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2014 PREMIER Judges' Biography

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Alexander, Will

My family bred and showed Irish Setters (my father still breeds them), and as a junior I bred English Cockers. I made my ring début at the age of seven with one of our Setters, and from then on I was very active (and successful) in Junior Showmanship, and the breed ring, with a variety of breeds. I always wanted to be a handler, but before embarking on a handling career I worked for Garry MacDonald here in Canada, and for Bobby Stebbins in the States – gaining experience, honing my skills, and perfecting my craft. I started handling professionally in 1986, and in 1987 took the Irish Setter CH McCammon Impresario to Top Dog All Breeds (also setting a record as the youngest handler to have a Top Dog All Breeds). I’m one of only five handlers who has had more than one Top Dog All Breeds.

Accomplishments: Past President Canadian Professional Handlers association, winner of the Garry Macdonald trophy for top handler an unprecedented four times, winner of the Wenrick trophy for sportsmanship, twenty-five years as a professional and have shown over 25 dogs to top ten all breed status, winner of over 600 best in shows, winner of 100 best in shows on one dog, the Irish Setter “Mulldoon’s Dewit Great One,” winner of multiple national specialties in Canada and the US.

Daugherty, Tracy

I’ve been a dog lover my entire life! I began showing dogs over 17 years ago and for several years worked as a professional handler, learning from and traveling with some of the best handlers in the country. I started showing Boxers initially and have had success in several other breeds including Great Danes, Australian Shepherds, Chow Chows, and the real love of my life, the Doberman Pinscher. I got my first Doberman as a rescue and immediately fell in love with the breed. I quickly realized all the stereotypes were just fiction! After adopting my first Doberman, Sasha, I began watching the Doberman ring more closely. I was amazed at the exceptional handling of this breed and found it to be far superior than many other breeds I have shown, but what was even more mesmerizing was the beauty of these dogs. It was incredible to see such power and stature poured so tightly into a package that exuded nobility and grace. This was the moment that I decided the Doberman was the one and only breed for me. Soon after, I pursued obtaining my first show quality Doberman and was lucky enough to be taken under the wing of one of the top breeders in the country. From her I learned the proper presentation, conditioning, and enormous amount of blood, sweat, and tears it was going to take to be successful in this highly competitive breed. I continued for several years showing and more importantly educating myself about this breed. As a breeder, I breed very rarely and very selectively, having only produced two litters in the last 15 years.

I am very proud of many accomplishments throughout my career in dogs; two of what I consider the most important are owning and handling URO1 GRCH Aquarius Designer Genes V Halo better known as “Rush”. Rush was the Number One Top Ten Doberman Pinscher in 2009 and won the Top Ten as well as a Guardian Group 1 at PREMIER the same year. That was a very exciting day! Secondly, breeding the “Wicked” litter in 2011. This litter is by far the most consistent and outstanding litter I have ever bred of any breed. I’m elated every time I see one of these now two year old puppies. I own Halo's Wicked Obsession “River” and can only hope that he will one day follow the footsteps of “Uncle Rush”!

I am ecstatic to be on the judging panel for PREMIER this year. This has been an assignment I was really hoping to receive one day and am honored to have the opportunity to judge such quality dogs as PREMIER always brings out the best! I wish everyone great success and good luck!

Davidson, Kathy

Shetland Sheepdog

How long have you been a UKC judge?
I started judging in 1999.

Are you a breeder / how long have you been breeding dogs?
I am not a breeder.

How long have you been involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance)
I have had dogs all my life, but got involved competing in 1983.

What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging?
I participate in Conformation, Obedience, Agility, Rally, Tracking, Therapy Work, and I am now training for Nosework.

In 100 words or less, how did you become involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance events)
After getting married I talked my first husband into a puppy. He didn’t think we could afford a Sheltie so he took me to a breeding kennel and we purchased the runt of the litter Cocker Spaniel. We could not seem to get it housebroken and we eventually tied it outside. When it would get off its chain, it was like a greased pig contest to catch him. I was lucky enough to find the local kennel club and sign up for obedience classes. That was it. Looking back now I realize how new I was.

In 100 words or less, what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)? (Conformation/Performance events)
Each dog along the way teaches you so much and has what would be their biggest accomplishment. I participate in all different venues and events. My dogs have all been very versatile. To pick one thing is hard but I think it would be my ranking 2nd in the Novice All Stars in 2010. Razor came into my life when I wasn’t looking and has been everything I could want. At the age of 5, he already has 34 titles and awards to his name and is so willing to do so much more.

Elkins, Sharon

Hello all, this is my second year of being UKC-approved to judge Obedience, Rally and Jr. Handling. I will be approved to judge Conformation also after I attend the required seminar at PREMIER this year. I have had Australian Shepherds for approximately 25 years and have been a member of ASCA for these years. Occasionally I raise a litter. The majority of my dogs are competing in Agility, Obedience, Rally, Stock, Conformation. My family used to show quarter horses and I saw the Australian Shepherds at these shows and also at ranches we went to .I eventually attained an Aussie; the rest is history. My biggest accomplishment in competing with my dogs is, well, there are several. My kennel having enough dogs titled to be named number 13 in Hall Of Fame Excellent in ASCA. Another is attaining the UD to complete the title for Supreme Versatility Champion from one of my Bred-By Versatility Champions. Another accomplishment that I cherish is competing with this same dog at 2009 ASCA Nationals and placing third out of 91 teams in Most Versatile. Then, in 2013, her daughter and I placed eight in Most Versatile out of 88 teams. I am looking forward to meeting the people involved in UKC. Good luck to all of you.

Heagy, Eleanor

Belgian Shepherd Dog

Are you a breeder / how long have you been breeding dogs?
We’ve bred seven litters in 25 years

How long have you been involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance)
We have had BSDs for 25 years.

What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging?
I’ve competed in obedience with three different dogs (novice level); rally obedience with two dogs (up to excellent level); and agility with three dogs. Agility is my main dog activity now.

In 100 words or less, how did you become involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance events)
My husband and I had reserved a pet female puppy from local breeders, then changed our minds after visiting with them and asked for a show male instead. We became quite involved in showing that pup and the many dogs that came after him, at specialties and all breed shows, as well as travelling overseas and importing dogs. BSDs excel at performance activities so that was a natural step to take, first with obedience, then rally and then agility. I’ve worked on several national specialties as well as provincial agility championships.

In 100 words or less, what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)? (Conformation/Performance events)
Owning and/or breeding several national specialty winners, HIT winners and agility stars. BSDs should be versatile and able to compete and excel in conformation and performance.

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