I would like to thank the Officers of this well-organised Club for inviting me to judge their 31st Championship show, and to the exhibitors for their gracious acceptance of my placings I could not have survived without the invaluable help of my ring Steward, Judith Starkey, which made the whole experience very enjoyable for me.
I was very impressed with the side movement of nearly all the exhibits, a feature which I can only explain as being purely Australian, as you have large outdoor rings in which to move your dogs. Therefore, I should imagine poor side movement cannot be tolerated, as it is in some countries. I must admit that some are inclined to lose the unique Vizsla outline on the move, and that did factor into some of my decisions. Also, I did find that several exhibits were not as true down and back as I would have liked
On the plus side, temperament was excellent overall, and I found that I did not have to worry about colour, as all were well within the accepted range. Fronts and feet were generally good. Most of the toplines and tail-sets appeared correct when posed, despite the prevalence of some exhibitors who were inclined to over stretch the rears in order to present an incorrect sloping topline – I tried not to penalise for this handling error, especially if they carried the correct topline on the move. All my winners also had good mouths.
BABY PUPPY DOG (0 entries)
MINOR PUPPY DOG (1 entry)
1st – Kimlise Winslake Mist (Neaves) Quite a nice puppy, with good colour, well developed for age (6 months), especially in head. It was difficult to assess movement as he was not too co-operative with young handler.
PUPPY DOG (3 entries, 2 absent)
1st – Hanafor The Xecutioner (Stading) Puppy In Show Gorgeous colour, excelled both in side, and down and back movement. He also has a nice outline when posed, with good angulation front and rear, and correct tail-set. Just needs to strengthen a little in head and loin to complete the picture. I found him very promising for his age of 11 months.
JUNIOR DOG (3 entries, 1 absent)
1st – Tanashka Korona Ace (Pollock) Junior In Show Another good coloured dog almost 2 years old, nice angulation and topline. Quite a pleasant head, and although he moved out quite well, he was inclined to carry his tail too gaily, unusual for one with such a correct tail-set.
2nd – Paradox Iceana Gold Star Am JH (Imp USA) (Mallinson) Although he has a better tail carriage than first, I preferred the colour and angulation of my first dog. Still a good mover, and nice topline. For me, I thought he was just a little heavy in head for 18 months. I am sure they will change places in the future.
INTERMEDIATE DOG (3 entries)
1st – Ch Hungargunn Hyperno (Cragg) Challenge Dog / Intermediate In Show BEST EXHIBIT IN SHOW As soon as the first go around I was impressed with the stylish movement of this dog, noting his powerful reach and drive. After examination I realised that he had all I was looking for in an 18 month old. Gorgeous colour, very pleasing head and neck, correct solid topline and tail-set, coupled to good angulation both front and rear. I was anxious to see how he would move down and back, and he did not disappoint – he was outstanding. If he performs like this in the future, I think he will do a lot of winning.
2nd – Ch Tanashka Magus Krakajak (Quinn) One year older than my first dog, has a classic head, and good colour. Failed in topline and angulation compared to first dog, although still moved quite well, and was just unfortunate to meet my winner on the day.
3rd – Kimlise Sahara Gold (Neaves) Almost 2 years old, moved quite well, and although colour was quite pleasing, I thought the head lacked the quality of the first two. Also I noticed that on the day his topline was not quite correct, he appeared a little tucked-up – maybe it was just a temporary phase.
AUSTRALIAN BRED DOG (4 entries)
1st – Ch Hubertus Jackpot (Winch & Johnson) Australian Bred In Show Almost 2 years old. He has a very pleasing head, and is a good colour, nicely balanced outline, which he retains on the move, he was also clean moving down and back. When posed he was sometimes overstretched to spoil the slope of the croup and his otherwise strong rear. Maybe he still needs to develop in forechest, but this is being very critical for a young dog of less than 2 years.
2nd – Ch Belabartok Always Jethro (Taylor) 3 years old, slightly more developed in forechest but stronger in head than first. Moved well from the side although does not have the good angulation of the winner in this class, also a little untidy down and back.
3rd – Ch Tanashka Acepak Herman (Quinn) 5 years old, a larger and more substantial dog than the others in the class, a good colour, in excellent condition, and his bone does match his size. I prefer a more elegant dog but he had many good qualities, including an excellent topline, croup and well carried tail.
OPEN DOG (4 entries)
1st – Gr Ch Tanashka Red Ochre Bazel (Quinn) Reserve Challenge Dog / Open In Show 6 years old, still has a classic head and outline, good angulation front and rear, excellent topline with a proper croup extending to a well carried tail. Down and back movement was impressive, but would liked to have seen more reach and drive in side movement on the day. A close decision with my Challenge dog from the Intermediate class.
2nd – Ch Szepzeg Tequila Sunrise (Furlong) 3 years. Not quite as pleasing in head as first place, but moved out really well with correct topline, but was inclined to be set-up with sloping topline also spoiling rear angulation.
3rd – Ch Iceana Gold Point ET JD (Mallinson) 4 years. Nice quality in a smaller package, nicely shaped head with pleasant expression, nice colour, good outline and movement; preferred the size of the other two in the class.
VETERAN DOG (0 entries)
BABY PUPPY BITCH (3 entries)
1st – Szepzeg Heaven Can Wait (Furlong) Baby Puppy In Show Almost 6 months old, nicely put together, and showing extremely well. Very attractive in all respects, nice outline, tail-set and angulation. For one so young, she scores on down and back movement. Head just needs to break to complete the picture.
2nd – Hubertus Yahoo Miseree (Winch & Johnson) Similar age to first, has a very good head and other fine qualities, such a nice angulation, and outline, but needs to grow on; she’s not quite as big as others in the class.
3rd – Szepzeg Th Devine Miss M (Furlong) Similar size to her litter sister, who came first in this class. Has other similar qualities, and maybe a more developed head, unfortunately was not showing as well as her sister today.
MINOR PUPPY BITCH (3 entries, 1 absent)
1st – Kimlise Willow Mist (Neaves) Minor Puppy In Show Nearly 7 months. A nice size for age, excellent body proportions, perfect outline from head to toe. I was impressed with the angulation and correct tail-set. Moved with confidence.
2nd – Kimlise Verdi Valeri (Neaves)
Another quality puppy from this Kennel, of similar age to first but not closely related. A little more mature than her kennel mate and again has very good conformation. her head is probably better developed at this stage. Unfortunately, she was reluctant to show for her handler.
PUPPY BITCH (1 entry)
1st – Tanashka Korona Szepseg (Quinn) Nice quality, 11 months old, an attractive colour, has very good angulation, but loses topline on the move and would like to see a more defined head for age. She was also coming into season and maybe because of that, she was moving a little close in the rear.
JUNIOR BITCH (0 entries)
INTERMEDIATE BITCH (7 entries)
1st – Ch Hubertus Electric Dreams (Winch & Johnson) Challenge Bitch RUNNER-UP BEST EXHIBIT IN SHOW 3 years. A medium sized, very sound bitch with good colour. Head is feminine which matches her conformation, moderate in most respects, but very balanced and lots of quality, especially in movement, where she holds a nice silhouette while covering plenty of ground. I believe the Standand describes her gait better than I can, ie: animated light-footed trot, elegant and far reaching.
2nd – Ch Hungargunn Rykiel Rose (Cragg) Almost 2 years. Has more substance than my winner, and a stronger head. Posed she appeared to have all the essentials, but disappointed on the move today – she will have better days.
3rd – Hanafor Dusis Talisker (Harris & Stading) 18 months. Medium sized bitch, with a nice head, neck and topline, a little loose on the move especially on the down and back.
AUSTRALIAN BRED BITCH (4 entries)
1st – Ch Tanashka Dzsentri Klara (Quinn) Reserve Challenge Bitch 4 years. Nice size, well developed head, attractive colour, has good topline and tail-set, handled and moved with precision, especially down and back. My notes say she has very good feet and front. I would just like to see a little more angulation which would improve side movement, although she was no slough in that department.
2nd – Ch Tanashka Acepak Showgirl (Quinn) A 3 year old, rich colour, nice size, balanced head, stylish and elegant neck leading into a good topline, and tail-set. Moved correctly for the breed, although I would just like to see a little more forechest to complete the picture.
3rd – Ch Hungargunn Forget Me Not (Cragg) 4 year old, appeared to have correct proportion, but was not showing today and so it is difficult to critique conformation, although maybe she could have a stronger topline even when she’s in the mood, also has a stronger head than I like.
OPEN BITCH (3 entries)
1st – Hungargunn Femme Fatale (Cragg) 4 years old, nice proportions, good size and colour, well angulated, nice topline and tail-set, has a little droopy under carriage which I did not penalise presuming it was from maternal duties. she did not move out quite as well as I expected from her conformation. I also thought she was a little houndy in head.
2nd – Ch Tanashka Acepak Zsofia (Quinn) 3 years old, darker colour than first, and more correct head proportions. I like her neck, topline and croup with correct tail-set. I thought her rear angulation was great, but to me it did not balance shoulder angulation, where I would have liked to have seen a little more layback. Otherwise I thought she was a very good type.
3rd – Ch Iceana Antiquegold ET (Mallinson) 4 years. In lean and muscular condition indicating that she may be a hunting dog. The American Standard states: Brawny or sinewy muscular condition and honourable scars indicating a working and hunting dog are never to be penalised – I was however judging to the FCI Standard. I still thought she was a very worthy representative of the breed, with many good qualities.
VETERAN BITCH (0 entries)
BEST OWNER BRED & HANDLED: Ch Szepzeg Tequila Sunrise
BEST HEADED DOG: Hanafor The Executioner
BEST HEADED BITCH: Hanafor The Lady Agatha TDX
BEST GAITED: Ch Szepzeg Tequila Sunrise
BEST SIRE & PROGENY: Ch Szepzeg Tequila Sunrise
BEST DAM & PROGENY: Ch Hungargunn Femme Fatale