Montgomery National Specialty judge, William J McFadden, was kind enough to write a critique of the event and has given us permission to post it.






October 11, 2016

John Garahan

United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club

Specialty Coordinator


Dear United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club,


To say I was thrilled to be invited to judge the Kerry National would be an understatement! For some reason this  breed has been woven into the fabric of my life and I can’t imagine where I would be without it or the people and friendships that I have accumulated along the way.


I may have been the only person that was happy with the light rain that greeted us Sunday morning buts it is my favorite weather to show Kerry’s in and I took it as a good omen as I began my assignment.


I was pleasantly surprised that we had no absentee’s in the classes and only three in the Specials ring. Having a full complement makes it more fun to sort through and more likely that I would find dogs I liked.


I was really happy to see for the most part good color in all shades of blue-grey, beautiful bites with full dentition and large teeth and good feet. I was also happy generally with the size being within acceptable range.


My WD Torum’s Calico Jack at Irisblu was a beautifully coated dog, with a hard muscled body and an up on his toes demeanor. He had a handsome head and lovely ears and eye. He more than asked for the win.


Reserve was a young dog from the Bred By Exhibitor Class Lughnasa’s Court Jester. He was also lovely coated and was a very nice mover.


WB BW BOS Cross the Rubicon Hummingbird was a knockout from the Bred By Exhibitor class. She had the most beautiful silver-blue coat with dark points. a beautiful outline, gorgeous head and ears and she most definitely wanted to be there. Her movement once she settled down was very good and  I truly loved her. Perfect size, she made my day!! Reserve was from the 15-18 class Tontine’ s American Brit. She caught my eye immediately with her beautiful head and classic outline. We had to work through some handling/moving exercises but I feel she has a bright future and with some training will have many good wins.


The Specials class was such a site and caused me to get a little choked up. It was truly an honor and I appreciated the time, talent and expense to bring that many dogs to show to me!


It was a lot to sort through and once I had gone through both sexes and made my initial cuts I realized I didn’t have a winner in my head. So I thought about it for a second and I realized there was a dog that was so correct and fit and every time I glanced around the ring I was aware of him .He was shown by some one that I vaguely recognized but would not have been able to come up with her name had I tried. He was shown in such a quietly perfect way that I appreciated very much.


After moving each dog again I realized that I had four dogs that were really in contention 2 lovely dogs and 2 gorgeous bitches.


I will say that I did consider giving my Winners Bitch the Breed I like her that much but in the end went with My Breed Winner GGHS Krisma’s Xman First Class followed by BW and BOS to the WB Cross the Rubicon Hummingbird


My Select Dog also so very handsome and shown perfectly was GCH Goodspice Brody Knight


My Select Bitch was another beauty that turns out is litter sister to the WB her name GCH Cross the Rubicon Hex Breaker.


These four were truly first class and I am so happy to have had this quality to work with.


My Awards of Merit were


Ch Melbee’s Main Event Dog

GCH Bluebeard’s Barnum Dog

Torum’s Calico Jack at Irisblu (Winners Dog)

Ch Irisblu Boston Rose at Torum Bitch

GCH Saredon Shock Waves of Irisblu (Veteran Bitch

One AOM was missing.- )GCh Krisma-Beltane’s Whistlin’ Dixie   Bitch


There were several more that I really liked and just did not have the ribbons for.


I also want to mention the Veteran dog winner that was in such beautiful condition physically, mentally and coat wise Ch Echo of Aran Cross the Rubicon i really appreciated seeing him looking so fit at 11 1/2.


Thank you all for such an important day for me! It was pure joy the entire day!!


Also thank you to my Stewards who were so easy to work with Lisa Kunze an JoAnne M Buehler. I very much appreciate you keeping me organized.



Bill McFadden



Sincerely yours,



Urna Semper