Cavaliers of the Northeast Puppy Sweepstakes
06/06/13, Langhorne, PA
Judge: Charlie Weidig (BlackFire)
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Cavaliers of the Northeast for allowing me to judge my first Puppy Sweepstakes on my regional "home turf." I would not have been able to do anything without the able assistance of my wonderful wife and Ring Steward, Katie Kennedy, my equally wonderful granddaughter and ring photographer, Alyssa McLaughlin, Gate Steward Lynn Warshaw, Announcer and Table Steward Joan Twigg, show chair Joe Birbeck, and my mentor for the evening, CKCSC Judge Paula Ayers. Most of all, I owe a great deal of thanks to all the exhibitors who took the time to enter their wonderful puppies in my event.
As I reflected on the entries, I was struck by two outstanding positives. First and foremost, I was impressed by the great number of Cavalier puppies being exhibited who have the correct temperament – both fearless and gentle in a single package. In addition, I loved the fact that I saw so many different head and body types in the ring, all within the breed standard. It is this variety that gives all of us who exhibit our Cavaliers the incentive to keep coming back; there is always something to appeal to each judge's taste, and there is never a single "correct" choice. If there was one recurring fault I could point to, it would be the number of entries I saw without the proper moderate layback of shoulder. While the ideal layback may be elusive in our breeding programs, we should continue to strive for the best possible angulation we can, in order to produce graceful, long necks and sound front assemblies.
Junior Puppy Dog (2)
1. Darane Frodo Baggins (Kates) Well-proportioned little Blenheim boy, well-muscled in the loin to help him move around with ease. A nicely angulated rear adds to his ability to drive. Nice depth of chest and a correctly carried tail complete the picture.
2. Roi L Stings Like A Bee (Carter/Lessig) Silky coated Black and Tan boy with expressive eyes who moves nicely around the ring. His appearance will be improved as he grows more coat and his chest develops.
Graduate Puppy Dog (2)
1. Elyzian Double Take (Arnold) Lovely head and big, dark eyes on this solid Black and Tan boy with the quintessential Cavalier temperament. He was a bit rambunctious today, tugging on his lead, but moved true and carried his tail correctly nevertheless. Gracefully turned stifles flowed nicely into well let-down hocks, and just the right amount of daylight showed under his substantial body. Delighted to award him Best Puppy Dog and Best Puppy in Sweepstakes.
2. Chewcreek Three Amigos Dusty Bottoms, JW (DePhillip) This Blenheim boy has a gorgeous coat, well broken markings, and lots of feathering. He has good bone, and presents a very nice profile with excellent proportions. Looks nice on the move, but my hope is that his front will not appear to be as wide after he develops fully.
Junior Puppy Bitch (8)
1. Shirmont Delightful Caper (Henry/Rosenberg) Richly marked Blenheim girl with plenty of muscle to help her move nicely around the ring. Good angles both front and rear help her to present a very pretty picture from the side. Her lovely head type was the icing on the cake for me.
2. Blueday Jingo Jango (Gross) Easy to fall in love with this cute little lightly marked Blenheim girl! Her tiny body moves very well, and she already has a wonderful outgoing personality. Her rear assembly looks quite sound, and her chest is well developed. I look forward to seeing her in the ring as she grows.
3. Darane Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Kates) Every bit a rose with this adorable little Blenheim at just 5 months of age. She has a lovely short-coupled body with good angles throughout. After her head develops a bit more, she will do well.
4. Linrica Femme Fatale (Liu) Nice body with well-developed muscle on this Blenheim girl. Big, dark eyes give a lovely expression. Her hocks are well let down, but she needs to come up a bit on leg to avoid a long appearance.
Senior Puppy Bitch (2)
1. Truluv Aly (Nikaci) This lovely heavily marked Tri girl gives a striking appearance with instant eye appeal. Her nice head and beautiful eyes are properly framed by the most gorgeous ears. She moves like a dream, with great reach and drive, and most deservedly earned Best Puppy Bitch.
2. Chiffinch And Vesta Syndicate (Rubino) This lightly pigmented Ruby girl has the most expressive eyes, which will serve her well. She is a bit straighter in the stifle than I’d like to see, and she has a bit of a tucked-up appearance which will likely improve as she develops and grows more coat.
Graduate Puppy Bitch (6)
1. Rutherford Venus W (Jones) This beautifully proportioned Black and Tan girl gives a nicely balanced appearance, short coupled and well angulated front and rear. Her expressive eyes and flowing ears only add to the picture.
2. Dancasa Summer Thyme (Rubino/Tiedemann) Gorgeous dark eyes on this nicely marked Blenheim girl with flowing coat, nicely presented. As her chest develops more depth, she will look more substantial in body and a bit less leggy. Better rear angulation will also improve her topline.
3. Piccadil Gone With The Wind (York) This beautifully marked Blenheim girl has a very substantial body for one her age. Pleasant expression completes a nice headpiece. Looking a bit long right now for her length of leg.
4. Darane My Darling Clementine at Chewcreek (DePhillip) This lovely little Ruby has lots of potential. Good shoulder layback and solid topline. Her head needs to develop more to give a balanced picture, and she could use a bit more leg. Not very sure of herself in the ring tonight.