JUDGES:  2017 CONFORMATION

Sweepstakes - Betsey Orman (Bramblyhedge)

This wonderful breed entered my life while I was showing hunter/jumpers. In retrospect, those Corgis were not great examples of the breed, but I thought they were delightful, so we quickly had a Corgi family of 3 soon after college graduation.

After finishing my first champion, I bred my first litter in the late ‘80s. That litter contained my first homebred Champion, Ch. Bramblyhedge Alyssum. She won large classes at both the National & Lakeshore Specialties & that truly started me on this lifelong journey in the dog fancy. Over the years I’ve bred multiple Champion Pembrokes, most of whom have achieved memorable wins at Specialties and at all breed shows – one of the things that keep us all going in the show world….that, and the wonderful people I’ve met and close friends I’ve made throughout my years in our fancy!

Judging has enhanced my enjoyment of this breed & I’ve been honored with sweepstakes assignments for Clubs in Canada, America and the UK. Recently AKC licensed for our breed, I’ve found I really do look forward to the challenge & learning experience that judging provides.

It’s truly a privilege to be chosen by my peers to judge the National Sweepstakes and I’m so excited for the entire experience!
 


Bitches - Carrie Chase (Hum'nbird)

 

I started in Pembroke Welsh Corgis in 1988 when I lived in California with a puppy from the late Pat Jensen's Larchmont kennel. My puppy was purchased as a pet, but Pat insisted I show her and breed her. From this bitch's first litter came my first Champion.  I am a current member and past Board member of the PWCCA, former chair of the PWCCA Judges Education and PWCCA Legislative Committees, past president and board member of GGPWCF, a current member and former board member of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of the Potomac and Shawnee Kennel Club in Virginia, and am a current member Mason-Dixon Dog Judges Association, where I have presented our Judges Education presentation multiple times. I moved East from California to West Virginia in 1999, and have learned to appreciate and enjoy the East Coast very much.

Since my AKC approval for judging in 2005, I have adjudicated 8 Pembroke Specialties across the country, and many specialty club supported entries from coast to coast. I judged Sweepstakes at the 2006 PWCCA National and am looking forward to judging the bitch classes at the National in 2017.  In 2010, I judged the Australian Welsh Corgi National which includes both Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis in a Best in Show format, and I returned to Australia in April 2016 to judge again. I am currently approved to judge 17 AKC Herding breeds and all-breed Junior Showmanship with the remainder of the Herding Group pending. I have judged Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Collie and Shetland Sheepdog specialties and judged a Canaan Dog National supported Specialty show in September 2016.

I’ve been fortunate to have bred some nice corgis including the top record-holding Pembroke Welsh Corgi in Breed history, Ch. Hum'nbird Keepn Up'Pearances aka 'Kevin', owned by the late, incomparable Samuel B. Lawrence, who was also my judging mentor.  Kevin won a Herding Group One and a Gr. 3 at Westminster, and was BOB at the PWCCA National in 2003 after a thrilling in-ring duel with his life-long show ring rival Ch. Foxlore Shaferhaus Sammy Sosa ROMX.  Kevin's sire, Ch Hum'nbird Valedictorian ROMX is still on the all-time top ten American Pembroke sire list.  Flash forward to now, a bitch bred and owned by me was the top winning Pembroke in AKC Breed competition for 2016 per Canine Chronicle magazine. Hum'nbird corgis have been awarded 10 Best of Breeds at Specialties, many Best Puppy plates, multiple Winners Bitch, Best in Sweeps and other awards, and two of my bitches - one a grandmother of the other- have been Winners Bitch at the PWCCA National Specialty. GCH Hum'nbird Groundhog Day ROM was Best Opposite in Sweeps at the National in 2010. My favorite bitch, the excellent producer Ch Hum'nbird Holiday On Ice, was Best Veteran in Sweeps and Best Veteran at different National Specialties.  I have bred several overseas Champions, and bred the first AKC Champion Pembroke to finish a title in the UK. I continue to breed and exhibit Pembrokes, and finished 4 AKC Champions in 2016, handling my own dogs as my job and other responsibilities allow.

In my 'real life' I am a Family Nurse Practitioner (after an earlier career as a professional show hunter/jumper trainer), and am studying for Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification to be completed in early 2018, while I continue working, showing, and judging.   I have been married to my husband Ted, a CPA, for 37 years.  We have one son who is also a CPA and is a scratch golfer. Our family also includes 9 PWCs, a German Shepherd Dog, 2 cats, and a few aquariums. A little trivia about me:  I am the person who initiated genetic research to find the 'fluffy' gene for dogs in the early 2000's, and that original work lead to the test that is used by fanciers around the world today.

I am so excited to be chosen to judge our National Specialty for a second time, this time to judge Bitches, as I feel the distaff side of the pedigree is the true key to all truly superior breeding efforts.  The invitation by one's peers to adjudicate a National Specialty is the ultimate honor bestowed upon a breeder-judge, and its significance in the dog world is one that is not lost on me.  I promise you, my fellow fanciers, that I will do my very best while judging your excellent Pembroke bitches, and will try to make my choices as comprehensible to both exhibitors and to ringside spectators as I am able. 


Dogs & Intersex - Anne Bowes (Heronsway)

 

In the fall of 1967, I walked onto the grounds of my first dog show by accident and into the rest of my life!  I knew immediately that I wanted to devote my life to breeding and showing dogs.  I fell in love with Pembroke Welsh Corgis at the 1968 Westminster Kennel Club’s show and later that year, purchased my first show dog from Marjorie Butcher of Cote de Neige Corgis, the top Pembroke breeder of her day and my first mentor.  Through my involvement in Pembrokes, I have met wonderful people from all over the world and have had the opportunity to visit and judge in seven foreign countries (Canada, U.K., South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Finland) and to judge many US regional specialties.  I have also had the honor to judge bitches at the 1995 and 2008 PWCCA National Specialty Shows.

To date, I have bred over 100 Pembroke champions, the large majority of which were breeder/owner/handled to their titles.  Two Heronsway bitches, Ch. Valhalla Heronsway Crystal and Ch. Heronsway Two for the Show were awarded BOB at PWCCA National Specialty Shows and 12 other Heronsway Pembrokes have won BOB or BOS at Regional Specialties.  Also I have owner/breeder/handled Heronsway Corgis to 4 All-Breed Bests In Show and multiple Herding Group placements over the years.

While I do not compete in performance events myself, Heronsway Corgis have won many titles in Agility, Obedience, Rally, Tracking and Herding with their talented owners.

I am licensed to judge 3 other breeds besides Pembrokes: Pugs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Shetland Sheepdogs. I have been actively involved the in the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America for over 40 years serving two terms as President.  In May of 2016, I was made an Honorary Member of PWCCA and I am currently serving as AKC Delegate.   Also I am a founding member and Past President of Mayflower Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club and an active member and Past President of Ladies’ Dog Club.

In December of 2007, I was awarded AKC Herding Group Breeder of the year, the only breeder of either Corgi breed to be so honored.  Also, I was nominated for two awards from Dogs In Review Magazine:  2005 Outstanding Breeder Award and 2007 Owner/Handler Award.

My husband, Rick, has been my silent partner for 50 years, and I could not have done all of this without his help and support!  We have two daughters, Heather and Catherine, and three grandchildren, Matthew, Hannah and Riley.

I cannot thank the PWCCA membership enough for giving me the honor of judging Dogs and Best of Breed at the 2017 National Specialty Show!  This judging assignment is the most exciting of my career.  I wish everyone showing today the best of luck and don’t forget to have fun with your Corgis!

 

JUDGES:  2017 PERFORMANCE



Herding - Roberta McCowan, DVM

My husband and I have used Cardigan corgis to move 150 head cow/calf and 300 head sheep through a grass fed rotational grazing system for 13 years. In the past 14 years, I've trained or trialed Cardigans, Aussies, Bouvs, ACD, GSD, Pembrokes, and a BC or two. I'm a work in progress but I love to herd. I appreciate all forms of herding. I've titled dogs on Arena and Big Field. My dog's farm work is a mix of tending and pen/chute chores.


Herding - Debbie George

 Whether it is bringing in lambs from the field, working new momma cows and calves, or going to a trial and performing well there, it is all about confidence in your dog.  It starts with a good foundation. My dogs were known for their calm disposition and confidence.  I want to be a team with my dogs, not just a dictator that told them where to go, and what to do. It soon became something that I was known and respected for. 

I am an AKC, AHBA, USBCHA judge.  I have been involved with herding dogs for over 25 years.   I began my journey with an ACD for a companion to ride with, and then later when we began to team rope, we wanted a useful dog to help work cattle.  My bird dog history instilled the love of a good working dog, no matter the breed.  I raise, train, and breed border collies, offer custom training, private lessons, and clinics for handlers. I trial my dogs, but I expect them to be working dogs on the farm as well.  I want my dogs to think, but then when I ask them to give me control they be willing to do that as well. Due to my background with cattle, I qualified for the USBCHA National Cattle Dog Finals three years in a row, being Open Reserve Champion in 2014. I have trialed successfully in all venues for herding, USBCHA, AKC, AHBA, and ASCA, competing with cattle, sheep, and ducks.


Tracking - Carol Rosenkoetter

 

Carl became active in the dog world after marrying Sharon.  Together, they breed and exhibit under the prefix  HILLSIDE Golden Retrievers.  He began showing in breed and obedience.  Carl got involved in tracking, after Sharon had obtained several TDs and he was laying track for her.  His first TD came    on a Golden Retriever.  He obtained several more TDs on goldens and a Cocker Spaniel.  His first TDX was on another Golden in.  He is currently working a TDX on his rescue cocker and TD work on his Belgian Sheepdog,  Carl is also involved in herding with his Aussie & Belgian Sheepdogs, as well as raising Katahdin Hair Sheep.


Tracking - Sharon Rosenkoetter

 

Sharon has been showing Golden Retrievers in obedience since she was 15.  She has been exhibiting and breeding Golden Retrievers under the HILLSIDE prefix.  She is proud of the fact her goldens have achievement titles in all areas of the dog sport.  She obtained her first TD on a dog she bred in Dec. 1992.  Since then has obtained many TDs on Goldens and 1 on a Pembroke Welsch Corgi.  She has obtain several TDXs as well on Goldens.  Currently, she is training Roper towards his VST, which if he obtains will give her a CT and working on another Golden  and a Doberman towards thier TDs.  She has several young puppies started towards their championships and several training in obedience.  She is active with her grandkids in Sports and works full time at a vet clinic as a CVA2.

 

Agility - Mary Mullen

 

Born Thanksgiving Day on a farm in the southern Indiana town of Santa Claus, Mary is the oldest of seven siblings. Growing up in a family of nine, everything was shared including a variety of stray dogs that adopted the family throughout the years. It wasn’t until years had passed and Mary and her husband, Rick, (determined to find her a dog all her own), sat down with a copy of the AKC’s “The Complete Dog Book”, stopped at the beautiful picture of the Shetland Sheepdog, and fell in love. Shortly thereafter, Mary got her first AKC registered dog, Jake, a sable sheltie.

When Mary got Jake her intention was to have a companion that would spend the day with her at the riding stable in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Mary then worked. It soon became apparent that Jake was SMART – way too smart for Mary to handle with limited knowledge of dog training. Off to obedience school they went, and the rest, as they say, is history. From obedience school, to the competition obedience ring, to a second sheltie, BJ, so Rick could join in the fun with Mary, Mary and Rick had found their passion.

A few years later, and thinking that agility might bolster the confidence of their dogs for the obedience ring, Mary and Rick enrolled in agility class (where Laura English was their instructor – but that’s another story!) and never looked back! Over the following years, they have owned and co-owned ten shelties, two Belgian Malinois and an Irish Setter. They have earned numerous agility, obedience, and rally titles on their dogs during this time. Mary has earned agility titles on dogs running in the 12”, 16”, 20” and 24” classes in AKC.

Mary became an agility judge in 2008 and, along with a busy judging schedule and a part-time job, has tried to stay active in the local dog community. Mary is the 2015 training director and past secretary for the Agility Club of Evansville, vice president of Lincoln Trail Belgian Shepherd Dog Club and a member and past president of Evansville Obedience Club. She has been a 4-H obedience and agility judge for over 15 years for multiple 4-H county fairs around southern Indiana.

Mary and Rick currently reside in Evansville, Indiana and still own the farm in Santa Claus where the family has a tree farm. Mary’s bucket list includes collecting a geocache (geocaching.com) in all 50 states (and soon she’ll add Nevada!).


ObedienceVirigina Kinion

 

Ginger began showing dogs in obedience in 1983 and began judging in 1993.  She has put titles on twelve different dogs including seven Utility titles and two OTCh's .  Ginger is a widow, has two children and four grandchildren.  Today she makes her home in St. Charles, Missouri with four dogs (three shelties and a Tibetan Terrier) and a cat.  Hobbies include training dogs in obedience, rally and agility, teaching obedience classes, and going to Cardinal Baseball games.  For 26 years she taught elementary school and retired in 2001.  She really enjoys judging and loves when exhibitors earn tiles and meet their  goals.  Ginger wants all exhibitors to have fun and always smile.


RallyDiane Propst

I am approved to judge Obedience and Rally and have been actively showing my own dogs in Obedience, Agility, Tracking and Rally. Currently, I have three Miniature Poodles, but I have also trained and shown Scotties, all sizes of Poodles, Shelties and a Doberman. My oldest Miniature Poodle is retired and has earned his UD, UDX and RE. Tango has completed his CH, OTCH and MACH. My youngest Miniature Poodle, Beep, is going for his UDX title as well as his Excellent Standard and JWW. He loves to work and is a lot of fun to train.

My husband, Mack, and I are both retired and enjoy living here at Lake of the Ozarks. My other hobbies include gardening and working on community project with my garden club.

I am looking forward to judging your Specialty.

Judges