2019 NATIONAL SPECIALTY JUDGES

 

JUDGES:  2019 CONFORMATION


Sweepstakes - Ellen Schusterson (Jorach)

My love affair with purebred dogs began when I was four years old and my parents bought me a miniature poodle puppy as a birthday present. He was from a kennel that bred for the show ring and he was delivered to our Manhattan apartment by Nate Levine who was a prominent breeder and professional handler back in the day. That, and an elaborate pedigree full of Champions, awoke an interest in dog shows. We lived close to the old Madison Square Garden and the Westminster Kennel Club Groups and Best in Show judging was televised on one of the local channels. As a special treat, I was allowed to stay up and watch. The rest, as they say, is history.

I got my first Pembroke in 1980 when I was living in downtown Brooklyn and I wanted an apartment sized show dog with a working dog's temperament and attitude. I was not ( and still am not ) a fan of elaborate grooming so a Pembroke was my choice. In one of life’s little ironies, one month after I purchased my puppy I was offered a job promotion in Albany, NY and I moved out of my small city apartment and bought a house and land in a rural area where I still live today. My Pembroke puppy became my first Champion. He has been followed by approximately 50 homebred Champions plus another dozen or so dogs who I purchased from others over the years. Among these are an All-Breed Best in Show Winner, several Group winners and many who have won significant awards at Specialties. For a number of years, I co-bred and co-owned dogs with Sandra Mottes of Foxway Kennel. Since her untimely death in 2002, I have often joined forces with a few other breeders who have similar breeding goals and a similar visions about our ideal Pembroke. Most prominent among these are Kandy Boll and Michele Pohl of Corgard in Reading PA. For the last 20 years my dogs have been handled by Ferebe Simons whose skill has certainly contributed heavily to their success.

I have been a member of the Mayflower Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club for over 30 years and have served in a variety of capacities including Vice President and President. I attended my first PWCCA National Specialty in 1980 with my first Pembroke puppy, never thinking that one day I would be the one standing in the big ring judging the puppies that other nervous novice and not-so-novice owner were proudly bringing to the Pembroke event of the year. For this experience, I am extremely honored and grateful


Junior Showmanship - Tammie Sommerson-Wilcox (Jareaux)


Bitches - Patty Gailey (Triad)

I became involved in the sport of dogs as a youngster in the Junior Showmanship ring and owned several different breeds before being completely smitten by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I’ve had eyes for no other since! My early involvement with corgis resulted in multiple performance titles.  These dogs were eager workers and I have endeavored to breed for that willing attitude as a complement to beauty and soundness.  I call that quality "want to"...and it makes for a satisfying partnership whatever the venue.  There are now over 70 Pembroke Champions/Grand Champions bearing the Triad prefix, with the majority having been breeder/owner handled to their titles.

My husband, Nick, and I live on four acres near Blackfoot, Idaho with the corgis, two German shorthaired pointers and a varied flock of chickens.  In addition to dog activities, my passions are painting, birding and gardening.  Nick is a director at the Museum of Idaho.

One of the most satisfying aspects of my involvement in the sport of dogs has been the forging of lasting friendships all over the world. Since 1988, I have been privileged to judge sweepstakes at many USA regional specialties and twice at the PWCCA National. I have been approved to judge Pembrokes since 2005 and Cardigans since 2007. My regional specialty resume includes Potomac, Lakeshore, Houston, Sunshine, Atlanta, Cascade, Southern California, Golden Gate, Gaitway and Mayflower. I have judged the Finland National, the Welsh Corgi League Platinum Jubilee Championship Show in England, the Melbourne Australia Championship show and the National Championship of Russia in Moscow. In 2010, it was my great honor to judge bitches at the PWCCA National Specialty and I am pleased to have that privilege again in September of 2019. I am delighted and honored to have received this assignment and look forward to being on the panel with my fellow judges in St. Charles.


Dogs & Intersex - Leif-Herman Wilberg (Siggen)

My involvement in dogs goes back to 1959 when our family bought our first dog, a German shepherd. We bred and showed German shepherds for 10 years before we imported our first Pembroke corgi from England.

We had a very successful start with our new breed as our first Pembroke ended up as Dog of the Year all breeds in Norway 1968. Since then, out of 300 puppies we have made up around 150 homebred national champions, and 35 international, and also many champions in other countries, many world and section winners, as well as numerous group and best in show winners. Many of them competing among the top 5 for dog of the year all breeds.

Since the Norwegian Welsh Corgi Klubb started the Corgi of the Year competition in 1974, our dogs either homebred or imports have won the title 35 times.

Our most famous dog, Int.Ch. Siggens’s Hi Fi, who was Dog of the Year all breeds in Norway in 1983, was the first imported Pembroke ever to win a CC in England.

We started breeding Pembrokes with short tails in 1989 when Norway as the first country in the world introduced the docking ban. It took us about ten years to come back to the quality we bred before the docking ban, but are quite proud to say that bobtails bred by us have been made up champions in the major corgi countries like England, USA, Australia, Russia and all over Europe, and have won many groups and BIS and competing among the top dogs all breeds in Norway for many years. Our kennel received the Norwegian Kennel Clubs top breeders award in 2002 the first year it was awarded.

In my younger days I used to handle many different breeds for other people. In addition to making up champions in my two main breeds, I have made up champions in poodles, boxers, rottweilers, doberman, keeshonds, whippets, golden retrievers, labrador retrievers.

I have held all different positions in the Norsk Welsh Corgi Klubb, and have received the clubs honorary award “the docked tails order” for my work. I have served on the Norwegian Kennel Klub general committee from 1996 – 2006.

I was chairman of the NKK committee for judging education and examinations for 20 years and the representative for the NKK in the FCI committee for judging education for the same period. I have received NKK’s golden award for my work.

In February 2006 I was elected President of the FCI Show Commission and resigned in 2014.

I have been on the committee of the Norwegian Dog Judges Associations for many years, also chairman for three years. and have received their golden honor for my work. I have been an FCI judge since 1974 , passed as an FCI All Breed Judge in 2010. I have judged at breed specialties in many breeds in many countries, among which many corgi specialties in England, USA, Russia, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Chech Republic, Slovenia, Italy etc. I regularly judge at the major shows all around the world, among them I have judged at many World and Section Shows, Crufts, Sydney Royal etc.

I am very honoured to be elected by the PWCCA members to judge their National Specialty 2019 which will be my most precious judging appointment. Thank you, I am really looking forward to this show.

 

JUDGES:  2019 PERFORMANCE


Herding - Sean & Sharol Hathaway

We started herding in 1989 with our first dog, Timber.  And soon discovered that the upstanding dog trainers available needed much to be desired; so, we bought our own sheep and learned how to do it.

Through the nineties we learned a lot about herding.  We learned that there are good trial dogs and that there are good working dogs; that there are ways to win and ways to work stock.  Somewhere in there Timber became the fourth Belgian Tervuren to achieve HC status.

Our first student came to us and we tried to impart to her and the group that followed the things that we had learned.  Our emphasis was on training the herding teams how to succeed…and how to win.  We also developed a method of training to aid all of us in this endeavor. 

In 2000 our “proof of concept” dog was born, Utah. We trained him from the ground up with all that we had learned.  And it worked.  Utah, at 26 months, became the youngest HC in the Belgian world.  He was also the #1 herding Terv in 2003 (ABTC rankings), a feat which he duplicated in 2012 at the age of 12.  His son, Zion, has continued in his footsteps getting his HC at 28 months and he’s been the top dog twice out of his four years.

In the past 30 years we have trained and handled everything from a Bearded Collie to a Catahoula and most of the breeds in between.  We have put Herding Championships on Malinois, Tervuren and Border Collies; ten HCs all together.

We became herding judges in 1994 to give something back to the sport we love.  As judges we look for good stock work; work that you would like to see on your own farm dealing with your stock. We aren’t concerned overly much about “style” as long as it gets the job done in a satisfactory fashion. When asked a question about our judging we usually can answer, “Have you read the rule book?”  That is how we judge, by the book.

We’re looking forward to judging your national specialty and I hope all of you have a good time working with your furry friends.  When it comes down to it, win or lose, Q or NQ, it’s all about having a good time and enjoying each other.


Tracking - Annette (Nan) Cochrane

I’ve been an Australian Shepherd fancier since 1979. My introduction to showing dogs was in 1989, approximately 3 years prior to the breed being recognized by the AKC. A dog my husband and I purchased as a pet turned out to be show quality so I started showing him in the ASCA breed ring at the urging of his breeder.  I knew nothing. Luckily, he finished himself with me simply hanging onto the other end of the lead. I doubt he would have needed me at all if he could have driven himself to the show site, but it was fun and I was hooked.

I followed the same dog into tracking, again somewhat accidentally. I looked for something else to do with him after finishing an ASCA breed championship and happened upon a tracking class. We both took to tracking right away, earning an ASCA TD before, and an Am. TD shortly after the breed was recognized by the AKC in 1992. Since then I’ve earned tracking titles with 5 more Aussies, the most recent being a CT. I am also active in conformation, obedience, herding and Rally.

I began judging in 1997 and have been a regular status tracking judge since 2007. In my opinion the best part of judging tracking is having a front row seat for each team’s tracking performance. That is enhanced by the opportunity to work with an expert co-judge and a dedicated host club. There is always something to take away from every dog and handler--pass or fail, from every co-judge and from every Test Committee member. Many thanks to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America for the invitation to judge the 2019 National Specialty TDU/VST. Good luck to all the exhibitors. I hope you have a grand time.


Tracking - Beth Walker

Beth started tracking ovr 25 years ago. Primarily training alone, Beth has been training VST since before its inception in 1995 and has judged, exhibited in, or laid track for well over 100 VST events and countless TD/TDX tests. She has achieved the Champion Tracker title with four of her Belgian Tervuren. 

She owned, handled and trained the first Belgian of all breeds in the country to earn the VST and CT title in 1998. “Jack” was also the ninth all-breed Champion Tracker in the country. He was a multiple group placer in conformation and was Beth’s very first tracking dog: CH CT StarBright Je Ne Sais Quoi CDX HT.

Her second Champion Tracker, Jeep, earned acclaim as one of the top conformation dogs in the country, earning an invitation to Westminster for 3 consecutive years and the Eukanuba Invitational for six. Jeep’s most notable accomplishment however, was when he made all-breed history by being the only Champion Tracker to win an all-breed Best in Show. He was owner-handled by Beth, as are all her dogs, to all of his accomplishments. 

Her 3rd CT “Joe” (GCH Select CT Reveille of Anduin) earned his VST title on his second attempt under very challenging scenting conditions. Joe was the first Grand Champion of all breeds to earn the CT title. Joe’s daughter, “Jemma”, is a specialty winning, multiple-group placer who earned her Champion Tracker title at age 3 to become Beth’s 4th tracking champion. She earned her TDU (Tracking Dog Urban) title last spring to become the first Tervuren to earn all available tracking titles in the US. She continues her working career in obedience, shows in conformation on a limited basis, and last year produced Beth’s first litter under the prefix “Duet”.

Currently, Beth is working with her TDU male in VST and TDX and her new puppy in urban and field tracking. Spring and fall finds her in the fields, working as an approved AKC judge for all tracking levels and in between judging assignments, takes a limited number of private students, who have been very successful and of whom Beth is very proud. 

In her “non-dog” life, Beth is a former U.S. Marine who works full-time as the purchasing manager for a mid-sized plastics company


Agility - Ronda Bermke

Canines and the sport of pure-bred dogs have always been a big part of my life.  I grew up participating in dog events with my mother and, with the exception of college life, have never been without a dog.   My very first AKC licensed show was in 1979 with my Shetland Sheepdog.  Since then I have “grown up” and established my own kennel, White Ridge, located just outside of Green Bay, WI.  I am married to Rob and we have one son, Sam.  Currently we share our home with Standard Longhaired Dachshunds and two Border Collies.  I am involved and titled my dogs in multiple AKC venues, including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, herding and earthdog work.  In 2011 I became an AKC agility judge and soon followed with my junior showmanship license, rally license and conformation license to judge dachshunds and several other breeds in the conformation ring.  I enjoy working with the community and especially youth helping to ignite the excitement and passion that I have for canines.  I appreciate and delight in watching each and every team that steps into my ring.  Best of luck to you in whatever ring your dog takes you to! 


Obedience - Rick Cox

In the late 1980’s Rick’s wife presented him with a beautiful, well-bred Yellow Labrador Retriever puppy and suggested to him that he should train the new dog. Rick became active in their local Club and it didn’t take long before he got hooked on Obedience Training. Rick has been training, teaching and showing dogs since that time, owning Labradors, Shelties and currently a Golden Retriever.

Being active in the sport Rick decided that becoming an AKC Obedience Judge would be a great opportunity. He knew that it was a lengthy process to become a fully approved Obedience Judge but
thought that it would be a great way to stay active in the sport. The plan worked out well as he became a fully approved Obedience and Rally Judge a few years before his retirement.

Rick enjoys meeting new people and their canine companions whether showing a dog or Judging an Obedience or Rally Trial. 

Titling dogs in Obedience, Rally and Agility Rick is currently showing a Golden Retriever. He and his wife reside in Northern Illinois in the summer and Southwest Florida in the winter.


Rally - Dianne Allen

I showed my first dog over 48 years ago.  I hit the Conformation ring first with a German Shepherd Dog, but then found Obedience and my passion for it has continued to grow over the years.  In the early 80’s I switched to Belgian Tervuren and had my first Obedience Trial Champion and my first breed Champion.  More Tervuren followed and so far there have been 1 BIS, 9 BISS, 5 OTCHs, 6 MACHs, 7 CH’s, 2 GCH, 1 TDX, and numerous Obedience, Herding and Rally titles.  Each of my Tervuren have achieved titles in multiple venues and as they say – “Variety is the spice of life”. 

My primary passion continues to be Obedience and in 1989 I applied for my AKC Obedience Judging License.  I thoroughly enjoy both sides of the clipboard and wish the best of luck to all of the exhibitors.

 

 

 

 

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