39th Championship Show

Judge: Lesley McFadyen ~ Araidh (U.K) 
12th March, 2011       Entry – 226


   
My sincere thanks must go to the Committee and members of the Club for all of their efforts in making it such a well organised and enjoyable show and for the warm welcome and lovely gifts received for judging.
I am very flattered that all the exhibitors travelled far and wide both to support the Club and to seek my opinion of their dogs and I hope that you all enjoyed your day.
Obviously everyone can’t go home with the top prizes but I do strive to give each and every dog an equal assessment. I was once again impressed with the professional way the ring is run and how well schooled the exhibitors and the exhibits are. You are a credit to your dogs with your manners and your dress.  Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t do the heat very well so the later bitch classes when the temperature was over 30C was a test to my stamina but I think I got the best deal of the weekend, much rather the blue skies than the downpour that met the later classes the following day!  
My overall observations would be that there were a number of very good dogs on show, but the main quality lies in your bitches. Movement wasn’t that easy to assess, not sure whether that was because a number of the dogs appeared a bit sluggish on the move or because the grass was a little long, which also made it very difficult to see feet easily.
My criticism would be that far too many of the dogs, and a lot of the bitches are oversized, carrying too much bone and substance –
there aren’t exaggerations per se and in the main the dogs were well balanced but an overall paring down of some of the bulk would for
me be beneficial and meet the standard requirements. 

Baby Puppy Dog
(8)
It really is so hard to judge puppies at this age – I couldn’t take mouths in to account as they will be changing, and also sore.  Equally I am judging ‘on the day’ so the crystal ball wasn’t used.  However, these babies on display were all very decent examples of their breed which
must only be a good thing for the future of Staffords in Australia.
And it certainly made my day start with a smile! 
1st - Cairns & Hanley’s  SOLIDROCK PYROMANIAC
Cheeky, chunky little black brindle chap that looks very promising at this stage.  He has a solid head with great depth to his skull and a strong underjaw.  Although he’s still a bit wrinkled at the moment this may well sort itself with further growth.  He has lovely neat ear carriage and was really alert, looking around all the time.  Opposite Baby In Show. 

2nd - Waddel’s BOROLO LIKE A ROCK
This fellow was a bit leaner and a little taller than the 1st dog, another with a strong underjaw and neat ears, he was not as clean in lip as the winner but has great hind angulation and is lovely and short in back. 

3rd - Flentjar’s WARBYDOG HELL ON PAWS
The youngest in the class nevertheless this baby was there to compete!  He was quite unsettled but showed a smashing head and seriously sweet expression although his ears need to settle a bit still. 
Great pigmentation

Minor Puppy Dog (5)

1st - Carroll’s DREAMCATCHER A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN

The first two here I noted as being very similar, possibly littermates, and lo and behold, they are!  This chap is shorter in the back than the
2nd, has a nice amount of leg and is clean off the front.  His head shape is strong and well defined and he has tight lips and very neat ears.
Despite his snorting chatter he did let me see his teeth, which were fine.  A very tidy minor puppy overall.  Minor In Show
   

2nd - Carroll & Darragh’s DREAMCATCHER HES CONTAGIOUS
Not quite the strength of head of the 1st placed pup but nevertheless a very typical and attractive lad and although he appeared a little longer in rib than his brother he has a better topline.  His front is true and his brisket will drop as he matures. 

3rd - Brandrick’s REMBLAK CARBINE
A very attractive brindle dog whose coat gleamed, he is a very similar type to the first two and sported a strong topline both stacked and moving.  He had very neat ears and lovely expression but not quite the same definition in the head as the first two.

Puppy Dog (8, 2 abs)
 
All the pups in this class were quite heavy and whilst pups don’t need to be honed and toned it is probably better not to have them carrying too much weight. 
1st - Brooks’ BROOKSHIRE DAVROS
A glorious brindle coat on this young man who had a strong head that is still rather fleshy at this stage.  He has an abundance of bone and substance although he still has to drop in brisket, which will come with maturity.  Well ribbed for a youngster and with good angulation and excellent tail carriage, he was shorter in back than the 2nd dog
Puppy In Show 

2nd - Heard’s TOPLOADER ALL IN JACK
Another lovely brindle lad, this chap had a tad lighter eye.  He had a deep strong skull with a pronounced stop and a broad and deep muzzle.  On the move he was more positive than the 3rd placed dog, moving with more drive behind from his strong rear. 

3rd- Roebig’s BXACT SMOOTH OPERATOR
This dog was very well off for bone, with a strong head and with a cleaner muzzle than the first two placed dogs, being slightly longer in the back.  Smart dog, just not quite the balance at present  

Junior Dog (6, 1 abs) 
1st - Marsh’s NEWORDER NEVER MISS A BEAT
A very smart showy black brindle dog, with flashy white markings that enhanced his appeal.  His coat and condition were excellent and he had a good weight of bone without it being overdone.  Showing a lovely balance, he had neat
ear carriage and neat feet although darker eyes would be preferable. He had a lovely definition to his skull and moved out very well in unison with his handler. Opposite Junior In Show 

2nd -  Long & Korn’s JAGARRA HOME BREW
Longer in the back than the 1st placed dog, this chap had a lovely topline which he kept on the move and a strong neck, with excellent round bone 

3rd - Sutherland’s LIONSDEN EXPRESS TRAIN
An upstanding dog, short in back with good shoulder placement, like the two dogs placed above he was much cleaner in the head and with tighter lips than the rest of the class.

 
Intermediate Dog (13, 1 abs)
 
This class had some real heavyweights, also some fabulous brindle colours 
1st -  Yates’ TIAMOSTAFF JOHNNY UTAH
A very showy dog with an ‘up for it’ look about him, he had a good deep skull with clean head properties and a blocky strong muzzle.  His neck blended well into his body and he carried a level topline around the ring, powering from strong hams.  His tail carriage was correct but a trim wouldn’t go amiss!  Smart dog. Opposite Intermediate In Show  

2nd - Bustabones Knls’ GR CH BUSTABONES AN REICE GAELACH (AI)
Although not as short in back, nor as angulated as the 1st placed dog this chap had good bone and a well set front on him.  Neat ears, carried well enhanced his expression although I would prefer rounder eyes.  His brisket had good development and he responded beautifully to his handler. 

3rd - Hopgood’s LYNNEVE BLACK HAWK DOWN
This dog was a very typical Stafford, with a good strength of head and pleasing expression.  His coat and condition was tip top and he had good rear end development and neat feet. His handler appeared somewhat nervous which I think went through to the dog . 

Graduate Dog (7, 1 abs) 
1st - Morse & Griffiths’ WILSTAFFS OUT OF THE PHEONIX (Imp UK)
A very diverse class won by this honest red dog who showed me good balance and no exaggerations.  His head properties were decent and he had good pigmentation and a gleaming rich coat.  I noticed his neat feet and strong neck; although he carried his tail a little high on the move it settled perfectly when stood. Opposite Graduate in Show 

2nd  - Ryan’s LINWEST HERCULES
A stylish black brindle dog with neat ear carriage and good expression that would be bettered by darker eyes, this chap didn’t have the condition of the 1st placed dog nor the neat feet.  He worked well and to advantage with his handler but would benefit from losing a few pounds. 

3rd - Long & Korn’s JAGARRA CRISSED AS A PICKET
Love the name!  A black brindle dog that was shown in excellent condition, another with neat ear carriage and good width between the eyes
to seal the true expression.  A tad longer in back than the two in front, this dog has good round bone. 

Limit Dog (8, 1 abs) 
1st - Coulson’s BROHEZ ARCHIBALD DA ROGUE
An obvious class winner here, this dog was good standard size, enough about him without it being too much. Very typical expression
although again darker eyes would be better, but great ear set and a good clean muzzle with width and breadth to it.  He held his topline both stacked and moving and looked the part, although a bit more maturity in rib would complete the picture. I can see why the judges here last
year liked him! Limit in Show 

2nd - Osborne’s VANSTAFF BLACK BREW
Lots more about this dog than the 1st but less fleshy than the 3rd placed dog, he has a strong head, lots of good round bone and a strong enough back end.  This fellow responded very well to his handler and his burnished brindle coat reflected his general health. 

3rd - Harrison & Driscoll’s SKYBREAKER ELECTRIC HAZE
Quite a dynamic dog, very powerful head but far too wrinkled for me, he looked a picture when standing back and freestood.  He has lovely
eye placement, set to hold your gaze, neat ears and carried his tail well. 

Australian Bred Dog (9, 2 abs) 
1st - Lee’s CH POWERPAWS JUST DO IT
Love, love, love this boy’s coat colour, absolutely beautiful tiger brindle, although to be honest it wouldn’t matter what colour he was, he is a quality Stafford.  Strong, clean, handsome head, clean lipped with the best of expressions, a lovely strength of neck that flowed into his shoulders.  His front was upstanding and true, with strong pasterns, he had a level topline and good tail carriage although his handler
tended to stretch him out a bit much at the back so that he looked like he lacked angulation.  On the move he was free and powerful and
one of the better movers of the day. I was sorely tempted with him in the reserve challenge; he missed out by a whisker to a different style of dog that was just honed to perfection. Aus Bred In Show 

2nd - Lowe’s CH SEIGHFORD IKE OODNTWAIT
A typy black brindle dog who didn’t quite have the class of the winner, despite having better rear angulation.  Very nice off for bone and with great ear carriage, strong neck, this dog while being masculine is not overdone and is not carrying the excess flesh like some in earlier classes.  

3rd - Roebig’s CH IRONSTAFF LOCK N LOAD
Slightly bigger dog all over here, another typical specimen with a true lay of shoulder and a solid rump end.  I liked his expression and bang
on front.  He was slightly longer in back than the dogs in front of him but nevertheless moved out well with his handler 

Open Dog (18, 1 abs)
This was the biggest class numerically and the best class quality-wise and probably the hardest class to sort out. 
1st - Bawden’s GR CH CASTLEBAR CROWN JESTER
A very classy dog that just demanded attention, and of course, got it!  Having said about top sized dogs, he certainly is on the upper limits but is so well balanced and presented in tip top condition that I just have to eat my words for this one.  His head is a lovely study of Stafford masculinity and his body flows effortlessly on the move.  I particularly liked his well padded feet, his fabulous pigmentation and the way that he did everything asked of him in an unexaggerated way.  At his age he still has far to go.
Thank you for bringing him all the way across your vast country – I am glad to have met him up close and so pleased to have awarded him
the Challenge Dog and Best Opposite In Show 

2nd - Frazer’s CH HIGHBOURNE DANCING BRAVE (AI)
A dilemma for me - as much as I couldn’t fault this dog’s fabulous body and I think his skull depth and width are grand, his muzzle is just too blunt.  However, I judged the dog as a whole and taking everything in to account couldn’t fail to be impressed by his soundness, quality and
his condition. Honed to perfection his overall balance and class won the day and gained him the Reserve Challenge Dog 

3rd - Koendidda Knls’ UK & GR CH KOENDIDDA UMRUM
I was thrilled to bits to see this chap; even at his age and having lost some of the strength of head that he had, his body maintained its quality and it has to be said was still one of the best moving dogs on the day.  Thank you so much for bringing him along
.

Baby Puppy Bitch (24,  7 abs)
A lovely class where the old cliché of wanting more ribbons to hand out certainly rang true.  I’m amazed at how well schooled the babies are – you must put a lot of time and effort in to them. 
1st - McBride’s BROHEZ DAKOTA DIVA
Like my baby puppy dog class, most of these were around the 4 month mark so slightly easier to compare than when there are months between them.  This black brindle pup had a lovely sweep to her stifle, extremely neat ear carriage which helped give her a very sweet expression, classic head shape and was so attentive to her owner, showing off her qualities to advantage.  Best of luck!
 Baby In Show  

2nd - Boland’s JUSTAFFIED BLACK ASH
A slightly bigger puppy, this girl had a very strong deep skull with good depth to her muzzle and short back with good chest depth for such a baby.  Showing lots of promise and another that really played the game with her handler. 

3rd - Cairns & Hanley’s SOLIDROCK ENGLISH EDITION
Litter sister to the baby puppy dog winner this little girl has much the same quality, a cobby girl, short in back with plenty of bone for a pup, sporting a cute expression and showing like a little trooper.

Minor Puppy Bitch (10, 2 abs) 
1st - Huitema’s FULLAFIRE DEVIL U KNOW
A very pretty dark brindle bitch with a sweetheart face, clean of lip and with strength in underjaw; her front assembly was true and straight
and she held her topline well.  For a puppy she carried herself around the ring extremely well – an attractive prospect!
Opposite Minor In Show
 

2nd - Harrison & Driscoll’s SKYBREAKER HEDGEWITCH
Very attentive dark brindle bitch with strong underjaw, level topline and short coupling that showed her socks off.  Her ears are a little flighty
at this stage but she has everything required to make the grade. 

3rd - Fry & Pleydell-Fry’s REEWEN WHENDEE WOO
I found this girl to be very similar in type to the class winner but looser at present and with not quite the depth of skull, but nonetheless a very decent puppy 

Puppy Bitch (9, 1 abs) 
1st - Brooks’ BROOKSHIRE LADY CASSANDRA
Noted again that the first two were very similar, and surprise, surprise they are litter sisters and their brother won the puppy dog class, so
it has to be said the breeders must be thrilled with this litter. A cobby bodied girl with a strong head I preferred the keener expression of this one.  She was well off for bone and had a good topline, something that isn’t always evident in a young puppy, so all to the good. 
Opposite Puppy In Show
 

2nd - Coetzer’s BROOKSHIRE BLACK OPAL
This pup had a neater ear carriage than the winner but I preferred the rounder eye of the 1st placed pup.  Another that showed herself to advantage, the forechest will come.  I’m sure these two pups will be nip and tuck throughout their show careers. 

3rd - Bustabones Knls’ BUSTABONES YOU HAD ME AT HELLO (AI)
I loved this pup front on, her head and expression are fabulous and her front is true and balanced; at this stage she needs to develop her
body to match, I’m sure it will come in time.  Meanwhile she has the prettiest face and a sound topline 

Junior Bitch (15, 1 abs)
I was very pleased with the five placed in this class 
1st - Frazer’s HIGHBOURNE MAGIC OF SYDNEY (AI)
This bitch scored on ring presence and personality.  She had all the attributes I was looking for, typical head shape and great expression guaranteed by dark eyes and beautiful ear carriage, her chest width and development is spot on at this age.  She responds very well to her handler and moved well enough, although not quite settled on the day when coming forward.  Junior in Show 

2nd - Consadine’s MOSSTROOPER MARJORIE RAZORBLADE (AI)
Not the biggest of bitches, this one didn’t show herself off too well at first but once she settled on her ‘turn’ she came into her own.  Although longer in back than the class winner she has a good shoulder placement and well developed back end that propelled her around the ring. 
I particularly liked her width and pigment 

3rd - Ledger’s STAFFLOCH WITCHES BREW
A bigger girl all over than the first two, this one is very upstanding  and well balanced with a defined head shape and strong neck.  Her condition was obvious and her coat gleamed in the sunlight 

Intermediate Bitch (15, 1 abs)
Three very similar and typical bitches 
1st - Heard’s CH TOPLOADER BLACK MARIA
In full bloom this black brindle bitch had good weight of bone and an excellent front with width and strength.  Her head was deep through
and her lips tight, along with the correct ear and eye placement.  Her overall condition here tipped her the wink. Intermediate In Show 

2nd - Poelstra’s AWSTRUCK SARTORIAL SPLENDOR (AI)
Maybe slightly less width to her front, nevertheless this black brindle girl is full of quality and knows how to show herself off. 
Classic headpiece with neat ears, she also has good rear development which moved her around the ring with ease

3rd - Oldenburg’s CH STAFFYHAUS LOVE N MERCY
Very similar comments apply to the first two placed bitches, though this girl was not quite in the same condition.  A very decent, sound bitch  

Graduate Bitch (12, 2 abs) 
1st  - Salisbury’s JEHARD BREATHLESS MYHONEY
In a mixed quality class this bitch stood four square and demanded attention.  She has a bigger frame than some but is well balanced
and has good power in her hind end which made her cover the ground effortlessly keeping her topline. Graduate In Show 
2nd - Lambert’s DARDANIANS VAMPETINE AT FANTAZMIC (Imp UK)
What a pretty dark brindle girl, with a lovely burnished coat!  Very balanced with good bone and feet, strong in pasterns she was less
settled on the move being just a bit bouncy, but a very nice package. 

3rd - Powerpaws Knls’ POWERPAWS MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
A smaller bitch than the first two with slightly higher set ears, this one had a good skull depth and excellent feet with clean shoulder
assembly

Limit Bitch (13)
  Quite a varied class
 
1st - Jolly’s STEELBACK MISS MOONSHINE
A topsized bitch of very good proportions this bitch had a classic head, with strength and depth to skull and muzzle.  She had good balance
and a true front with round bone, good width and depth of brisket and decent feet.  She is kept in great condition and moved out really well.  Quality girl.  Opposite Limit In Show 

2nd- Long & Korn’s JAGARRA BLAK MAGIC WOMAN
This bitch was more standard sized, with the proportions I feel we should be striving to breed. A strong back end finished off the sound body and showcased her excellent condition.  Dark eyes enhanced her lovely expression and she was another whose coat shone like spun silk. 

3rd - Birkeland’s JAMELKUR LIMITED EDITION
Coiled like a spring, this one was itching to ‘get up and go’!  Making her handler work for her place she was not overdone in any way and had the sweetest of expressions, despite having slightly flighty ears.  I loved her back end and although she was longer in back than the first two she was one of the better moving bitches once she settled. 

Australian Bred Bitch (20,  2 abs)
This was a massive class of very mixed quality.  I could easily have pulled ten for further consideration but mindful of the heat and the fact
that ultimately only five would get the places I just took a little longer to decide on my ‘five’. 
1st - Todd’s TUSSLER FLEUR DE LIS (AI)
This was a first class all round quality bitch – loved her expression, really pretty, lovely neat ears and soulful eyes.  She has good bone and excellent topline and although perhaps she could benefit from a fraction more bend of stifle she moved out really well and showed like a star for her handler. Opposite Aus Bred In Show 

2nd - Marsh’s CH NEWORDER FLOWER DRUM
A more substantial bitch all round than the class winner this pied bitch had such an attractive look enhanced by fabulous pigmentation. 
Her front was true and straight with plenty of bone and an excellent topline. Class bitch. 

3rd - McBride’s CH BROHEZ SHEZA PEARLA
Aptly named bitch, pretty as a picture with a lovely feminine expression, excellent ear carriage, a good topline and correct pump handle tail. 

Open Bitch (16, 2 abs) 
1st - Frazer’s GR CH RAYONNOIRE CANNY BAIRN
Well, six years on and how good to see that the puppy that gave me goosebumps back then has grown in to the beautiful finished Stafford
that she promised then.  Quality from nose to tail tip it is so easy to see why she has been so highly regarded by so many, she has great balance and poise, absolutely classic headpiece topping off a sculpted body with great angulation both front and rear.  The icing on the
cake is the absolute command of the ring she has, a bitch that would win prizes wherever she was shown – a once in a lifetime dog.
I was delighted to award Challenge Bitch and BEST IN SHOW. This time I have the space in my suitcase!   

2nd - Brandrick’s CH SEIGHFORD SURPRISE PACKET
And what a lovely surprise, a bitch that reminded me of UK Ch Trufflestaff Monifa Kanika, a true quality and stunning bitch made to fit the
breed standard.  The darkest of eyes and the prettiest expression, she is not just a pretty face but has the body to back it up with a sculpted
and powerful back end to ensure she moved effortlessly over the ground.  This is one I could see troubling the best easily.  Very pleased to make her Reserve Challenge Bitch and Reserve Best in Show – well done! 

3rd - Butler & O’Brien’s TUATAHI TRIBAL TATTOO
A slightly taller bitch than the first two but short in the back with a level topline she was very typy and pretty.  A good straight front that could perhaps have had a shade more breadth.  This bitch showed such a happy disposition and worked in unison with her handler. 

Neuter Dog  (2) 
1st - Butler & O’Brien’s CH TANSPARK WHITE KNIGHT
This spotty lad had an excellent weight of bone, a great drop to his brisket and a level topline.  His good bend of stifle drove him around the
ring and won him the place. Challenge Neuter Dog and Opposite Neuter in Show 

2nd - Szirer’s GR CH BORSTAFF SNEDRICK CRUMBB
Another excellent topline, this heftier lad had an immaculate coat and great
pigmentation.  He has a strong head with neat ears and well developed cheek muscles. 

Neuter Bitch (7, 1 abs)

Rather strange class to judge as the exhibits were varied in both age and condition 
1st - Koendidda Knls’ KOENDIDDA LAPIS LAZULI

Standard sized blue bitch with decent nail colour, her coat was in lovely bloom and she had a strong muzzle, neat ear carriage and firm topline.   Challenge Neuter Bitch & Neuter in Show 

2nd - Birkeland’s CH JAMELKUR BOWTIE BABE
A slightly older bitch, attractively marked and with a good typical head and expression, although her ears were less tidy and feet not as
neat as the 1st bitch.     

3rd - Morse’s CH LAPWING RAUNCHY RITA
Strong brindle pied bitch with a deep skull with strong underjaw and clean lips, holding a level topline. She looked to be enjoying the proceedings! 

Lesley McFadyen (Judge)