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JHA - Richmond - Judges Reports

6/11 years

It was a pleasure to judge the JHA semi-finals,the standard of handling in this age group was excellent,which bodes well for the future. It was good to see the rapport most handlers had with their hounds. The majority were sensibly and smartly dressed,without detracting from their exhibits, and accepted my decisions with good grace.

1st. Toni Gillman, handling an Afghan very calmly and with great aplomb,moved her at exactly the right pace and used the ring to full advantage.Always aware of my position,lovely precise lines and triangles,she made the job look effortless.

2nd. Elisha Wilson, 11 years handling a Min Long Dachs,sympathetic handler,gentle and calm,lovely rapport with her small charge.Moved and stood her well,another conscious of my position at all times, showed her hound to best advantage.

3rd. Katie Pinkerton, very astute 7 year old, handling a whippet beautifully and thoughtfully, using the ring well. Left her hounds' front a little over extended once or twice, but handled her in an extremely professional and calm manner for her age-a young lady with a very bright future.

Jan Pain

12/16 years

The quality of the handler was extremely high and the majority would certainly teach a thing or two to their elders.

The winner was Chantelle Prior who handled her Whippet with extreme competence and efficiency. She was attentive to my judging and responded to all that was asked of her. She exhibited her Whippet to ensure she achieved the best out of it without being obtrusive and did not put a foot wrong. Her concentration and handling expertise was something to be commended, a well deserved winner and I am sure she will do herself justice in the finals.

2nd. Emily Thornton, another who has admirable handling skills. She was always aware of her Beagle and what I, as the judge, required. She ensured her exhibit was being shown at its best at all times – even when I had a discreet look back between judging other exhibits. She was aware of the breed she was handling, and ensured that I viewed only the best points in profile and standing. She was very close in quality and skill to Chantelle, and gave me a hard decision to find my winner.

3rd. Rachel Finch, handling her Beagle. Very proficient handler, especially while being judged and looked at by me. However, she needs to be aware of the judge at times of rest to ensure her exhibit is looking good when the judged has those discreet ‘reminder’ looks. To her credit, she knows exactly how to get the best out of her exhibit and was responsive to all I asked of her.

4th. Kylie Petrie-Gould, handling a Basenji. 5th was Lydia Gadolin handling a Whippet. 6th was Claire Chapman handling a Beagle.

Thank you all for an enjoyable assignment.

Graham Hill

6/11 years

When asked to judge the JHA semi finals I was delighted and overwhelmed to be offered such an appointment, as throughout my handling years this was always a very important dates in my diary as I am sure it is in yours. I would just like to say a big thank you to Mrs Cartledge for all her hard work and all others involved for making it such a successful day. I found the juniors to generally be smart and polite in the ring, but I would just like to advise that there were a lot of juniors that didn’t watch where they were moving off from i.e. beginning the requested movement from the line of the judges feet, this is very important. Otherwise I was impressed so well done.

1st. Helen Rishworth. This 10 year old handler caught my eye as soon as she entered the ring with her Italian Greyhound. Her ring presence and her attitude to showing is excellent. At all times she was calm and collected, as well as every time I turned around to glance at the line up whilst the next handler was at the table she was always at the ready and had her dog looking at its best when on the stand. She carried out all her moves accurately moving away from me exactly from the line of my feet. This young handler is an excellent representative for this Toy age group and I have no doubt that she is more than capable to contend with the older handlers at the Pedigree Finals. One to watch out for. Excellent. Well done.

2nd. Neil Leiper. Another excellent handler handling a Papillon, at the age of 10 he has still got time to go in this age group. He also carried out all moves accurately in a calm fashion making sure the dog looked its best at all times. He was smartly dressed and polite in the ring leaving me no doubt that he was a worthy winner of this placement just a shame he met the winner who had that extra edge, but I was still very impressed. Well done.

3rd. Robyn Trossell. A very good handler handling a Pug carrying out all her moves with ease watching where I was standing. She was still up there with the other young handlers but her dog gave her a very hard time, although the 1st and 2nd did handle better altogether on the day, but still a very capable smart handler. Well done.

Glenn Robb

12/16 years

I would like to thank the JHA very much for inviting me to judge the semi final for the 12 - 16 years toy group handlers. It was such an honour having competed in this event for many years. I was delighted to see such a large class of 19.

1st. Emma McLaughlin (Papillon). I felt she was at one with her dog, giving precise commands, and she was one of the few handlers in the class who managed to show the dog’s teeth clearly and correctly. She handled her dog neatly on the table and her alignment was of a very high standard. A very polite young lady and I wish her all the best in the finals.

2nd. Samantha May (Pekingese). Very smart handler who also had good alignment. She had awareness of the judge and always made good use of the ring with consideration to the breed of dog she was handling. I was pleased to see her handle her dog to the breed specification.

3rd. Hannah Rose (Miniature Pinscher). Moved at the correct speed and coped well when her dog was being a little difficult. She showed good tablework and made good use of the ring.

4th. Naomi Maroney - Chinese Crested.

5th. Sarah Matthews - Pomeranian.

6th. Madeline Johnson - Pug.

Angela Naylor

6/11 years

I was impressed by the talent displayed in this group.

1st. George Baker, his light coloured suit complemented the black of his Dobermann bitch. He demonstrated a good rapport with his charge talking & reassuring her maintaining a light control. His movement allowed me to see the bitch all the time moving her at the correct speed.

2nd. James Rogerson, wore a dark suit to complement his light coloured Siberian Husky. He was confident in his actions used a loose lead and did not over handle. He moved the dog at a good speed making good use of the ring.

3rd. Jodi Allen, her white suit with black accessories were ideal for her Rottweiler. She had a good rapport, talking & exercising control and moving well.

Terry Munro

12/16 years

1st. Tom Barnet, handling a Great Dane. This young man is so talented, he handles with the minimum of fuss always praising, encouraging and communicating with his dog. Stacked and on the move he had the dog showing to perfection, correct speed for the breed, triangle allowed me to see hind, profile and front movement. He presented his dog immaculately and to best advantage at all times. He was at one with his dog and as near to perfect as can be - very bright future.

2nd. Cordella Nelson, handling a Sib. Husky. This young lady was difficult to fault, she is very calm in her approach and is so professional in her manner, it is obvious to all she and her dog have a great rapport. Presented to perfection both standing and on the move with the minimum of fuss, presented a pleasing picture - one to watch in the future.

3rd. Fiona Mycroft, handling a Dobermann. This young lady was very professional in her manner an got the best out of their dog at all times, moved at the correct speed for the breed, very aware of standing the dog correctly, front, rear and in profile, handler and dog in total unison - yet another one to watch in the future.

Sandra Parle

6/11 years

I would like to thank Mrs Cartledge for giving me the privilege to judge the semi-finals, I know from experience just how much this day means to the young handlers.

I did feel that the overall standard was lower than I had expected and feel that it would benefit many to watch and learn from more experienced handlers. I was however pleased with my final six and was not surprised to find out later that three out of the top four were trained at the same ringcraft. I would like to wish all handlers good luck for the future but most of all have fun with your dogs.

1st. Nicola Sturrock – handling an Irish Setter. This young lady stood out from the start. She presented her dog with confidence and to its best advantage. She had a superb rapport with her dog and was aware of where the judge was at all times. Her pattern work could not be faulted. Her lines were precise and she made the most of the ring. Good luck in the finals, I’m sure it will be a day to remember.

2nd. Stacy Mason – handling a Cocker Spaniel. Another good handler with a bright future but I feel that she just missed out on top spot because the winner encouraged her dog a little more. Good accurate lines and her table presentation were good. She showed the teeth in the correct manner.

3rd. Wayne Clarke – handling a Pointer. Very smart young man, a lovely handler who had a good rapport with his dog, He presented the dog with little fuss and moved the dog to the correct pace at all times.

Lauren Vincent

12/16 years

It was an absolute pleasure to be back at Richmond again, but this time obviously judging, rather than competing! As always the ever calm but enthusiastic Liz Cartledge ran the competition effortlessly.

The overall standard of this class was exceptionally high. All handlers had presented themselves well, although a few wore the wrong coloured trousers which merged into their dog’s coat colour.

The ‘set up’ for most handlers was swift but tidy and made the most of the dog’s good points. Many laid the lead just behind the dog’s withers so the neck was kept clean and smooth, good work.

Some were quite rough when it came to showing the dog’s teeth, just be gentle and take your time, there is no rush.

The majority of handlers showed excellent manners and did not try to show off. There was a good variety of breeds which required different styles of handling, therefore I was kept on my toes throughout.

I was very impressed with all, when moving the dog at the correct pace, although a couple of handlers tended to bounce rather than flow which distracted my eye from the dog.

I know that the ground was quite uneven and this seemed to affect the handler’s lines, many were quite ‘banana shaped’ or simply all over the place. Remember to pick a spot and just head straight for it.

I tried to mix up the patterns for each handler, (either a triangle or reverse triangle, then once up an down), so that they had to listen and watch my position when on the move. I caught out a few on the ‘up and down’ and some did a triangle instead of a reverse triangle or vice versa.

I was disappointed that I didn’t have more time to shortlist the huge class first, however I was excited with my final line up of six superb handlers.

1st. Kate Vincent (Field Spaniel). Now what can I say about Kate - I had no idea who she was until after judging but was an absolute delight to watch. Her ‘set up’ was immaculate, her lines were as straight as a ruler and, she maintained a happy disposition throughout. She got the best out of her dog by encouraging, without being over the top Kate was focussed from start to finish, and when asked where the stop on her dog was, gave me the correct answer without any hesitation. Was thrilled to award her that special first place to take her into the final and will be most interested to see how she does. Many congratulations and best wishes for all your future ‘doggying.’

2nd. Adam Rose (German Short Haired Pointer). Thought he could be my winner. Adam and his charge did not put a foot wrong, however he just did not sparkle as much as Kate on the day. Adam and his charge moved in harmony, and his ‘set up’ was first class. Knew the correct answer to the anatomy question, and listened to all my instructions. He really does lead the way in the boy generation, and should be proud of his achievements so fat and look forward to the future. Well done!

3rd. Rebecca Hodge (Labrador). Pushed 1 all the way until the final jaunt ‘up and down’ where she was a little untidy in her turn. However she should not be disappointed with a third in this extremely tough class. I loved her enthusiasm for handling, which channelled down the lead to her dog. She presented herself extremely well, complementing the dog’s colour. When moving her charge they both just flowed beautifully around the ring and there was an excellent and genuine rapport between them. Well done, and good luck in the future competitions, you should go far.

4th. Faith Earl - Pointer.
5th. Jennifer Foster - Golden Retriever

6th. Michelle McAngus - Hungarian Vizsla.

Marina White

6/11 years

Thank you to Liz Cartledge for giving me the opportunity of judging this Semi-Final I really enjoyed it. This gave me the chance to assess many of our future handlers. The standard of handling was very high and each and everyone who was present in this class should given credit for achieving such a high standard of handling. I was pleased with my winners and would have no hesitation in letting any of them handle my dogs.

1st. Daniel Petrie (GSD) This young man impressed me with his style and presentation of his dog. I was looking for handlers that complimented their dogs and presented them without drawing attention to themselves, this he did to perfection ! He listened to all the instructions given to him and executed them with exact precision and always had his dog looking and showing beautifully. He gaited his dog around the ring at exactly the right pace to show off its movement to the full. I was delighted to award him first place and wish him lots of Luck for the Pedigree Finals in January. A star of the future.

2nd. Ashlie Pike ( BSD) This young lady was another excellent handler who again complimented her dog. Freestanding her Belgian at all times making sure it was animated and showing to its best her triangle and down and back was perfect. Another stylish handler to watch for in the future.

3rd. Beth Homes (Pem Corgi) This very entertaining young handler impressed me for the way in which she always managed to have her corgi standing and looking alert not an easy breed to show but this young lady made sure her dog was at its best at all times even when she was stood waiting to be seen, another who carried out all the instructions given to her with precision was pleased to award her 3rd place. Well done .

Jayne Holligan

12/16 years

First of all I would like to thank the committee and the Association for inviting me to judge this semi-final heat, I was very honoured to have been asked.

It what I saw on the day was anything to go by then I am confident the dog world is in very good hands for the future. I was very impressed with the overall quality of the handling and rapport between the dog and handler. I am sure these three young ladies will change places on another day. In the end I nitpicked, but I think you are all wonderful handlers. Many congratulations.

1st. Amy Bennett (Border Collie). This young lady could easily be lost to a judge, as she is so quiet and has such a good understanding of the animal. She presented and moved her dog immaculately and did all that was asked of her. I wish her very good luck in the finals.

2nd. Rosanna Lee (Shetland Sheepdog). Another young lady who showed and presented her dog immaculately. Very confident and has all the abilities to go to the very top in handling. Good luck.

3rd. Jade Binden (German Shepherd Dog). This young lady commanded the ring with her Shepherd, which she handled to perfection. I am sure she must give the adults in her own breed a good run for their money. Again a very professional job.

4th. Samantha Bull - Swedish Vallhund.

5th. Victoria Carley - Australian Shepherd.

6th. Shannon Thomas - Shetland Sheepdog.

Barry Coulson

6/11 years

1st. Georgina Duddy (Border Terrier). I admired her natural and sensitive approach to the Border she handled. At all times she was in control of the dog, but allowed it to give of it’s best. She instantly saw if something wasn’t quite right and corrected it smoothly and efficiently. In my opinion Georgia is an intuitive handler.

2nd. Daisy Jones (Sealyham Terrier). Another very competent handler with natural instincts in handling. She made the most of her dog and gave an impression of real professionalism. I was impressed by the way she handled the dog when moving, where her Sealyham was not always being co-operative. She retrieved the situation, and the dog went on to do a good job. Well done.

3rd. Sophie Cairns (Border Terrier). She gave a very good performance and was very professional in her approach. She had good style, but perhaps a little more apparent than the other two. However at all times she was very aware of the dog she was handling and knew immediately when to put things right.

4th. Kaysey Harkins - Border Terrier

5th. Rachael Benney - Norfolk Terrier

6th. Trudie London - Irish Terrier.

Dot Britten

12/16 years

It was a great pleasure and honour to be invited to judge the junior handling semi finals 2003. Thank you to the Junior Handling Society for inviting me. As ever the event ran smoothly thanks to the unfailing professionalism of Liz Cartledge and her team.

I was pleased to see such a very good entry, and I thought the overall quality of handling was excellent. As one expects from this group, presentation of dog and handler was A1, and all conducted themselves in a professional manner, well done. All I was looking for was uncomplicated handling technique as expected in breed competition. There was very little to separate 1 and 2.

1st. Emily Bradley (Wire Fox terrier). Last in her class but by no means least. Won on the virtue that it is always the dog, not the handler, that I noticed. All the time in control of her dog without over handling or ‘stringing up’. Moved at the correct pace for a Wire, and did exactly what I asked of her. A display of good handling which greatly impressed. Had to do just that little bit better as she was handling a Wire, and she did. Well done, and good luck in the final.

2nd. Joanne Bettis (Sealyham Terrier). Most of the comments of Emily apply to Joanne, and I am sure the two will change placed at another time. Dog put down in good condition, always looking a picture in correct stance whenever he caught my eye, not once out of place.
Handler and do at one with each other, moved at correct pace for the breed, and not strung up. A pleasure to watch go round. Most Impressed.

3rd. Stephanie Lansdell (West Highland White Terrier). Another example of good sympathetic handling. Made the best of her charge, well done.

4th. Lee Burbury - Parson Russell

5th. Ashton Pearmain - Border Terrier

6th. Katie Hamilton - Border Terrier

Ian Gabriel

6-11 years

Thank you to Liz Cartledge for the honour of judging this semi-final of the Utility group. It was nice to see all the handlers dressed smartly and sensibly for the occasion.

Handlers need to remember the basic rules of junior handling. Many went between the dog and judge going from the table to pattern and between patterns. On the table I asked each handler to show the dogs teeth. Handlers need to lift the dogs head slightly showing both sides and the middle, making sure that the judge gets a clear view of this and not the back of your head.

I asked all for the same, a triangle and straight up and down. Being under cover I lined my feet up with the tent pole, which handlers could have used to ensure a straight line. Having said this all handlers worked hard and it was good to see so many enjoying their time in the ring, as it should be.

1st. Rebekah Jarvis (Tib Spaniel), Rebekah was dressed smartly and was clearly focused on showing her dog as soon as she stepped into the ring. Rebekah made an immediate impression with her style of handling. She was not over the top and stood her dog correctly every time I looked her way. When doing her pattern work Rebekah went away from where I was encouraging her dog constantly. At times the dog seemed reluctant to cooperate on the move, but Rebekah won her first place on the way she stayed calm talking to her dog being firm but kind. A well deserved first place, I will watch her future with interest. Best of Luck for the finals.

2nd. Sophie Carmichael (Dalmatian) Having a larger breed from this group Sophie took this into consideration and left plenty of space before moving around the ring with the other handlers. This showed she was concentrating and knew what she was doing. Sophie’s dog seemed unsettled in the ring, possibly because we were under cover, but she stayed calm and reassured it getting the best she could, which is what impressed me about this handler. Sophie was dressed appropriately and stood her dog correctly when it was required of her, very well done.

3rd. Lily Warren (Shar pei) Lily was very close up to the other two handlers and pushed hard for a higher place. From the start Lily had her dog stood perfectly and moved at the right pace for her dog around the ring creating a good overall picture. Lily looked relaxed with her dog and appeared to enjoy her time in the ring. The only thing that lost her a higher place was letting the lead fall out of her hands after her pattern in the final six. Although it was obvious there was a great rapport between handler and dog with the dog listening to every command Lily gave. A very good performance, keep going and good luck for the future.

Lucy Dixon

12-16 years

Firstly I would like to thank Liz Cartelege and the JHA team for inviting me to judge such a prestigious event, especially considering that I won this class myself 4 years ago with my standard poodle and I know what a fantastic feeling it is to be put through to the finals, it was an even better feeling being able to put someone else through.

Overall, from experience in the past and from watching the present, I have always found that the quality of the Utility group handlers is very high, and it was no exception on this particular day! All handlers were very polite but a lot of them looked shocked when I said good morning, all judges should do this as it is only polite. Most of the handlers answered my questions correctly and with no fuss, although I did ask very simple ones, I just thought I would try to catch you out.

There would only be two criticisms I could make, and it doesn’t just apply to those of my class, but handlers tend to be very shy and quietly spoken when they speak to the judge, don’t be afraid, you should smile and be very certain of what you say, enjoy yourself, that is what handling dogs is all about, enjoying yourself and anything extra is a bonus. The only other minor criticism is pattern work, it is easier for the judge to see this but just that little bit more precision and tighter corners makes all the difference for a second or third into a first. When a judge asks for a triangle, give them one, not a tear-drop shape. Apart from these, handling was as it should be, not to much over-handling, but never between the judge and the dog. Well done everyone and thank you for coming and making my day, it was the greatest of pleasures to judge you all. I will watch all of your progress in the future.

1st. place unmistakingly was Karra Lawson handling a Lhasa apso. What can I say about this young lady, she reminded me so much of me! Plenty of confidence and never looked as though she wasn’t enjoying every moment. Her questions were answered correctly without any fuss, her pattern work was so precise, her dog never presented anything less than perfect and the change of hands was done with so little fuss with the leader. This young lady was well dressed and to compliment the colour of the dog. Have seen this handler before and yet again she had her chance to shine and did just that. You could certainly put most of the adults to shame on handling! I will be there to cheer you on at the finals, give them a run for their money; you were my clear winner from the start, well done!

A very close second was 2nd place was Rebecca Roskell handling a German Spitz. Most of the same things apply to this young lady as do to Karra, a well presented dog and she presented herself well too. All questions answered correctly and politely and patterns carried out well. In the end it was splitting hairs between these two and the only thing I could say was that Karra carried out more precise patterns but it was just splitting hairs, well done Rebecca, again, another first class handler who could show the adults a few things about handling.

3rd. place was Jodie Harrison handling a standard poodle. Have shown up against this young lady many a times before and by have we had some good times and laughs together, criticising judging and judges, I’m going to miss it Jodie, I bet you are too! This young lady is always nothing less than perfectly presented to compliment her dog and the dog she handled was in neat condition too! Her questions answered well but patterns a little untidy today, I know through experience that standard poodles aren’t the easiest of dogs to control, I’m sure Jodie remembers what ‘Cockney Rebel’ was like for me, but at the semi-finals in such a quality class, you have to be tough and split hairs. Well done.

4th. Hayley Pigden handling a Dalmatian

5th. Chelsey Stoner handling a Boston terrier

6th. Alexa Goddard handing a Miniature Schnauzer

K A Young