Judging Summary for Mrs Liz Cartledge
UK Appointments since January 2000
|WELKS 2017 ||Date : 30th April 2017|
||The morning started with bright sunshine, so we were out on green grass and a huge ring. The wind got up rather making it the ultimate ’bad hair day’, but it stayed dry and I thought it was a lot better to be outside with plenty of fresh air. The dogs did not seem to mind. Some of the youngsters got extra frisky in fact. The exhibitors were struggling with their brushes, but it was the same for everybody. A delightful breed to judge with their noses in the air, confident and co-operative on the table and then that touch of arrogance on the move. I was looking for sturdy bodies, good bone for their size, broad round heads, decent coats, not too long in body and not too big.
|Welsh KC 2010 ||Date : 22nd August 2010|
|Shih Tzu Club 2003 ||Date : 4th October 2003|
||A terrific entry of 235 from 182 dogs awaited me & I had a truly wonderful day. The lunch was quite a feature, in fact I have never seen so much food at a dog show in my whole life, the catering department had worked their fingers to the bone & it really was a remarkable achievement.
I wrote my report feeling quite inspired & sent it off to Dog World feeling very pleased with myself. When it didn't appear I telephoned to find out when it was going to be published, only to find that Dog World had not received it. Carelessly I had not kept a copy, being in such a rush to get my report posted. So with only brief & sketchy notes to help me, & now six weeks after the event, I am afraid this report will not be very detailed
This was the first time I had judged using two tables & this system worked most efficiently & saved quite a bit of time. I had enormous help & assistance from both show manager Nigel Stevens, who controlled the collecting ring & my lovely stewards. It makes all the difference when you have a heavy day's judging to have a happy and compatible management team.There was a warm & friendly atmosphere all day. Shih Tzus seem to know how to enjoy themselves with their owners & the breed's individual & engaging personalities come through in the ring.
Quality was high, more even in the bitch classes & I had some superb classes to work with. Mouths are still a bit of a "mish mash" with narrow underjaws & higgledy piggledy placed small teeth. Movement in some was more Lhasa style than the typical movement of a Shih Tzu, a feature that must be preserved. Some failed in tail carriage, with the tail lying flat on the dog's back - wrong!