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Mastiff Association Breed Championship Show
judge Louis McDonald Saturday 21st February 2004

Best in Show at the 11th Mastiff Association Championship show was
Tugwell and Thomas’s 3-year-old dog Ch Penrichlar Phoenix of Bredwardine
pictured here with the judge Louis McDonald


I was very pleased and proud to be invited to officiate at this prestigious show with an excellent entry of 111 dogs making 118 entries.

I was very impressed by the venue and the carpeted ring, with the perimeter enclosed by a recently purchased chain link and post fence. My many thanks to the two ring stewards, ably assisted by Mr Lee Williams and Miss Tracy Jobson, who made my duties much more manageable. Also to the committee for providing an excellent lunch for my wife and me and the kind gift that was very much appreciated.

There has been many comments recently concerning the unsoundness and overall quality of the breed in general, but on the day, I found this fear to be iunfounded and furthermore if careful and selective breeding takes place with some of the bitches and dogs on offer here, if available, then the future looks quite promising. I found that the majority of the placings, in many of the classes, such was the quality, that the seconds and thirds should not be disappointed.

Dog CC winner and Best of Breed, BIS Tugwell & Thomas' - Ch Penrichlar Phoenix of Bredwardine. An apricot dog full of quality and substance in tip-top condition. He was correct in height, length with correct tail set and good angulation, the best of heads with good stock, broad skull, dark pigmentation with a good eye, head as 3:1, moved with drive and great presence around the ring.

Res Dog CC, Res BIS Knight's - Kumormai As Good As It Gets. Large fawn dog of two years, good width and length of skull, excellent front with good strong legs, nice tight feet, nice spring of rib, good top line, this dog is championship material, well deserved Res Dog CC.

Best Veteran Pickering's - Silverside Saxons Shadow. Eight year old fawn dog of great substance, good strong bone, good length, a joy to watch it move around the ring, moved like a two year old.

Best Puppy Green's - Whites Comet at Jengren. Seven month old brindle boy from minor puppy dog, delightful young dog who oozes quality for such a youngster, strong head, good front, nice tight feet, good topline, nice rear end, moved with drive. I predict a great future for him.

Bitch CC Payne's - Bredwardine Chanrose at Fearnought. Good size apricot girl with a lovely head and feminine expression, coupled with good pigmentation, nice eyes, small ears, good bones front and rear, nice angulation, good spring of rib. Pleased to give her the Bitch CC.

Res Bitch CC Knight's - Ch Klanzmun Fire Witch. Apricot, not the biggest but again you could not ignore the overall quality in this bitch. Good correct head, good dark pigmentation, good tight dark eye with lovely expression, good strong bone. Excellent rear end, good top line with nice spring of rib, moved around the ring like a dream, well deserved her placing.

MPD (4/1a) 1. Green's - Whites Comet at Jengren BP 2. Knight's - Kumormai Crouching Tiger. Bigger than the 1st in this class, well proportioned young brindle, nice balance all round, but needs time to mature. 3. Webb's - Santmichal Storming Norman.

PD (5/3a) 1. Ridley's - Darkling Liam's Alchemist. 10 month old brindle, a nice size, correct body length with nice balance, nice bone, would have liked to see more angulation. Needs time to adjust. 2. Lyon's - Wardein Paternoster SQ. 11 month old, nice head and expression, good top line, nice depth of body but a little narrow in front.

JD (12/3a) 1. Zadeh's - Nobleheart Brave Excaliber for Faynad. 15 month old fawn dog of good substance and size, good strong head with nice pigmentation, good step, broad muzzle, a good top line, nice depth, good spring of rib, nice rear end and tail set, well presented and moved well. 2. Pickering's - Silverside Super Solomon. Another nice well balanced fawn dog, excellent top line, nice strong bone with good tight feet, good angulation, good true move, just preferred head of 1st in this class. 3. Bowdery's - Kumormai Dragon Charmer From Morganlefay.

ND (9/3a) 1. Norris' - Dixhillon Hectors House. Good strong head, nice pigmentation, good top line, excellent bone, just needs to develop his second thigh, nevertheless a very nice dog. 2. McCulloch & Williams' - Darkling Joshua of Bredwardine. Very impressive dog, good head, good top line, good strong second thigh, but did not move as well as no. 1 on the day. 3. Meredith's - Merrydell The Prize Fighter.

PGD (7/2) 1. Johnson's - Darkling Jago of Bredwardine. 21 month old fawn dog, litter brother to 2nd in Novice, I was very impressed by this dog in profile, lovely correct head with good expression, good pigmentation, nice bone with tight feet, moved and showed very well. 2. Seager & Lewis' - Hotsand Walker Tullemore to Brookview. Huge fawn dog of good proportion, good long body, with strong head and expression, good pigmentation, but did not serve as well as 1st on the day. 3. Green's - Jengais Gunslinger of Barbaro.

LD (11/2a) 1. Knight's - Kumormai As Good As It Gets. Res Dog CC & Res BIS. 2. White's - Swainsi Hugo Boss. 30 month old. Again a substantial dog not as big as the winner, but well balanced with soundness and type, moved round the ring with drive. 3. Le Courtois' - Sagamore Stableboy Brullemail.

OD (11/5a) 1. Tugwell & Thomas' - Ch Penrichlar Pheonix of Bredwardine. CC, BOB, BIS. 2. Zadeh's - Ch Faynad King of Our Cottage. Very similar to the winner of this class. This fawn dog is full of quality and substance, good head type, who thoroughly deserves his champion status, preferred the angulation of 1st. 3. Beech's - Ch Domas Calthorpe from Delbeech.

MPB (3/1a) 1. Knight's - Kumormai Kimono. Nice sized 7 month old baby, full litter sister to 2nd in minor puppy dog. Nice head, nice tight eye, overall in good proportion, needs time to settle, but should do well in the future. 2. Howe's - Santmichal Star Attraction. Nice brindle puppy, but I found it difficult to assess her due to the young handler who had a hard time holding her.

PB (12/6a) 1. Andrew's - Saphire of Strathkinness. Nice brindle lady of 11 months, very substantial overall quality for one so young, I predict a good future for this one. Best Puppy Bitch. 2. Andrew's - Jumas Joy. Litter sister to the winner, sharing the same quality, just preferred the head of the sister. 3. Duval's - Chevelu Justa Fancy.

JB (9/3a) 1. Hill's - Hugedogge Gunilla of Sobriety. Tall young bitch with good length of body, good topline, nice rear end with correct tail set, excellent angulation, well let down in body, good front, nice tight feet, nice dark eye, little ears, well developed stop, good pigmentation, I would be very pleased to see how she progresses in the future. Best Novice.

2. Baxter's- Nobleheart Lady Gwenhwyfar. Large fawn girl of good proportion, good strong head and expression, nice front, nice bone and feet, good length of body and topline, very nice overall, but needs to develop her second thigh. 3. Bowdery's - Morganlefay Adrastea.

NB (6) 1. Hill's - Hugedogge Gunilla of Sobriety. Repeat from junior. 2. McCulloch & Williams' - Bredwardine Barden. 16 month old fawn bitch of good overall quality, good head, good topline, nice bone and feet, presented and shown very well. 3. Sargent's - Kenmillone Fancy Flute.

PGB (8/1a) 1. Payne's - Bredwardine Chanrose at Fearnought. CC & BOS. 2. William's & Jopson's - Faerdorn Blonde Ambition at Cravemoor. Nice fawn bitch of quality, good strong head and expression, nice length and top line, a nice body shape, nice rear angulation and the overall movement was good, well deserved a second place. 3. Payne's - Cenninpedr Ferch Bert at Fearnought.

LB (12/3a) 1. Ridley's - Darkling Jemma's Jessabelle. Fawn bitch, another one of good substance and quality, lovely head and expression, nice front, excellent rear, moved and showed to perfection. 2. Johnstone's - Milford Port of Wardein. Fawn bitch, nice head, nice top line, good front, nice angulation, nice through movement. 3. Green's - Jengren Song Bird.

OB (9/2a) 1. Knight's - Ch Klanzmun Fire Witch. Res CC. 2. Payne's - Fearnought Dark Mistress. Nice brindle bitch, bigger than the winner, delightful head with good expression, nice broad front, good bone and feet, nice length, good angulation, but preferred the presentation and movement of the 1st. Best Brindle. 3. Toogood's - Ch Farnaby Fallen Woman of Wickaven.

Best Bitch and Best Opposite Sex in Show at the 11th Mastiff Association Championship show was Payne’s Bredwardine Chanrose at Fearnought

Winner of the Andy Mayne Trophy for Best Novice in Show
was Miss Hill’s imported junior bitch Hugedogge Gunilla of Sobriety (imp)