Results and Judge’s Critique
Judge: Sarah Downes
I would like to thank the Skye Terrier Club committee and members for the opportunity to judge at the Club open show. I would also like to thank all the exhibitors for taking the time to present your dogs in such lovely condition. It was a pleasure to go over so many exhibits.
I was for the most part pleased with the quality of dogs I had the pleasure to judge. However, I was a little concerned by some steep shoulders and long loins that both unsettle the Skye outline standing and moving. A Skye is at heart a working terrier and should be a compact yet strong package capable of covering ground and working steadfastly with minimal effort.
Minor Puppy Dog
Puppy Dog (2, 0)
1st: McLean’s Knowlespring Jackpot at Rhoderns – 11 month-old cream dog who carries himself beautifully. Strong head with correct bite, ears and expressive eye. Good length of neck leading into well placed shoulders atop a neat front assembly. Well ribbed with short, strong loin supported by good amount of muscle for a youngster. Sound rear assembly that provides drive on the move. Held a lovely topline standing and moving. RBD, BPD
2nd: Woodhead’s Knowlespring Jackson – litter brother to one, similarly strong head with correct bite, ears and eye. Strong neck leading to a solid front. Not quite the angulation of winner at the moment, although well balanced fore and aft. Good spring of rib. Good rear assembly, unfortunately not as settled on the move just yet.
Junior Dog (6, 1)
1st: McLean’s Knowlespring Jackpot at Rhoderns
2nd: Pringle’s Esgia the Exciseman – 17 month-old cream dog in good coat for his age. Head displaying strength without exaggeration, correct bite, ears and eye. Slightly under angulated through the shoulders and a touch wide at the front at the moment. Good length of ribcage leading a rear assembly that adequately balances the forequarters. Moved well but lacking the drive of the winner.
3rd: Sanderson’s Esgia Highland Laddie – 17 month-old silver dog, litter brother to 2nd. Strong head supported by good length of neck. Front nicely made with shoulders well placed and elbows neat. Legs straight and good width at front. Good length of rib with solid loin. Would like slightly more angulation through the rear to balance the front, however he makes the best of what he has when he moves.
Res: Woodhead’s Knowlespring Jackson
VHC: Hamilton’s Bhatairnis Scor
Post Graduate Dog (1, 1)
Limit Dog(2, 0)
1st: Herbert’s Tweedsmuir Stargazer – 3 year-old silver dog with a very pleasing head and front that demonstrates strength without exaggeration. Correct bite and typical expression, ears could be set slightly higher to finish off the overall ‘look’. Good length of neck leading into a neatly made front assembly, shoulders well back and elbows snug to the ribcage without too much bend through the upper arm. Good width at front and good spring of rib. Short, strong loin that together with good muscle holds the topline firm on the move. Moved well. Unfortunately lacking coat on the undercarriage due, I discovered later, to an overzealous vet!
2nd: Hawkes’ Gallondean Foreign Exchange with Maridale– 3 year-old cream dog who was certainly enjoying his time in the ring. Nice head with correct bite and eye, could be slightly broader across the skull but he retains the strength that characterises the breed. Good length of neck into a decent front. Good spring of rib, though ribcage could be a touch longer. Well muscled. Rear balances the front well and he moved well, although he was a little unsettled on occasion.
Open Dog (6, 2)
1st: Thomson’s Glorfindel Shadow Boxer ShCM – 4 year-old silver dog who presents a nicely balanced outline standing and on the move. Good strong head, correct bite, ear and eye. Graceful neck leading into good front assembly. Good spring of rib and sound rear quarters. Correct coat finishes the picture nicely. Well-balanced standing and moving. Moved well and held a level topline.
2nd: Kendrick’s CH Frisco Kiaora at Jeraro (IMP CZE) – 2-and-a-half year old dark silver dog who carries himself with style. Striking head with correct bite, ears and expressive eye. Well-made front with shoulders well back, nice width at front without sacrificing neatness of the upper arms and elbows. Well ribbed through the body with correct texture coat. Rear angulation is okay and provides some drive on the move.
3rd: Large’s Juger Edelweiss Mickey Mouse is Madaza (IMP EST) – 3 year-old drop-ear with a lovely head. Strong muzzle and expressive eye, correct bite. Good Length of neck leading to a solid front assembly with shoulders laid well back. Nice spring of rib with elbows neatly in beside the ribcage. Legs straight and enough width at the front. Level topline standing and moving, although I would like a slightly shorter loin. Good angulation at rear, which balances the front nicely. Went well on the move.
Res: Woodhead’s Knowlespring Drummer Boy
Veteran Dog (4, 2)
1st: Curtis’ CH Brakemill Barnum ShCM – 7 year-old cream in tip top condition presented a typical outline standing and on the move. Striking head with correct bite, ear set and typical terrier expression. Nicely crested neck with good length leads into a neat, well-angulated front. Excellent spring and length of rib supported by good muscle helps keep the topline steady on the move. Rear quarters well angulated and balance the front beautifully, providing the drive when moving. BD, RBIS
2nd: Parker’s Glorfindel Deacon Brodie ShCM – 7 year-old dark silver with a strong head and forequarters. Correct bite and expression. Good length of neck leading to well laid back shoulders and neat upper arms. Good spring of rib and width in front, slightly long through the loin. Rear quarters balance the front. Moved okay but could do with a little more drive from the rear.
Best Dog: Curtis’ CH Brakemill Barnum ShCM
Reserve Best Dog: McLean’s Knowlespring Jackpot at Rhoderns
Best Puppy Dog: McLean’s Knowlespring Jackpot at Rhoderns
Minor Puppy Bitch (1, 0)
1st: Wilson’s Skeabodh Gaelic Air – 6 month-old cream baby at her very first show and what a sweetheart she is! Lovely feminine head with correct bite, ear and bags of expression in her eyes. Well-balanced front and rear, well ribbed for her age and showing promising angulation fore and aft. It was great to see her enjoying herself and when all four feet were on the floor she moved well for a baby. I look forward to seeing her grow and mature!
Puppy Bitch (1, 0)
1st: Herbert’s Finnsky Yves – 11 month-old dark silver who shows herself very well for her age. Lovely feminine head and neck that preserves the strength required without being too overstated. Correct bite, ears and expressive eye. Well placed shoulders, good spring of rib – is just waiting for the ribcage to drop as she matures. Would like more angulation at the rear but at 11 months there is still plenty of developing to go yet. Moves okay but a little unsteady at the moment. BPB
Junior Bitch (6, 0)
1st: Curtis’ Verumamicus Aurora of Brakemill JW – 15 month-old cream who shows herself extremely well. Excellent head, correct bite, ears and expressive eyes. Well angulated at front and well ribbed with good width at front. Nice short loin. Would like a touch more angulation in the rear to balance the front but she moved with reach and drive.
2nd: Duncan’s Verumamicus Ambrosia of Kyloran – litter sister to 1stand many of the same comments apply. Feminine bitch with good head, correct bite, ear and expression. Nice neck and a solid front with well-placed shoulder. Good spring of rib and length of ribcage. Rear balances the front well, a little shorter overall than the winner and carrying a slight roach at the moment.
3rd: Pringle’s Esgia First and Fairest – 17 month-old cream in good coat for her age. Feminine head that retains strength. Correct bite, ear and eye. Nice length of neck into decent front assembly. I would like more angulation front and back but she remains balanced. Moved okay but lacking the drive of winners.
Res: McLeod’s Esgia Lone Wolf
VHC: Reich’s Celticbridge Deep Waters
Graduate Bitch (2, 0)
1st: Large’s Parrima-Arih Universe of My Fantasy is Madaza (IMP RUS) – 20 month-old cream bitch. Very feminine but retaining the strength required of the breed. Lovely head with correct bite, ears and expression in the dark eyes. Well laid-back shoulders atop nicely sprung ribcage. Neat front with enough width and fore-chest. Good strong loin leading to good rear assembly. Carrying a slight roach at times but she moved with drive.
2nd: Roberts’ Glorfindel Effort at Sunabil – 3 year-old cream bitch, another feminine girl who also retains strength and power. Good head with correct bite, ears and expression in the eye. Front and rear assembly both good, if splitting hairs I would prefer a shade more angulation front and back. Moved well but lacking a little drive today.
Post Graduate Bitch
Limit Bitch(2, 1)
1st: Parker’s Tweedsmuir Feebee Mine ShCM – 2-and-a-half year old feminine cream in good coat. Lovely head and neck with correct bite, ear and dark brown eye. Good front assembly with well sprung ribs. Solid rear quarters and well muscled throughout. Could do with a shade more angulation front and back to produce a touch more drive on the move. She showed herself very well today though and pushed hard in the challenge.
Open Bitch (6, 1)
1st: Volkova’s CH Juger Edelweiss Mary Poppins (IMP EST) ShCM – 4 year-old cream bitch with a stylish outline. Strong feminine head with correct bite, ear set and expression in the eyes. Elegant neck leading to well angulated forequarters with elbows neatly placed beside the ribs. Legs straight without too much bend through the upper arm allowing her to really reach out when moving. Well ribbed with strong loin. Solid rear assembly that balances the front beautifully. Moved out with drive and shown in excellent condition. RBB
2nd: McLeod’s Noap Chariot Madlen Mardzheri at Esgia (IMP RUS) – 4 year-old silver bitch who presents a most feminine outline standing and moving. Beautiful head free of any exaggeration, strong muzzle with correct bite and ear set. Good expression in the eye. Well-placed shoulder with neatly constructed front. Good spring of rib and length of ribcage. Topline supported by strong, short loin and good rear angulation. Moved out well and was unlucky to meet the winner today.
3rd: Barrass’ Gallondean Foreign Spirit ShCM – 3 year-old cream. Strong head with correct bite, ears and eye. Graceful neck leading into decent front assembly. Well ribbed with level topline standing and moving. Rear assembly sound and balances the front. Not quite the angulation fore and aft as the winners today but she moved out well.
Res: Woodhead’s IR CH Knowlespring Candy Cane
VHC: Heath’s Perryland’s Hello Again
Veteran Bitch(2, 0)
1st: Curtis’ CH Brakemill Briar Rose – 7 year-old silver bitch who shows that Skyes get better with age. Feminine yet powerful throughout she demonstrates typical breed type. Strong head with correct bite, ear and eye atop a strong but graceful neck. Shoulders well laid back and front neat and straight. Good width in front with well sprung ribs. Good length of ribcage and short powerful loin. Well-angulated rear that provides true drive on the move. Shown in peak condition, she ran away with the competition today. BB, BIS, BVIS
2nd: Barrass’ CH Lauvaux Spirit of the Isle of Gallondean ShCM – 8 year-old dark silver. Strong head with correct bite and expression. Strong neck leading to well angulated front. Well ribbed with short loin and nicely angulated rear. Moved well although lacking the drive of the winner today.
Best Bitch: Curtis’ CH Brakemill Briar Rose
Reserve Best Bitch: Volkova’s CH Juger Edelweiss Mary Poppins (IMP EST) ShCM
Best Puppy Bitch: Herbert’s Finnsky Yves
Best in Show: Curtis’ CH Brakemill Briar Rose
Reserve Best in Show: Curtis’ CH Brakemill Barnum ShCM
Best Opposite Sex: Curtis’ CH Brakemill Barnum ShCM
Best Puppy in Show: McLean’s Knowlespring Jackpot at Rhoderns
Reserve Best Puppy in Show: Herbert’s Finnsky Yves
Best Opposite Sex Puppy: Herbert’s Finnsky Yves
Best Veteran in Show: Curtis’ CH Brakemill Briar Rose
Best Vintage in Show: no entries
Special Beginners Dog or Bitch(2, 0)
1st: Roberts’ Glorfindel Effort at Sunabil
2nd: Hamilton’s Bhatairnis Unish – 14 month-old silver bitch. Pleasing head and neck with good ear set and expression. Could have more angulation front and rear to hold the outline on the move but she is still young yet.
Memorial Stakes Dog or Bitch (12, 5)
1st: Large’s Parrima-Arih Universe of My Fantasy is Madaza (IMP RUS)
2nd: Curtis’ Verumamicus Aurora of Brakemill JW
3rd: Barrass’ Gallondean Foreign Spirit ShCM
Res: Duncan’s Verumamicus Ambrosia of Kyloran
VHC: Parker’s Glorfindel Deacon Brodie ShCM
1st: Woodhead’s Knowlespring Drummer Boy/IR CH Knowlespring Candy Cane – 3 year-old litter siblings who are a well matched brace. Both shown in correct texture coats and with balance fore and aft demonstrating sound breed type standing and moving. They are obviously used to tandem walking and they moved out well together.