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Premier Judges

2018 UKC Premier
June 14-17, 2018
Kalamazoo, Michigan

John F. Booth

San Antonio, Texas
Conformation

John F Booth

How long have you been a UKC judge?
I have judged for the United Kennel Club since 2002.
Are you a breeder/how long have you been breeding dogs?
Over the years, I bred many different breeds but Poodles (Toys & Miniatures) and Toy Fox Terriers predominated my breeding program.
How long have you been involved with dogs?
I started breeding Siberian Huskies in 1975, started showing a Schipperke in Conformation in 1984 and started showing the same Schipperke in Obedience in 1985.
Besides Conformation, I have shown my dogs in Obedience and Rally Obedience.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
I have always loved caring for and breeding many different critters. Showing dogs was a good fit for me, so I have been involved in dog shows since 1984.
Over the past 43 years, I bred over 100 dogs that earned a title in Conformation or Performance or both. Several of my Conformation dogs were awarded Best In Show.

Karen Cattin

Winamac, Indiana
Conformation

Karen Cattin

How long have you been a UKC judge?
I have been a UKC Conformation judge for twelve years, a German Shephard Dog breeder for 27 years, a ten-year 4-Her and a ten-year 4-H dog club leader, teaching Obedience and Conformation. I have also given private Obedience classes for many years.
Are you a breeder/how long have you been breeding dogs?
I have experience showing and raising German Shephard Dogs, Border Collies, Golden Retrievers, Yorkshire Terriers, and Finnish Spitz. I have shown a hundred other breeds, helping out others when asked.
How long have you been involved with dogs?
Growing up and spending a lot of time on my Aunts farm, there were always German Shephard Dogs and Border Collies. As a child, dogs really didnt like me; its amazing I didnt end up being a cat person. Through maturing and participating in 4-H, I learned how to respond to and communicate with dogs. I then taught the Obedience and Conformation classes; I always hoped to have my own real show dog; just one darn good dog.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
One of my greatest accomplishments was buying my first show dog off a semi from Robin Abbott 17 years ago for $150, with a contract that I had to show him. Robin would socialize her dogs by taking them on the semi. She pulled into where my husband Glen worked and he called me, knowing showing dogs had been a dream of mine. This had set into motion many wonderful opportunities for UKC and the great UKC extended family I could not have imagined. Having multiple Top Ten finalists and the love and devotion of these darn good dogs.
Feeling very blessed!

Polly Dake-Jones

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Conformation
Rally Obedience

Polly Dake-Jones

How long have you been a UKC judge?
I have been involved with the UKC since 1999 when my breed, the American Bulldog was recognized. I was hooked almost immediately. Taking a Best in Show against 30+ breeds was a great way to start. I have been a Conformation judge since 2003 and a Rally Obedience judge since 2013.
Are you a breeder/how long have you been breeding dogs?
I have been privileged to produce American Bulldogs since 1997 and some wonderful dogs have come out of those breedings. I enjoy showing my dogs in all the venues that the UKC allows them to participate in and my current dog is titled in every venue with our 3-year-old following closely behind. Weve had many Top Ten and a couple of All-Star Rally dogs. I enjoy my dogs outside of the ring too, most recently my wife and I have started traveling around the Mid-West with our dogs on our motorcycles, racking up over 20,000 miles.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
I feel my biggest accomplishment with my dogs would be in my breeding. I truly feel every generation should be better than the last. Ive proved this time after time with my dogs, something Im very proud of. Whether a puppy is placed in a working home or with a loving family, each owner should get the best dog available and that is my goal.

Judging at PREMIER is a true honor and I am looking forward to judging some amazing dogs!

Carolyn Dostal

Banger, Michigan
Agility

What are you judging this year?
I presently am a UKC Agility judge, UKC Nosework Judge and AKC Scent Work Judge. I currently am owned by 2 beagle boys Miller & Pete and most weekends will find me in the Agility ring.
How long have you been a UKC judge?
I have been involved with dogs since 1974, when I started my West Highland White Terrier in Obedience training. I loved my training nights and decided I would like to compete with him. I went on to put a CD on him and then became involved in Obedience putting multiple CDs, CDX and also a UD.
How long have you been involved with dogs?
I became involved in Agility in 1993, when NCDA (now UKC) was in its infancy and became a judge in 1995.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
My dogs have been shown and titled in UKC and AKC Obedience, UKC Agility, NADAC Agility, USDAA Agility and CPE Agility, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Conformation, UKC Nosework, NACSW Nosework at the NW3 level and most recently AKC Scent Work.

Lila Fast

Knoxville, Iowa
Conformation

Lila Fast

I was raised in Knoxville, Iowa. After graduating, I worked for 38 and a half years at the VA Medical Center in Knoxville.
I had one older brother who was killed in Vietnam and I have one younger sister.
My husband Robert Fast and I have one son.
How long have you been involved with dogs?
My dad always had a dog; he had a Rat Terrier, a Boston Terrier, and a Toy Fox Terrier. We also had a cat or two.
Are you a breeder/how long have you been breeding dogs?
My first dog show was in 1978 and I had an Afghan Hound. Over the years, we have owned and bred German Shephard Dogs, Salukis, Silky Terriers, and Toy Fox Terriers.

I enjoy dogs and decided to become a judge to expand my education.

Carol Gaines

Battle Ground, Washington
Conformation

Carol Gaines

How long have you been a UKC judge?
In 1987 I got my license to judge the APBT, then my American Eskimo dogs and finally the Toy Fox Terrier. Since those days the shows have changed from single breed dog shows to the All Breed shows of today.
How long have you been involved with dogs?
In 1979 my son wanted to get an American Pit Bull Terrier. By 1980 we found the perfect female puppy which came along with UKC papers. Before this I always had AKC dogs. We went to a UKC APBT dog show and we were hooked.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
Throughout the years I have seen how UKC has grown and become a competitive registry who stays true to their roots of "the working dog". I also appreciate the family environment of the UKC events I hope it continues with the philosophies it has had all these years.

Barbara (Bab) Hanna

Franklin, Pennsylvania
Conformation

Barbara (Bab) Hanna

How long have you been involved with dogs?
I grew up with sporting dogs, mostly English Setters and German Shorthair Pointers. When I got to an age I wanted my own dog, I got into showing with an American Cocker Spaniel. I showed both Conformation and Obedience with my dogs but as I attended shows I got interested in the Belgian Tervuren and purchased my first one in 1984. My husband about the same time became interested in German Wirehair Pointers, so we have had both breeds for over 30 years. All the dogs have become CH, along with titles in performance events. We especially believe in titles that show our dog can do what they were bred to do.
Are you a breeder/how long have you been breeding dogs?
My personal interests with my dogs in the past few years has been Herding, Conformation, Barn Hunt and Nose Work as I have always felt my dogs needed to do a job and it also created a stronger bond between us.

I currently am a member of several local specialty clubs, ring steward for our breeds specialties, and support the clubs both financially and with my time. Clubs need people who care about where the breed is going and offer up whatever they can offer.

Now that I am retired looking forward to being able to judge more often and meeting more people who love dogs as much as I do.

Linda Lavolette

Rapid River, Michigan
Agility

Linda Lavolette

How long have you been a UKC judge?
I got into agility because other folks in my club had started fooling around with it, and I wanted to be a part of it too. It was about 2000, and I had a Border Collie mix who was one of those easy dogs who inherently knows what to do, in spite of me being a rookie with no awareness of what was required. Our club offered trials that fall, which I entered with virtually no knowledge and no practice. I dont remember my scores, but I do remember the way I felt after the weekend; like a junkie, I've been pursuing that feeling ever since.
In 2013, after having an especially good summer in a different venue, I was about to give up on UKC Agility. At the time, I had a new dog and we were enjoying big distance and independent handling, which is a far cry from the handling style normally seen in UKC Agility. Our club held a trial that fall, and I discovered that I was able to use an unconventional handling method on UKC courses. It was then I decided I could be part of the problem and abandon UKC, or I could be part of the solution and try to bolster the venue. I made the decision to become a UKC judge.
What are you judging this year?
Being a UKC judge has allowed me to see a lot of teams and make a lot of friends. So far, I've judged primarily in the Great Lakes region. My greatest joy is watching a dog and handler who have a mental connection. Creating the courses is the most fun part of preparing for a trial. My goal for every course is to have some challenges, some easy parts, and to have the handler finish with a smile. I try to emphasize success is not always a high score, sometimes it is much smaller and known only to the handler.
This winter, I was appointed to the UKC Agility Council. This hard-working board is responsible for ensuring UKC Agility will remain relevant in the future. This goes back to my decision to be part of the solution, when I elected to stick with UKC.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
Currently I'm running a border collie. He is a challenge compared to previous dogs but has made me a much better handler. As we approach the prime of his career, I have high hopes for our team. My favorite breeds are medium sized herding breeds with a high energy level. I've currently got two Border Collies, and a mix approaching 17 years old. I foresee Border Collies, Cattle Dogs, or mixes in my future.
When I judge Agility, I look for smiles on the faces of the dogs. If the handler has trained clearly and consistently and made it fun, the dog will respond with joy. To me, Agility is not about a perfect score, but rather doing the best you can and having fun with your best friend.

Cindy Leung

Hillsboro, Oregon
Obedience
Rally Obedience

Cindy Leung

How long have you been involved with dogs?
I have been training dogs since 1995, starting with two mixed breed dogs from my local animal shelter. I have been fortunate to have loved and trained my two mixed breeds and four goldens (three are rescues, as well) to four UOCHs and two AKC OTCHs, many High In Trials, High Combineds, and perfect 200 scores, as well as Rally Obedience, Tracking, Agility, Hunting and Conformation titles.
How long have you been a UKC judge?
In appreciation of UKCs support of mixed breeds in competition, I became an Obedience Judge in 2000, judging for clubs in California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Canada, Montana, and North Carolina. I have been a member of several UKC clubs and past president of the Mixed Breed Dog Clubs of America. For several years I worked with shelter dogs on improving adoptability and in-shelter enrichment. Now, I am very lucky to be a full-time professional dog trainer and instructor.
What are you judging this year?
This is my third time judging Obedience and second time judging Rally Obedience for UKC PREMIER and I am thrilled to be back. I wish every exhibitor GOOD LUCK and I hope you all have a wonderful, memorable time.

Rosemarie O'Hara

Krum, Texas
Conformation
Obedience
Rally Obedience

Rosemarie O'Hara

How long have you been a UKC judge?
Rose began training to show her Sheltie in Obedience classes 38 years ago and entered her first Trial that year. She began showing in UKC Obedience seven years later when it was first available in her area to all breeds. She had the first Sheltie in UKC to earn both a U- Championship and a U-UD, finishing both on the same day.
How long have you been involved with dogs?
Rose has trained and competed successfully in Conformation, Obedience, Schutzhund, Herding, Agility, Rally Obedience, Barnhunt, Lure Coursing, Nosework, and earned Trick titles on her dogs. She has taught Obedience, Agility and Rally Obedience classes for several decades. She currently holds licenses to judge Conformation, Obedience and Rally Obedience in several registries since 1991. She has owned and trained dogs from every group in her lifetime, and has had several rescue dogs. Rose has bred, raised, trained and shown Australian Shepherds for the last 22 years. She lives in Texas with her husband of 45 years, Mike, and 4 Aussies.

Jamie Robinson

Three Rivers, Michigan
Weight Pull

Jamie Robinson

Are you a breeder/how long have you been breeding dogs?
Yes, I have been breeding dogs since 1987.
How long have you been involved with dogs?
Ive been involved with dogs since 1995.
What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging?
Conformation, Rally Obedience, Obedience, Agility and Dock Jumping.
How did you become involved with dogs?
I grew up having and loving dogs. I recall the very first command I accidently taught our dog. Every day after school I would come home and go over to our Doberman, Alissa, and I would push her to her side and say lay over and I would rub her belly.
One day I said lay over but I had not yet sat down to push her over and she did it. I was in pure shock and ecstatic she did what I said! As I got older and had children, they became involved in 4-H and that inspired me to do more with our dogs.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
We have had numerous RBIS, BIS, MWP and MWPP all of which, we are very proud.

Moyra Hamilton

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Lure Coursing

How long have you been a UKC judge?
Ive been a UKC Lure Coursing judge since the UKC started offering coursing in 2010.
How long have you been involved with dogs?
Ive been involved with dogs for about 25 years.
What events, if any, do you participate in other than the event type in which you are Judging?
I also participate in conformation.
How did you become involved with dogs?
I became involved in dogs and dog sports when we got our first Irish Wolfhound in the early 1990s. Seamus was a lean dog with a keen interest in chasing anything that moved and his breeder suggested we look into Lure Coursing. I did and that was the beginning of many years competing in Lure Coursing with Wolfhounds in both CKC and ASFA events. Eventually I started competing with Seamus in Conformation and continued to do so with our next dogs, eventually putting Conformation titles on the majority of our Irish Wolfhounds and Coursing titles on a few.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
I think my biggest accomplishment was having multiple conformation champion Irish Wolfhounds with field titles win Best Field Champion in Shows and one Best in Field Trial Conformation Show, where dogs competed on the field qualified then went into the show ring. Lure Coursing is not a natural sport for Irish Wolfhounds since they are bred for coursing much larger game than bunnies. Striking the right balance of encouragement; knowing when to train and when to leave them wanting more is difficult and my husband and I were able develop a good group of coursing hounds over the years.

Karen A Shivers

Blossom, Texas
Nosework

Karen Shivers

Karen Shivers holds a Masters degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Psychology, a Masters in Applied Criminology, and is working on a Doctoral degree in Higher Education. She enjoys being a professional educator as well as continuing her life-long commitment to the sport of dogs through judging, training, and showing dogs in conformation and performance events.
How long have you been a UKC judge?
Shivers received her first judges license from the United Kennel Club in 1991 for conformation judging and obedience for all levels. She holds a Conformation and Scentwork license with the American Kennel Club, Conformation and Obedience with the Australian Shepherd Club of America, Conformation with Irondog International, and Conformation with the National Canine Association.
How long have you been involved with dogs?
Karen has been involved in the sport of dogs since 1968 when she began in 4-H with Obedience and Junior Showmanship. She has been very successful in competing with the American Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club, the Canadian Kennel Club, and the International Kennel Club. She began instructing classes for Obedience and Conformation in 1976 and added Agility and Tracking in 1988. She has been a member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors since 1976 and is currently the President of this prestigious association. She was instrumental in the formation of the Garden State Kennel Club, Texas K9 Association, United Shetland Sheepdog Association, and United Nosework, all of which are licensed to hold trials and shows with the United Kennel Club. Karen is also the co-writer of the current UKC Nosework program. In 2006 she began training in Mondioring along with narcotics detection and protection K9s and in 2007 she was the first civilian graduate of the US Tactical K9 Law Enforcement Academy for that purpose. She currently holds a Private Investigation and Guard Dog training license with the State of Texas.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
Karen has trained, handled, and titled numerous dogs of several different breeds to their Conformation Championships, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Agility, Herding, Weight Pull, Dock Diving, Nosework, and protection sports with the United States Mondioring Association, Irongdog, and Service Dogs of America.

Tracy Kallas

Golden, Colorado
Conformation

How long have you been a UKC judge?
In 2008, after much prodding from friends, I decided while I love to show my dogs, I also had a lot of knowledge and experience other people could benefit from. I applied for and was approved for my UKC Judges license, and have since earned my JR, AE, APBT, TFT, and BSD accreditations. Surprisingly, judging is such a different experience than showing, but I love that for 2 minutes I am trusted to examine all the beautiful dogs presented to me, all the years of work that has gone into these dogs and give my opinion. It is an honor I dont take lightly.
How long have you been involved with dogs?
My first dog was a toy poodle growing up because my parents thought it would be small and easy. I think we surprised them with all the things we could get into. My father raised Goldens, so I was always surrounded by sweet fluffy puppies, but my mom had a Scottie. Growing up, I found myself much preferring the terrier because of her intelligence, humor, and tenacity. After failing to find any Scotties that lived up to my moms dog, in 1993 I discovered the Rat Terrier.
Are you a breeder/how long have you been breeding dogs?
After purchasing my first Rat Terrier, I began in an effort to learn more about the breed and the sport, showing and judging dogs at fun matches both locally and nationally. It was on one of these adventures I met my mentor, and through him, I was able to communicate with a much wider range of people. He and I ended up on an advising committee that assisted ARTA with the interpretation of the UKCI standard into what became the UKC standard. In 1999, when UKC officially recognized the Rat Terrier, I attended my first show in Georgia with a group of Rat Terrier enthusiasts, was thrown into the ring as an extra hand, and have been hooked on the sport ever since. Through the years, my knowledge of structure and type has grown with experience and my ability to handle a dog in the ring has been enriched by attendance and participation in both local and national events.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
To date, with UKC, I have bred and shown over 70 champion and grand champion Rat Terriers, with multiple Top Ten placers. Through the years, I have taught varieties to both judges and exhibitors, been a ring steward, show secretary, show chair, club president of Rocky Mountain Rat Terrier Club, Mountain States representative for ARTA, consultant for UKC on the judges Power-Point presentation, and severed on countless committees that shaped what UKC envisions the Rat Terrier to be.
I am currently showing several Rat Terriers in UKC Conformation and have started on a bit of a different path in some Performance events with an Australian Shepherd. Wish us luck! It should be fun/funny, so if you must laugh, know I am laughing with you!

Bob Rodriguez

Irving, Texas
Nosework

Robert Rodriguez

Bob lives in Irving, Texas with his lovely wife Laurie along with all their pets which include Belgian Malinois, Shelties, a Pug, cat and fish.
He did his undergraduate and graduate work in Health Science in the California State University System. After retirement, Bob earned his Associate of Arts and Electrical Technology AAS. Bob is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society.
He has worked with adults to develop leadership skills in corporate settings as well as teaching electrical technology in the Dallas Community College. Teaching is just one of his passions.
What are you judging this year?
Bob is a Licensed Nosework Judge with the United Kennel Club and with the American Kennel Club and is a CGC Evaluator.
In addition to Nosework competition, Bob completes and titled in Confirmation, Obedience, Lure Cursing, and other dog sports.
How long have you been involved with dogs?
He has worked with a variety of dog breeds and their owners using proven, positive, and fun methods which are based upon a dogs instincts and natural abilities. These methods work for both pet owners who just want to have a great experience with their dogs and for those interested in serious Nosework competition. This includes dogs with physical challenges, placing titles on Pieces, a beautiful Belgian Malinois blind since birth.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
Bob has completed and titled his dog in some of the highest levels of Nosework competition, to include achieving the 14th dog team to achieve the Elite Title status. Bob will tell you First Place Ribbons and Titles are wonderful achievements for you and your dog, but at the end of the day what really matters is having a loving relationship with your Dog, Nosework is one way to develop that relationship.

Heather Minnich

Hudson, Wyoming
Lure Coursing

Heather Minnick

What are you teaching at Premier this year?
I'm judging Coursing Aptitude Tests and Regular Coursing States.
I have enjoyed judging Lure Coursing for ASFA, AKC and UKC, plus OFC for several years now, and I look forward to seeing all the awesome runs at the 25th Anniversary Premier this year. Tally-Ho!
How did you become involved with dogs?
I got my start in Greyhounds with a retired racer/blood donor in the early 90's with the intentions of just having a nice pet. That didn't last, though, when I added a young AKC Greyhound, named Tuck, a few months later. I learned about AKC and ASFA Lure Coursing soon after, and then Conformation showing a few months later when I added Tuck's brother, Magic to my crew. Magic finished his AKC and CKC bench championships and earned an AOM at the Westminster KC show in 1998.
He also was my first AKC Dual Champion, and Tuck finished his ASFA Fch.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment with your dog(s)?
I was hooked, and my next Greyhounds have kept me busy showing in AKC and UKC, Lure Coursing in AKC, UKC, and ASFA, and running Open Field Coursing (OFC) in Wyoming and New Mexico. My dogs have earned top honors along the way, such as winning AKC Greyhound Club of America National Specialty field trials, NOFCA and NACA OFC hunts and titles, UKC Top Ten placement, and Total Dog Group placements to name a few.

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