Judges Critique for Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Great Britain Open Show 5.06.2016
Thank you to the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Great Britain for inviting me to judge such a fantastic entry for an Open Show. Thank you to all the owners of such beautiful Ridgebacks for trusting me to go over their dogs. Due to the level of high quality Ridgebacks entered the awarding of first places was so difficult as many were worthy of being winners. I was looking for as close to the breed standard as possible but also taking into account flowing sound movement with good length of reach, I believe I found that in all my winners and within a lot of others also. I saw so many promising high quality puppies that I’m sure will have a great future. The Open classes and Veteran classes were exceptional on such a hot day outside.
PD (4,1) 1 Wilding &Deacon’s Kiromol Kindred Spirit. Good masculine head with good ear carriage. Long neck going into strong front with deep chest and prominent forechest. Level top line with good tail set and good rear angulations. Moved with ease and reach. A very promising young dog. Worthy of my BPD. 2 Cox’s Gens Julia Toretto Always The First At Carlincox(IMP RUS). Correct head and kind expression, correct eye and ear set. Long neck with good lay of shoulder. Level top line and correct tail carriage. Movement at the front was straight and true and looks good in profile, needs to strengthen going away. 3 Murphy & Barnes Diamondridge De Niro. Strong masculine young dog with strong neck and correct lay of shoulder. Prominent forechest with depth to brisket. Good rear angulation, moved straight and true. JD (4,2) 1 Murphy & Barnes Diamondridge De Niro. 2 Hanson & Inwood’s Mirengo’s Mahdi. Correct ear carriage with good length of muzzle and correct eye. Strong neck going into deep chest. Good lay of shoulder with level top line. Lost to 1 on the move as he was a little excited, needs time to mature but another very good example of the breed. YD (3,1) 1 Plested’s Nzawi Kaiser Chief, JW. A strong masculine dog with excellent head and dark muzzle. Kind expression with good round eye. Correct ear set and width to head. Strong front with tight feet. Excellent top line with good tail set. Good first and second thigh. Good rear angulation which showed on the move, flowed free and relaxed with reach and drive. Still in teenage stage but one to watch in six months when matured. Did not put a foot wrong and a very close contender for best dog. RBD. 2 Carlton’s Umhlandla Van Makhoba. Pleasing head with correct ear set. Nice deep chest with good spring to rib. Level top line and correct tail set. Good tight feet, would like to see a little more angulation. PGD (5,1) 1 Webster’s Janak Zander. Correct head with good length and depth of muzzle. Long neck going into good lay of shoulder. Substantial forechest with deep brisket. Good length of body with level top line and correct ridge and crowns. Low on the hocks. Moved straight and true. 2 Wilding &Deacon’s Kiromol Kamanga. Light wheaten dog, correct head with round eye and good depth to muzzle. Straight forelegs with tight feet. Moved freely with ease. 3 Carlton’s Umhlandla Van Makhoba. MLD (5,4) 1 Greeves’s Hespa Hermes, JW. Quality young dog with substance, masculine head with correct eye and colour. Good length of neck going into well laid shoulders, good ribbing, strong over the loin with good first and second thigh. It was a shame he was not sound on the day. LD (8,3)1 Catherell’s Faahac Free N’Easy, JW. A quality Liver nose with correct eye colour. Soundly constructed with masculine head and good ear carriage. Good length of neck going into good lay of shoulder, level top line with correct ridge and crowns. Moved with ease. 2 Murphy’s Amahle Mpho At Lusapho, ShCM. A male of substance, masculine head with good ear set. Well laid shoulders with level top line, good tail set. Moved well front and rear. 3 Tredwell & Symonds Shombay Dark Knight Rises. Dark red male, well muscled. Masculine head with good depth of muzzle. Good level top line with length to body. Powerful forequarters moved with drive and vigour. OD (12,1) 1 Davis’s CH Gunthwaite’s Son of A Preacha, JW. A dark red well muscled dog with overall balance. Typical head with flat skull with good depth of muzzle, clean neck flowing into good lay of shoulder. Good forechest with tight elbows and tight feet, good turn of stifle. Soundly constructed. Kept his level top line on the move. Worthy BD and RBIS. 2 Mitchelson’s Diamondridge Damocles of Voortrekker. Kind expression with good depth to muzzle and correct ears. Deep forechest and good lay of shoulder going into a level top line and correct tail carriage. 3 Piehl’s CH Kiromol Kubwa Mno, JW, ShCM. Light wheaten male with correct eye colour and ear carriage. Good length and depth of muzzle. Good forechest and deep brisket. Nice length to body with good rear angulations and low on the hocks with correct tail carriage. You cant take it away from this boy that his movement is first class, he has a long reach and flows around the ring which keeps him in the cards. Worthy BVIS. SBD (2,1) 1Hawkins &Smith’s Veldtkammer Hot Shot of Lonaza ShCM. Nicely proportioned and balanced dog. Nice Hound type head with good length and depth of muzzle has friendly expression. Tight feet, good length of neck going into a good lay of shoulder and level top line with length to body. Moves freely and at ease. VD (3,1) 1 Hicks’s CH Nunthouse Manhatton. Strong well defined dog with great first and second thigh. Deep rich coloured coat which makes him stand out. Real hound type head with good length and depth of muzzle has friendly expression. Tight feet, good length of neck going into a good lay of shoulder and level top line with length to body. Moves freely and at ease with good reach. A pleasure to go over, A close contender for Best Veteran. 2 Treadwell & Simonds Veldtkammer Hi Society of Shombay. Strong substantial male with power. Correct ear carriage and nice long neck into good shoulders and deep forechest. Moved with determination and drive. SVD/B (6,3) 1Hodge’s Multi/Int CH Columbia Blue Sky of Courage, (IMP USA). At twelve and a half years old he did not let his handler down. He did what was asked of him and stood firm and steady. Light Wheaten male with good level top line and correct ridge and crowns, good deep chest. Credit to the breed. 2 Lowsons’s CH Mwenga Hasani For Jengachenga. Pleasing head with head with kind expression. Good ear set and correct eye. Nice clean neck and with length flowing into well laid shoulders. Good prominent forechest, Good top line, steady flowing movement which he undertakes effortlessly.
MPB (1) 1 Manning’s Mrs Clause Nyekundo. Very good example of the breed, feminine head and expression, nice eye, good forechest, good top line excellent ridge and Crowns. Good rear angulation low on the hocks and with compact feet. Promising future. PB (9,3) 1 Storey & Piehl’s Kiromol Midsummer Spirit. Typical hound head with good ear carriage and round eye. Soundly constructed with long neck going into good lay of shoulder, well proportioned throughout for such a young girl. Moved without fault, effortless gait on the move with good reach and drive. BPB and BPIS. 2 Manning’s Mrs Clause Nyekundo. 3 Hodge’s Colkeririn Face To The Sun. Nicely proportioned and balanced bitch. Good length and depth of muzzle with friendly expression. Tight feet, good length of neck going into a good lay of shoulder. Ran straight and true. Another very promising bitch. JB (6,2) 1 Maylor’s Mirengo’s Musola At Kamili. A very nice young bitch with feminine expression with well proportioned head. Overall well balanced. Level top line with good tail set, very good angulation and low on the hock. Tight feet. Ran straight and with purpose. Close contender for Reserve Best Bitch. 2 Taylor’s Tokwe Truly Tickety Boo. Another good example of the breed. Balanced outline throughout. Clean neck and good forechest. Nice top line and tail set. Sound on the move. 3 Gray’s Kijivu’s Kabisa. Pretty head and expression. Good length to neck and good lay of shoulder. Good ribbing and level top line with good ridge and crowns. YB (8,2)1 Pearce’s Msingi Hush Hush. Kind expression with good eye and correct ear carriage. Compact tidy girl with level top line and very good ridge and crowns. Good rear angulation and low on the hock, tight feet and moved effortlessly in gait. 2 Parrott’s Umhlandla Umpheki At Marondera. A very pleasing bitch with a feminine expression and good prominent forechest. Good top line and looked good on the move showing good reach and drive. 3 Hale’s Umhlandla Ihotela Linkosi. Another very feminine girl with pleasing head and correct ear set and round eye. Straight forelegs and good chest. Good tight feet and low on the hock. Needs to settle on the move which will come with age. NB (1)1Phillips’s Zsushaunna Top of The Line. Good feminine head with nice expression. Good length of neck going into good lay of shoulder with deep chest. Level top line and correct tail carriage. Soundly constructed and moved straight front and rear. PGB (5,3)1Storey &Piehl’s Kiromol Kioni. Another Bitch with substance and bone. Good depth of body with Level top line and good length of tail with tight feet as they should be. 2 Greeves’s Amber Iniko. To the standard in every aspect. Pretty head with good depth of muzzle. Good length of neck and good lay of shoulder. Good depth of forechest, deep Brisket. Correct top line, ridge and crowns. Moved powerfully and stood true, sadly I could not get over her on the day. MLB (5,1) A wonderful class overall of good quality.1Taylor’s Tokwe Truly Scrumptious. Another good example of the breed well boned and soundly constructed. Pretty head and expression with round eye and correct ear carriage. Level top line and good length of tail, good bend of stifle and low on the hock with tight feet. Moved straight and correct. 2 Broadsmith’s Gunthwaite Kiss N’Tell At Chainama. Pleasing appearance with correct head and front. Good return of upper arm and good lay of shoulder. Level top line and correct tail. Moved true and sound. 3 Plested’s Kitoko Just Go With It At Nzawi. Another well presented bitch, good example of the breed, feminine head and expression with good eye and ear set. Moved well in gait. Difficult choice between first three in class. LB (6)1 Nash’s Mutoko’s Lledwenau Lowri. Good feminine hound head with correct ear set and eye colour. Prominent forcehest with good lay of shoulder. Level top line and good bend of Stifle. Moved very well with good reach and drive. Soundly constructed. 2 Bates’s Gunthwaite Peggy Sue. Another quality red wheaten bitch with feminine head, good ear carriage. Good depth to chest and good lay of shoulder. Level top line with good ridge and crowns. Correct tail set and good rear angulation, looked great on the stack, lost out to 1 on the move. 3 Taylor’s Tokwe Truly Scrumptious. OB (12,2) Another fantastic class of real quality hounds, I loved them all. 1 Cox’s CH Carlincox Ready To Rumble. Exceptional red wheaten bitch with quality. Feminine head and expression. Deep chest with correct front and tight elbows. Good level top line with well defined first and second thigh. Good bend of stifle and low on the hock. Tight feet all around. Covered the ground effortlessly and was balanced in profile. Well deserved BB and BIS. 2 Storey & Piehl’s Kiromol Kendi, JW, ShCM. Another very well made bitch. Typical hound head with feminine expression. Good forechest and straight front going into good lay of shoulder and level top line. Just lost to 1 on ring presence. 3 Maylor’s CH Kamili Comes And Goes, JW. A beautifully constructed girl. Didn’t put a foot wrong. Attractive light wheaten coat that stood out in the sun. Quality head with good sized ears. Correct front with well placed shoulders. Level top line with correct ridge and crowns, good length to body. Great reach and drive on the move. A quality Ridgeback. SBB (2,1) 1 Hale’s Umhlandla Ihotela Linkosi. VB (6,1) A fantastic class of oldies that showed experience and quality. 1 Storey & Piehl’s CH Kiromol Tallulah Belle, JW. Another superb example. Light wheaten bitch with good substance to body and bone. Correct eye colour and good ear carriage of good size. Deep forechest with tight elbows. Good lay of shoulder. Level top line with good tail set. Low on the hock with good bend of stifle. Moved with ease and overall balance. A well deserved RBB. 2 Hodge’s CH/AM Grand CH Veldtkammer Assle Me Litely. Another quality girl. Showed beautifully. Well constructed and balanced throughout. Nice feminine head and expression. Correct front and chest. Well laid shoulders. Level top line and good tail carriage. Moved so well and did herself and her handler proud. 3 Gray’s Kijivu’s Katoushka. Yet another great veteran. Typical head of the breed with good sized ears and good depth to muzzle. Kept her top line on the move and showed her self well. Balanced throughout. Brace. (1) 1 Maylor. Two very good examples of the breed although quite different from each other both stood well and moved together in synchronisation with handler. Good length of reach and moved with vigour. Progeny(1) 1 CH Mwenga Hasani for Jengachenga. Four family members who all were of similar quality and size. All stood to attention and at command moved gracefully up the ring in a straight line with their competent handlers. Breeder should be very proud.
John Mackfall (Judge) Open Show 2010 Open Show 2009