2015 Critique – Judge Darren Clarke
Komondor Club Of GB
It was a honour to be invited to judge the Kom Club Of GB show and thanks to the committee for the invitation and the exhibitors for the support.
I first came across this fascinating breed around 30 years ago while attending my local ringcraft with my first Briard pup. There were 3 fully corded mature Koms that attended our club weekly with their owner Leslie Galton. Mr. Smith, Rupert and Annie were their names (can’t remember their kennel names!) very occasionally I was allowed to handle ’Smith’ at club matches or at, what was then, Exemption shows. i was taught early on, by Leslie, about the breed and the correct way of assessing and understanding their unique characteristics, they made a lasting impression on me.
Other Koms I have admired over the years include: Kim Sears ‘ Aristarcus, the Froome’s Ike and Jan Bodle’s LuLu whom I handled at Crufts one year.
It is my biggest regret in dogs that I never got to meet Ann Arch’s famous Kitten, just left to admire photos.
I had a very good entry. Overall type, size, conformation and movement were pleasing. Their unique coat takes so long to form and cord fully and, having a white Puli myself, can only imagine the amount of work that is involved in keeping them clean and in show ring condition. Temperaments were generally good and the atmosphere at the show was lovely, dogs and owners all socialising on a warm Autumn afternoon, just what breed club shows should be!
As I am about to send this, I have just heard that Leslie has passed. RIP lovely lady and thank you for mentoring me about Koms, the breed that was closest to your heart.
ND(1) 1st Brock’s Hawkbrook Rolmo. Super young boy. Best head here today. Wide skull, strong muzzle and large black nose. Good eye colour, strong bite and pigment. Good reach of neck leading to a well angled front. Chest developing well, strong bone, good body and firm loin. Excellent quarters and a well set tail of good length. Coat showing good development forming strong cords. Great ring attitude and enjoying his day. Pleased to award him RBD.
Grad (2) 1st Hawkbrook Rolmo.
2nd Sear & Quill’s Teglasi Szelbori Eros. Another very good Kom. Slightly older and consequently more mature in coat and body. Nice head, good eye and expression, pleasing conformation, excellent temperament. Moved well just needs to settle a bit going away. Good corded coat nicely prepared.
OD(2) 1st Branch’s Jabenezer Zoltan. What a great representative of the breed this 6 year old boy is. Medium sized and fully mature in both body and coat. Sensible temperament. Pleasing head and expression and showing good strength and balance between skull and muzzle. Ok in pigment. Good conformation, deep chest, strong bone. Holds his oultine well. Moved out soundly from firm hocks. Good length and set of tail. Excellent cords of good strength, thickness and length. Made a worthy BD & BIS. Thank you for bringing him.
2nd Cowley’s Pustaalom Anika Vedo. Well grown 6 year old. Excellent cords that were immaculately presented. Excellent head and well filled muzzle. Good to go over on the stack but a touch narrower all through. Excellent side gait showing reach and drive.
PB(1) 1st Manner’s Pusztamagus Panka Sava. Delightful 6 month old pup. Super head and muzzle filling out well. Big nose, good eye and strong scissor bite. Good reach of neck and good angulation front and back. Good body for her age. Moved well once settled. Now needs to tighten-up all through. Lovely clean, well presented puppy coat. So good to see a younger handler showing her dog with a clear bond between them. BPB & BPIS well done and good luck for the future.
JB(2) 1st Somogyi Betyar Nyertes Lola. This young bitch oozes breed type. Great size and stature with bone to match. Large broad head and muzzle and typical big nose. Good eye and bite and Ok in pigment. Strong, muscular neck and developing well in depth of chest. Could be better angled in front but wasn’t restricted on the move. Excellent ribbing and firm loins. Good hind angulation and a long, well set tail. Moved very well from all directions, not hurried, just covering the ground with ease. Obviously has some way to go with coat but it is showing good formation with strong cords developing. BB and RBIS.
2nd Brock’s Hawkbrock Mnyam Samye. Lovely type, size and typical outline. Difficult to assess today as she would insist on playing the clown! This can however be channelled into a sensible show temperament. Moved well once settled. Cords developing well.
NB(4) 1st Whitham’s Hawkbrock Zilcan. Litter sister to RBD and similar in so many ways, just a feminine version. Lovely type, good depth, substance and bone to match. Strong head, well filled muzzle. Good conformation with balanced angles front and back. Excellent mover showing reach and drive. Good coat, clean and showing well defined cords.Close-up in the challenge just not the presence of Lola yet but will probably change places many times during their show careers. RBB.
2nd Walker’s Hawkbrock Tashi. Well grown bitch of good balance both in head and body proportions. Still relatively young at 19 months and can firm-up a bit in topline. Good to go over on the stack and pleasing coat, cording well. Moved well once settled. Happy temperament.
3rd Whitham’s Hawkbrock Shiwa.
PGB(4) 1st Brock’s Hawkbrock Dkarba Segemo. One of six litter siblings here today and the breeder must be congratulated on producing an even litter of typey Koms with sensible temperaments and this bitch is no exception. Loved her for type, great presence, good size with substance to compliment her frame. Still to mature fully but, like her litter mates, shows potential. Soundly constructed and moved well with reach and drive. Good coat, cording well.
2nd Eburne’s Fodor O’Hungaricum. Medium sized fully mature bitch in a wealth of fully formed, strong corded coat. Good strong head and muzzle but still feminine in expression. Good bite and pigment. Reachy neck leading to a well angled shoulder. Good bone. Topline ok, firm over loin and nicely angled rear. Liked her height to length ratio. Moved well from side gait, could be a bit firmer going away. Excellent tail set and carriage. Well presented coat.
LB(1) 1st Fodor O’Hungaricum.
OB(2) 1st H Dkarba Segemo.
2nd H Tashi.
VB(1) 1st Sear & Quill’s Vera De La Combe Parisette Tourmentine. A great honour to judge this lovely lady. Now 11 years young and was really enjoying her day out. No longer in full coat, and rightly so! Enjoying her twilight years without the weight of a fully corded coat. Her sound construction is there for all to see. Such a good type and I understand she is behind many that were here today so proving a good brood too. Thank you for bringing her. BVIS.
Brace. 1st Branch’s. Pair of excellent Koms moving well together around the ring.
Darren Clarke (Judge)