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54th Autumn Oaks Bench Show Judges Announced
Posted on 06/25/2013 in Coonhounds.

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The United Kennel Club is pleased to announce the following individuals who will serve as judges for the 54th Annual Autumn Oaks Bench Show.





Mary Wale, Merrill, MI

Although likely an unknown to many folks around the country Mary Wale ranks up there as having judged as many or more shows than most UKC judges that are currently active. She has been judging UKC shows since the early 80’s and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience both as a hounds-woman and judge. Mary was the first woman in the history of Autumn Oaks assigned to judge this show in 1992.

Mary and her husband Jim have enjoyed a married partnership for 43 years. Horses and coonhounds have always been a part of those years for the Wales. Early on Jim played around on the rodeo circuit for a time while Mary showed the horses.

Today they have slowed down some with the horses but still spend a lot of their time with the dogs. They enjoy hunting them on various species including coyotes and big game. Both Mary and her husband have, for many years, been very active in various aspects of the hunting world that includes hunter’s rights and legislation in the State of Michigan. They have supported the UKC for many, many years and continue to compete in all of their licensed coonhound events today still.



Carol Phillips, Abbeville, Alabama

Carol currently lives on Lake Eufaula, AL where she enjoys the "lake life" and hopes to spend even more time “in the sun” after having recently retired. Professionally, Carol spent 31 years as a School Psychologist. Since retiring she says she’s not sure what she’ll be doing, but for now she has a couple trips planned to go out west. She plans to also spend some time this summer with friends on the Gulf Coast, which is a mere 120 minute drive from Eufaula.

Carol owned and handled coonhounds for approximately 20 years. Since moving to the lake she has now narrowed it down to just one dog, a Boxer named Sailor.

As a judge Carol brings her positive demeanor and fun-like approach to the ring. Her experience in judging coonhounds is broad. More importantly is her knowledge of canine structure and anatomy. Throughout the years she has judged state championship shows, numerous club event shows and previous judging assignments for UKC at the Winter Classic and Autumn Oaks. Carol says; “I certainly am honored to have been asked to judge "The Oaks" again and look forward to the opportunity and making the trip up north to Richmond”.




Katherine Shorter, Gloucester, Virginia

Kathy’s interest in showing animals began in 4-H at an early age with horses and dairy goats. It was in the early 1980’s when she began showing coonhounds.

Under the Dach Lair banner, she and her parents have been blessed with having good hounds and a lot of success in the show ring. Overall National Grand, World Show Champion, Overall Winter Classic Winner, Overall Grand American Winner and numerous King & Queen of Shows at Black and Tan Days are some of her major wins. Kathy’s resume as a winning handler includes UKC Top Ten Invitational and Best in Show at the UKC Premier. Another highlight was to own and handle the 1
st Coonhound “Total Dog” recipient.

Handling a good dog, whether it is in Conformation, Hunt Tests, Agility, Rally or Obedience is one of her passions in life. Kathy looks forward to the opportunity of judging some of the nicest coonhounds in the nation this coming Labor Day Weekend at Autumn Oaks.



Judge Assignments
Mary Wale and Carol Phillips have been assigned to Thursday’s non-licensed classes that include, Stud Dog, Brood Bitch, Bred by Exhibitor, Dual Champions and Pairs. Mary Wale and Katherine Shorter will judge the Registered classes on Friday. Carol Phillips and Katherine Shorter will judge the Champion and Grand Champion classes on Saturday. Specific class assignments for each judge will be available to participants at Autumn Oaks.

All three of these individuals bring with them a sense of professionalism and integrity along with a thorough knowledge of canine anatomy and movement. We are pleased to have each of them accept these assignments and know they are looking forward to the opportunity to have your coonhound in their ring at the 54th Autumn Oaks.