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UKC World Bench Show Judges Announced
Posted on 08/05/2013 in Coonhounds.

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The United Kennel Club is very pleased to announce their judges for the 2013 UKC Coonhound World Bench Show Championship. Each one brings with them a very capable and qualified resume. Exhibitors can be confident that their hound will be evaluated by a very knowledgeable individual in the preliminary round and again, provided their hound is selected to advance, in the finals.

The World Championship Bench Show is open to all RQE qualified coonhounds who were pre-entered by the posted deadline of Saturday, August 31, 2013. Qualified entries must be postmarked no later than the given date, or may be submitted to UKC on Friday and Saturday at Autumn Oaks.

The show will be held on Saturday, September 21st at the Hardin County Fairgrounds In Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The grounds feature a brand new facility that will be utilized as headquarters for the World Championship and also serve as an arena for the show. For more information, including hotel accommodations, please refer to the ad listed below.

Daniel and Amy Smith

Smith will serve as the judge for Round 1. She will select one male and one female representative from each breed to advance to the Finals.

Daniel and Amy Smith reside in eastern Oklahoma where they pursue their passion and commitment to faith, family, and enjoying life which includes the love of a dual purpose Bluetick coonhound. They work as full time pastors at a very blessed church, Stigler First Assembly of God.

Amy is also the manager of accounting at an electric cooperative. Their hobby kennel, Razor Ridge, has been blessed to have many national titled hounds for both hunt and show, and Amy has judged many large shows including Autumn Oaks, Beagle Nationals and Premier.

Beth (Nance) Snedegar

Snedegar will serve as the judge for the Semi and Final Rounds. She will select a "best" male and a "best" female in the Semi-Final Round and then select a World Champion and Opposite Sex in the Final Round.

I was born into the world of coonhounds, as my father, Lester Nance, who was the original person to use the words “Treeing Walker” and helped design the original UKC Bench Show rules. He took me to those events and allowed me to play with some of the first bench show champions. I could be found playing with the hounds, especially puppies, whenever I could slip away! My favorite playmate was White River Rowdy, who was runner-up in the 1949 ACHA World Coon Hunt.

From 1970’s to early 1990’s I held the position of Secretary with the Treeing Walker Breeders and Fanciers Association (TWBF&A) and a founding director for the Lee Crawford Invitational Hunt and Bench Show.

Under the continued kennel name as my father used, I took White River Kennel to UKC World, Winter Classic, and Autumn Oaks bench show wins. I’ve been honored to win at the TWBF&A National Breed days, as well as receiving their Bench Show Handler of the Year award on several occasions. My most memorable state show has been Texas State Championship in 1980’s and I participated in several local, state and RQE events along the way. I have participated in UKC’s PREMIER since its start, and have placed 2nd in UKC’s Top Ten Finals in 2002 with my Jack Russell Terrier, and in 2003 I placed 3rd with a Treeing Walker Coonhound. Alongside my husband Alan, we had the honor of winning the 2002 UKC World Nite Hunt Championship with Dual Champion Rock River Gap, in what has been called by Mr. Todd Kellum “one of the most enjoyable World hunts”. My most recent “bucket list” win, has been alongside my daughter Tricia who continues to exhibit the strain of coonhounds I did. Together we won Best of Breed Treeing Walker Coonhound at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. I do believe Lester Nance was smiling down on his daughter and granddaughter.

In the 1990’s after breaking both arms, I found it harder to lift and train Treeing Walker coonhounds, and was introduced to the Jack Russell Terrier breed and decided the smaller dog was easier on my health, I now breed, own and show Jack Russell Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, and Russell Terriers. I’m a Board of Director on the Parson Russell Terrier Association of America and Chairperson for the Jr. Showmanship and Judges Selection Committees.

In 1997 I became a licensed Coonhound Bench Show Judge and have been honored to judge Texas State Championship, Southeastern Treeing Walker Days, Lee Crawford Invitational, PKC World Championship, and several RQE’s, breed and local bench shows in the USA and Canada. In 2002 I acquired a Senior Conformation Judges License in UKC and have judged several conformation and Jr. Showmanship events from as far west as Washington State in the USA along with several shows in Canada. My most recent honor has been to judge UKC’s PREMIER. I’m also a licensed Terrier Racing Judge.

It is an honor to judge UKC’s World Bench Show Championship and look forward to this opportunity in selecting their crown jewel.