08/19/2009: Tips for the Aspiring Judge, by Richard (Rick) BeauchampIf you are going to judge dogs, a full understanding of the breed standard is a bottom line essential. The judge must not only know what the standard actually says but understand its implications as well.
05/11/2009: Things We Talk About, by Richard G. (Rick) BeauchampAs individuals progress along in their careers as dog judges they begin to develop their own personal list of “must take” items. Things that run the gamut from little personal repair and clean-up kits on through to medicinal remedies and for the ladies invariably an extra pair of comfortable shoes.
02/20/2009: The Beagle: Everything Old Is New Again, by Richard G. (Rick) BeauchampIt seems that everywhere I go recently I get questions about Beagles. It seems strange that suddenly after all this time, America has become so interested in this fellow who has been around for a very long time.
01/23/2009: Breed CharacterMany judges consider breed character one of the most important characteristics by which they evaluate the worth of a dog. Yet just as many exhibitors are really not clear on what breed character actually is.
12/31/2008: Faults in ContextMany judges consider one of the more enjoyable and interesting parts of any dog show is the Sunday night “postmortem”.
11/24/2008: The Quest for KnowledgeThe term “know-it-all” is usually directed at those who believe they know more about something (or everything!) than everyone else, and have all the information that will ever be necessary to understand the subject at hand. This know-it-all wears thin very quickly and unfortunately is at the end of the road in his pursuit of knowledge rather than moving along the path toward it.
10/17/2008: Understanding What “Type” Actually IsThe debate that concerns itself with whether or not there are one or many correct “types” in any given breed wages on as it has for many years. I find the topic an extremely important one and one that must be clearly understood by anyone who hopes to fully understand what the art and science of dog breeding and dog judging are all about.
09/23/2008: What We Like Vs. What Is CorrectIt is extremely important in evaluating dogs that the person doing so is making accurate decisions. Now this may sound like a given in the evaluating experience; one would think that everyone involved in their chosen breed will at least attempt to be accurate to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, this is not always as easy as it sounds.
08/15/2008: Is it Just the Judging?If one were to believe ringside conversation, it is poor judging and poor judging alone, that has led to the decline in quality of purebred dogs here in America.
06/26/2008: Breeder, Exhibitor, or Fancier?, by Richard G. (Rick) BeauchampI think the term exhibitor is pretty much straightforward. The exhibitor is simply a person who shows dogs. It doesn’t imply much more or less. There are levels of exhibitors of course - beginning, amateur, professional - but what we know is that they show dogs.