PYRENEAN MOUNTAIN DOG C OF GB

Judge  ROGER VINCENT

May I sincerely thank both the committee & the exhibitors for a very enjoyable & memorable days judging of your lovely breed. I will never forget that superb entry of six champions in open dog. With such quality the future of your breed is surely assured.

BIS was Kenyon & Ward’s Ch Charibere Simply Special at Chezanna; RBIS, Edwards’ Gillandant Leyla via Shanlimore; & BP, Edward’s Bursville Summer Fleur via Shanlimore.

MPD (2) 1 Downes’ Belshanmish Orange Crush, 8 month old lovely well balanced puppy. Pleasing head & excellent pigmentation. Good movement with correct tail carriage; 2 Terry’s Gillandant Harry’s Legacy, another 8 month old just a little rangier & not quite the substance as 1 but has time on his side. PD (2) 1 BPD, Stace’s Belshanmish Evergreen, 8 months old with plenty of bone & substance. Good masculine head & pleasing expression with good pigmentation & well shaped almond eye & excellent bite; 2 Terry’s Gillandant Harry’s Legacy. JD (4) 1 RCC, Holmes’ Lisjovia Slick As A Whistle, at only 13 months & just out of puppy he showed a maturity of a much older dog. Excellent substance, nicely balanced with good depth & well made quarters. Handsome masculine head with good depth of scull. Moved well front & back holding a perfect topline & tail carriage. Definitely one to watch out for; 2 Draper’s Desalazara Jerez, a little unlucky to come up against 1 as there is a lot to like with this 17 month old youngster. Well put together with typical male head, excellent pigmentation good shaped eyes. Lovely in outline & moved well; 3 McDowell & Asher’s Granchester Imoulou, well grown young dog typical head with good pigmentation, dentition, & well shaped eyes. Excellent movement. YD (3) 1 L Slick As A Whistle; 2 D Jerez; 3 Randle’s Desalazara Monza, litter brother to above, very similar & the same comments apply. MD (1) 1 Terry’s Gillandant Harry’s Legacy. UG (2) 1 Holmes’ Lisjovia Wet Your Whistle, litter brother to the winner of junior & the RCC dog. Very similar & another really eyecatching youngster. Not quite the ring presence of his brother today, but excellent conformation & substance with a good masculine head. He also moves well straight both front & back. No doubt on another day he will change places with his brother; 2 Murphy’s Amenjena Conway Orlando, not quite the substance or movement of 1 but pleasant head & expression with good pigmentation & well shaped dark eyes. Good tailset on move holding a level topline. GD (3) 1 Holmes’ Lisjovia Wet Your Whistle; 2 Murphy’s Amenjena Conway Orlando; 3 McDowell & Asher’s Granchester Imoulou. PGD (3) 1 Wharton’s Kalkasi Firedance, well balanced handsome dog with first class front, good angulation which showed in his excellent movement; 2 McDowell & Asher’s M’Rudy Du Grand Tendre at Granchester, just a little on the light side & I would have liked a bit more substance. A little apprehensive when I tried to go over him but pigmentation, bite & eye shape were fine; 3 Munson’s Prybern Blond Lynx, unfortunately he was very wary of me & backed off, a problem the owner should address before the situation gets worse. LD (6) 1 Wilcox’s Penellicy Guard Of Honour, although only two years old he stood out in this class. A handsome young dog with real ring presence. Excellent handsome head with pigmentation, bite, eye shape & colour all first class. Body shape & substance did not disappoint either. Seriously considered for the RCC; 2 Downes’ Pyrpressure’s My American Dream at Beelshanmish, not quite that all important ring presence of 1 but another lovely young dog in good coat & beautifully presented. I liked him a lot but preferred the head of 1; 3 Greenfield’s Gillandant Shekeelah, another very good dog making a lovely trio. Well made & balanced, attractive head markings beautifully presented. OD (8,1) As I have previously mentioned, it was a great privilege to be presented with such a fabulous line up. Six champions with a total before today, of fifty seven CC’s between them. I do not mind admitting that I was really splitting hairs to separate my first three places. In the end it came down to a personal preference, especially in head type. 1 CC, BIS, Kenyon & Ward’s Ch Charibere Simply Special at Chezanna, a real showman with plenty of that all important ring presence. Showed & handled to perfection; 2 Pollard’s Ch Gillandant Rockafella, another superb example of the breed & there is little more that I can add that has not already been said before after his brilliant show career, as we have come to expect from this Kennel beautifully presented & handled; 3 Baverstock’s Kalkasi In High Spirits, yet another outstanding dog with multiple home & international wins to his credit, & I am sure that there are many more to come. It’s what makes our sport so fascinating. Sp OD Joan Passini-Birkett Memorial Stakes (6,2) 1 Vines Shiresoak Wizard Legend; 2 Bowker & Gibson’s Ch Febus Mauvezin; 3 Greenfield’s Gillandant Shekeelah.

VB (3,1) 1 BV, Pollards Ch Gillandant Sugar And Spice, at 7 years old this beautiful bitch is still in fine form & excellent condition. She still moves as soundly as when I gave her BPIB when I last saw her, which I believe was at her first championship show. 25 CC’s later, I think that that at least, was one decision I got right; 2 Greenfield’s Gillandant Crystal Fantasy, nearly 9 years old & still in wonderful condition. Moved around the ring with drive, true both back & front, holding a good topline & perfect tailset. MPB (3,1) 1 BPIS, Edward’s Bursville Summer Fleur via Shanlimore, a very pretty 8 month baby with a sweet feminine expression. Excellent pigmentation, mouth, & eye shape & colour. Good substance, straight front & well angulated rear which showed in her good movement holding straight topline & tail carriage; 2 Dunk’s Bursville Summer Zizanna at Zalute, litter sister to 1 & very similar in size & substance with the same excellent movement, but had very heavy badger head markings which were not to my liking & were a little distracting. No doubt they will fade a little in time, & I suspect the sisters will change places many times in the future. PB (4,1) 1 Edward’s Bursville Summer Fleur via Shanlimore; 2 Dunk’s Bursville Summer Zizanna at Zalute; 3 Baverstock’s Kalakasi Dream Chaser, at 10 months a little older but not quite the substance of 1 & 2, but moved well & was nicely presented. JB (4,1) 1 B Summer Fleur via S; 2 B Summer Zizanna at Z; 3 Ford’s Lisjovia Whistling Dixie for Montimur, lovely 14 month old pretty & feminine bitch with plenty of substance & moved well. Should have won this class but was very unsettled letting herself down. Possibly some training classes would help. YB (3,1) 1 Dunk’s Bursville Summer Zizanna at Zalute; 2 K Dream Chaser. NB (2) 1 BPIS, B Summer Fleur via S; 2 B Summer Zizanna at Z. UG (3) 1 RCC, Holmes’ Abstrax Blaze Of Glory for Lisjovia, this young lady caught my eye the moment she walked into the ring. Lovely feminine head with excellent pigmentation dark, tight almond shaped eye. Very well put together & plenty of substance. Moved & handle to perfection with again that all important ring presence. Both all white, & standing next to my bitch CC winner you could compare the quality. I have no doubt she has a brilliant future in front of her; 2 B Summer Zizanna at Z; 3 Downes Lisjovia Spirit Of The Wind at Belshanmish, not quite the substance or ring presence of 1 but moved well & was beautifully presented & handled. GB (4) 1 RCC, A Blaze Of Glory for L; 2 B Summer Zizanna at Z; 3 L Spirit Of The Wind at B. LB (6,2) 1 S Delta Lady at B, a pretty & feminine bitch, no obvious faults & well put together which showed in her positive movement. Not quite the substance that I was looking for. Very well presented & handled; 2 Bayliss Ch Shiresoak Wizards Legend, very similar to 1 in substance, again with no obvious faults & moved very well with plenty of drive from her well angled rear; 3 McDowell & Asher’s Granchester Sapphire, a nice feminine bitch with lovely expression, good pigmentation & dark almond eyes. Had a little more substance than 1 & 2 but unfortunately moved very close behind, which cost her a higher place. OB (8,3) 1 CC, RBIS, BOS, Edwards’ Gillandant Leyla via Shanlimore, just the bitch & type I was hoping to see. Absolutely fabulous all white & very feminine girl. Loads of ring presence, just shouting look at me, & made this class all her own. Excellent substance looked stunning in profile, & once her handler found the right pace, faultless movement. Needless to say presented & handled to a high standard; 2 Mattisson-Sandstrom’s Viskaly’s Quilla Qui-Mu, from the address of the owner I presume that this is a visiting champion from Sweden. Although excellent in her own right she is a totally different type than 1, leaning towards the French standard. Not as feminine & not quite the substance of 1, she never the less moved true holding a correct topline & tailset  & again handled & presented faultlessly; 3 Veale’s Shanlimore Pandora at Jojims, another very feminine bitch who I liked a lot  & pushed hard for the second place, but unfortunately her front movement in this class, although better in the next, was all over the place. Sp OB Lorna Ireland Memorial Stakes (4,1) 1 Veale’s Shanlimore Pandora at Jojims; 2 Mattisson-Sandstrom’s Viskaly’s Quilla Qui-Mu; 3 Pollard’s Gillandant Anastasia at Shiresoak.