Championship Show 23 - THE IRISH WOLFHOUND CLUB

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Irish Wolfhound Club
Championship Show 2023

Judge:  Chris Amoo (Sade)

Judge's report and critiques

Photography by Tony Minett.
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Best Veteran in Show:
Miss W Heather's CH RAVENSBEECH REVENIO WHITEORCHARD
Best in Show:  Mrs L Turini Salamon's WINTAKA DELLA BASSA PAVESE
Reserve Best in Show: Mrs D Treadwell's FLOYDIAN SAVANNA
Judge: Chris Amoo
Best Opposite Sex in Show: Mrs D Tebbutt's CH CAREDIG DONOVAN
Best Puppy in Show: Miss K Webb & Mrs C Sheppard's
KILLOUGHERY MISSION TWO FOR INKLEYBOYS


Best in Show:  Mrs L Turini Salamon's WINTAKA DELLA BASSA PAVESE

Reserve Best in Show
Mrs D Treadwell's FLOYDIAN SAVANNA
Best Opposite Sex in Show
Mrs D Tebbutt's
CH CAREDIG DONOVAN
Best Puppy in Show
Miss K Webb & Mrs C Sheppard's
KILLOUGHERY MISSION TWO
FOR INKLEYBOYS
Best Veteran in Show
Miss W Heather's
CH RAVENSBEECH REVENIO WHITEORCHARD

CLASS WINNERS
Minor Puppy  |  Puppy   |  Junior |  Yearling  |  Novice | Graduate  |  Post Graduate  |  Limit |  Open  
Champion  |  Veteran   |  Brace and Team   |   Trophies  
Minor Puppy Dog (1 entry)
Minor Puppy Bitch (1 entry)
1st Callow's CONMERYL GABRIEL OAK
What a lovely way to start the day's judging with this delightful puppy. He has so much to like for his tender age. From his typical head to his correctly carried tail. He is nicely balanced height to length with complimentary conformation. Excellent bone and good width throughout. With more practice he will move how he should.
1st Stirling's
RYSHERON'S AMERICAN HOPE FOR CLANLILY (IMP USA)
Quality puppy out of the top drawer. There is nothing overdone which is how it should be. She is very balanced for her age and because of that she moves very well. Ex head and expression. Shapely outline. Well off for bone. Promising.
Puppy Dog (3 entries)
Puppy Bitch (1 entry)
1st  Webb & Sheppard's
KILLOUGHERY MISSION TWO FOR INKLEYBOYS
Another one to like. Presented a balanced outline with excellent curves. Of moderate size and good bone to match. I like his width and depth throughout. He moves well with a typical puppy tail carriage which should hopefully calm down.

2nd  Harris's VALHERU BLACK MARLIN RAF
A much taller rangier puppy. As a consequence at this point in time is much narrower throughout. However, he moves steadily with good carriage. Could extend more in front. Lacks forechest He has excellent depth about him. He has a lovely temperament which I like to see and he is enjoying the day out. Once again his tail carriage is all puppy and hopefully will calm down.

3rd  Sharratt's LYNELOUPER LYNEDENE LADDIE
Another very tall leggy youngster. Needs more width throughout which will develop more with age. He is pretty nicely built and moves very easily. Uses what he has well. Unfortunately was limping at times on the move.
1st  Bridges' BARRASSY FIRECRACKER (AI)
Tall houndy puppy whose movement in profile took my eye. She is very nicely built and balanced in proportion. I would like a bit more forechest and width in front, but apart from that she has a lot going for her at this age. Excellent carriage and really covers the ground.
Junior Dog (4 entries, 1 absent)
Junior Bitch (7 entries, 1 absent)
1st  Turini Salamon's BENBOW DELLA BASSA PAVESE
Delightful youngster of moderate size. I liked his head and soft expression. Super long neck. I also liked his height to length balance. He has a fabulous outline with good width throughout. Uses both front and rear very well especially in profile. Good forechest. Just needs to tighten in front .Presented so well. Will challenge strongly when mature.

2nd  Guntrip's BRACHAN GIORNO DI NATALE
Another fabulous youngster. Real old fashioned type with no frills. I liked his masculine head,  strong neck. Strong topline. Excellent tail carriage. He has a real correct front and rear assembly which he uses well. Good forechest. Everything I look for at this age. Not as fluid on the move as 1.  One certainly to watch.

3rd  Donaldson & Smallwood's
RAINSTER EUAN AT KIRKARSWELL
Impressive young Hound. Took my eye but was reluctant to be gone over. However his attributes where plain to see. He is balanced with a curvaceous outline. He moves correctly and is sound. I have seen him much more confident so today was a blip I’m sure.

Three good Hounds.
1st  MacLeod's BRACHAN NEVE DI NATALE (AI)
Powerful bitch who really impressed. Loved her proportions and general outlook. Excellent head strong but feminine. Very nicely balanced front and rear. Excellent forechest and required depth. Good harsh coat .Very sound mover. Great bone. Into last 4 in the challenge.

2nd  Forret's
BANSHEE DELLA BASSA PAVESE AT CULVERCROFT (IMP ITA)
Super young girl. Very close up to 1. Not as houndy but nicely balanced. Liked her head and expression. Excellent front and rear. Curvy top and underline. Ex forechest. Very good bone. Once again we have a strong sound young girl. I preferred the houndy proportions of 1. Also 1 was a touch more precise in the rear.

3rd  Filipetto's AEWIN DELLA BASSA PAVESE
Eye catching pretty young lady. She will need time to grow into her frame. Lovely outline stood. Really covers the ground and is very true up and down. I would like more forechest and tail to settle with maturity.

Res  Wilkinson's RAINSTER EILEX AMONG HUNACRES
VHC  Crosse's RAINSTER EVIE
Yearling Dog (7 entries, 1 absent)
Yearling Bitch (4 entries)
1st  Pask's BARONGLEN THE NOBLEMAN (AI) JW
Commanding young hound with presence. Typical head with lovely proportions. Strong clean neck which flows into correct topline. He is tall and very well balanced. Good bone. I like his outline which is curvy without weakness showing good depth of chest. Moves very soundly. Could stride out a touch more.

2nd  Anderson & White's WHITGLEN THE REAL THING
I liked the overall look of this dog. His outline is super. He has a lovely front with good forechest ( missing in so many hounds today). Looks so correct coming towards. His hindquarters not overdone. He has good width between his elbows and good depth of chest. Correct bone. I preferred the head of 1 and he just needs to control his rear. Promising.

3rd  Severn-Kumar's GAELMARQUE NOMATEUS
Strong medium sized youngster.  Very nicely built and it showed on the move. He moves with fluidity and is very sound. I like his balanced curvy outline but he has a tendency to go down flattening his top line. One of the best movers.

ResMorris's KILLOUGHERY RINGLEADER
VHC  Bligh's RAVENCRAG KING OF SWORDS
1st  Sheppard's GAELMARQUE TREASURED BY GOLDSWIFT JW
Strong sound bitch with very balanced proportions. She has power and retains her femininity. Ex front with good forechest. Ex depth of chest, lovely top and underline. I like her unexaggerated curvy outline. She moves very well. Out of the top drawer. Considered in the final four in the challenge.
2nd  Crosse's RAINSTER EVIE
A sound honest girl. Balanced  proportions. She presents a nice outline stood and moves very well. Would just like a touch more substance throughout and a better tail which she carries well.

3rd  Gill's RAVENCRAG KERFUFFLE
Tall houndy girl with a large frame to fill. Time will deepen and smooth out her topline.  She moves soundly. Very nicely presented. Would like to see more power and substance.

Res  Taylor's BRIBIBA'S CALAMITY JANE
Novice Dog (5 entries,1 absent)
Novice Bitch (4 entries)
1st  Webb & Sheppard's
KILLOUGHERY MISSION TWO FOR INKLEYBOYS

2nd  Timmins's WOLFHOUSE GRIZZLY
A shapely nicely balanced hound though somewhat smaller than what has gone before. He has a look of strength and substance. His front has fore chest and good width. Front and rear match and he is a lovely mover. I just preferred the more houndy youngster.

3rd  Bligh's RAVENCRAG KING OF SWORDS
Tall curvaceous boy. Presents a nice outline and is happy and sound on the move. He doesn’t have the width throughout or the bone at present of 1 & 2. Nicely presented.

Res  Croucher's ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE
1st  MacLeod's BRACHAN NEVE DI NATALE (AI)
2nd  Forret's
BANSHEE DELLA BASSA PAVESE AT CULVERCROFT (IMP ITA)
3rd  Bridges' BARRASSY FIRECRACKER (AI)
Res  Gill's RAVENCRAG KERFUFFLE
Graduate Dog (1 entry)
Graduate Bitch (2 entries)
1st  Hooper's FLOYDIAN AFFRIC
Attractive houndy boy. He has a typical head and soft expression. Nothing overdone. Strong neck. Excellent top line flows in super hindquarters. His underline is good and he shows the required depth of chest.  He is nicely balanced. I would like a bit more bone & spring of rib. He moves very well.

1st  Wilkinson's RAINSTER EILEX AMONG HUNACRES
Lovely  balanced young girl. Unlucky in Junior.  She presents a lovely curvaceous outline. Good head. Adequate neck. Smooth over the shoulder. Ex rear. Good deep chest. She has plenty of bone and was presented really well. Have seen her better on the move. Today she was not precise going away.

2nd  Keary Casely's BRAEWISAN LADY OF THE MOON
Powerful girl. Very balanced and nice outline. She moves soundly but is carrying too much weight.
Post Graduate Dog (2 entries)
Post Graduate Bitch (5 entries)
1st Hooper's FLOYDIAN AFFRIC

2nd  Croucher's ELECTRIC ATMOSPHERE
Tall leggy  self assured hound. He moves very soundly with good carriage. He has a attractive outline but for me could have better bone. Presented and handled beautifully.
1st  Forret's
VALKIRIA DELLA BASSA PAVESE AT CULVERCROFT (IMP ITA)
Smashing girl. Powerful looking. Excellent head and expression. Adequate neck. She has an excellent front with forechest.  Good shoulders & rear to match. Well off for bone. I would like a touch more length of leg. Moves very soundly but not enthusiastically.

2nd  Sales's OH BABY! VON DER EICHENKOPPEL
Attractive houndy girl. She has a  head to match her build. Balanced proportions and a nice curvy outline. She has strong hindquarters and uses them well she moves soundly both ways with correct tail carriage.

3rd  Severn-Kumar's GAELMARQUE ETHELDREDA
Feminine. Liked her head and soft expression. She is not quite as houndy as 2 but very balanced and true in movement. Pleasing shape but a touch soft in topline. Would just like more of her.

Res  Keary Casely's EILEANIRGH LADY OF THE FIRE
VHC  Cope & Kingsley's
BONAFORTES WISH COME TRUE FOR DAINWOLF
Limit Dog (6 entries)
Limit Bitch (6 entries, 3 absent)
1st Pateman's WHITEORCHARD ATLAS
Powerful attractive young hound. Masculine  head suits his size as does his unexaggerated strong neck. I like his overall shape and he is very well balanced. Good forechest and good depth of chest. Ex top and underline. He has good bone. He moves well but have seen him put more in. RCC.

2nd  Treadwell & Webb's FLOYDIAN SYRACUSE AT FOINAVEN
A powerful stallion hound. Correct head an expression. Strong neck flows smoothly into his shoulders. Not quite as houndy as 1 but  presents balanced curvaceous outline. Ex bone. Love his forechest and has width all through. He moves well but not as precise in front as 1.

3rd  Reeves's WHITEORCHARD ARCTURUS
Another quality hound. Litter brother to the winner. I like his masculine head. He has nothing out of place when you run your hands over him. Good width and depth all through. Can’t fault his movement which is easy and sound. I preferred the overall balance of his brother and 2  who also gave the impression of more power.

Res  Severn-Kumar's GAELMARQUE RUSSET ROMAN
VHC  Taylor & Lynch's
GAELTARRA EIREANN WATSON (IMP NLD)  
1st  Redfern's RAINSTER TATIANA
Substantial very powerful bitch. Really impressive. She could certainly deal with a wolf.  Ex forechest. Would like a longer neck and a better lay of shoulder.  Good deep chest with correct underline.  Super hindquarters. Ex bone. Moves very well with purpose.

2nd  MacLeod's BRACHAN WOLF MOON
A favourite of mine. Love her type. No frills. Strong feminine head. Good neck. Fabulous front. Correct topline. Could have a better underline. Strong no nonsense hindquarters. She is true on the move. A proper Irish Wolfhound bitch. Pity her owner couldn’t handle her today. Two strong powerful girls.

3rd  Severn-Kumar's GAELMARQUE CAROLINE
Another nice one from this trio. Not the power of 1 and 2 but still a fine bitch. Good head an expression. She has a balanced look about her and a lovely outline. She also moves how her body says she should. Correctly.
Open Dog (5 entries, 1 absent, 1 withdrawn)
Open Bitch (4 entries, 1 absent)
1st  Bradley's GLENGAIL HHEDWIG
Tall houndy powerful young man. Has a nice presence about him. He has the required angulation both ends but needs a bit more time to smoothen out. His forechest and depth of chest are ex. He is nicely balanced height to length which quite often you don’t see on the taller hounds. Good bone. He moves soundly but today could drive more from behind.

2nd  Webb's GOLDSWIFT MISSION POSSIBLE FOR INKLEYBOYS
Handsome hound.  Attractive masculine furnished head. Ex neck. Correct top and underline. He has good forechest  and width throughout. Presents a pleasing outline  stood and is sound and active on the move. Well off for bone. I felt he lacked the power of one and can muscle up a touch in hindquarters.

3rd  Dawson's HYDEBECK DREAM TYME OF GRAEFYN
Like  both 1 and 2 a quality hound. He presents a smashing picture stood. He has the correct curvaceous outline and is well balanced.  Well off for bone ex depth of chest. Looking every inch the mature hound. He needs to improve behind and his tail carriage distracts.
1st  Turini Salamon's WINTAKA DELLA BASSA PAVESE
Super class. Fabulous young bitch who has a lot going for her. Very impressive stood. Houndy and powerful.  Her head for me was exquisite. Lovely expressive dark eyes. Her balanced proportions are super and I like her outline which is not overdone retaining strength. Her body was in perfect muscular condition. She is a fabulous mover. Easy and active with correct carriage. Lovely presentation. It was a pleasure to award her the CC and BIS.
2nd  Treadwell's FLOYDIAN SAVANNA
Another absolute favourite of mine. She has so much of what I was looking for from her lovely head to her correctly carried tail. She also has great forechest. Excellent bone. Powerful frame. She was handled really well. Just not quite as houndy as 1. I was happy to make her RBIS.

3rd  Sales's MANEATER VON DER EICHENKOPPEL
Powerful bitch. From head to tail. I like her proportions though she is a touch longer than 1 and 2. She has enough forechest, good bone. She moves with the required reach and drive but not enthusiastically. She was a touch soft in topline today. But nevertheless a good bitch.
Champion Dog (1 entry)
Champion Bitch (3 entries, 1 absent)
1st  Tebbutt's CH CAREDIG DONOVAN
A picture of masculinity and strength. No frills. Strong Wolfhound head. Very strong neck. Well muscled all through. Great forechest. Fabulous front. Good depth of chest. Superb well muscled hindquarters.  Stood out in the male entry for power an masculinity. Moved correctly with purpose and won the challenge put up by some lovely males. CC
1st Tebbutt's CH CAREDIG DESTINY
Very strong powerful bitch. Fabulous front construction. Great shoulders. Super topline. Excellent forechest. Really strong hindquarters. Could be better in underline today. She has fabulous bone and is supremely muscled. Her profile movement when she wants is so reachy  and smooth. Certainly considered in the challenge.

2nd  Heather's CH WHITEORCHARD AD ASTRA JW
Another superb young bitch. She has lots to come with maturity. I like her houndy construction very much. Lovely outline. She is very true to her breeding. True on the move . Today she moved well. A worthy champion.

Veteran Dog (1 entry)
Veteran Bitch (3 entries, 1 absent)
1st   Heather's CH RAVENSBEECH REVENIO WHITEORCHARD
A very worthy champion. This dog has represented the breed so well. I hope people appreciate it. He is sound and correct in movement. Always gives his owner everything. He still feels good to go over. A credit to his breeder and owner. Best Veteran.
1st  Treadwell's GLENGAIL GGERALDINE  AT FLOYDIAN
Still a very sound girl who is able to show off her attributes. Tall with correct length. Well matched front and rear. Easy on the eye in action. For me she carries the perfect weight.

2nd  Cramphorn's YELXBA VICTORIA ShCM
Another beauty who really should have won her crown. Very nicely built. Great bone. Presents a very balanced curvy outline. Very sound on the move. For me she is carrying too much weight. Still two excellent bitches.
Brace  (4 entries, 2 absent)
1st  Treadwell's
2nd Taylor's
Team (No entries)

TROPHIES
Graham Shield
Best in Show
Overseas winner - not awarded
Irish  Guards Trophy
Reserve Best in Show
Treadwell's FLOYDIAN SAVANNA
Irish  Guards Shield
Best Opposite Sex
Tebbutt's CH CAREDIG DONOVAN
Halcyon Challenge CupBest Puppy in ShowWebb's KILLOUGHERY MISSION TWO FOR INKLEYBOYS
Zephyr Trophy
Best Veteran
Heather's CH RAVENSBEECH REVENIO WHITEORCHARD
Ifold Loving CupBest of RCC Winners
Treadwell's FLOYDIAN SAVANNA
IW Association Trophy
Best Opp Sex RCC Winner
Pateman's WHITEORCHARD ATLAS
Bredonswicke Cup
Best  Movement & Conformation
Severn-Kumar's GAELMARQUE NOMATEUS
Champion Clodagh Cup
Best Head, Eyes & Expression
Pask's BARONGLEN THE NOBLEMAN (AI) JW
Type Cup DogBest Dog under 2 years
Pask's BARONGLEN THE NOBLEMAN (AI) JW
Type Cup Bitch Best Bitch under 2 years
MacLeod's BRACHAN NEVE DI NATALE (AI)
Finloren Cup
Best  Novice MacLeod's BRACHAN NEVE DI NATALE (AI)
Brabyns Cup
Best  Limit
Pateman's WHITEORCHARD ATLAS
Stud Dog Cup
Best Progeny in Show
Webb's GOLDSWIFT MISSION POSSIBLE FOR INKLEYBOYS
Brood Bitch Cup
Best Progeny in Show
Treadwell's GLENGAIL GGERALDINE AT FLOYDIAN
Height Cup Dog
Tallest Dog
Bligh's RAVENCRAG KING OF SWORDS
Height Cup Bitch
Tallest Bitch
Stirling's CLANLILY DIAMOND DUST
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Champion  |  Veteran  |  Brace and Team   |   Trophies  
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