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Diana Curtis with her Best of Breed bitch, Ger/Bel Ch. Stormwitch Carrousel Tulpe WW’18

with Portuguese Podengo judge Eileen Segui.


CRUFTS 2019 


Judge Mrs E A Segui 


My thanks to the Crufts committee for inviting me to judge at this very iconic Show, and my grateful thanks to my stewards who had worked all day, they kept everything flowing very efficiently, and lastly but by no means least the exhibitors without whom there would be no show,  

I thank them for their entries and the sporting way all my decisions were accepted. Sadly we were late into the ring as usual but I enjoyed a fantastic day with you and hoped you all enjoyed your day.  



Veteran Dog 1 


Ist  Dunning’s Solvil Do Vale Do Cutileiro at Anjuskar (imp prt) 

9 year old dark fawn smooth good wedge shaped head well set mobile ears lovely dark obliquely set eyes. Correct neck well laid shoulder moderate forechest, in good muscular order throughout. Excellent topline tail set and rear angulation. In good coat moved and showed himself to advantage. Best Veteran 


Puppy Dog 1 


1st  Pearson’s and Wedge’s Stormwitch Heart and Soul at Nashnall delightful fawn/white 8 months wire baby lovely head pattern mobile ears set on obliquely, lovely dark eyes, good neck and forechest, excellent front and rear well muscled for age, level topline with correct tail set and Carriage. Not quite getting his act together on the move today, but improved in the challenge. One to watch for the future. Best Puppy  


Junior Dog 1  


1st  Curtis’ Stormwitch Gingerbread confident dark fawn wire young man of 13 months of good breed type liked his outline standing correct length to height ratio, showing good wedge shaped head correct neck with moderate forechest, well laid shoulder with well balanced rear angulation, level topline and well set on tail in excellent coat moved and showed very well. 


Post Grad Dog  2 


1st Sampson & Brooks’ Morialta Ferreira 2 year old fawn/white wire of good breed type attractive head of correct proportions, good length to height ratio giving a quality outline when viewed in profile with correct wiry coat completing the picture. Well laid shoulder moderate forechest good underline and rear angulation. Needed to settle into his roll on the move, and when he did he moved out well in harmony with his handler. 


2nd Haines' Plushcourt the Crusader 19 months mature for his age, dark eyes and pigment, Would like a little more forechest and more length to height for correct balance. Straight front the best of legs and feet, good tail set and carriage. Very sound mover in tune with his handler. 



Open Dog 6 


1st Watts & Pedder’s Houla’s American Boy (imp USA) ideal size 4 year old fawn/white quality smooth male small and sturdy as the standard calls for, looked a picture standing and didn’t put a foot wrong lovely dark eyes great expression could use his ears a bit more but that did not distract from all his virtues. Excellent neck and shoulder, correct forechest strong topline with slight rise over the loin, correct underline, lovely well muscled balanced rear angulation, correct tail set and carriage. Moved as one with his excellent handler they looked a pefect team. Best Dog 


2nd Wedge's Stormwitch Macadamia at Rioccajen 6 year old fawn/white wire quality male in excellent coat of the harshest texture, different type to 1, but many of the same attributes apply, lovely wedge shaped head with cheeky expression, correct ear and eye placements, moderate neck and forechest, excellent ribcage, balanced front and rear angulation, well muscled throughout, level topline. Good legs and feet completed the picture. Very sound mover handled well.  Res. Best Dog 


 3rd Kolunsarka's CIB/FI/EE/LV/LT/RU/UA/NL/PLSE CH E Eximus Vis Ice    

   CubeUW/16/WW16 EUW17 EUW/18.  5years fawn/white smooth lovely wedge shaped head, correct eye and ear placement, moderate neck and forechest, good legs and feet, correct topline and tail set, good balanced front and rear with good muscle tone, preferred the  front action of 1 & 2. 


Veteran Bitch 3 


1st Pearsons’ Nashnall Anjo 12 years fawn/white in lovely condition for any age, so all credit to her owner handler, ideal size, very well put together, her coat colour has faded but the texture is very good, although a bit more coat would have enhanced her outline. Moved out well in tune with her handler. 


2nd Boyles’ Ir. Ch. Nashnall Clara Bleyos cw 12’13 10 years white/fawn not so typical as one and little longer cast, she has a very sweet expression and super outgoing personality, correct well muscled shoulder and rear, well ribbed and set tail which never stopped wagging. Moved well with purpose. 


3rd Eyles & Judge’s Hema Da Terra De Monttoito De Plushcourt (imp) 10 years smooth dark fawn/white difficult class all different in type with a lot to like about each one, this lady was also in great shape for her age, nice head with moderate neck and forechest, like her balanced outline. Just showed her age more than 1 & 2 on the move. 


Pupy Bitch no entries  


Junior Bitch 


1st Boyles' Bleyos Cladich Breanna 17months fawn/white very feminine young lady, typical head with good mobile ears, lovely dark eyes, a little on the fine side for me, but very typey, with good front and rear angles. At the inbetween stage with coat or lack of it at the moment which made her look a bit square when stood. When she settled moved well. Needs time.  





Post Grad Bitch 3 


1st Bellenie’s Belfus Berengaria 5 years very feminine fawn/white wire in lovely order, sweet head of correct proportions, lovely well muscled neck and shoulder, correct forechest, well ribbed back with correct tail set, and nicely let down hocks. Almost threw it away, but got herself together and move well. 


2nd Watts’ Almanor Winter Star Dark fawn/white 2years smooth of good type and good overall balance, well laid and muscled shoulder, good forechest, a little extra weight sadly did spoil her outline and neckline, not moving as I know she can today. 


3rd Foscoe’s Plushcourt Gabble 2 year old fawn wire young lady of different type, in good coat of nice texture, would like a better lay of shoulder and rear angulation, but she is balanced. Good depth of rib that could be longer. On saying that she is very sound and moved and showed very well today. Well handled 


Open Bitch 9 


1st Curtis’ Ger/Bel Ch. Stormwitch Carrousel Tulpe WW’18 Almost 5 , years fawn/white quality wire bitch that shows her socks off, lovely feminine head with dark eyes, well placed mobile ears, excellent neck shoulder and rear angulation, good legs and feet, correct forechest, well ribbed back, with good tailset and carriage enough coat to complete the picture, movement true and sound well handled. Best Bitch and BOB 


2nd Aksionava's By Ch. Akswell Beautiful Star quality 3year old dark fawn/white smooth, ideal size of very good breed type, feminine head with dark eyes and mobile ears super expression. Excellent forehand correct topline with slight rise over the loin good tail and carriage, lovely bone and feet, in excellent condition and coat. very sound just lost out to 1 with front action. Res. Best Bitch  


3rd Sampsons’ Odisseia De Viamonte At Morialta 5years fawn/white wire young lady who is so feminine with sweet head of correct proportions, good neck lovely front assembly with well let down rear giving a lovely balanced outline in profile enough quality wire coat completes the picture. Showed and moved well today but after a long day she just lacked the luster on the move of 1 & 2 but close up. Well handled. 


Good Citizen Bitch 


1st Startup’s Plushcourt Gift Wrapped 9 years young dark fawn/white wire of good breed type, correct head with well set mobile ears, good neck, well muscled well laid shoulder and well let down rear, excellent topline and tail set in lovely muscular condition, out of coat today but that showed off her balanced shape. Moved out well very sound. 


2nd Boyles’ Ir Ch. Nashnall Clara At Bleyos CW12’13 






Click here to view Podengo Best Of Breed in the Group Judging Ring


Left to Right -- Best Bitch (Mrs L Aries’ Port Ch Isaura De Solemel), Judge (Sue Dunning), Best Puppy (Mrs A Foscoe’s Stormwitch Eternal Flame), Best of Breed (Miss N Watts and Mrs A Pedder’s Houla’s American Boy, handled by Mrs. Pedder).

Podengo exhibitors were highly honoured to welcome to the ringside the President of the Clube do Podengo Português. (The Portuguese Podengo Club of Portugal), pictured below with Best of Breed winner 





JUDGE: Mrs. Sue Dunning




I felt very honoured to be asked to judge Portuguese Podengos at Crufts 2017.

It was unfortunate to be second in the ring to a breed with an entry of over 100, which was not scheduled to start until 10AM, and then overran by nearly 2 hours.

Overall quality was very good, with some hard decisions to be made. I was delighted with the outstanding quality of the top winners in both smooth and wire coats.

In general heads were good, mouths good and back ends good. Fronts do need improvement. This affects not only how they stand, but, just as importantly, how they move.

Attention needs to be paid to size. Some are too tall. Also, a few wires had been trimmed spoiling their natural look.



Veteran Dog (3) (0)

1st Mrs E A Segui’s Arranbourne Amoroso WW12. Fabulous veteran wearing his years well.A good head of correct proportions. Used his well placed ears to advantage. Wire coat in good condition. Very well muscled, which showed in his excellent flowing movement.

2nd Mrs A M & Mr S A Sampson’s Plushcourt Firecrest At Morialta. Another of very good type. Well balanced all through. Correct wire coat and pleasing expression. Moving well.

3rd Miss A Leach’s  Arranbourne Bandeira For Jamchala. Very correct. Loved his size, his head proportions and alert ears.Profile movement good.


Minor Puppy Dog. (0) (0)


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Junior Dog. (2) (0)

1st Mrs G M Cowen’s Belfus Cisco. Wire coated boy with good head and expression. Lovely eyes. Would like a little less height. Good neck and pleasing profile movement. Excellent tail carriage. Slightly erratic front.

2nd Miss J Smith’s Stormwitch Dreams Come True. Loved the head and beautiful dark eye on this boy. Excellent front assembly. He needs to body up and gain confidence. Promising.


Post Graduate  (6) (0)

1st Miss N Watts and Mrs A Pedder’s Houla’s American Boy. Top quality smooth male. Excelled in type, size and balance. Correct front. Well proportioned head on a strong neck, leading to well laid shoulders. Chest good depth, well sprung ribs. Well muscled hindquarters gave him great drive. Owned the ring when going round. BOB.

 2nd Mr & Mrs J Tiranti’s Garthfield Aramis. Very pleasing and well balanced dog. Loved his head. Correct wire coat in lovely condition. Well muscled. Very good front assembly. His movement is accurate. Just needs more confidence.

3rd Mrs S Edge’s Brundledean Dourado. No doubting this is a male. Very masculine head. Front not as good as 1 & 2, but great drive from behind and excellent tail carriage.


Limit Dog. (1) (0)

1st Mr G & Mrs A Pedder’s Caldermist Cascais. Smooth of good type. I liked his size and general outline. Good ear carriage, but not quite the ideal head proportions. Moved out well, light footed. Good tail set.   


Open Dog  (7) (0)

1st Mrs A Lattimer’s Ir/Int Ch Coalacre Georgie Porgie. Excellent wire coated male. Good head and neck. Well laid shoulders and neat straight front legs. Very pleasing body, neither over nor under done. Lovely condition. Strong hindquarters. Moved very well both in profile and fore and aft.  RBD .

2nd Mrs S A Brundle & Mrs M Brooks’ Brundledean Cisco. Masculine head and strong neck. Well proportioned all through. Good coat. Impressive profile movement.

3rd Mrs H Dan’s INT/DK/N/SE/NORD/DE/PL CH Paraiso De Viamonte WWJ15 EUWJ15 [ATC AT01385PRT]. Loved this smooth, mainly white boy. Very alert, using his ears well. Compact body and good hindquarters. Light footed movement.



Good Citizen Dog. (3) (0)

1st Mrs E A Segui’s Arranbourne Faustina. Lots to like about this smooth boy. Wonderful head. Lots of character. Good front and rear assembly. Well proportioned all through. Strong neck. Well muscled, giving exacting movement.

2nd Plushcourt Firecrest At Morialta.





Veteran Bitch. (3) (0)

1st Mr N & Mrs J Folds Plushcourt Moda At Jaflings. This eleven year old wire is carrying her years well. Good head, well set ears and super dark eyes. Lovely sound movement. Lovely condition.

2nd Mr G E & Mrs B Eyles & Mrs B Judge’s  Hema Da Terra De Montoito De Plushcourt (IMP PRT).  Smooth girl of lovely size. Not quite the head of one, but lovely neck and front assembly. Compact body and good proportions.

3rd Mr G & Mrs T Boyles’ IR CH Nashnall Clara At Bleyos. Mainly white wire. Good straight front and pleasing body shape, using her ears well. Good tail carriage.


Minor Puppy Bitch. ()) (0)


Puppy Bitch. (1) (0)

1st Mrs A Foscoe’s Stormwitch Eternal Flame. Stood alone, but a very worthy winner. Lovely size. Good pigment. Wire coat coming on well. Love her expression. Good front assembly and parallel hind legs stepping out well. BP


Junior Bitch. (2) (0)

1st Mrs H Dan’s Tappinskis Dare You Pouca DKJCH DEJCH PLJW16 BDSJSG16 [ATC AT01382SWE] Very feminine girl and full of character. Smooth coated with good depth of chest. Pleasing size. Good head and mobile ears. Slightly up on the leg. Very animated in movement.

2nd Miss M Jomgart’s Jomgarden’s Danza Pequeno SEJV-16 [ATC AT03148SWE]. Lovely head on this wire coated girl. Good neck and straight front. Would like more depth of chest. Strong rear end. Moved well.


Post Graduate Bitch. (6) (0)

1st Mrs P A, Mr J D & Miss J A Bellenie’s Belfus Berengaria. Very pleasing type. Uses her ears well and good expression. Compact and well proportioned body. Correct front assembly and strong hindquarters. A good wire coat and accurate movement completed the picture.

2nd Mr & Mrs J Tiranti’s Garthfield Alora. With more confidence this girl should go far. So much to like. Lovely head. Straightfront. Well balanced all through and moving well.

3rd Mrs E A Segui’s Arranbourne Effiginia. Mainly white wire coated girl. Very correct in head, body and front and rear assembly. Super condition.


Limit Bitch. (4) (1)

1st Miss M Jomgart’s  Jomgarden’s Danza Peqeno. Already seen in Junior, this girl went around the ring superbly to win the class.

2nd Mrs S A Brundle & Mrs Y P Dean’s Brundledean Dancarina. Wire coated. Pleasing in head and lovely mobile ears. Strong neck and good rear end, moving with great drive.

3rd Mrs P A , Mr J D & Miss J A Bellenie’s Belfus Adelina. Very expressive face, using her ears well. Plkeasing in overall size and type. Quality wire coat.


Open Bitch.  (11) (3)

1st Mrs L Aries’ Port Ch Isaura De Solemel [ATC AU00765FRA]. Outstanding winner of a quality class. Smooth coated and top quality from her beautiful head right through to her high set tail. Hard to fault. Strong neck, straight front. Lovely body and strong hindquarters. She moved extremely wel and so accurate. BB.

2nd Mrs S A Brundle & Mrs Y P Dean’s Brundledean Bonnia. Close up to 1. So much to like. Lovely head and neck. Mobile ears. Good eye. Well laid shoulders. Correct body and strong quarters. Moving very well. RBB.

3rd Mr & Mrs J Tiranti’s Readwald Etta KJames Of Garthfield. Another strong contender. Pleasing size. Of good overall type. Lovely expression and quality coat. Not quite as animated on the move.


Good Citizen Bitch. (2) (1)

1st Mr G & Mrs T Boyles’ Ir Ch Nashnall Clara At Bleyos.



Sue Dunning.