoulders.   She was feminine in head with a pleasing expression though at this stage in her life she is a bit narrow throughout her head.  She had a proper low tailset and carried her tail well on the move.  Balanced in angulation front to rear, she moved fluidly around the ring on the side, though to be ideal, I would have liked for her to cover a bit more ground with each step. She did show a tendency to lift a bit in front, but that may be due to her age. Topline level and steady in motion

 

2 – TAILBRITE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON. DN385502/04. 12/17/2013. BREEDER: Terry DeVine. By Ch Tailbrite Beltane Dark Before Dawn-Ch Beaguile Good to the Last Drop. OWNER: Terry DeVine.  This black and white young lady showed a lovely outline in profile with very good proportions of height to body length.  Good reach of neck.  She was rather narrow in muzzle but with good proportions of muzzle to skull.  Unfortunately, on the day, she was a bit unsettled in motion making it difficult to assess.

 

12-15 MONTH BITCH  (2 ENTERED)

 

1 – AFARA ALONG THE BROKEN ROAD. DN377277/03. 07/11/2013. BREEDER: Owner. By Gch Ch Kosmoar Striking Back Of Bridgelady-Ch Afara Julianna. OWNER: P Chen.  A blue merle that showed very good overall breed type.  She had a lovely profile when standing with excellent reach of neck and correct proportions of height to body length. She showed good prosternum in front. She seemed to be a bit out of coat.  She was a little narrow throughout her head but had correct proportions of muzzle to skull.  On the move, she had a fairly easy sidegait, paddled coming and was clean going away.  RESERVE WINNER’S BITCH

 

2 – MCCOMBS WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS WITH ME. DN377748/03. 09/14/2013. BREEDER: Kathleen McCombs. By GCh Ch C-Myste The Games Afoot At Elyan CD BN RA C-Ch McCombs Telltail Fleetwood Macs Girl. OWNER: Arlene Irby.  A very pretty girl with a lovely head with correct proportions of muzzle to skull, good eye placement and expression.  She has correct round bone of good substance and the correct relatively large and rounded feet. She stood and moved a bit high in the rear with decreased rear drive.

 

15 – 18 MONTH BITCH (2 ENTERED)

 

1 – AURIGAN STUBBYACRES LOVESTRUCK. DN373741/01. 06/09/2013. BREEDER: Owner & Pam Bennett. By Ch Lynn Farm’s What’s Not To Love HT-Ch Aurigan Mantle Strikes Again PT. OWNER: Dayl Phillip.  Brindle and white with good proportion of height to body length.  She was a bit long in hock.  She had good reach of neck and showed good prosternum in front.  Her head had correct proportions of muzzle to skull though she could be broader in backskull.  She moved in balance from the side, paddled slightly coming and was clean going.

 

2- AURIGAN TIMEPIECE’S SWEET CAROLINE. DN373742/03. 05/28/2013. BREEDER: Dayl Phillip. By Ch Lynn farm’s What’s Not To Love HT-Ch Aurigan Bazinga. OWNER: Charlene Anderson.  Black and white female with good proportions of height to body length. Had a tendency to knuckle over in front when standing.  She had good proportions of muzzle to skull with a lovely expression.  She did not excel in movement on the day.

 

AMATUER OWNER HANDLER BITCH (1 ENTERED)

 

1 – SAMHAIN RCR VANGUARD’S SPIRAL PATH. DN309346/03. 06/08/2011. BREEDER: Kim K. Kiefer & Mark Thorson. By Ch Coedwig’s Cracker Jack-Ch Samhain’s Hoist the Sails. OWNER: Jennifer Roundtree.   A blue merle with tan points, she showed a very good outline when standing.  She had correct proportions of height to body length.  She was somewhat slight in bone and  rounder bone and feet would be preferred.  Her head  had correct proportions of muzzle to skull with a pleasing expression.  She moved fairly well on the side, paddled coming and was clean going.

 

BRED BY EXHIBITOR BITCH (4 ENTERED 1 ABSENT)

 

  1. SAMHAIN’S COVER GIRL.DN366469/02. 05/10/2013. BREEDER: Mark Thorson & Kim Kiefer. By Ch Coedwig’s Cracker Jack-Ch Samhain’s Hoist the Sails.OWNER: Mark Thorson & Kim Kiefer.  Lovely black and white girl with very good overall breed type. She had  a lovely profile with beautiful reach of neck and excellent prosternum in front and good bend of stifle in the rear.  She a lovely head with correct proportion of muzzle to skull.  Her eyes could be darker.  She had a good, ground covering sidegait even though she had a tendency to not follow through completely in the rear.

 

2- FOXBORO SW ASTIS’ MAGIC POTION. DN357245/03. 01/05/2013. BREEDER: Rita Van Horn & Susan & Don Lassila. By Gch Ch Shadowalk Wizard Esquire-Shadowalk Brooklyn. OWNER: Rita Van Horn.

A brindle and white with good proportion of height to body length.  She showed good reach of neck that blended well into her shoulders. She had a tendency to knuckle over in front at times.    She was slightly higher in the rear than in the front. Her lovely head had correct proportion of muzzle to skull with correct ear size and set.  She had  lovely expression.  She moved fairly balanced on the side though took a lot of steps to cover the ground.  She paddled coming and was clean going.

 

3 – EBONWALD’S DEARLY BELOVED CGC. DN335140/03. 02/17/2012. BREEDER: Garrett M. Ramsay. By GCH Shadowalk Higgins-Ch Merrymoon Ebonwald I’m A Q.T.  OWNER: Garrett M. Ramsay.

Brindle and white female who presented a more compact outline than those above.  She was proportionately shorter in length than the correct 1:8 length to 1 height.   She was balanced in angulation front to rear. Well ribbed up and back to a short loin.  Pleasing head with good proportion muzzle to skull though her ear set was more upright and parallel than the ideal.  She was balanced in motion on the side though a bit busy, was wide coming and clean going.

 

 

OPEN BITCHES (6 ENTERED 1 ABSENT)

1 – BEAGUILE’S FLY BY NIGHT. DN372468/02. 02/08/2013. BREEDER: Ms Ferris Beashau & E Banaszak. By CH Shadowalk Trade Mark-CH Beaszak’s Running With Scissors. OWNER: D Waiting    A beautiful brindle and white with excellent overall breed type.  She had a lovely profile when standing with excellent proportions of height to body length.  Her beautiful head had correct proportions of muzzle to skull with ears of the correct size and placement .  Lovely expression.  She moved well from all angles, with a flowing, easy sidegait.  She exudes type.  I was delighted to also award her WB and BOW.

 

2 – FFALLIAN BISBEE BLUE BISBEE. DN335974/01. 03/23/2012. BREEDER: Jeanine M Jones & Donna Daniels. By Ch Coedwig’s Malachite-Ffallian Smokin’ Blue Bonnet. OWNER: Deirdre Skillman & Timothy Riley.   A lovely blue merle with very good overall breed type.  She had a lovely outline with good proportions of height to body length.  Her gorgeous head was good from all angles with correct ear color, size and placement with the correctly formed large ears well place on her skull.  She was somewhat straight in stifle, but still was a good mover all around.

 

3 – WOODSY CHAPS MUSIC FROM MY HEART. DN262466/02. 09/30/2009. BREEDER: Kelly Shane & Jacque Chapman. By Chaps Woodsy Montgomery-Chaps Woodsy Cindyr Ella. OWNER: Kelly Shane & Jacque Chapman. A smaller brindle and white bitch with very good overall breed type. Her head was beautiful and feminine.  She had excellent proportions of height to body length and a ground covering effortless sidegait.  She has a softer temperament and was a bit unsettled on the day.

 

4 – C-MYSTE BALEDWR KEEP CLIMBING. DN331789/02. 12/19/2011. BREEDER: C Cannon & A Katasse & M Hanselman & D Waiting. By Ch C-Myste Baledwr Free to Disagree-Ch C-Myste Baledwr Kumalie. OWNER: Catherine Cannon.

Another very nice girl, solidly built with lovely outline and good proportions of height to body length.  She carried the correct round bone.  She moved fairly well on the side with balance and purpose. Paddled coming.  Clean going.

 

 

 

 

 

What an incredible entry of specials in Best of Breed – 25 entered and all showed up!  Made for a wonderful day for this judge.

 

BEST OF BREED

 

GCH RIVERSIDE TELLTAIL COCO POSH. DN241315/01. 12/22/2008. Bitch. BREEDER: Julie & Bill Divens & Deb Shindle. By Ch Twinroc Santa Paws-Ch Telltails Show Girl. OWNER: Dina Planche & Deb Shindle & Julie & Bill Divens. AGENT: Lois DeMers

This beautiful brindle and white bitch exudes breed type.  She has a lovely profile when standing and in motion.  She is beautifully feminine with an excellent head and expression.  She excels in movement and moves purposefully around the ring with a dead level topline and excellent reach and drive.

 

BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX TO BEST OF BREED

CH GCH ALLEGRO SOUTHERN CHARM. DN249947/05. 06/16/2009. Dog. BREEDER: Jeri Lamy. By Ch GCH C-Myste Baledwr Free To Disagree-Ch Snowrose Poetic Charm. OWNER: Jeri Lamy.  This handsome, stallion of a  dog is everything a Cardigan male should be.  He pushed the winner hard for BOB.  His excellent profile showed correct proportion of height to body length with beautiful reach of neck.  His head is masculine and in perfect balance with his body.  Loved everything about his head and his expression.  He moved well around the ring and was clean coming and going and with a fluid, balanced sidegait.  Presented in top condition.

 

SELECT DOG

 CH MERRYTHOUGHT THE KEEPING QUILT. DN316527/01. 08/21/2011. Dog. BREEDER: Owner & Kim Shira & Leda Thompson. By Ch Pecan Valley Blue Thunder-Gch Ch Coedwigs The Quiltmaker. OWNER: Ann Benjamin.  This black and white boy  led the parade as the first special in the ring.  After examining him, I knew the quality was as good as it looked when I walked the line the first time.  He is all male, with a masculine, very pleasing head with correct proportions of muzzle to skull, correct ear size and placement, dark eyes that were also well placed.  He moved well all ways and I was delighted to learn that this award completed his GRAND CHAMPION title.

 

SELECT BITCH

CH PLUPERFECT MERRMOON REDBUD PROPER ITALIAN BEAUT. DN367832/01. 05/15/2013. Bitch. BREEDER: Jon Kimes & Barbara Hoffman & Jane Crenshaw. By Plupefect Merrymoon Proper Bloke-Plupefect Merrymoon Perpetua. OWNER: Kim Shira & Leo Eickhoff.  This lovely girl won on her beautiful overall breed type and her lovely feminine head.  She moved well all ways and made me smile every time I looked into her lovely face.  I love a pretty bitch and she is a true beauty.

 

AOM – GCH CH MARIEL’S HARVEST MOON. DN171545/01. 01/17/2007. BREEDER: Marian R Mizelle & Helen B Jones. By Ch Warwick-Larchmont Bodacious-Ch Myrddin Scotch Mist. OWNER: Marian R Mizelle & Jeannette Bruce.  This dog was also my BEST VETERAN.  A stallion of a dog with excellent overall breed type.  He had a masculine head, good reach of neck and excellent proportion of height to body length .  All of his parts were in perfect balance.   He moved with purpose and determination around the ring in a fluid, ground covering sidegait.  He did not look like or act like a veteran.

 

AOM – DC CH COEDWIG’S MALACHITE RN HIADSC HXADS. DN214846/01. 04/27/2008. Dog. BREEDER: Leo Eickhoff & Kim Shira. By CH Visions I Have A Dream RN PT CA TT-CH Wolfrun Coedwig’s Angelou. OWNER: Kim Shira & Leo Eickhoff. Another male of outstanding breed type.  This black and white was a stallion of a dog  and I was delighted to find out he is a Dual Champion.  He was balanced in all ways with a correct profile and proper proportions of height to body length. He carried the correct amount of bone and moved well from all angles.

 

AOM – CH C-MYSTE BALEDWR FREE TO DISAGREE. DN199298/09. 10/17/2007. Dog. BREEDER: Carolyn Cannon & Amanda Katasse & Jennifer Kramer. By Ch Merrymoon Firestorm-Ch Mariel Reese’s Alice Springs. OWNER: Amanda Katasse & Carolyn Cannon.

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