NEFRA Championship Show 2018

On November 4th 2018 NEFRA held their breed championship show at Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent.

The judges at this show were (Dogs) Mr H Nelson (Byeways), (Bitches) Mrs J Donnelly (Eskmill) Referee, Junior Handling and Brace Mrs H Fox

  • Best In Show (Dog CC) was awarded to Strudwick’s SH CH DOWNSTREAM FAIR AND SQUARE FOR BURPHAM JW ShCM.
  • Reserve Best In Show (Res Dog CC) was awarded to Holland’s CH CALZEAT CAUSA COMMOTION AT FLATCHARM (IMP)
  • Best Opposite Sex (Bitch CC) was awarded to Malone’s SH CH KISSOCK WEESLEEKIT FOR KIRKBECK JW
  • Reserve Bitch CC was awarded to Curtis’ TALLISTAR MIDNIGHT ISLA
  • Best Puppy was awarded to Bright’s HOPEVALLEY MORNING TWISTER
  • Best Veteran was awarded to Holland’s CH CALZEAT CAUSA COMMOTION AT FLATCHARM (IMP)

Other Results NEFRA Champ Show 2018 Results


Judge’s Critique – Bitches

It was an honour to be asked to judge the bitches again after 5 years earlier I had had to withdraw because of illness. The day was made all the more enjoyable with the help of my most efficient stewards. I was looking for a medium size bitch capable of doing a days work. I found movement still a problem in the breed with too many moving close behind with not enough drive and carrying their tails a little high which spoiled their outline on the move. A few level bites but as one would expect from our lovely breed superb temperaments. I was very pleased with my final line up.

Veteran Bitch 12 (3a)

1st Mrs K & Mr D Joyce Stranfaer Lucy Locket JW 9 years old liked her size, lovely head with kind dark eye and good ear set. Well constructed with good bone and tight feet. Coat in good condition, moved with style. Best Veteran Bitch.

2nd Mrs H C Murray Araminta Glass At Gayplume A little taller than my winner but had a pleasing head with a dark eye. A little longer in the body, good bone with excellent feet. Moved well.

3rd Mr E W Mrs P J & Miss N E Colson Eskwinds Driving Miss Daisy To WindyHollows Another of the size I like with a feminine head lovely expression. Well angulated front and rear with a good spring of rib. Not quite as good in feet but moved with drive.

Special Veteran Bitch 5 (1a)

1st Mr & Mrs S Collins Steeplehouse Gift Of Thyme Hard to believe she is 10 years old, medium size and well balanced. Good head with a melting expression, kind dark eye. Pleasing neck and shoulders, close coupled with quality bone and feet. Moved well.

2nd Miss E Curtis Ballyriver Fern At Tallistar A little taller than I prefer and slightly longer in the body than my winner. Good head, dark eye with excellent bone and feet. Very sound on the move.

3rd Mr & Mrs J P Coleman Steeplehouse Inka Thyme At Ravensjais AW(B) See she is a litter sister to my winner not as refined in head, but had a kind dark eye. Moved a little wide in front, carrying a little bit too much weight. Coat in good condition. 

Minor Puppy Bitch 4 

Two very promising puppies headed this class.

1st Miss E Curtis Tallistar Midnight Tango Lovely head with good ear set, kind dark eye. Good neck, shoulders and rear angulation. Size just right. Excellent bone and tight feet. Covered ground well on the move. Won on overall balance. Best Puppy Bitch.

2nd Ms E J & Dr L Walker and Roberts Rainesgift Truth Be Told Very much the same remarks apply as the winner. Lovely puppy with good head, dark eye excellent bone and feet. Correct angulation a shade longer in body than my winner.

3rd Mrs J S Montandon Ashseale Once Upon A Star At Trapestone Another lovely puppy with good head and dark eye. Enough bone, feet need to tighten. Movement let her down.

Puppy Bitch 8 (1a) 

1st Miss E Curtis Tallistar Midnight Tango 

2nd Ms E J & Dr L Walker & Roberts Gloi Dubh Illusion A little taller and longer in the body than my winner, however had a lovely head with dark eye. Moved with drive. Well presented.

3rd Mrs M E Romeo-Dieste Hopevalley Morning Rainbow liked her size again a shade longer in the body and a little steep in upper arm. Excellent bone, and feet. Very heavy coated. Moved well.

Junior Bitch 9 (1a)

3 quality bitches headed this class.

1st Miss L S Jones Caehaidd Lets Go Crazy with Braemist Liked her size and type, well moulded head pleasing expression with kind dark eye, good length of neck flowing into well placed shoulders. Quality bone with a good bend of stifle. Lovely free movement and outline on the move which won her the class.

2nd Mrs S & Mrs G & Mr M Knight-Jacobs Gemswin Land Of Make Believe Good quality dark liver a little lacking in coat. Lovely moulded head and eye. She had excellent bone and feet. Very sound on the move. Just carried her tail a little high.

3rd Mrs G & Mrs A Griffiths-Newton Caehaidd Call Me Crazy with Layasway Litter sister to my winner. Very similar remarks apply. Correct size. Lovely head and eye. She just lacked the drive on the move.

Yearling Bitch 6 (1a)

1st H. M. Watson Rainesgift Heaven Forbid Great balance and style for one so young. Lovely head and dark eyes. Good reach of neck with excellent forechest. Quality bone and feet. Strong quarters which she used to cover the ground well. Beautifully presented and handled. 

2nd Mr P & Mrs J Eggington Pajanbeck Angels On My Side Not the finish or substance of my winner. Classical head, dark eye, enough bone, well laid shoulders. Close coupled, moved well just lacks maturity. 

3rd  Mrs S & Mrs G & Mr M Knight-Jacobs Gemswin Land Of Make Believe

Novice Bitch 8 (4a)

1st Mrs D Brooks Castlerock Shes A Miracle More settled in this class. Liked her size she has a lovely head with a dark eye. Excellent bone and feet. Moved a little close behind and a little proud of her tail. 

2nd Mrs B Reynolds Gemwin Let’s Dance Dark liver with a kind expression good bone and feet. Longer in body than my winner. Moved well. Carried her tail a little high on the move.

3rd Mr & Mrs T J Trevor Trevorsilk Galaxy Aurora The size I like, good head kind eye, a little steep in upper arm, not in the best of coats. Moved ok.

Graduate Bitch 8 (2a) 

1st Mr E W, Mrs P J & N E Colson Blacktoft Frozen In Time By Windyhollows (AI) Well balanced, lovely head , melting expression, good layback of shoulder, excellent feet and bone. Short coupled with a good bend of stifle. Moved with drive. Close decision between 1st and 2nd.

2nd Mr R Ms L Ashcroft & Long Stranfaer Take It Easy To Keepersway Eye catching bitch just a shade longer in body than my winner. Beautifully presented, excelled in forechest and had a good bend of stifle. Moved well. 

3rd Mrs T & Miss C Gale Willowswind Nette Lark JW Loved her size, not as classical in head as first and second. Lovely outline but not in the best of coats today. Covered the ground as one with the handler. 

Post Graduate Bitch 15 (4a)

Some lovely bitches in this class.

1st H. M. Watson Rainesgift Heavens Above Stood out for type consistently produced from this kennel. A credit to her breeder. Ultra sound to go over, lovely head, kind dark eye. Good front, bone and pasterns. Strong quarters that she used to cover the ground well.

2nd Mr B Montandon Trapestone Bohemian Girl Not quite the finish of my winner. However she excelled in head, bone and feet. Very good angulation and spring of rib, with a good bend of stifle. Moved well.

3rd Mr D A Ashcroft Gunoak Solar Wind JW Another quality bitch of the size I like. Beautiful head, good bone and feet. Correct angulation. Moved well. Coat not her best today.

Limit Bitch 15 (6a)

1st Mrs G Griffiths Castlerock Cosmic Hattie Always liked this bitch from the ringside and was not disappointed when going over her. Loved her size, most beautiful of heads with dark kind eyes. Best of front construction with a good spring of rib. Close coupled, excelled in bone and feet. Moved with drive.

2nd Mrs H C Murray Araminta Glass At Gayplume

3rd Mrs J Smith Montegrino Toasted Teacake Lovely moulded head and dark eyes. Excellent bone and feet. Slightly longer in the body, good turn of stifle. Moved well. Beautifully presented.

Open Bitch 13 (3a)

1st  Miss E Curtis Tallistar Midnight Isla Nice size classical bitch, the best of heads correctly moulded . Dark eye with the gentlest expression. Neat ears well set on, well defined brisket. Excellent layback of shoulder, well sprung ribs, short loin leading to muscular well angulated hind quarters. Flowed round the ring. Reserve CC 

2nd H. M Rainesgift Bide Your Time JW Another bitch that just oozes quality pushed hard for first place similar remarks apply. Just felt the winner had the edge on movement today. 

3rd Matthews Ollerset Rainbow A bitch I have always liked but sadly lacking in coat today. Lovely head with melting expression. Dark eye, good bone and feet. Superb construction is reflected in her movement. 

Champion Bitch 4 

Four very worthy Champions all the type I prefer.

1st Mrs C J & Mr L Malone SH CH Kissock Weesleekit For Kirkbeck JW Beautifully balanced just oozes quality, lots to like. Head with the desired moulding flat skull, well filled in below a kind dark eye. Good length and depth of muzzle, correct layback of shoulder, well ribbed lovely short loin. Well muscled hindquarters with well developed second thigh. Quality bone. Ground covering gait which was straight and true which won her the class and the BCC. Best Opposite Sex In Show.

2nd Mr & Mrs D R Bellamy CH. Woodfinch Hydra JW Very feminine so unlucky to meet the winner today, slightly lighter in body all through. Pleasing head with dark eye, good shoulders and rear angulation. Moved well.

3rd Mr & Mrs B Jones SH CH Seaheart Anneliese By Benvellyn Another worthy champion, similar remarks apply. Decided places on movement on the final run as there was so little to choose between them.

Liver Bitch 4 (1a)

1st Mr R F & Miss K M Lutner Telurn Better Believe It Beautifully balanced dark liver, lovely outline showing a good layback of shoulder, deep chest, close coupled with a good bend of stifle and tail set. Moved well

2nd Mrs S & Mrs G & Mr M Knight-Jacobs Gemswin Land of Make Believe 

3rd Mrs B Reynolds Gemswin Let’s Dance

Special Working Bitch 5 (1a)

1st Matthews Ollerset Sparkling Nymph Mature bitch, liked her overall outline and size. Feminine head with kind dark eye. Very good layback of shoulders, deep chest with good spring of rib, short loin into well angulated hindquarters. Excellent bone and feet shown in hard condition, pinned slightly in front on the move. Best Special Working In Show

2nd Mr P & Mrs J Eggington Pajanbeck Georgy Girl Slow to mature still at that awkward stage where everything needs to come together. She has a lovely head and dark eye, good construction which showed in her movement. Sympathetically handled.

3rd Mr R D & Mrs V E Orme Elmstock Thyme To Remember Lovely old lady just a week off being 11, starting to show her age. Feminine head with soft melting expression. Well constructed with good bone. Ever wagging tail.

Special Members Stakes Dog/Bitch 5 (3a)

Judged jointly with Mr H Nelson

1st Miss K L Holland SH CH Brightmoor Caught In The Act At Flatcharm (IMP) One of my favourites, active, powerful with the required raciness. Beautiful moulded head filled in below a dark eye. Excellent conformation. Quality bone leading to well cushioned feet. Free flowing ground covering gait. Very well presented and handled.

2nd Mrs K & Mrs D Joyce SH CH Stranfaer Solitaire JW Another worthy champion although not as mature, very well balanced, correct size with a feminine head and gentle expression. Stylish Mover.

Judge: Jenny Donnelly 


Judge’s Critique – Dogs

Thank you to the officers, committee and exhibitors for a most enjoyable day and a special thank you to my super ring stewards Chris and Charlotte. I was looking for a dog that could do a day’s work and was pleased with my final line-up. There were one or two close decisions, presentation of exhibits on the whole was good, however,  I still feel that over scissoring spoils the overall appearance of our breed.

Veteran 5.2ab

1st Knight & Jacobs’s ShCh Broomsward Hugo Bossby Gemswin ShCM, Attentive balanced dog of good proportions. One piece head with dark eye carried on strong neck, correct top-line both standing and on the move. Good angulation throughout with deep chest. Well muscled and shown with constant wagging tail.
2nd Gulbis’s Gayplume Vital Spark, Moved on tidy strong feet, good rear angulation, pleasing head with dark eye and correct ear set, good top-line and tail set, just lacked the drive of one on the move.
3rd Broadbent’s Hallbent October Toccata ShCM, Lighter in build than 1 and 2, of good proportions, good top line standing and on the move. Kind attentive eye, at one with his handler, unfortunately just left his coat at home.

Special Veteran 2
1st Holland’s Ch Calzeat Causa Commotion at Flatcharm (imp). Someone forgot to tell this dog to act his age, at 11 years of age still thinks he’s a pup. Good muscle tone with strong firm second thigh, and substance throughout. Pleasing Head with dark mischievous eye, Balanced throughout, won the class on movement and showmanship. RCC, RBIS, BVIS.
2nd Colson’s Windyhollows Brere Bear. Liver dog, with good pigmentation, good angulations and well off for muscle for age. Stands naturally foursquare on tidy feet, balanced angles both fore and aft. Attentive to handler.

Minor Puppy 5.1ab
1st Pingree’s Calzeat Gentlemans Agreement to Heatheridge (Imp Swe) NAF TAF. Well schooled puppy, The baby of the class, but showing lots of promise, appealing head with dark eye, good shoulder assembly, well off for bone, active tail used to advantage on the move. Attentive to handler.
2nd Hammersley’s Steelriver Country Gardens, Not as settled as one, but every inch a Flatcoat, again pleasing head with dark eye and correct bite, balanced throughout for age and development, moved on tidy feet, just needs time.
3rd Curtis’s Tallistar All That Jazz. Well constructed young pup enjoying his day. Pleasing appearance with good bone for age with deep chest and good rib cage. Balanced throughout, again as with 2 just needs time.

Puppy. 6
1st Bright’s Hopevalley Morning Twister. Substantial puppy, balanced throughout with strong shoulders, deep chest well muscled throughout for one so young. Kind expression on a masculine head, dark eye with good ear placement. Happy disposition well shown. BPIS
2nd Pingree’s Calzeat Gentlemans Agreement to Heatheridge (Imp Swe) NAF TAF
3rd Watson’s Rainsgift Truth or Dare. Racier type , moved foursquare coming and going, balanced head with kind eye, good neck shoulders and top line, strong bone throughout, promising just needs time.

Junior. 3
1st Shelley & Lutner’s Telurn Come Fly With Me to Rivage. Masculine head, with alert dark eye carried on strong neck flowing into good shoulders with firm front and deep chest. Strong back with good topline carriage on the move and standing, constant wagging tail.
2nd Reynolds’s Telurn Can’t Touch This. Strong contender for the class but just didn’t have the same drive as 1. Masculine head with kind eye. Moved well on tidy feet with good top line on the move
3rd Hewison’s Casblaidd Island in The Sky Moved at one with handler when settled.Pleasing in outline. Good front and rear angulation and well muscled used to advantage on move, just needs time.

Yearling. 6
1st Stevenson’s Plainfire’s The Captain of My Heart is Steelriver (Imp Che) Substantial dog. Kind head and Eye with strong muzzle, balanced dog with good angulation deep chest well off for muscle and strong second thigh, moved at one with handler on tidy feet.
2nd Smitherman & Roberts’s Seaheart Crainat Gloi JW. Another classic dog with good front and rear angulation, shown in great condition, pleasing head strong neck into good shoulders level topline both standing and on the move. Close call with 1
3rd Reynolds’s Telurn Can’t Touch This

Novice. 5
1st Bright’s Hopevalley Morning Twister
2nd Bligh’s Ravencrag Great North Star Handsome young dog dog, pleasing well proportioned head with kind dark eye, good shoulders and strong well muscled rear quarters. Attentive to handler shown in great condition.
3rd Shelley & Lutner’s Telurn Come Fly With Me to Rivage

Graduate. 9.1.ab
1st Ross’s Go with The Flow Ebony in Harmony at Qlocontrail (Imp NL ) JW Classic Flatcoat, balanced throughout with good angulation, appealing head with kind dark eye, strong neck into good shoulders correct top line standing and on the move, moved on the best of feet. Shown in the best of condition, and attentive to handler
2nd Joyce’s Stanfaer Get Over It JW As with the winner of the class, another classic Flatcoat with similar attributes, professionally shown, just missed out as not the drive of 1.
3rd Evan’s Gemswin Relight My Fire JW. Liver dog, masculine head kind eye and good pigmentation. Strong shoulders, deep chest, good top line and correct tail set, move well when settled, just out of coat.

Post Graduate 13. 2ab
1st Adam’s Fordingham Viking Warrior Won his class on movement,Young dog well put together pleasing head with kind dark eye, strong neck into good shoulders deep chest and balanced throughout, moved on the best of feet, still has time to mature.
2nd Ellis & Taylor-Ellis’s Capsworth Corsair Eye-catching mature dog shown in the best of coats, masculine kind head, strong forequarters , well muscled hindquarters moved with constant wagging tail.
3rd Savory’s Hopevalley Morning Arizona Third of three strong dogs, well muscled hindquarters used to advantage, pleasing head with with kind of dark eye, strong neck into good shoulders, move that one with handler.

Limit 10
1st Mullins’s Seaheart Byron Impressive dog, who stood out in the class, well proportioned throughout, deep chest, with good strong bone, pleasing head, move with drive on the best of feet.
2nd Millbank’s Kvicksans Eye Of The Storm Of Larksdown Upstanding dog who moved with ease and drive, One piece head with attentive kind eye. Strong neck into well-placed shoulder good top line, tail set and carriage.
3rd Jones’s Arminzeras Informania By Benvellyn (Imp Nor). Strong well put together dog of good bone and substance, Masculine head with dark kind eye, deep chest with good strong shoulders and balanced rear quarters, movement today just let him down.

Open 7.3ab
1st Lutner & Holland’s Telurn Already In Trouble at Flatcharm Well put together classic dog pleasing outline on the move, shown to advantage. Masculine head carried on strong neck into good front assembly deep chest level top line good tail set and carriage, worthy of top honours.
2nd Ross’s Downsteam Face The Music JW Another classic dog with nothing exaggerated,one and I have placed well before, similar attributes to one, balanced throughout so at one with handler.
3rd Orme’s Elmstock Thyme To Dream. Third of a trio of excellent dogs another day they could easily have changed places. Correct head shape with good dentition,eye and ear set,balanced angulation throughout, excellent muscle tone.

Champion 7. 1.ab
1st Strudwick’s ShCh Downstream Fair and Square for Burnham JW ShCM. Prepared and presented to perfection. Totally at one with his handler. Pleasing head with gentle melting expression. Balanced throughout with good angulations, good second thigh and well muscled enabling him to move with effortless drive. Pleased to award him CC and BIS
2nd Holland’s ShCh Brightmoor Caught in The Act At. Flatcharm (IMP). Another well prepared and schooled dog, such a close decision against one, just preferred the forward reach of one. Excellent and well constructed with good angulation throughout moved on tidy feet,
3rd Jones’s ShCh Blacktoft American Smooth at Braemist JW Another well construct and dog balanced and in good muscle tone, kind head and attentive to handler, strong neck into good top line, moved with purpose just lacked his furnishings, has a lot to offer the breed

Special Liver 5
1st Jacobs & Jones’s Charming Melvin Oasis Of Peace (Imp Cz) JW SGWC. Mature liver dog with good pigmentation. Well built throughout with substantial bone and in the best of condition with good muscle tone. Moved well with no exaggeration covering the ground with ease, strong contender for higher honours.
2nd Colson’s Windyhollows Brere Bear.
3rd Hedderwick’s Torwood Paw Trait. Happy young dog, so at one with handler, Masculine head with kind eye set on strong neck, well set shoulders level topline both standing and on the move, deep chest strong and well muscled hindquarters, just needs time to complete his furnishings.

Special Working 2
1st Orme’s Elmstock Thyme To Dream.
2nd Hewison’s Casblaidd Island in The Sky

Special Members Open. 5. 3 ab
1st Holland’s ShCh Brightmoor Caught in The Act At. Flatcharm (IMP)
2nd Joyce’s ShCh Stanfaer Solitaire JW Feminine bitch shown in the best of condition, Classic head and well proportioned throughout, moved with drive and style.

Judge: Harry Nelson