Finnish Lapphund of The Year and Runner Up Best of the First Round Knockouts
Finnish Lapphund of the Year 2012
This event, hosted by The Southern Finnish Lapphund Society, was rescheduled, as snow stopped play back on 23rd. March! I was judging at Bath championship show on the previous day and can honestly say I was frozen. However the 25th dawned with glorious sunshine, the welcome by the society, as warm as the weather today.
The competitors were depleted, from the previous date due to other commitments, but still I enjoyed the quality dogs that attended. The judging took the form of a knockout match. Following the initial matches, we judged the best of the first round losers. This is a lovely touch. The best here was Multi CH. Elbereth Kia Joins Bridus owned by S&E Bird .She turned out to be sibling to the overall winner and I found just what I was looking for in type, but perhaps did not cope just as well in the smaller ring as I feel she is capable of. Beautifully turned out and in good muscular development, it was a pleasure to be able to reward her attributes.
We followed this with the semi final best. Mr. & Mrs. Webb’s Elbereth Penikka. This bitch has femininity with correct proportions .I felt she displayed type. Her head has width of skull, clean zygomatic arch, correct stop with good nose and muzzle without appearing doggy. Felt she might have preferred to be outside, but didn’t we all! I ended up, in the final, with a dog and a bitch, not by design, just the way it worked out. Both displayed a typical outline for the breed, and were presented in beautiful order. The nod had to go with the male. Jackson’s Multi CH. Elbereth Matkamies sh cm. He had bone, strength without being too big. His head typified the breed for me, good width of skull, with good set on of ear which he used to enhance his expression, from well set oval eye which was confident and kind in outlook. Had defined stop with strength in muzzle, width of jaw and dry lip, which covered the muzzle without being pendulous. His skeletal make up allows balance, and smooth true free movement, even in a small ring. Looking at the catalogue as I write this, I do recognise his name, but he was obviously not handled by his usual handler, yet performed with ease.
Runner up was Mowatt’s bitch Tabanyaruu Sisko. Excellent forehand, giving smooth lines of neck through topline. Correct leg to length ratio with bone and straight fore legs. Lovely to go over under her profuse coat. Perhaps not quite the head proportions of the winner, but her quality and performance could not be denied. I notice many of my winners seemed to be connected to Toni Jackson’s breeding .She never entered the ring yet obviously can produce the goods.
My steward was the most delightful lady and made my job even more pleasurable. Thank you to all.