Judges report of
The Romany Trophy Competition - 6th November, 2010
Having always had a soft spot for the coloureds, Dominic and I were delighted to be invited to judge the CBTC Romany Trophy. June Ottewell tells me that the club obtained the brindle ‘Doulton’ model from the Romany ladies’ estate, organised a minor repair and created what is a simply lovely trophy. Sensibly the trophy isn’t available for winners to take home but both winner and runner up are awarded a good quality momento.
On the day the boys outnumbered the girls but despite plenty of quality on both sides of the mat it was the ladies who had the last word with Yungwood Sweet Enchantment taking top honours. A substantial brindle and white, well presented and handled she is a class act with a lovely feminine head, long, filled and turned, mouth is correct. Shapely neck into good shoulders, straight front, correct topline and strong quarters she moved well both ways and we were pleased to see her claim Best Bitch under Liz Brailsford later in the day. The other 2 bitches were both of excellent quality and deserve a mention, Ebullient Ebony Girl and Arcanum Kontinental Blend.
The dogs were of quite diverse type and, after some discussion, we narrowed our choice down to 3 dogs. We found Best Dog and Runner up for the Romany Trophy in Activior Grand Finale for Builan, a smart brindle terrier type dog with a lot to offer, masculine head, broad and strong with a super expression, incisors correct but one tight canine, good neck and shoulder, short level back. Front is good and quarters well angulated. I got the feeling that his owner seems reluctant to push his virtues as hard as he might: he’s a fundamentally good dog who would certainly benefit from a bit more sparkle in presentation and animation in the ring. His competition came from 2 entirely different dogs, Totally Osbourne at Kellouacy who’s a real stallion of a dog with massive bone and substance, beautifully presented and shining like patent leather, well handled. Also well worth a mention is the handsome and well known red, Ragnarok Balder at Polanca, a quality, masculine dog, falling size-wise between the others, well balanced and uber smart. All things considered, however, we felt his plentiful virtues could not carry the obvious mouth fault in today’s company.
Elaine and Dominic Clark