Judge’s Report – Malinda Thomas

Southern Rhodesian Ridgeback Club – 18 Oct 2009

In an overview of the dogs that I judged, I think the overall quality of the bitches was better than that of the dogs.

I found many of the heads were not as good as I would like them to be. There were many domed sculls, muzzles that were too short and they did not have parallel planes. I think some attention should be paid to this in breeding.

I am pleased to say that I had VERY few dogs with missing teeth, that was really good. There were also no dogs entered that were extreme in colour, none were very dark or very light. I found no ridge faults, they might not all have been perfect, but overall they were pretty good.

 
 
Minor Puppy Dog (2,2)
 
1. Piehl, Kiromol Kubwa Mno. Good head & pigmentation. Good ear placement. Reasonable topline, he is still young. Correct tail set. Good movement.

2. Burrows, Kiromol Kuumba. Very much the same as number one, topline not as good
Puppy Dog (2,2)
 
1. Burrows, Kiromol Kuumba

2. Wackett, Brenwil Meki Boy. Good head & pigmentation. Topline can be better. Need a bit more training and should learn not to mouth hands. Movement could not be assessed properly.
Junior Dog (2,2)
 
1. Hicks, Nuthouse Manhattan. Good head, correct ears, topline and body. Tail set correctly. Good angulation front and back. Good reach and drive, moved very well all around. Best Dog

2. Wackett, Brenwil Meki Boy.
Novice Dog (5,3)
1. Grainge & Orssich, Jimbo Adofo. Parallel planes, would prefer a bit more strength in muzzle. Ear set can be higher and would prefer a bit more lay back in shoulder.
2. Dickson & Robinson, Wingsdancin Archangel Lucifer. Muzzle can be a bit longer. Would prefer more steady movement in the front and topline not level.
 
Post Graduate Dog (5,2)
1. Healey, Voortrekker Tasso. Parallel planes, would prefer a bit stronger muzzle and a bit more lay back in shoulder. Good body and topline. Would prefer a higher tail set. Moved well.
2. Grainge & Orssich, Jimbo Adofo.
Limit Dog (7,5)

1. Maddox, Tambyssa’s Zephyr. Good head and pigmentation, prefer a bit higher ear set. Good body and topline. Good angulation back and front. Moved well all around.
2. Raymond, Sofala Saracen. As number one, a good dog, only difference is front moment coming towards you. I would prefer that to single track more.
Open Dog (9,6)

1. Kirby & Mansfield, Shingwidsi Tshepa Riva. Would prefer a bit more muzzle and higher ear set. Good body and topline. Good angulation back and front. Sound in movement
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Bowlus, CH Sofala Lincoln. Good head and angulation. Bit more white than what I would like. Front good, but not as good as number one. Move well.

Veteran Dog (3,2)
1. Bowlus, CH Sofala Jefferson. 7 years old. Good head, correct ears. Good body and topline. Tail set correct. Well angulated back and front. Move very sound all around. Reserve Best Dog, Best Veteran in Show
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Brownlee, Ir CH Saragwe Hodari Jambaro. Very good for a 12 year old. Good overall but lack a bit of power on the move, understandable for his age.

 
Best Dog:
 

1. Hicks, Nuthouse Manhattan
 
 
 
 
Minor Puppy Bitch (1,1)

1. Maidment, Kiromol Kokomo. Lovely bitch puppy. Good head, correct ears. Good body and topline. Tail set correct. Well angulated back and front. Move very sound all around. Best Puppy in Show
Puppy Bitch (3,3)
1. Storey, Kiromol Tallulah Belle. Good head, correct ears. Bit bum high at this stage. Tail set correct. Well angulated back and front. Moved well.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 2. Ward, Danse Du Feu’s Deep Secret. Very much same quality as number one but movement coming back not as good as number one at this stage.

Junior Bitch (5,5)
1. Raymond, Sofala Shangiliwa. Lovely head, correct ears. Good body and strong topline. Tail set correct. Well angulated back and front. Lovely reach and drive on the side gait, move very well all around. Best Bitch and Best in Show

2. Perkins, Ntoomu Mtanga Macho. Nice bitch as number one. Close call between her and number one but she was a bit out of coat. (Did not stay for best in show)
Novice Bitch (3,1)
1. Cooksey, Harambe Kasiki. Would prefer a longer muzzle. Good forechest, would prefer a stronger pastern. Topline can be better. Movement a bit restricted.
 
Post Graduate Bitch (8,5)
1. Raymond, Sofala Shangiliwa.
2. Maidment, Amahle’s Sight for Sore Eyes. Good head, topline can be stronger. Good tail set. Move well.
 

Limit Graduate Bitch (7,4)

Morris, Bruet Sing The Blues to Kasenga. Good head, correct ears. Good body and topline. Tail set correct. Well angulated back and front. Movement very good all around. Reserve Best Bitch and Reserve Best in Show.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Crunden & Strickland, Voortrekker Tuli. Taller bitch. Good head ear set can be higher. Good front and back. Movement good all around.

Open Bitch (8,4)
 
1. Nix, CH Nyassa Caluua at Kitoko. Good head and pigmentation. Good body and topline. Would prefer a stronger pastern and a bit more forechest. Good angulation, moved well all around.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Brownlee, Jambaro Goddess Athena. Good head correct ear set. Good body and topline. Bit straight in pastern. Moved well.

Veteran Bitch (8,6)

1. Storey, Ir CH Kiromol Kianga. Good head ear set and pigmentation. Can have a stronger topline. Good angulation front and back, moved well all around.
2. Morris, CH Bruet Song of Kasenga. Can have a longer muzzle. Good body and topline. Well angulated back and front. Side gait good, front movement coming not as good as number one.
 
 
From left to right:
 
Judge: Mrs. Malinda Thomas

BB & BIS: Mrs. N. Raymond's SOFALA SHANGILIWA

RBB & RBIS: Mrs. J. Morris's BRUET SING THE BLUES TO KASENGA

BD: Mr. & Mrs. J. Hicks's NUTHOUSE MANHATTAN

BV & RBD: Mr. & Mrs. J. Bowlus's CH SOFALA JEFFERSON

BPIS: Mr. & Mrs. B. Maidment's KIROMOL KOKOMO

Brood bitch
 
1. Kiromol Kinuka
Brace
 
1. Crunden
2. Brownlee
3. Storey

 Thanks to Lena Piehl for all the lovely photos!