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ACT & District Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club
1st Championship Show
6 April 2002
Judge ~ Mrs Audrey Hubery (NOZAC, UK)

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I was deeply honoured to judge at this clubs first championship show. A day I will never forget, the new friends I have made, and some lovely Stafford's to judge. It was my first trip to Australia, I hope not the last. The journey took 24 hours, so I was glad for a couple of days rest in first class accommodation. Eric Birkeland met me at the airport. The president of the club he made me feel at home, as soon as he spoke, he kept up this hospitality till I left for England. The day after I arrived Pauline Cobb picked me up at the motel, and saw to my needs this is a lady who is 100 % committed to this club, a very valuable member. After the judging I was to stay with Pauline and John her husband, he is very entertaining. Thanks for the yellow dream machine he knows what I mean. After coming out of quarantine, ha ha. Not a dog in site for a couple of days I was getting withdrawal symptoms, My big day had arrived, Pauline picked me up, to take me to the show, grounds, what a site, big rings not a pot hole in site, gazeboes shade for the dogs and myself, I was introduced to the rest of the committee, Linda Birkeland the secretary was buzzing around, with excitement making sure all was going well, Dionne vice president said Hi. Jenny the treasurer, was busy doing her job, I would like to say a big thank you to the committee sorry if I have missed some names out but every one was quite busy, now down to the job in hand, and what the exhibitors came for, from far and wide. For my opinion, it is an opinion we all take the best dog home any way. I would like to say a big thank you to these people who accepted my placing in a sportsman like manner. And you have got some beautiful dogs do not let anyone tell you different. Like in the U.K. there are some points to address. My entry of 208, 18 abs. was fantastic, I found 10 converging canines, 1 mouth, the teeth had been filed down, 4 exhibits had the smallest eyes I have ever seen, some had almond shape eyes, and there were a few light going on to amber colour, 4 were over the height. So the mouths and eyes need to be addressed.

Baby Puppy Dog

1st TYKABUL URBAN LEGEND - Quite a show off, eager to please short compact, won on merit.

2nd SEIGHFORD GRAND SLAM - B/B. a little longer cast, enough to like.

3rd TYKABUL ULTIMATE FORCE - 3 nice baby’s.

Baby Puppy Bitch

1st SEIGHFORD TIKA MISALA - My favourite food, and this baby wet my appetite, B/B. as I said class I do not like to doing, but safer with a bitch, than a baby dog, one for the top draw I hope, not a lot to access, she handled well, femine features, stood out in this class.

2nd CHABLAKMOR BABY DOLL - A shade heavier than sweet head shape, good pigmentation, moved at advantage.

3rd STAFFLYTE SKYS THE LIMIT - Compact at this stage, lovely bone, well angulated.

Minor Puppy Dog

1st MOSSTROOPER TALK MEMPHIS - B/B. of quality liked his head shape, darkest of eyes, which were round, no apparent cheek bumps yet, clean lipped, nice teeth, sound in front, shade long in back, going through the gangly stage, good bend of stifle, well handled.

2nd GRAVEHEART MYSTERY MAN - Had not as developed as 1st. over all picture was good, front sound, tail set correct, moved with purpose.

3rd PITSTAFF DEVIL INDESGISE - More mature than 1 and . Could change places another day.

Minor Puppy Bitch

1st BOLDHART FANCY THIS N FANCY THAT - What a puppy, fawn with black mask, wish she was mine, femine head, darkest of eyes, good mouth at this age, not to wide in front, brisket showing slightly, enough bone for a baby, level top line, handled very ably, will keep a eye out for this one.

2nd TYKABUL THINK TWICE - This kennel has some nice stuff. B/B. different to 1st. a bit more on the head, and in body, wider in front, and tad longer in back, still looked the part.

3rd BELLEDON WARRIOR PRINCESS - Lovely red, more mature than 1st. and 2nd. good tight coat, in gleaming condition.

Puppy Dog

1st TYKABUL RULES DONT APPLY - What a cracker, b/b. beautiful head shape, correct ear carriage, dark round eye, a shade long in back, I hope coat will improve with maturity. Well handled.

2nd VERYSHARP BLACK MAMBA- I liked this one alot, punishing head, eyes good shape, could be darker, not to short in stop, strong large teeth, could be cleaner in lip, moved sluggish at first, but corrected him self.

3rd NEWORDER HEAVY TAR - another good un. In good company today, movement was erratic.

Puppy Bitch

1st CHERABAH SHES SO FINE - What a stunner every thing in the right place, nothing to dislike, short compact body, level top line, beautiful coat, well angulated, gave her best puppy in show.

2nd LINWEST CREATE A STORM- Stood 4 square, not overdone, enough bone, ample rib, well handled.

3rd SIEGHFORD TWINKLE TOES - Enough to like, longer in muzzle, pleasing youngster, at this moment, ears a shade heavy, once head develops should be right. Expertly presented.

Junior Dog

1st CHABLAKMOR PRIVATE RYAN - B/B what a quality dog, superb in head, nice rose ears, a little thick for me, a piercing expression, strong under jaw, neck just muscling up nicely, into well laid shoulders, enough thickness of bone, ribbed up, level top line, I would have liked him with some kind of muscle definition on hindquarters, by now, moved with drive.

2nd JAMELKUR ALL REVD UP - Same remarks as one, but lighter in eye, ears a shade heavy, deep chest, well off for rib, movement was crabbing at first, but sorted himself out when asked to move again, well handled by his young handler, 2 good dogs..

3rd TANAROS BLASTOFF DEMON - Lovely mahogany brindle, which demanded attention, shame to meet one and two in good nick.

Junior Bitch

1st HIGHBOURNE PRECOCIOUS - A light brindle, who took my breath away, bang on standard, height and weight, femine head, beautiful set ears, dark round eye, short in neck, tight in lip, powerful with out being over done, well laid back shoulder, flowing into ample spring of rib, a good tuck up, which gave her the edge in this class, well presented in fine fettle, would grace herself in the U.k. well done, CCand BOB wish she was mine.

2nd FAEMOUNT FATAL ATTRACTION - Not dissimilar to one, punishing head, good round eye, keen expression, good neck and shoulder, smooth coat, muscling up nicely, handled well.

3rd LINWEST BITTER SWEET - 3 stunning bitches, different type to winners in this class, just carried some excess weight today.

Intermediate Dog

1st APPLEYARD BASIL BEAU - Good quality brindle, strong in neck, dark eye for coat colour, nice rose ears, cheek bumps coming along, should be more pronounced at this age, good scissor bite, short compact stood 4 square, nicely tucked up in loins, but would have preferred a little more muscle definition on hind quarters. To complete picture. Carefully handled. .

2nd BAJED EYE OPENER - he was just that, has to be assessed before a opinion is made, a sound Stafford, but just lacked the finishing touches of one, e.g. muscle tone, and lack of interest, in this good class.

3rd CHABLAKMOR THE RENEGADE - a pleasing exhibit, well off for bone, ample rib, carried some excess weight today hence this placing.

Intermediate Bitch

1st TUSSLER LADY ATHENA - another light brindle, put out in excellent order, another bang in the standard, actually best head of the day, in bitches, not over done, ears of the best, good round eye, cheek bumps apparent, super front, level top line, enough bone and ample rib, her hindquarters are her good points moved with drive, but handler must slow her down, as when she pulls it makes her neck look out of balance with her body. Gave her the RCC and RUBIS. another I wish was mine.

2nd TAROBY WICKED WANDA - another awesome bitch, deserves to be a CH But unfortunate to meet 1st. today in good order, different type to winner, but still a nice specimen. Solid in head, round dark eye, piercing expression, good depth of brisket, a shade heavy today.

3rd BORSTAFF LOLAPALOOZA - Same remarks as previous, but longer cast, coat needs attention.

Australian Bred Dog

My best dog class of the day, quality was through out, I found I had to fault find when I dwindled the class down, to 10, then the decision was difficult.

1st CH OURGANG TRULY UNRULY - Not unruly today, B/B outstanding virtues, strong in head, ears and eyes of correct shape, deep in stop, strength in muzzle and under jaw, tight lipped, great strength in neck, leading into powerful shoulders, but I would take care in this department, as could be overdone if over exercised, deep chast,which gave him plenty of heart room, good bend of stifle, strong in hindquarters which he moved with drive expertly handled.

2nd CH MIDNITEAMOUR SIR JACKSON - a dog I liked a lot, a useful Stafford, in all departments, solid head, good pigmentation, which I thought was light in eye but his coat colour was such that I forgave this, a light brindle, in the standard, not to wide in front, ample rib, leading up to a good tuck up in loins, he moved with drive very gently handled.

3rd CH BELLEDEN RED WARRIOR - superb red, best one of the day today, punishing head piece, demanded attention, nice pigmentation, black nails, level top line, tail set carried correctly, these 3 will change place on different days.

Australian Bred Bitch

1st CH GAMESTER KISS ME - A super red and white of quality in the standard, punishing head piece, very good pigmentation, short in back, level top line, she was overweight today, so was penalised for this in the challenge.

2nd CH HIGHBOURNE VINTAGE CROP - A light brindle out of the top draw, this kennel have some super bitches , this bitch caught my eye as soon as she came in the ring, standard was wrote for her, power house of a bitch, good front , ample spring of rib, nicely angulated but lost out on looseness under neath, which distracted her movement, a use ful bitch though.

3rd DIAMONDSTAFF JASMIN - Could not deny this one 3rd in this class of top quality bitches, a shade heavy for me, a compact package, eyes a little light, but she did have a lot of white.

Open Dog

1st CH LEATHERWOOD DARE DEVIL - a superb/b, who caught my eye, he had true Stafford attitude, and temperament, the way I like my Stafford’s, if you want a wimp change your breed, yes be vigilant, with your Stafford, a Stafford should be on his toes not shaking in his shoes so to speak, this dog got my attention, a head to die for. Very good pigmentation, black nose and nails, best of mouths today, large canines, the strength of under jaw was awesome, short power full neck, excellent in shoulder, ample rib, my only criticism, is a tad long in back, but still short coupled, lovely bend of stifle, hocks well let down, moved this dog a couple of times could not believe a Stafford with the depth of bone could move so effortlessly I would say a 40 pound dog that moved as though he was a 38 pounder, his top line was not his virtue , but I could not deny him the dog c.c. Thank you.

2nd CH CHERABAH IRONSIDE - a different type to first, a brindle that would not be out of place in open dog in U.K. a superb, Stafford, with a balanced head, the best of ear carriage, piercing expression, short in stop, tight lipped, a honest well balanced dog, compact, well muscled up, I had to make a decision, 2 very good dogs under 2 different judges they would swap places no doubt, I would be proud to own both of them so what was it to be? A tad long in back, which moved with drive, or the compact, standard one, who I felt moved close behind at the point of hock, if I never moved them again I might have missed it, so he got the R.C.C. well done.

3rd CH TAROBY UNRIVALED - another good un. Which stood 4 square, head not as strong as 1 and 2, but his overall balance got him this place Ch. Leatherwood Dare Devil. R.C.C Ch.CherabahIronside

Open Bitch

A class I enjoyed judging very much

1st VERYSHARP THE SORCERESS - B/B very strong bitch, excelled in head, dark round eye, short in stop, power full cheek bumps, a shade lippy, short compact, but another one had some weight to loose, when on the move she was sluggish.

2nd CH HIGHBOURNE MUMMYS PET - In Australian bred. 2 peas in a pod, tiger brindle, stood 4 square, enough ratio of bone, well sprung in rib, I thought she was soft in hindquarters, which hindered her movement, which was sluggish.

3rd CHERABAH BORN TO BE WILD - tidy bitch, best of fronts, deep in chest, good bend of stifle, tail set good, moved close behind today.

Thank you very much for allowing me to go over your dogs.