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BLID VON SCHEDVIN, BENNY | Sweden

Breeds: Giant Schnauzer, Miniature Schnauzer

My life with dogs started at a very early teen-age when I joined an obedience club in 1964 with a very nice crossbred bitch. They were not allowed to compete in official classes so in 1966 I got my first Giant Schnauzer – a dog that won many shows and became very famous. I had my first Giant Schnauzer litter in 1970, the year I also got my first Miniature Schnauzer, which I been breeding since then. At the moment there is only one Mini here. I have also owned and shown a Borzoi, Beagle, Airedale and a Smooth Fox Terrier.

I was licensed by the Swedish KC to judge all Schnauzers and Pinschers in 1977 and after that studied more breeds in the FCI groups, mostly in Working and Herding breeds, and Terriers and Sighthounds. In 2013 I was asked by the KC if I would like to do a special program to become an all-rounder. I did that and since December 2015 I got my all-rounder license from the FCI.

I have been judging in many countries during the years, both at bigger major shows and smaller specialties. I enjoy judging both the big shows but also very much breed-club shows. I like judging all breeds but of course Schnauzers/Pinschers and also the Terriers feel a bit special to me.

Since last year I retired from work and that is a very pleasant life.

I look forward very much to come back to Canada again and judge at your show.

 

KARLSDOTTER, NINA | Sweden

Breeds: Giant Schnauzer, Miniature Schnauzer

My dog history started when I was young. In my family we had a Tibetan Spaniel and a Miniature Pinscher. My interest in Schnauzers started when I bought a Giant Schnauzer male in 1972 and a year later we also had a bitch in the house. In 1975, I bought my first Miniature Schnauzer, who did a lot of winning, including a once BIS in a big specialty show. I also had my first litter of Giant Schnauzer. In 1978, I bought two black Minis from U.S., a male and a bitch.

I started breeding Miniature Schnauzers (under the kennel prefix Impact) in 1978 and I have been lucky enough to say that my breeding has produced a lot of champions and so far I have been saved from serious problems. For about 10 years I also had black Standard Schnauzers.

I have also for long had interest in Affenpinscher and had my first one, a male, in 1990. Today I have two bitches and I also had my first litter just recently. From the ‘80s, I also have some experience showing, grooming and breeding Border Terrier and Irish Terrier.

For many years, I have been a member of different committees for national kennel clubs and the Giant Schnauzer club, and I have been the Chairman of the Swedish Schnauzer-Pinscher Club for 10 years. For all that, I have been honoured with the Swedish Kennel Clubs badge for merit. At present, I am a member of the Swedish Kennel Club’s judges committee.

 

LIEBES, NANCY | United States

Breeds: Komondor

Nancy grew up with English Springer Spaniels, and her first show dog was a Komondor imported from Hungary in 1970. After finishing her championship, and that of her son, she acquired two more Komondor bitches in the late 1970s and bred her first litter in 1979.

In 1980, Nancy bought a large boarding kennel with a grooming shop, continuing to show her dogs, run a handling class and breed the occasional litter. She branched out to sighthounds and also tried her hand at obedience competition and field trials.

During the 1980s Nancy won many Bests in Show and National Specialties with her Komondor bitch. Also winning groups with other Working breeds and Hounds. Nancy moved to Texas in 1990, stopped handling and started judging. Since then she has produced more than 50 champions in Komondors, plus many more in Ibizan Hounds, Vizslas, Whippets and Cavaliers. Producing 4 Best in Show Komondors, something nobody else has ever accomplished plus 7 National Specialty winners who garnered a total of 12 National Specialties. She also produced a National Specialty winning Ibizan Hound and a Best in Show Cavalier.

Nancy currently lives in Indiana with 2 Komondors, 3 Cavaliers, 4 English Toy Spaniels, 1 Russell Terrier, 2 cats, 7 chickens and a parrot.

 

PEPPER, ALLAN E. | Canada

Breeds: Whippet

I have had Whippets for over 40 years and bred under the kennel prefix Alery. I have been privileged to have bred some very nice dogs in that time span. One of my favourites was Am. & Can. Ch. Alery White Warlock, who was by Am. & Can. Ch. Morshor’s Whirlaway out of Ch. Winterfold Shining Hour. One of the nicest bitches that I bred was Am. & Can. Ch. Alery Which Witchs’ Which who was a delight to watch moving. I later had Am. & Can. Ch. Astrologer of Alery who was a Specialty winner in the USA. I have owned Afghans, Silky Terriers and of course Whippets for many years.

I have been judging shows since 1976 here in Canada and have been able to judge and see many breeds in many different countries along the way. I have judged in Australia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and the U.S. It has always been a pleasure to see dogs in different countries and assess them. My favourite thing is that we get to meet many people, from around the world who also judge. I stay in touch with many of them through this “thing.”

RICHARDSON, JAY | United States

Mr. Richardson began his lifelong involvement in purebred dogs at the age of 10, when his parents, Gerald and Jeanine Richardson purchased their first show dog, a Standard Poodle. His young years were involved in raising and caring for the family’s Poodles, showing both in Junior Showmanship and the conformation ring.

As a young teenager Mr. Richardson went to work after school in the Poodle kennels of J. Lynn and Mabel Welsh. After Mabel’s death and Lynn’s marriage to Dorothy Welsh he added Collies to the after-school care.

In his late teen years, Mr. Richardson went to work for Denny Kodner, an all-breed handler and worked for her until he began to handle professionally in 1975.

Mr. Richardson handled all breeds until he began judging in 1996. As a handler he enjoyed success with many breeds, including a number of top-winning Best in Show dogs in several groups.

 

SHELTON, WILLIAM (BILL) | United States

Breeds: Pembroke Welsh Corgi

William P. Shelton, of Pomona, California, has been involved in the sport of purebred dogs since childhood. He has owned, bred, and shown multiple Best in Show- and specialty-winning dogs in several breeds.

His passion and focus has been directed to Pembroke Welsh Corgis. His Coventry Kennel has been elected “2012 Breeder of the Year” by the five-decade tradition of the DR Winkie awards.

Mr. Shelton writes on a wide range of dog-related topics for several publications and has lectured on canine anatomy at AKC Judges Institutes.

His judging career has taken him to many fascinating places around the world. He says his “greatest pleasure is adjudicating national specialties, and events like this AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.”

 

STACY, JACQUELINE L. | United States

Breeds: Pomeranian, Affenpinscher, Maltese, Skye Terrier

Jacqueline Stacy began exhibiting dogs in 1958. Her father, a German Shepherd Dog fancier, allowed her to pick the breed of her choice. Mrs. Stacy chose Pomeranians, and, with her sister Fran Smith, has bred over 50 champions to date. Mrs. Stacy has also been a breeder-exhibitor of Maltese, Skye Terriers, and Affenpinschers. Her breeding program has produced over 30 champion Affenpinschers, including four national-specialty and Best in Show winners.

Mrs. Stacy has been a member of the American Pomeranian Club for over 25 years, serving as a director, treasurer, and a member of the club’s standard-revision committee. She has been a member of the American Maltese Association for 25 years and a member of the Affenpinscher Club of America (president and newsletter editor).