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2016 PREMIER Judges' Biography

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Anna Arndt

Breed(s): Three Shelties right now.
How long have you been a UKC judge? Three years judging Rally; four years judging Obedience.
How long have you been involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance events) My parents got me my first Sheltie when I was 11; before that I helped them with their German Shepherds.
What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging? I have attended training for Nosework and Barn Hunt with one of my dogs, but haven't done any officially yet.
In 100 words or less, how did you become involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance events) My parents bred and showed German Shepherds. I wanted a Collie, but ended up with a Sheltie. I've had other breeds since then, but always had a couple Shelties.
In 100 words or less, what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)? (Conformation/Performance events) I got my UKC and AKC UD on my homebred rough Collie.

Cecile Chapin

Lure Coursing
I am excited to have been invited to judge Lure Coursing at the 2016 UKC PREMIER. I have been involved with sighthounds for nearly 40 years – Coursing, showing, hunting and, more recently, Agility. I have, over the years, lived with Borzoi, Saluki, Whippet and Greyhound. I currently have a Whippet and a Greyhound. My other interests are gardening, reading and my grandchildren.

I look forward to seeing many long time and short time acquaintances and meeting new ones.

I trust everyone will have a great time at this year’s PREMIER.

Robert Collins

Rob Collins began his career in dogs as a breeder and exhibitor of Yorkshire Terriers, but later showed many breed,s including Afghan Hounds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Toy Fox Terriers, Chinese Crested, American Hairless Terriers and Treeing Curs. Having earlier been an exhibitor of tropical birds, Rob ‘s interest in animals also includes a close relationship with his Sphinx cats, Cosmo and Cygny. He has bred and exhibited dogs for over 25 years, including assignments throughout the United States and Finland. His judging career began in 2007.

Margaret Doster

The foundation of my bloodline is the American Pit Bull Terrier. Clifford Ormsby was the foundation breeder of X-Pert Kennels in Hornell, New York raising ‘PR’ APBTs. In 1936, the X-Pert bloodline became one of the original foundation lines for the American Staffordshire Terrier. I chose to use the kennel prefix X-Pertise. My pedigrees have been linebred on Bennett’s Buck x Ormsby’s Madge since 1932. I have made it a practice to breed closely to the breed standard. I believe a breed can be bred for structural improvement without changing correct, original breed type. I was fortunate to meet Cliff and Alberta Ormsby, who served as my mentors. I took every litter I bred to them for their approval until they passed on.

I have been a UKC all breed judge since 2011. I am also qualified to judge Junior Showmanship, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Eskimo Dogs, Toy Fox Terriers and, recently, have been approved to judge Belgian Shepherd Dogs. As a judge, it is my responsibility to find the dog that displays correct breed temperament, health, structure and movement in addition to correct breed type. I believe form follows function. I expect the dogs I see in the show ring to be able to perform the traditional work for which that breed was developed.

I have been involved with dogs since I was a child. My father had Boxers. I studied every library book I could get my hands on and trained those dogs to be obedient. I officially became involved with Obedience training when I acquired my own first dog in 1981. It wasn’t until my first dog passed away that I realized the historic importance of my pedigree and searched until I found breeders of the X-Pert bloodline. In 1991, I purchased my foundation dog and began training and showing in Conformation. I have also trained dogs for Obedience, Agility and Rally. Many of my dogs are champions in multiple registries in both Conformation and Obedience. In addition, they have been certified as CGC/TDI. I have also trained handling classes for many years. I feel great pride in the accomplishments of my clients and their dogs of quality.

CH BFK’s Who Needs Glasses has done quite well in UKC. My greatest UKC accomplishment was to show CH BFK’s Who Needs Glasses, aka Sophia Rose, aka Phia, at the American Pit Bull Terrier National in Michigan a few years ago. It was at this event that Phia earned an Award of Merit. I have shown my dogs to their title on a limited basis and it was quite a thrill to have her placed so highly in competition with some very nice American Pit Bull Terriers. Her rosette still is in a place of prominence in my home.

Cynthia Fellows

How long have you been a UKC judge? I have been a judge for 10 years.
Are you a breeder / how long have you been breeding dogs? I am not a breeder. I bred one litter of Bullmastiffs a very long time ago. I hated the whole process, from picking out the correct stud dog to placing puppies in the right homes. I prefer having male dogs and would rather leave that very important and difficult job to others who have the desire and talent.
How long have you been involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance) I have been involved with the sport of dogs since I got my very first “my” dog, a Rottweiler, in 1992.
What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging? I enjoy Conformation, Agility and Obedience. I have previously participated in protection work, and have just recently had a very enjoyable experience in herding.
In 100 words or less, how did you become involved with dogs?(Conformation/Performance events) When I got my first dog, as a mentioned a Rottweiler, I knew he came with an important responsibility to be able to control him. When I went for my first obedience lesson, I met a wonderful lady, Ms. Sarah Rodeheaver, who introduced me to competitive events with my dog. Later, when I was introduced to Belgian Shepherds, it was with my very dear friend, Nikki Swap, that I became truly competitive and developed an interest in becoming a judge.
In 100 words or less, what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)? (Conformation/Performance events) My first Belgian Shepherd was Ferrari de la Lune, “Crash”. He showed me what a true heart dog is. I was overjoyed when we achieved an Agility High
In Trial, then #1 BSD in 2006. While in Europe he won several Champion certificates in multiple countries and placed twice at Crufts was amazing. I didn’t think it could get any better. I was wrong. My next dog, Domburg Moves Like Jagger, “Ari’i", became the youngest Belgian Shepherd Champion in the UK and won the UBSDA National at his first show in the US. I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Larry E. Hansen Jr.

Breed(s): Original breed Newfoundlands.
How long have you been a UKC judge? Since 2009
Are you a breeder / how long have you been breeding dogs?
I have been showing and breeding Newfoundlands under the kennel name of Ironwood Newfoundlands since 1979.
How long have you been involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance) Since 1979 (37 years).
What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging? Conformation showing, both an all breed club and President of the Working Dog Club of Arizona.
In 100 words or less, how did you become involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance events) In 1979, I purchased my first Newfoundland and the breeder encouraged me to participate in a conformation match. I took my new Newfoundland puppy on a 6-foot lead and showed her with pride and never looked back. Moving on to judging in 2001 for AKC and having the honor to judge multiple specialties and all breed shows in Europe. In 2009 I became a UKC judge and in 2014 I was honored with judging the Gateway show in Missouri.
In 100 words or less, what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)? (Conformation/Performance events) During the past 37 years I have bred and shown Best In Show, specialty winners, and multi group winners, in the United States, as well as International Champions, including multi country Best In Show, and group winners. Down through the years I have introduced Newfoundlands to many Newf lovers as well as mentored new judges.

Karen Johnson

I have owned and exhibited Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Tervuren) since 1962. I have also owned and exhibited Brittanies, Schipperkes and Great Pyrenees. I am approved to judge all UKC breeds, except American Eskimo and Toy Fox Terrier.

I have been a UKC breed judge since 1991, Junior Showmanship was added in 2004. I am an AKC judge of the Belgian breeds and Junior Showmanship.

I bred my first litter in 1965, my last in 1996.

I have been involved in dogs since I worked at a kennel in about 1960, when I trained and titled German Shepherds and other breeds in Obedience. I started showing in Conformation shows shortly after that.

In addition to Conformation showing, I have participated in Obedience, Tracking, Herding, Agility and Rally.

My interest in dogs began when I was in high school, working at a large boarding facility. It was there that I began learning to groom, train and show in Conformation and Obedience with several breeds. I searched for a breed to my liking and found the Belgian Shepherd Dog, and have owned and titled them since 1962.

There is no single accomplishment that comes to mind, as I never cease to delight in every little one, particularly those “firsts” for me. Training through an AKC OTCH title and being in the top 25 breeds was certainly a high, as was achieving owner-handled Group placements in 4 different groups. Our first Tracking title, a Herding title, as well as that last perfect 200 score in Obedience. Achieving a UKC Champion title with my beloved dog Dazz under all-Belgian specialist judges meant a great deal to me for certain!

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