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2015 PREMIER Judges' Biography

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Dr. David Birdsall

“Doc” is a retired veterinarian. He practiced medicine for forty (40) years and now has time to enjoy the farm and his dogs. He got his first coon dog in 1968 and bought his first registered dog in 1982. He joined the American Black & Tan Coonhound Association at that time and has served on various committees.

Dogs bred and raised at his Dach Lair Kennel have won many distinguished honors throughout the years. Some of those included wins at Black & Tan Days, National Grand Champion at Autumn Oaks, the World Championship, the Overall at the UKC Winter Classic and the Overall at the Grand American.

“Doc” comes with the experience of judging dogs at numerous national events. Those events include World Shows, Autumn Oaks, the UKC Winter Classic, the Grand American and various Breed Days Events. His special interest is correct conformation and he has written articles and given seminars promoting the functional, good looking hound.

Shown is Doc with a few of his Black & Tan Coonhounds. He and his wife Chirpie reside in Gloucester, Virginia.

Cheryl Cieslinski

Dogs have been a part of my life since the beginning, growing up with Dachshunds and German Shepherds. In my teens I found a Beagle/Basset Hound mix in the woods while camping and instantly became attached. Lady lived with my parents well into my college years. Once on my own, I longed for another dog but living in an apartment did not make that easy to do. When I met my husband Ken, he had a sheltie, Chipper. Chipper lived with Ken’s parents and passed before we could purchase our home. In 1999 Ken had a heart attack and the doctor suggested we get a dog to get him walking more, so we adopted Jug Head, our first Basset Hound. Jug Head was a handful and had no manners. We enrolled him in a basic obedience class and on the last day the instructor put out some agility equipment to show us other things we could do with our dogs. And that is how we got addicted to this sport. Without Jug Head we would never have found agility and I would not be judging here today. We lost Jug Head in October of 2014, and we miss him dearly and keep him close to me every day! He was a challenge and taught my husband and myself so much. We now share our home with three Basset Hounds, Libby, Flirt and Xena. I am currently teaching agility to others and sharing my love and knowledge. When not teaching or working as a Graphic/Web Designer and IT End User Support Specialist, I judge for several agility venues and travel throughout the USA sharing my love of this sport. When at home, I spend time with my dogs doing obedience, rally, trick training and agility across multiple venues. We have dabbled in the conformation ring and barn hunt as well. I also enjoy helping junior and new handlers as they are the future of this sport.

Good luck this weekend in all that you do and remember to love your dog no matter what happens. Enjoy your time together! Thank you for the opportunity to judge for you this weekend.

Rebecca Ensz

I currently have two wonderful Standard Poodles that I show in Agility, Obedience and Rally Obedience. The older Poodle, Baron, has his CD, RAE, NAP, OJP in AKC. He has his RO3 title in UKC and just finished earning his UGRACH 4 in Agility. My younger Poodle, Danté, has two legs in AKC Novice Rally, his NPJ and needs one more leg to complete his NAP. He recently earned his points for his UACH, so we are now working toward his AGIII title.

I started training dogs in 4-H back in 1967. I had a Labrador mix named Ralph who wondered into our yard as a 3-month-old puppy. He was starving, infested with fleas, ticks and was too afraid to get more than 15 feet away from the house. I took him to Obedience class where I realized how fun it was to work with dogs and help them learn new things. I became a Junior Leader for the 4-H Dog Project and was asked to join a Dog Drill Team (there were eight of us). We were invited to give our routine at many events around our area and had a blast! Needless to say, I was hooked.

After I was married, my husband got German Shorthairs and I worked with them so they would listen better in the field. Then in 1999 we got a Wire Fox Terrier for our daughter. I took him to a puppy class where I learned of this wonderful sport called “Agility”. I joined the club and we went to a couple of Obedience classes, then started on our agility career. He excelled at agility earning his AGI & AGII titles. Unfortunately at the age of three, while working towards his UACH, we realized he was having seizures. After another year or two I retired him and then began handling dogs for other people in our club until I found my first Standard Poodle, Baron.

I helped start our local 4-H Agility program with Don Cuda and soon after that became a 4-H judge in Obedience, Showmanship and Agility. I still help teach classes for 4-H in all of these venues in hopes that these young people will continue as they grow up. I am our Agility Training Director for our club and teach regular agility classes along with some handling classes. I have been a UKC Agility Judge for three years now and enjoy every minute of it.

My biggest accomplishment was when Baron earned his CD. He did this with scores of 193, 194 then a 196 for his title. The next big accomplishment was when he finished his GRACH. This had been a long time coming for me with some fears that he had, but he did it for me because I asked. There’s a saying, “I strive to be the person my dog thinks I am.” I only hope I can pass this on. I am truly blessed with my family, my friends and my faith.

Gloria Geringer

Breed(s): American Cocker Spaniels and Pointers.

How long have you been a UKC judge? Approved in 2006.

Are you a breeder / how long have you been breeding dogs? I bred Parti Color American Cockers and Pointers until the early 90’s when I became more involved with judging.

How long have you been involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance) I got my first dog in 1963 and started showing in 1964 in conformation.

What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging? Conformation for AKC, FCI, Canadian KC, Australia NKC. I have judged on six continents and 27 countries, several numerous times, and almost all the 50 states.

In 100 words or less, how did you become involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance events) I bought a pet (because he was monorchid) from a show litter, showed him unsuspectingly at Matches and then we were disqualified in his first all-breed show. I had met great people and seen beautiful dogs and I guess the rest is history. After finishing several dogs, I became a licensed handler and then on to judging.

In 100 words or less, what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)? (Conformation/Performance events) Through careful planning and mentor help, I bred Cockers free from hip dysplasia and free of cataracts. I have had BIS and BISS show winners and get that became number one group winner for the year. In judging, I feel it is a great responsibility to the dog world when evaluating the breed stock of the future. I would like to thank everyone for the honor of this assignment.

Bill Hossler

Breed(s): Samoyed and Cavalier King Charles

How long have you been a UKC judge? Less than a year.

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

What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging? Quit participating when I started Judging AKC in 2000.

In 100 words or less, how did you become involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance events) My daughter-in-law asked me to take my Trailer to Finger Lake to a dog show so she would have a place to stay. The next year was the same thing only now she had two dogs and told me to bring a suit. Well it was a disaster me trying to show so she said you will have to take lessons. That is how I got my start.

In 100 words or less, what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)? (Conformation/Performance events) All I ever wanted to do was finish dogs to their Championship, never had the desire to Campaign a Special.

Gillian Irving

I am a board certified Veterinary Neurologist by trade and a dog show enthusiast by hobby. I acquired my first Belgian Shepherd in 1991 and presently have one Groenendael and one Tervueren. I have judged for the UKC since 2006.

I became involved in the sport of dogs in 1973 in obedience with my German Shepherd Dog, Jet. Since then I have participated in conformation, herding, tracking, agility and; and retriever hunt tests. In the past ten years I have shown the Belgians in conformation. I have been very lucky to have had a mentor in the Belgian breeds who has taught me about the correct breed type and structure which is seen in the best European lines.

My biggest accomplishments in dogs are showing my Belgian Tervueren to an Award of Merit at Westminster in 2004, handling the 1996 Best of Breed and 2004 Best of Sweeps at the Belgian Tervueren Nationals, and winning a very competitive class at the 2009 USBSDA Nationals with my young, male Tervueren.

I am honored to be asked to judge the 2015 PREMIER.

Pennie Jackson

Breed(s): Belgian Shepherd Dog.

How long have you been a UKC judge? 4 years.

Are you a breeder / how long have you been breeding dogs? Not at the moment.

How long have you been involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance) Conformation for 14 years, performance 26 years.

What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging? Rally, Obedience, Agility, Flyball.

In 100 words or less, how did you become involved with dogs? (Conformation/Performance events)
My first pure breed dog was a Belgian Shepherd Dog. The breeder had the home for her stud fee puppy fall through, and offered me pick male from the litter. It was the best gift ever! I promised myself to do as much as I could to promote my new puppy. That led to titling in UKC conformation, obedience, rally and agility, and then 3 more Belgians.

In 100 words or less, what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)? (Conformation/Performance events) As a team, our most notable achievement is the first Gronendael Grand Champion in the UKC. The accomplishments of Erin’s Celtic Pride included Best in Specialty Show, Awards of merit at many National Specialties, Best Male of Variety at only nine months of age at our very first National Specialty, and number one Belgian Shepherd Dog in UKC in 2004. It isn't all about the titles, but the teamwork to achieve them. At the end of the day my biggest accomplishment was forming wonderful working relationships with my canine protégés.

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