Dutch Cavy Club Southern Area Show @ Real
BIS: Luke Holmes Chocolate adult ‘Holly’
Judge Peter Gammie
writes: 'It was my very great pleasure to accept Amy's invitation to judge this
show, Dutch being one of my favourite breeds. Silver Agouti Dutch were the
first purebred cavies I ever kept, having seen them for the first time at the
first big show I attended at Dorking in the early 1970s. At that time, there
were only 5 colours of Dutch recognized and it was common to see up to 7 in
both the Silver and the Golden Agouti classes. For several years I bred many
pretty pets without producing any decent show pigs, eventually the Club
President at the time Margaret Elward took pity on a young boy and very kindly
gave me her best Silver show pig, an adult boar I for some reason named Albert,
who went on to be a DCC Champion.
There were some
very nice Dutch on show today, for me the first 4 stood out and these were: 1.
Luke Holmes' adult Chocolate sow, very good saddle and under, very good stops
and cheeks, just a little heavy on one and a little solid on neck, excelling
coat and condition which helped to show off its markings, a very attractive
pig. Runner up was Sarah Bennett's adult Red sow, excels saddle and under, with
very nice cheeks and even toe stops, just cut a little far back for me and
could use richer colour.
Third was another
from Luke Holmes, this time a very smart 5-8 Black sow, again excelling coat,
colour and condition with very good cheeks and blaze, short even stops and very
good under, slight pull on saddle. Fourth was Kevin Hopkin's 5-8 Red boar,
really excellent colour on this one, good saddle, slight step under, balanced
but slightly skewed stops and dragged slightly on both cheeks, but a well
Adult: 1. Sarah Bennett's sow, as above. 2. Sarah Bennett's boar, very nice
cheeks and blaze, also saddle, little uneven under, even toe stops, fair type
and colour. 3. Alan Wilson's sow, very good saddle and under, even toe stops,
drags on one check.
Adult: 1. Luke Holmes' Chocolate sow, as above. 2. Alan Wilson's Golden Agouti
sow, very good saddle and under, short even stops, little heavy on one cheek
and runs to mouth. 3. Maureen Woodward's Silver Agouti boar, very good saddle
and stops, step under, one cheek runs to smellers.
Challenge Red 5-8:
1. Kevin Hopkin's boar, as above. 2. Gary Clark, lovely coat and colour, good
saddle, dips under, little uneven on stops, very nice cheeks and blaze. 3.
Sarah Bennett's boar, very good saddle and under, short even stops, nice cheeks
and blaze, could be richer colour.
AOC Challenge 5-8:
1. Luke Holmes' Black sow, see above. 2. Luke Holmes' Chocolate sow, excels
coat, colour and condition, very good saddle and under, odd stops, nice blaze
on one cheek, drags on the other. 3. Luke Holmes' Black sow, nice saddle and
under, little long on one stop also heavy on one cheek and runs to smellers,
narrow blaze, very good coat and colour.
Challenge Red U/5:
1. Sarah Bennett's boar, very good saddle and under, even toe stops, nice blaze
and cheeks, little light in colour. 2. Heale & Davies' boar, just a baby as
yet, very promising for colour, very nice saddle and under, nice cheeks, little
uneven on stops and off on blaze. 3. Absent.
AOC Challenge U/5:
1. Heale & Davies' Chocolate, very nice saddle and under, also cheeks and
blaze, little uneven on stops. 2. Madelaine Coomber's Golden Agouti boar, very
fit with good saddle and under, very nice cheeks and blaze, little odd on
stops. 3. Madelaine Coomber's Cream Agouti boar, good colour, step saddle and
under and odd stops, very light on one cheek with heavy flesh ear.
Thanks very much to
Kaye Thomas on the book, and to stewards Madelaine Coomber, Alan Wilson and