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BDC Open Show 05/11/11 Junior handling critique

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British Dalmatian Club Open Show
5th November 2011

Junior Handling
It was delightful to be asked to judge these juniors. It is always a pleasure to see how well they handle and how much they know. All the juniors here today need to remember that when presenting their dog after completing a pattern that the dog should be directly in front of the judge but 3 paces away – this allows the judge to see the whole side view of the dog without having to step back. They all presented far too close. But some quality work done throughout and it’s lovely to see a promising future of producing good handlers in our breed. All the handlers will have qualified for the Richmond Semi finals today and I am more than happy that they will make us all very proud.

6-11 years – 1 (0)

1st Jaideen Cottee (11yrs).
Alone in this class and this did seem to make this handler nervous. She was smartly dressed and used her lead well, however needs to improve the relationship between her and her Dalmatian to make it appear they are working as a team, especially when moving. Her ‘T’ needs to be sharper with neater turns and more accuracy used. When I asked for a Reverse Triangle she completed the pattern as it should be however started off with the dog in the wrong hand, however neatly turned during the pattern to ensure she did not become between the dog and the judge. This young lady knows all the basics and all the rules, she just needs to practise regularly until the whole performance becomes effortless and adds that bit of polish onto the performance – this often comes with maturity (just like the dog!). Has a lot of potential for the future, just needs to practise, practise, practise!!
In the challenge for Best overall Junior Handler she handled a Dalmatian that was completely new to her and surprisingly did a much better job, this may be because she was concentrating more on the dog and working with it, which gave a better partnership. Completed a run off with the other class winner well however was pipped to the post by presenting her dog the wrong way around in front of the judge.

12-16 years – 3 (0)

1st Billee Cottee (14yrs).
A very good performance from this young lady today. She worked well with her dog and encourages a good performance out of her. This team was much more of a partnership than the previous class winner. Completed all her pattern work without fault. Straight lines, accurate turns and gave off a sense of confidence. She also was the only junior handler today to present the teeth correctly. It was smooth, she used the correct fingers and hands and also checked I could see everything clearly. Her whole performance just needs to be tidied up and polished so as well as confident it also appears effortless. So again, lots of practise and consider videoing yourself practising to see how it appears to a judge. In the challenge for Best overall Handler she did not put a foot wrong and did a competent run off, coming back to present the dog correctly to the judge. I also asked both handlers to complete a triangle with my feet pointing across the diagonal of the ring. Both handlers noted my feet and completed the triangle correctly – Well done! A well deserved win of Best overall Junior Handler and this young lady has certainly improved since I saw her last.

2nd Catherine Hobbs (16yrs). At first glance I thought this handler would be my winner. Here is a handler that does have that great connection between her and her Dalmatian and her pattern work is polished and smooth. Was unfortunate to be caught out by a reverse T, as was the 3rd placing in this class. Remember a reverse T is the same shape as an ordinary T but you start off with the dog in the right hand and therefore turn right at the bottom first. Also Catherine needs to practise her shadow work. It is accurate and her timing is good, but do make sure you do not step too close to the dog when going around the rear. Also practise your teeth presentation, as it was untidy due to the wrong fingers being used – if you were handling a strange dog they might not like this way of doing it. It is useful again to video what the judge is seeing when you present teeth as this will help you to see what is happening. Catherine shows lots of potential and with a little more practise will be very hard to beat with her effortless performance.

3rd Sam Jennings (13yrs). I have admired this young man’s handling from outside the ring and he is usually unflappable. However today he appeared nervous and his handling was not as neat and tidy as I know it can be. It appeared as if everything was just a little rushed. Take a deep breath before you come in the ring and trust in yourself that you can do a good job. Made the same mistake as Catherine with the reverse T, although this may be the first time this young handler has done reverse work, so its another thing to practise at home until you feel comfortable. This handler works well on the move and in general lines are straight and turns neat. As with Catherine, do work on your teeth presentation as well. A lot to like here and with some confidence and a more relaxed performance the placings will improve.

Judge: Mrs Louisa Garton
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but I'd rather have a DALMATIAN!!!
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