LEEDS 2004

Harewood House, Harewood, Nr. Leeds
Sunday 25th July 2004

Judge - Harold Gay

Judge: Harold Gay

BEST OF BREED

JEONTY LITTLE SOLDIER

"Soldier"

BEST OPPOSITE SEX

BROCKLAND MERRYLEGS FOR BREGORREY

"Breege"

BEST PUPPY

DONVALESET BLUE CRYSTAL

"Rio"

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JUDGE'S NOTES

Leeds illustrated, yet again, how much Glens as a breed need a Limit class. In a breed that is known for maturity and long lasting, whilst not showing puppies that much, the "usual" four classes of Puppy, Junior, Post Graduate and Open is a waste. All that happens is the youngsters that are shown have little competition; then there is a bottleneck at top level.

Three years since I judged the breed and it has basically gone nowhere. Whilst I know, accept and applaud that breeders pulled back to reassess after the discovery of PRA in the breed, it has meant a lack of "young guns" to trouble the senior dogs in the ring and this lack of competition is showing. Many of the exhibitors, and their dogs, are slack. It should obviously be an enjoyable day out but when entrance fees have been paid and all the money spent getting there, should it really be a Sunday afternoon stroll? A large ring with no breed following meant I invited everybody to show their dog to advantage. The people who did use the ring fully were certainly in the minority. It doesnít say that much when the best mover of the day is in Junior Bitch!

It was nice, very nice, to see that effort had been made with coats but some were very short; this I did not penalise as coats will grow. Lack of musculature though is not something I will let pass. One of the glories of the breed is their maximum substance for size. That isnít hair and it isnít fat. There should be a frisson of excitement when handling a Glen because you feel things that are missing with many other breeds; you feel power; you feel strength; you feel muscle. Today a lot of them were just adequate. Itís an average word and that exactly sums up the amount of work that many seemed to have done to condition their dog for the ring.

Glens are my breed and it would be rather crass to pretend that I do not know the animals and owners. Because of this my critique will be slightly different. If anybody wants the "word processor" critique of nice head, nice front, nice mover I will provide one with pleasure but I believe all the owners know what their Glens actually are, warts and all, and their interest is why I placed the dogs as I did, where competition was involved. I thank everybody for exhibiting under me and as usual, if the applause and laughter from the ringside is anything to go by, seeming to enjoy everything with the usual spirit.

JEONTY LITTLE SOLDIER
BROCKLAND MERRYLEGS FOR BREGORREY

Best of Breed
JEONTY LITTLE SOLDIER
"Soldier"

Best Opposite Sex
BROCKLAND MERRYLEGS FOR BREGORREY
"Breege"



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