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    2023 OPEN SHOW CRITIQUES

    Judge: Dianne Reid (Dogs) 

    I would like to thank The Otterhound Club for inviting me to judge their open show alongside Mr Frank Whyte.  Not a numerically large entry but some quality dogs.  All dogs were presented in good clean condition and temperaments were good.  Thank you to the exhibitors for entering and for being so sporting; lovely to see some baby puppies being socialised which must bode well for the future of this fabulous breed.

    Class 1 : Special Open Working (0 entries)

    Class 2 : Veteran Dog or Bitch (2,1,1)

    1st FOLLETT’S AM CH FOUR PILLARS TAHOE TURQUOISE (IMP USA) 7yrs female.  
    Mature bitch; feminine and makes a nice  balanced profile showing plenty of strength.  Head nicely domed and of correct proportions with plenty of depth.  Nice dark eye giving  lovely expression; nice large nose with good sized nostrils.  Muscular neck into nicely laid back shoulder, good forechest giving nice deep chest; front is good; plenty of bone and with good feet. Ribs carried well back, nice strong loin giving correct topline and in good harsh condition.  Moderate angulation at rear, nicely muscled inner thigh showing on the move with plenty of reach and drive  on the go round; good tail.  Good coat; rustic and of good length and correct texture.  BEST VETERAN IN SHOW

    Class 3 : Puppy Dog (0 entries)

    Class 4 : Junior Dog (1,1,0)

    Class 5 : Special Yearling Dog (0 entries)

    Class 6 : Post Graduate Dog (1,0,1)

    1st Nelson’s Olphae Druid 22mnth male.
    Young dog, maturing nicely and presenting a good outline.  Typical head; nicely domed with sufficient stop and plenty of depth; good expression, wide nose and good leathers; set correctly.  Muscular neck; shoulders ok but would prefer a better lay of shoulder; forelegs straight with decent bone and feet.  Ribs ok, well covered and moderatey angled at rear.  Coat is good; of correct texture and length.  Moves ok out and back and in profile just loses topline which spoils the picture.

    Class 7 : Limit Dog (1,0,1)
    1st Dark, Thorley & Lerego’s Tecklegarth Decimus
    Mature male’ typical head of god proportions; nice dark eye, ears set on well and of correct length.  Strong mucular neck into decent shoulders; good front with nice deep chest and straight forelegs; ribbed well back; nice strong loing and reasonably well muscled rear.  Good coat.  Moved well.

    Class 8 : Open Dog (3,1,2) Two nice males who would change place on another day.
    1st Lewis’ CH Olphae Charman**  Mature 4 year old male; presenting a majestic profile with a lovely head; nicely domed and with correct stop and plenty of depth; good pigment and nice expression; good leathers set correctly.  Strong muscular neck into well laid shoulder; front ok an ribbed well back with strong loin; good coat and condition; rustic and of correct texture. Moderate angulation at rear, hocks well let down and muscular inner thigh.  Moved well covering the ground with long elastic stride. BEST DOG & BEST IN SHOW Delighted that the bitch judge, Mr Frank Whyte agreed with my choice for Best in Show.

     2nd Ganna’s CH Kingstree Warrior At Keepcott**  Another mature male presenting a good balanced profile with plenty of substance however was intent on giving his owner the runaround today in the windy conditions.  Nice head, majestic and with good proportions; lighter pigment which I would expect with the lighter coloured hound but still has a kind expression.  Good length of neck into decent shoulders and with good front and rear assembly; ribs carried well back and strong loin.  Nice rustic coat of good texture and length.  Moves with purpose when the fancy takes him. RESERVE BEST DOG

    RESERVE BEST IN SHOW : Lewis’ Olphae Orliath 2 year old female, maturing nicely so one to watch for the future.  Typical head, feminine but with nice dark eye and good leathers, set on well and of correct length.  Strong neck into clear shoulder, chest is well let down and ribs extending well back. Moderate angulation and in good muscular condition.  Moves with purpose, covering the ground. For me the dog was more mature, had the substance and power; his headpiece offered more depth and he had a beautiful coat; tousled and of the correct texture.


    Judge: Frank H Whyte (Bitches)
    It was real pleasure and honour to judge this breed club show’ I found the exhibits to be in good firm condition with good rough coats. Heads, balanced and good ears.  Feet of good size and quality bone. Movement in general of good free reaching action and front reach, steady rear action with one or two needing a little more width and drive.  Found the exhibitors to be most sporting and a huge thanks to the committee and all involved for their hospitality and a memorable day.
     
    VD/B 2 (1)
     1 Follet - Am Ch Four Pillars Tahoe Turquoise (imp USA) - Clean head of good depth, good eye and ears well set. Strong muzzle and wide nostrils and good lip. Ears of good length and nicely folded. Neck of good length into body of good depth, well sprung rib and short loin.  Well developed rear. Quality bone strong legs and feet well knuckled and good size. Tail well set and carried. Presented in good coat and condition and moved with good free stride. BEST VETERAN IN SHOW 

     PGB 2(0)
    1.Harris – Olphae Dawn (AY3) - 22 months, feminine head with good skull and depth, strong muzzle and good eye shape and colour.  Ears of good length and set on level with eye. Strong clean neck, good depth of body well spring rib and ribs well back. Strongly built rear and tail well set and carried on the move. Presented in good harsh coat of slight oily texture.  Good bone feet of good size with good pads. Moved with good free stride holding a balanced outline. 
    2.  Knight - Keepcott Joyous - Liked her type size and head shape. Good skull also deep and not too wide. Good eye shape and stop. Another with good head furnishings. Ears of good length, well set. Good length neck and strongly build body of good depth, ribs well back and well angled and muscled rear, good bone feet and presented in good harsh coat. Moved with loose gait but not quite and coordinated covering ground as winner today.

    LB2(0)
    1.Lewis – Olphae Orlaith – Feminine clean head with good skull not too wide; Good depth of head, moderately deep-set eye good expression, correct stop and strong muzzle with good wide nose. Ears well set with eye and of good length and folds. Good length neck into well laid shoulder straight strong legs on feet of good size good pads. Good rib and short loin into well angled strong rear. Moved with good, positive free long striding gait holding strong frame with good head and tail carriage.  Presented in good harsh coat and condition and still needs a little more time to develop a touch more to finish the complete quality picture. Top quality young girl. BEST BITCH & RESERVE BEST IN SHOW
    2. Porter – Ottaryx Quinevere- Another very good quality girl with well-proportioned feminine head of good depth, eye and muzzle/ Well set ears of good length. Strong clean neck into strong well-built body. Good quality bone legs and feet. Well-developed rear and tail well set and carried. Presented in good harsh coat and body condition.  Also has many breed virtues to like and moved with free stride and good front reach holding a nice outline.

    O 3(0)
    1.Porter – Ironquest First in all Things at Ottaryx -  A 2 year old girl of good quality. Feminine head with good skull, stop and strong muzzle. Good lip, ears, eye and expression. Good length neck, quality bone straight legs and good feet and pads. Good rib loin and well angled rear. Tail well set and carried/. Presented in good coat and conditions with good head furnishings.  Moved free with good striding action holdng the most balanced firm outline to win this nice class and RESERVE BEST BITCH.
    2. Madge, Follet, Lerego - Teckelgarth Georgia – feminine, of good size and shape. Good head proportions skull eye and stop. Head not too wide and good depth.  Strong neck good shoulder depth and well sprung rib. Well developed rears and good tail. Good legs and feet of good size. Another presented in good rough coat. Close to winner and lovey breed, moved with free stride over the ground with good front reach.
    3. Knight – Keepcott Joyous – As Previous

    Judge Becky A Johnson (Stakes).
    My thanks to the Officers and Committee for inviting me to judge the Special Stakes class. Although the entry was not large I had some quality dogs to assess and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
    Open (7, 1)
    1st Lewis’ Olphae Orlaith (AI). A very close decision between the first two in this class. Although the winner didn’t have the maturity of the 2nd place dog I felt that she was cleaner through her shoulders which was the deciding point. Good for overall size and balance. I particularly liked her head with it’s soft and very amiable expression. Long ears with edge folding inwards. Long clean neck leading to excellent layback of shoulder and corresponding length and return of upper arm. Deep in chest with ribs carried well back. Level topline . Short strong lion. Very powerful well muscled hindquarters with well de- fined second thigh and hocks parallel and set square to the ground. Tail set high and car- ried well on the move. Excellent bone with large round feet. Coat of excellent texture. Moved on a long active stride covering ground well.
    2nd Lewis’ Ch Olphae Charman. Upstanding dog - true stallion male with excellent overall balance. Good head shape with kindly expression and well set ears folding in- wards. Neck of good length leading to well laid shoulder - not quite the length in upper arm as the winner. Scores in depth of chest and length of ribcage. Loin strong and topline gained at all times. Well muscled hindquarters. Coat of very good texture. Excel- lent bone with large round feet. Moved on a powerful stride covering ground well.
    3rd Porter’s Ironquest’s First In All Things at Ottaryx

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