• Best In Show

    Ch Graebrook Breaking Point


9 October 2010

I would like to thank the Hungarian Vizsla Club of NSW for giving me the opportunity to judge their Championship Show, a most enjoyable judging assignment due to the number of top quality dogs exhibited.

I would like to thank my Ring Steward.

A couple of observations before I comment on the individual winners:

  • I was disappointed to find a number of dogs that were out at elbow, which was a major fault that was very prevalent when Vizslas were first imported into Australia. In my opinion, you as Breeders need to be conscience of this problem and try to eliminate this fault as soon as possible.
  • Another area of concern is the untypical heads I observed, some too domed in skull giving the appearance that the ears are set too low, others too long in foreface and therefore, not having the correct blunt muzzle.
  • The other area of concern is the lack of sufficient musculation in the hindquarters, which is easily rectified by correctly exercising your dogs.
  • On the whole the toplines were correct being firm and level on the move.
  • Temperament was excellent.
  • I had no problem with coats or colour

Roger Bridgeford

BABY PUPPY DOG (2 entries)

1st – Tanashka Mestermu Rufus (Quinn)
Well put together for a baby puppy, with correct level topline, height to length ratio correct therefore well balanced puppy, good head with correct turn of stifle and well developed body. Good turn of stifle. Moved well for a baby.

2nd – Tanashka Mestermu Darius (Quinn)
Similar type to my winner, slightly longer in back than I would like; correct planes of the foreface and skull. Good lay of shoulder, another well developed body. did not move as well as the winner.


1st – Gamecall Point Blank (Hine)
Correct type overall. good head and foreface, ears well-set, correct tye shape. Well laid shoulder, would like to see slightly more laid back in the upper arm. Forelegs correct both from the front and in profile. Good turn of stifle with level topline.

PUPPY DOG (2 entries, 1 absent)

1st – Kimlise Darden (Hoffman)
Puppy In Show
Sound type, would like to see ears set slightly highrr and more refinement n the foreface. Angulatin fore and hind good, forelegs straight both in front and in profile, hindquarters match the forequarters, moved with sufficient reach and drive for a puppy.

JUNIOR DOG (2 entries)

1st – Kimlise Antaeus Sirchancealot (Richards)
Junior In Show
Very good type, well balanced with the correct height to lengh ratio. Movement very good with excellent reach and drive, maintaining a level topline on the move. Correct reach of neck flowing into the topline. Would like to see the tail-set a little lower. Correct head and expression.

2nd – Hanafor Seintli Niles (Butler)
The head and expression of this dog is not quite as good as the winner. Even though he has a very good turn of stifle and good lay of shoulder, he does not move with the same reach and drive as my winner. I would also like him to move slightly wider behind. Good level topline.

INTERMEDIATE DOG (2 entries, 1 absent)

1st – Hanafor Cafefi Rhys (Alderton)
The head and expression of this dog is not quite as good as the winner. Even though he has a very good turn of stifle and good lay of shoulder, he does not move with the same reach and drive as my winner. I would also like him to move slightly wider behind. Good level topline.


1st – Ch Belabartok Always Jethro CD TD ET (Taylor)
Good type, well balanced with the correct height to length ratio. Good skull and foreface, another dog that would be improved with less jowel, not dry as the Standard describes. Moved with correct reach and drive, correct topline on the move. Chest down to elbows as required.

2nd – Ch Palaway Metropolis (Hanney)
Very good type, but let down in movement both going away and coming towards, therefor did not have the reach and drive of the winner. Also the skull and foreface, in my opinion, were not as good as the winner. Topline inclined to rise just behind the wither especially when moving.

3rd – Ch Kimlise Reilley Viane (Jolly)
A dog much heavier overall than first and second plcegetters, therefor lacked the overall elegance and nobility required by the Standard. His movement was not as good as that of the other placegetters. Skull and foreface was well balanced, good arch of neck.

OPEN DOG (2 entries)

1st – Ch Graebrook Lord Ofscandal (Graebrook Kennels)
Challenge Dog
Excellent breed type with correct overall balance. Excellent moving dog, going away, coming toward and in profile and really covering the ground. Correct dry moderate skull, which is slightly domed with moderate stop, blunt muzzle and correct pigmentation. Both fore and hindquarters are excellent maintaining a level topline at all times.

2nd – Ch Tanashka Magus Krakajak (Quinn)
Reserve Challenge Dog
Another excellent type with correct overall balance. When stacked a slightly better overall appearance than the winner, but did not move as well in profile or going and coming as the winner and as they are required to move when carrying out the function for which they were bred the better moving dog won on the day. Would have liked to find more strength of first and second thigh.

BABY PUPPY BITCH (3 entries)

1st – Tanashka Mestermu Mon Soleil (Mackin & Hanney)
Baby Puppy In Show
An excellent baby puppy, with well angulated shoulders and equally as good length of lay back of upper arm. Good fore and hindquarters, moved accordingly. Kept her topline when standing and moving. Played up a bit, which I forgive in a baby puppy.

2nd – Graebook Ariel (Morgan)
An older puppy, at this stage a bigger pup than the winner. good type with a correct skull and foreface, but not as good as in the hindquarters especially the turn of stifle as the winner.

3rd – Tanashka Maganyos Csoda (Quinn)
Another good type of puppy with correct fore and hindquarters, but was not as tight at elbow as I would like and also moved too wide behind when moving, which affected her topline. Pleasing head, correct body, good chest.


1st – Graebrook Shushienae (Graebrook Kennels)
Minor Puppy In Show
Beautiful type, with wonderful reach and drive. Correct shaped skull and foreface, good ears carried correctly a little back on the skull. Correct slightly oval shaped eyes. Wonderful hindquarters with correct turn of stifle. Topline rose slightly to the loin when moving, hopefully will level out when she matures.

2nd – Palaway Mon Bijou (Macken & Hanney)
Good type in profile, but a little wide in front both when standing and moving, a bit loose in elbow. Not as good in the forequarter as the winner. Correct shaped skull and foreface, with correct slightly oval shaped eyes. Good tight skin and pigmentatin. Again this puppy’s topline rose slightly to the hindquarters when moving, hopefully will level out when she matures.

3rd – Vincentoria Vivienne (Alderton)
Not as balanced as the two other placegetters, body was not in balance with the rest of the puppy. Good head, eyes and ears, correct dry skin. good hindquarters. did not move as well as I would have liked.

PUPPY BITCH (1 entry, absent)
JUNIOR BITCH (3 entries)

1st – Kimlise La Cygne (Hanney)
Good type overall with correct forequarters and good lay of shoulder and upper arm. Upper and lower thigh long and muscular. Good body with short croup, chest reaching the elbow. Would like to see less dewlap. Good medium length of neck, good oval feet.

2nd – Hanafor Seintli Nina (Leighton)
Good head, little too long in foreface which gave the appearance that the skull and foreface were not wide neough. Lacked both width and depth of chest. Fore and hindquarters acceptable, moved well in all directions. Topline good. Feet and pigment correct.

3rd – Kenoz Bronzed Charm (Butler)
Good type but let herself down in the hindquarters both when standing and especially when moving. Lacked strength in the hindquarters. Good head, expression and neck. Good forequarters. Would like to have seen much more animation.


1st – Ch Graebrook Superstition (Graebrook Kennels)
Intermediate In Show
Very good type of bitch who showed well, correct height to length ratio, slightly longer than height, therefore a well balanced bitch. Correct reach of neck flowing into well placed shoulders. Both shoulders and upper arm correct angulation. Movement – good reach would like to see slightly more drive behind. Correct skull and foreface with good neck.

2nd – Ch Belabartok Balad F Siena (Taylor)
Good type, correct head with pleasant arch and reach of neck. Would like to see more strength of under jaw, in fact would like to see slightly more bone overall not as well balanced as the winner slightly longer than required. Good movement coming toward you and in profile.


1st – Ch Tanashks Dzsentri Klara (Quinn)
Reserve Challenge Bitch / Australian Bred In Show
Very good height to length ratio, therefore correct balance. Good skull and foreface, correct ear placement with fine leather, slightly oval eyes. Chest reaching the elbows. Moves around the ring with reach and drive maintaining her level topline. Correct pastern short, straight with slight slope. I would have preferred to see more strength and musculation of the second thigh.

2nd – Ch Gamecall Weatherby Viva (Hine)
Good head with correct wide nostrils and blunt muzzle and tight lips. Good lay of shoulder and upper arm, not as good in the pastern as the winner. Would like to see her standing slightly closer in front froelegs, from elbows to ground too wide. Did not move as well as the winner when going away and did not manain her topline when moving.

OPEN BITCH (3 entries)

1st – Ch Graebrook Breaking Point (Graebrook Kennels)
Challenge Bitch / Open In Show
An excellent mature bitch with a good skull and foreface. Correct dry moderately broad slightly domed skull, with groove from stop to occiput, moderate stop. Lips tight with wide nostrils. Correct set on of ears and the correct slightly oval eyes. Correct height to length ratio of slightly longer than height at withers. Gait – moves around the ring correctly with plenty of drive and maintaining her level topline. Very good hindquarters with strong long first and second thighs. Correct short length from hock to ground.


2nd – Ch Tanashka Osi Aggie (Quinn)
Very well balanced bitch from tip of her nose to the tip of her tail. Very good type overall, good skull and foreface, correct ears with fine leather and set correctly a little backwards. Good coat and correct tight skin. Very good forequarters and forelegs, correct oval feet with short pasterns. Did not move as well as the winner in profile or going away, also lost her topline slightly when moving rising over the loin.

3rd – Ch Gamecall Weatherby Malika (Hine)
Another very typical bitch, slightly longer than the other two placegetters. Good skull and foreface, correct medium length of neck with good arch flowing into well placed withers with a level topline both when standing and moving. Good hindquarters. Would have preferred to see her have tighter elbows.

The first from the Open Bitch class and the first from the Australian Bred class were my Best in Show and Runner-up In Show respectively and were both excellent specimens of the breed and a pleasure to judge. Both were correctly balanced and moved with reach and drive. From reviewing the Class In Show awards it would appear that the bitches on the day were superior to the males in my opinion.

NEUTER CLASS (4 entries)

1st – Ch Tanashka Magus Taita (Hine)
Neuter In Show
Very good type well balanced, moved correctly moving neither too close, not too wide when going away or coming towards you, maintained topline when moving. Good and balanced head and skull. Good forequarters.

2nd – Dual Ch (T) Gamefinder Pyrotechnic (Turner)
Another good type overall, good forequarters, with good lay of shoulder and length of upper arm. Good head and skull. Topline not qute as good as the winner otherwise moved rather well in all directions.

3rd – Ch Tanashka Magus Lana (Quinn)
Very well balanced overall with a good head, but not as good as the other two placegetters in the forequarters and hindquarters, therefore did not move as required by the Standard, also did not maintain a level topline when moving.


BEST HEADED:  Ch Tanashka Magus Taita
BEST GAIT:  Ch Gamecall Weatherby Malika
BEST BRACE:  Ch Graebrook Lord Ofscandal / Ch Graebrook Superstition
BEST EXHIBIT IN BREED & OBEDIENCE (“BRAINS & BEAUTY”):  Dual Ch (T) Gamefinder Pyrotechnic

UDX (1 entry)

No Qualifiers

UTILITY (0 entries)
OPEN (4 entries)

1st – OC Vizamy Galena (Smyth)

NOVICE (1 entry)

No Qualifiers

CCD (2 entries)

No Qualifiers

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