|EUROPE 2010||Judge's Critiques 2010|
Glen of Imaal & Irish Terriers – Valkeakoski 1.8.2010
My thanks to the societies for their kind invitation to judge. The show setting was idyllic – trees surrounding lush grassed area, the grounds of a charming wooden house now the home to the dog club. The organisers are to be congratulated on the whole day, they even managed glorious sunshine and, despite a nearby lake an absence of biting insects!
The Glen entry was excellent numerically and in quality, where else could one have a class of thirteen Int Ch dogs vying for the top spot. Bitches not to be outdone mustered eight, and in all the classes there was an abundance of quality.
The first class was for dogs excluded from normal competition, which gave them a chance to enjoy the day and belong, all going home with rosettes and a bounteous supply of prizes. The usual classes were all well filled with quality animals, presentation and handling was excellent. I was really pleased to see so many exhibits using their strong quarters to drive round the ring, many having the bonus of the reach in front as well. There were a few incorrect mouths, one inclining canine which I did not expect to see. Shoulders in general could be improved, but then this is true of most breeds at present. The Finnish breed enthusiasts have done a commendable job and the breed is in very safe hands.
Best in Show was Int Ch Gleann Octave a consummate showman, with the bitch Int Ch Taramont Oran a close runner up. Best Puppy was Marfidal Keilah O’Rourke ( Jeonty Rock on Tommy), with a very spritely Int Ch Miimoksen Ophichus taking Best Veteran. The Breeders class was won by Kennel Gleann, their Gleann Quakeproof Boy and litter sister Gleann Queen-Size Girl taking the CACs.
The Irish Terriers kept the quality flag flying with an excellent entry also, seven Int Ch bitches made a grand picture against the lush green grass. In general I felt there was perhaps a greater depth of quality in the bitch classes, but that must bode well for the breed. I found some superb quality heads with some terrific expressions. There were very few bold eyes, and feet were free of cracks though some were a shade flat. Coat texture, colour and presentation were uniformly very good and I appreciate the work that went into them. I was pleased also to see the true terrier temperament, which completes the picture for me.
Best In Show& CAC was Fardarrigh Cutting Edge an outstanding example and one that must surely have major wins ahead of him. Best Bitch,BOS CAC was another junior Karamell-in Tättähäärä. Flying the flag for the more mature lady was Int Ch Karamell-in Farfalle as Best Veteran, with the puppy bitch Fardarrigh Dressed to Kill taking Best Puppy. Kennel Fardarrigh just pipped Kennel Karamell in the breeders class. At the end of a long hot day I was sitting on the steps of the house just thinking about the super dogs I had seen, feeling how lucky and thankful I was to have had such an opportunity, and as I gazed out towards the lake a red dog appeared through the trees on a loose lead and even from that distance he did not put a foot wrong and still looked every inch a Best In Show Winner, if only he’d have fitted in my hand luggage!
Eileen S Foy ( Judge)