Championship Show 26 May 2002

Judge Jan Coppens (Jockular)

BIS Craigie's Imbali Azizi 
BOS Craigie's CH Imbali Kipenzi JW
RCC Slater & Young's Flametrees Shirani of Shabani
RCC Raymond's Sofala Sebakwe
 
As this is the second time I have had the honour of judging Ridgebacks in England at the SRRA, I have the opportunity to say something about my impression of the dogs I saw today and those I saw in 1997.
In 1997, I put up a Veteran Bitch for BOB I liked very much. In those days there was great variety in size and type (I had an entry of 66) with only a handful of excellent dogs. Today I was very surprised with an entry of 105 dogs (giving a total entry of 113) and I have to admit that in general the dogs have improved. A' least half of the dogs were of excellent quality and there were some outstanding specimens that can compete anywhere.
The temperaments of the Ridgebacks I have seen contributes to a very good image of the breed and that is most important for this strong hunting dog. Although it was quite a job to concentrate with this number of dogs, I enjoyed judging them and I appreciate the sportsmanship I noticed amongst the exhibitors. I wish to thank the organizers and the exhibitors for making this a successful day.
 
Puppy Dog - (9)
1 Wheeler & Campbell's Nyassa Sadiki, 9.5 mth old liver nose of excellent type. Very nice conformation. nice head with good eye, ear and mouth. Strong neck and good topline. Nice chest and forechest. For age. well developed in body with strong bone and nicely angulated quarters. Good croup and tailset. Ideally tail could be longer and feet more compact. Good mover, excellent dog.
2 Bennie's Bumcote Nukooroo at Nehando, 9 mth old of excellent type. Dark red wheaten with good pigmentation. Nice conformation, athletic muscled type. Good head but muzzle could be longer and eye darker. Ear carriage could be better. Very nice elegant neck with a very nice topline, croup and tailset. Good ridge. Just enough forechest and bone balanced for this type of dog. Excellent feet. Very nice length of tail and carriage. A good mover for age, excellent dog.

Junior Dog - (4,1)
l Bojorsky's Sofala Sekuoba, 11 mths, very good type with excellent head, good ear, mouth and eye. Good neck. Nice topline but steep in croup. Angulation is in balance but moderate. Nice underline and depth of chest but just enough forechest. Good bone, feet and nice ridge. Moves well, excellent dog.
2 Anthony & McCrystal, Kiromol Kifani, 16 mths old of excellent type. Very powerful dog that could use more weight. Very masculine head with good ear, eye and bite. Nice topline and excellent ridge. Underline has yet to come down. Would prefer more substance. Good bone and feet. Good croup and length of tail. Moves well, very good dog.

Graduate Dog - (7,1)
1 Samuels' Ozub's Russet, 2 yr old, excellent type and size, very masculine male. Excellent conformation and angulation. Very alert ear-set and nice colour. Lips could be tighter fitting. Nice colour and good pigment. Very good front and excellent chest. Strong bone and good cat-like feet. Excellent croup and tailset, carries tail very dominantly on move. Good ridge but could be longer. Good free mover. Excellent dog.
2 Barnes's Diamondridge Desperado, strong 15mth old dog of maximum size. Excellent masculine head and good in proportions. Nice dark eye. Good topline. Needs to develop in forechest and body. Strong heavy bone and strong compact feet. Return of upper arm could be better. Very good mover for age. Excellent temperament. Excellent dog.

Post Graduate Dog - (3)
1 Barnes's Diamondridge Desperado
2nd Burgess's Lukulu Umnqobi at Msulwa, 23mth old dog of excellent type and size. Nice wheaten colour. Very good masculine head with very nice expression. Good ear, eye and bite. Excellent body proportions. Nicely angulated front and rear. Good ridge. Good topline and excellent underline. Nice croup, good tail. Although he has enough forechest it is remarkable that he is narrow in front, especially on the move. Seen in profile very good mover and also on moving away. Excellent quality.
 
Mid-Limit Dog - (5,1)
1 Burgess's Lukulu Umnqobi at Msulwa
2 Raymond's Sofala Samwaz1s Storm, 20 mth old dog of excellent type. Good head with nice ear and eye. Under jaw could be developed stronger, dentition not complete. Very nice clean neck and good outline. Enough lay back of shoulder. Return of upper arm could be better. Nice rear angulation. Strong bone and good feet. Nice croup and tail. Ridge does not taper. While moving towards you a little loose but on profile an excellent mover. Very good dog.
 
Limit Dog - (4,1)
1 Coyne's Ozub's Jonagold, 2 yrs old. Excellent type and very masculine. Excellent temperament. Good strong head with good ear, eye and bite. Strong neck, good topline and croup. Very deep capacious chest and enough forechest. Upper arm a bit upright. Strong heavy bone and good compact feet. Ridge could be better defined. Very good mover. Excellent dog.
2 Dunn's Sikulubani Sebakwe to Tukela, 22 mths old of excellent type. Nice wheaten colour and of excellent conformation and outline. Still needs to develop in skull. Nice dark eye and strong deep muzzle. Good ear and bite. Angulation in balance, strong bone and excellent feet. On profile very good mover but toeing in a little. Back legs slightly outward curve. Ridge could be a little longer. Excellent.
 
Open Dog-(16,1)
1 Craigie's CH Imbali Kipenzi JW, 3 yr old of excellent type and size. Very typical of the breed. Nice head, good ears, nice dark eye and complete dentition. Long well-arched clean neck. Excellent topline and croup. Very good ridge. Could use a little more forechest. Well angulated, good depth of chest. Good bone and excellent feet. Moves with excellent drive - effortless. Excellent temperament. Top quality Ridgeback. Excellent Dog. CC and BOS.
2 Raymond's Sofala Sebakwe, Excellent type, very good masculine head. Good ear, eye and bite. Strong neck. Very good topline. Ridge is good. Well developed deep chest and good forechest. Nicely angulated. Strong bone and good feet. Very good mover. Outstanding quality dog. Excellent. RCC.

Veteran Dog - (4,2)
1 Piehl's Matabelle Mozart, 10.5 yr old. Still in good shape. Very masculine and good-sized male. Strong head, good ear, nice dark eye and strong muzzle. Nice neck, good topline and good front. Very good bone and excellent feet. Good croup and tailset. Very good ridge. Nice wheaten colour. Excellent temperament. Excellent dog.
2 Raymond's CH Tukela Umgaza at Sofala, 7 yr old strong dog of maximum size with excellent body proportions. Very good head with very good expression. Strong neck, good topline. Croup could be a bit better. Could have used more forechest, for size a bit narrow in front. Very good bone and feet. Good ridge. Good mover. Excellent dog.

Puppy Bitch - (14,3)
I Morris's Bruet Song of Kasenga, 7 mth old gorgeous bitch. Very well developed for age. Excellent type and size. Nice feminine head. Good ear, eye and dentition. Excellent head. Very good neck. Excellent Ridge. Good front, upper arm a bit upright. Balanced angulation. Strong bone and excellent feet. Good tai. Very nice wheaten colour. Excellent temperament and very well handled. Very promising youngster.
2 Nelson's Zougani Ziba, 11 mths old, strong maximum-sized female. Very good head, good ear, eye arr.: bite. Strong neck and very good topline. Good croup, nice tailset and carriage of tail. Well developed for age, just enough forechest. Balanced but would like more angulation. Strong bone and very good feet Good mover for age. Very good long ridge. Very well handled. Excellent temperament. Very promising.

Junior Bitch - (4)
1 Raymond's Diamondridge Dancing with Sofala, 14 mths old, strong, good-size female. Very good head with good ear, eye and bite. Strong long deep muzzle, strong neck and good topline. Well developed capacious chest. Good ridge, excellent forechest, strong bone and very good feet. Good balanced angulation. Excellent mover for age. Nice wheaten colour. Outstanding condition and excellent temperament. Excellent bitch.
2 Storey's Kiromol Kianga, 15 mth old very strong maximum-sized female who could be a bit more feminine. Very good ear and nice dark eye. Dentition not complete. Very nice warm colour and good pigmentation. Strong neck that could be a bit cleaner. Very good topline and good underline. Just enough forechest. Upper arm a bit upright. Good shoulder and nicely angulated rear. Strong bone and very good feet. Croup a bit steep. Moves effortlessly with a lot of drive. Very good.

Graduate Bitch - (7,3)
1 Parson's Touch of Kryha, 18 mth old strong well built up maximum-sized female. Strong but still feminine head. Good ear, nice dark eye and good bite. Very good expression. Good outline, angulation in front and rear in balance. Good tailset and good carriage of tail. Strong bone and good feet. Good ridge Very well handled. Excellent bitch.
2 Gadsdon's Bamuthi Bise, 23 mths, very good type, relation of height/length very good. Strong head that could be a little longer in muzzle. Good ear, nice dark eye and good scissor bite. Strong neck that could be cleaner. Very good topline. Well developed capacious chest. Good ridge, could use more forechest. Excellent bone and very good feet. Moves very well and effortlessly. Excellent bitch.

Post Graduate Bitch - (7,2)
1 Comer's Singharaja's Tiano, 20 mths old. Nice wheaten maximum-sized female with an excellent head. Very good ear carriage and alert expression. Nice long deep muzzle with good dentition. Strong neck, good topline and nice croup. Very good ridge. Good lay back of shoulder and balanced angulation. Still needs to develop in body. She has a very good front. Correct bone. Very good feet. Moves very well. Well handled. Excellent bitch.
2 Fawcus's Namna Kwaheri Rosa with Adaeze, 2.5 yr old. Excellent type and conformation. Good size. very nice feminine head. Nice dark eye and good bite. Could carry the ear better. Nice clean neck. Excellent topline and very good ridge. Good forechest and nice depth of chest. Angulation in balance front and rear. Very good bone and feet. Moves well. Excellent bitch.

Mid-Limit Bitch - (3)
1 Storey's Kiromol Kizazi, 2 yrs old. Excellent type and size. Very good head, good ear, eye and dentition. Good neck. Very good topline. Nice depth of chest and enough forechest. Good ridge. Well angulated front and rear. Correct bone and very good feet. Very good mover. Excellent temperament and very well handled. Excellent bitch.
2 Simper's Kiromol Kavirondo of Matabelle, 2 yrs old. Very nicely built up light wheaten female of maximum size. Strong head with nice ear, very dark eye and strong deep muzzle with good bite. Very well developed chest and just enough forechest. Good ridge, good shoulder, upper arm a bit upright. Well angulated in rear. Strong bone and excellent feet. Croup a bit steep. Good tail and tail carriage. On profile a very good mover but when coming towards me toeing in a little. Female could be more self-assured but shows her good points being handled excellently. Excellent bitch.

Limit Bitch - (7,1)
1 Craigie's Imbali Azizi, 3 yr old of excellent breed type. Nice wheaten female of good size. Excellent head and expression. Excellent ear set and carriage. Nice dark eye and strong long muzzle. Scissor bite is not complete. Lovely neck, very nice topline and good ridge. Well angulated front and rear. Enough forechest and nice depth of chest. Matching bone and strong compact feet. Well muscled and in very good condition. She moves excellently without effort. Excellent Bitch. CC & BIS
2 Slater & Young's Flametrees Shirani of Shabani, 2 yr old very well built up red wheaten female. Very nice balanced head, good ear, dark eye and good bite. Excellent height/length relation. Very nice neck, good topline and croup. Nice depth of chest. Angulation front and rear in balance but could be better. Strong bone and excellent feet. Crowns in ridge could be more pronounced. Good mover and compliments to the handler. Excellent bitch. RCC

Open Bitch - (11,4)
1 Fawcus's Htimsa Adaeze Tara, 4 yr old excellent type. Strong but still feminine. Very good head, good ear, eye and bite. Excellent topline. Nice depth of chest. Strong neck, good shoulder and upper arm. Angulation front and rear in balance. Excellent ridge. Good front. Very good bone and excellent feet. Very good mover. Excellent bitch.
2 Barnes's Diamondridge Deja Vu, excellent breed type. Nice wheaten colour. Excellent feminine head. Good ear, nice dark eye. Scissor-bite not complete. Strong long muzzle. Nice neck and good topline. Just enough forechest and nice depth of chest. Upper arm a bit upright. Angulation in rear OK. Very good bone and feet. Moves very well. Excellent bite.

Veteran Bitch - (7,2)
1 Wright's Zejak Zao, 10 yr old female of excellent type and size. Very nice head, good ear, eye and bite. Very good neck and good topline. Angulation front and rear are in balance. Very good bone and feet. Lovely temperament. Crowns and ridge could be more pronounced. Moves very well for her age. Excellent bitch.
2 Coyne's Ozub1s Kukumbuka Dubu, 8 yr old strong and powerful female of maximum size. Has eyes only for her handler. Body proportions are excellent. Could be more feminine in head. Excellent ear, nice eye and good bite. Very good ridge. Nicely angulated front and rear. Deep capacious chest. Strong bone and very good feet. Moves well for her age. Excellent bitch.