Critique - 18 Aug 13
I would like to thank the committee for asking me to judge this prestigious show. A lot of hard work had obviously been put into the weekend. Everything appeared to run very smoothly and if there were any hiccups, then you did very well in keeping them under wraps. The meet and greet was a super idea and I must thank everyone for making Elaine, Cameron and I feel very welcome (Those Snags were a treat, Bob!). All your efforts certainly paid off as the exhibitors travelled from near and very far providing this special show with its biggest ever entry. Well done!
On the morning of the show, I must admit I was a little apprehensive, not knowing what to expect, as I had heard mixed reports from UK judges who have visited in recent times. But I was pleasantly surprised. I found the cairns to be of good type and yes, there were some big ones, and some small, but in general a good size. Heads were good. Very few with lightish eye or long in the muzzle. The mouths were good also, with large teeth and good bites. Very impressive. I would say that front movement on the whole was very positive. However, I did find some which were very exaggerated behind, weak in the loin. Rather long in the hock and lacked drive, usually moving close behind. I first encountered this when I visited Sweden for the first time in the 90’s and although, to some, it makes a smart terrier, it is not to my liking. But you have to judge the dog as a whole on that particular day. Coats were of good texture, but in many cases were very sparse or could have done with a good tidy up. The most pleasing aspect was the temperaments. I did not encounter one unfriendly cairn, or owner for that matter, and I would like to thank you all for the very sporting manner in which you accepted my decisions.
Thanks to my stewards Nathan and Robb who kept me on my toes, and proceedings running smoothly; to Di and Mike for the kind offer of accommodation; Robert for introducing me to Chai Latte and Margaret (Hill) for reminding me why I love our breed so much. I hope this is not my last visit to Oz.
Baby Puppy Dog - 4
1) Scotton’s Joymount Great Scott
Red Brindle. Nice type pup who showed very well for his age. Nice tight coat. Moved well in front when he settled if a little close behind. Shows promise.
2) Candela’s Balbridie Suber
Another good type. Nice head and expression. Moved well in front. Good topline. Very close up to Great Scott and no doubt will change places.
3) Saulbrey’s Koterna Toa
Minor Puppy Dog – 3
1) Bartram’s Craigend The Boss
Eye-catching red. Lovely head and expression. Good neck and shoulders. Good front and sound behind. Shown in lovely coat and condition. I would like him a shade longer for better balance, but not much wrong here. Best puppy in Show.
2) Answerth’s Nawlene Munchkin
Brindle who was a bit wayward in front. OK behind when he settled. Typy head was shown in good coat and conditions.
Puppy Dog – 2
1) Candela’s Balbridie Little Drummer Boy
Red Brindle with a lovely head and expression. Up to sire. Moves well in front. Level topline, good tailset. With maturity, should do well. Just watch his weight.
2) Scotton’s Joymount Sir Walter Raleigh
Brindle. Not as showy as 1st. But has a nice head, good neck and shoulders. Moved well. He has a good coat coming through. Just needs time.
Junior Dog – 5
1) Davies + Wright’s Abbeycairn One Moment Please
Wheaten/Brindle. Very eye-catching for his size, type and personality. Super head and expression. Very well-balanced and moved with drive. He has a quality coat coming through. I liked him very much and was not put off with his lack of coat. He should finish a lovely dog and I was delighted to award him Reserve Challenge Dog and Reserve Best in Show.
2) Davies + Wright’s Abbeycairn I’m No Painted Man
Red/Brindle and litter Brother to 1st. Similar remarks apply. Just not the balance or movement but again a lovely head and full of personality.
3) Scotton’s Joymount Top of the Town
Intermediate Dog – 5
1) Loft + Miller CH Koterana Hadlee
Super head and expression. Although he had a little too much hair which made his head look a little big, which it wasn’t. Lovely neck and shoulders. Good depth and spring of rib. Level topline, good tailset, nice bend of stifle. He moved really well with drive and purpose. Was shown in good coat of proper length. A very hard dog to fault and was on his toes throughout. Challenge dog and Best in Show.
2) Barclay’s CH Lochrin Blair Athol
Red Brindle. Nice type. Good head and expression. Was moving a little close in front today, although he was a little more positive behind. Shown in good coat and condition. Nice temperament.
Australian Bred – 4
1) Smith’s CH Craigend Chiliarch
Red. Nice head and expression. Moved well in front. Good depth and spring of rib. Shown in good coat and condition. Can be a bit proud of his tail which spoils his outline.
2) Chapman’s GR CH Benannand Double Take
Red. Nice Type and really outgoing. I would like a bit more length to balance him out. Moved fairly well. Excels in temperament.
3) Costello’s Collessive Wild Edric
Open Dog – 9
1) Elkriver Kennel’s CH Birselaw Dare to Dream
Brindle. With a head and expression to die for. Good neck and shoulders. Topline, tailset and moved well. Lovely outgoing personality. He ran the two younger ones very close. A dog to be proud of. Winner of the Clearday Plate.
2) Davies + Wrights CH Ballanthife Let’s Play
Red. Very much my type of dog. All male lovely head and expression. Super mouth. So well balanced. Alas today he was too heavy and lacked coat which was a pity as he is a real quality cairn.
3) Scotton’s Sup CH Joymount The Spy Who Loved Me
Veteran Dog (7 -10 yrs)
1) Scotton’s Sup CH Joymount Secret Mission
Brindle. Up to size. Nice masculine head and expression. Lovely front action, shown in good coat and good condition. A little exaggerated behind and moving close, but a natural showman.
2) Black’s CH Cairnwarra Wagtail Willy
Nice headed dog with a new coat coming through. Moved fairly well. Good temperament.
3) Wangler’s CH Craigend Wickerslack
Veteran (over 10yrs)
1) Spinks CH Kirkcairn Hot Toddy
Red. Lovely type. Super head and expression. Hard to believe he’s twelve. Enjoyed his day out.
Baby Puppy Bitch – 3
1) Saulberry’s Koterana Tumau
What a cracking puppy. Full of personality and mischief. If she continues to progress then an exciting future lies ahead. Best baby puppy in show.
2) Scotton’s Joymount Yani Tseng
Red. Very much a baby, who shows real promise. Just needs time.
3) Saulbrey’s Koterana Taika
Minor Puppy Bitch – 2
1) Reekes + Parsons Davwezza Maggie Magge
Wheaten with a lovely sweet head and expression. In good coat and condition. Moved well when settled. Nice type.
2) Barclay’s Lochrin Like a Sunrise
Red. Rangy type. Head and expression okay. Nice shape. Needs time.
Puppy Bitch – 6
1) Barclay’s Lannellir Spring Blossom
Wheaten with a lovely head and expression. Good neck and shoulders. Moved fairly well. Happy showgirl. Promising.
2) Costello’s Collessie Candlewood
Nice baby who was put off when the wind picked up. Tailset a little high. Good coat and condition.
3) Grure + Keech’s Monterrer Jack O
Junior Bitch – 5
1) Loft + Miller’s Emerald City Bobby Way Up High
Very smart young lady, who excels in head. Good neck and shoulders. Moved pretty well. Needs anew jacket to complete the picture.
2) Candela’s Balbridie Black Caviar
Another nice youngster, with a good head and expression. Not as mature as 1st. But with time should progress.
3) Spink’s CH Calmaceile The Bing Bang Theory
Intermediate Bitch – 7
1) Scotton’s CH Joymount Lady Ga Ga
R/B with a lovely head and expression. Good neck and shoulders. Nice front and good depth of rib. Level topline with good tailset, in super coat and condition. Never stopped showing and deserved Challenge Bitch + Best Opposite sex.
2) Saulbrey’s Koterana Whakatangi
If only she had a coat and wasn’t spooked by the branches blowing across the ring. Because this is a beautiful cairn bitch with very little wrong. I could not deny her Reserve Challenge Bitch. Very much my type.
3) Smith’s CH Craigend Winter’s Song
Australian Bred Bitch – 5
1) Scotton’s CH Joymount Sherrie Baby
Another very nice bitch. Good head, nice neck and shoulders, in good coat and condition. Very well handled. Again, a little exaggerated behind but showed all out.
2) Saulbrey’s CH Kalan Kusmi
Brindle. Again very typy but not enjoying the wind factor. Moved well on good legs and feet. Lovely temperament.
3) Chapman’s CH Benannand Time to Dream.
Open Bitch -7
1) Scotton’s Joymount Secret Whispers
Good head and expression. Nice size, moved okay. A good, honest bitch who gave her all.
2) Crure + Keech’s CH Birselaw Just a Moment
A lovely headed bitch who moved and showed very well. She was shown in good coat and gave her all for her handler. But for me, would have liked a little more all round to complete the picture.
3) Candela’s Balbridie Charley’s Angel
Veteran Bitch (7-10 yrs) – 4
1) Barclay’s CH Lochrin Torchwood
A lovely brindle bitch. Very well put together. She moved soundly on good legs and feet. Never stopped showing. I liked her a lot.
2) Costello’s Collessie Rosa Xanthina
Red. Nice type, not as outgoing as 1st, but she moves soundly. Shown in lovely condition.
3) Black’s CH Cairnwarra Cragbindie
Veteran Bitch (10yrs + over)
1) Wangler’s CH +UKCH Uniquecottage Glengettie
My notes said ‘lovely’. I had no idea this was the bitch I awarded her 3rd CC to in Ireland years ago. She is a true ambassador for the breed. So well put together and she can move. Starting to show her age as one would expect and today gave way to youth. I’m sure her breeder would have been proud of her. Best veteran in show.
2) Black’s CH Cairnwarra Graganna
Red. Another nice bitch with a lovely temperament. Also moved well and showed well for her age.
Open Neuter Dog – 2
1) Spink’s CH Kirkcairn Sgt Pepper
Red. Steady showman. Shown in good coat and moved well.
2) Smith + Loft GR CH Emerald City Taliesin
Brindle. Happy, outgoing temperament. Very close decision.
Open Bitch Neuter – 1
1) Spink’s CH Cioralta Mistipytoes
What a lovely red bitch. She moved and showed a dream. Was in super coat and condition. Best Neuter in show.