with Richard (Rick) Beauchamp
12/18/2013: There is nothing more helpful to the new or aspiring judge than having someone with long-time experience and knowledge offer to take on the role of mentor. Although the mentor cannot learn for the beginner, it is extremely beneficial to have someone to turn to when the inevitable questions arise.
11/05/2013: More than half of a dog show judge’s weekend is spent almost everywhere but in the ring. A Saturday and Sunday assignment nowadays means the full day before traveling to one’s destination and another day afterwards returning. A good part of what appears on the surface to be a pleasant weekend judging and seeing friends actually entails just as many, if not more, hours flying or driving, and if the former often just as many hours sitting around an airport waiting on connections or for that flight “delayed due to weather.”
10/11/2013: There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind who reads this column how important I feel education is in the field of purebred dogs. It is impossible to succeed in any and all levels of breeding and showing without taking advantage of what has been researched and revealed over the years.
09/09/2013: A good many of the letters I receive are requests for mentoring in the writers’ breeding programs. Time permitting; I do what I can to help. Telling someone how they should go about getting started is the easiest part - go to the best to get the best and follow their time-proven plan until every nuance is completely and thoroughly understood.
08/06/2013: Just the other day a fellow judge asked me how long ago it was that I actually began judging all-breed dog shows. I thought about it a bit and trying to remember how it all actually did start took me back to early 1973.