AGILITY - Four judges on slate
I have owned golden
retrievers since 1992 and have been competing in agility
since 2000. What started as “something that looked like fun”
has literally changed the direction of my life. Over the
years my Goldens have earned 13 MACH/PACH titles, Golden
Retriever Club of America Agility Hall of Fame and Top 20
honors, and a finish in the top 10 at the AKC National
Championship. My love for golden retrievers led me to become
a breeder; my love of the sport of agility led me to become
an agility instructor and an AKC agility judge. In 2012 I
was honored to judge the Top 20 Challenge at that year’s
Border Collie Specialty. As was reflected in that year’s
international style courses, my courses give both the dog
and the handler room to run. As I often say, I don’t put
anything in my courses that I wouldn’t be comfortable
running my own dogs on. Thank you for your consideration and
I hope to see you in September!
AKC Agility Judge # 70579
I live in Elmer, Oklahoma. My husband and I live on a small
cattle ranch, with several cattle, 6 horses, 1 donkey, 1
cat, 7 Labrador Retrievers, and 2 rescues.
I began, as so many of us
did, in obedience. My first AKC obedience trial was in
Bermuda, in 1965. At that time I had a Lhasa Apso, and yes,
we got our first leg. Thus began my enthusiasm for training
and showing my dogs. I have continued to train and show my
dogs in obedience.
In 1997, while living in
Chattanooga, TN, I owned a very exuberant Labrador
Retriever, and a friend of mine suggested I think about
taking her to agility classes. I had not become familiar
with the sport, and went to watch a trial in Harriman, TN. I
knew immediately that I would love the sport, and signed up
for agility classes that next Monday.
My first agility trial, was a
USDAA trial in Coleman, Alabama in 1998. We did not qualify,
but we still placed and got a ribbon and toy, so I was
hooked. I believe I have entered at least one trial every
month since that day, and have run 6 Labs.
My judging career began in
2008. I have loved every minute of it, and have enjoyed
meeting so many wonderful people, and their dogs, from
across the country. I especially enjoy, watch handlers with
new dogs in Novice and Open, and then judging them again, a
year or two later; and seeing what terrific teams they have
Tom lives in Afton, Minnesota
with his wife Carol and several Norwegian Elkhounds. We
won’t say how many Elkhounds as there’s a three dog limit in
Afton, so let’s go with…um…three Elkhounds?
Tom was nominated to judge
the BCSA Agility trial a few years ago and was drubbed in
the election, joining several prominent figures such as Al
Gore, Mitt Romney, and John McCain in getting smoked in a
national election. He has picked up the pieces and continued
on with judging, now having gone to 40 states including
Hawaii last November. Tough gig…but somebody had to do it.
The highlights of Tom’s
AKC Nationals in 2011
World Team Tryouts in 2011
AKC Nationals in 2014 (Challenger’s round…yikes!)
Dog Agility Competition of Florida (DACOF) in 2014.
He has also judged several
National Specialties including Old English Sheepdogs (OK,
there were only five of them but, hey, it’s still a
National), Bearded Collies (Tom still feels badly for
them…the trial was held in a downpour…yuck!), Dachshunds
;-), and Portuguese Water Dogs.
So be kind, vote for Tom.
He’s qualified, and he wants the job.
Biography is coming soon
Four judges on slate
I am delighted to be given
the opportunity of being a candidate for the BCSA 2016
events. Border Collies have been a large part of my
life for the past 30 years, having my own first bitch in
1985, with whom I did some winning & competed at Crufts for
the first time in 1987. From that time I have been totally
“hooked” on the Breed, and they are a massive part of my
life, studying lines, temperament, type and striving to
breed/own dogs, which I consider to be close to the Breed
Since then I have owned, bred
& shown dogs in the UK to much success, including 6 Show
Champions under the Grandver affix, bred along with my mum,
and additionally since 2010 with my individual affix of
Arrodare I owned & campaigned the Top Bitch in the UK for
2011 & 2012. My Arrodare bred dogs are having much success
with a Show Champion & others with CCs & BP wins, and for
the first part of 2015 were standing as Top Breeder in the
I have been involved in many
aspects of Border Collies, and have given seminars/talks and
written articles about them. I very much enjoy seeing the
Border Collies in other Countries.
I have been judging the breed
since 1991, and I have judged the breed at Championship
level on 8 occasions in the UK, including Crufts in 2015
(males). I have also judged at Championship Level in Czech
Republic, Denmark, Italy & Ireland. I have some interest in
other breeds, but my heart lies with the Border Collie & I
prefer to judge the Breed in which I consider myself to be a
I would love to opportunity
to meet, and judge, the Border Collies in America, and thank
you again for the opportunity to be a candidate.
Linn Klingle Brown
I started out with German
Shepherds in 1972 and Border Collies in 1999. I have bred or
finished 8 Champions, a ROM bitch and regional futurity and
Maturity winners with my German Shepherd Dogs. As Mystic
Border Collies I am a Breeder of Merit. My foundation dog
and bitch are both ROM, with numerous progeny that are
Champions, OTCHs and MACHs as well as pursuing herding
Along with campaigning
several dogs as specials with several multiple group
winners, I have trained and shown both breeds in performance
venues. My dogs and I have obtained TD, HSAS, OTCH, AX-AXJ,
Besides being a member of
many all breed clubs, I have been a member of the German
Shepherd Dog Club of America and GSDC of Mpls/STP since
1984. I have been a member of the Border Collie Society of
America since 1999 and JE chair from 2005-2015. I have been
an AKC conformation judge since 2002, and am approved to
judge the Herding Group, Junior Showmanship, Misc, and Best
in Show. I continue to learn and apply for new breeds by
attending AKC Institutes and Seminars, specialties and
discussions with breed mentors.
I like to judge a breed by
its standard and by knowing its original function (job).
Herding breeds all have a structure based on how they do
their specific job. I know firsthand the hard wired
intensity and bid ability traits that make a Border Collie
the premier performance dog, whether it is herding, agility,
or obedience. I love it when I find a dog with the structure
Thank you very much for the
nomination as a candidate to judge at one of your BCSA
Specialty events in 2016.
From a young child I have
shared my life with working sheepdogs and Jack Russell
terriers, my parents always having at least one dog in our
home. Whilst I sometimes judge/handle other breeds my life,
passion and love is the Border Collie.
I purchased my first Working
Sheepdog (Border Collie) in 1976, unfortunately in 1978 when
the breed was finally recognized as a pedigree breed I was
unable to register him with the KC, as his breeder had not
completed the ISDS registration paperwork. Having become
interested in conformation showing I decided he needed a
companion and therefore embarked on finding a registered
It was during this process
that I met a lady who would become my first mentor and very
close friend, the late Iris Combe (Tilehouse) breeder of the
very first Border Collie champion in the UK. She sold me my
first registered Border Collie, Tilehouse Tipp, who 4 years
later (1984) become my very first show champion.
Since Tipp I have
owned/handled 8 further UK show champion Border Collies and
gained greater than 100 challenge certificates. Notable dogs
I have owned and handled include the top winning Border
Collie of all time (Sh Ch Tonkory Palmerston at Fayken J.W.)
Taz gained 45 CC’s, multiple groups and BIS wins as well as
winning the prestigious Border Collie of the Year
competition on 3 occasions. Currently I own and am
campaigning two of his grandchildren, which I bred, Elvis (Sh
Ch Fayken I am Legend J.W.) and Demi (Sh Ch Fayken Indecent
Proposal J.W.). These two youngsters have had an amazing
career to-date - Top Puppy Dog & Bitch 2012, Top Dog & Bitch
2013, Top Bitch 2014 and currently Top Dog & Bitch 2015.
Their mother Sh Ch Sankenali Carolina at Fayken J.W. was
also a top-winning bitch and has been the top brood bitch in
the breed 2013, 2014 and current leader 2015. I imported
their sire, “Smokey” (Sh Ch Sashdan Smokin Joe) from
Australia after judging him as a puppy and awarding him BPIS
at the Australia Border Collie National in 2008. He has been
the Top Sire in the breed 2012, 2013, 2014 and is current
leader 2015. In 2014 he was top sire in the Pastoral Group
and currently he is overall top sire of all breeds in the
I commenced judging Border
Collies in 1986 and awarded Challenge Certificates for the
first time at the Border Collie Club of GB Championship Show
in 1999. Since that appointment I have judged a further 7
times at Championship level including Crufts (males) 2014. I
particularly enjoy judging Border Collies outside of the UK
and have judged overseas at the Irish Border Collie Club,
Czech Border Collie Club, Italian Border Collie Club,
Denmark Border Collie Club, Austrian Border Collie Club, Los
Angeles Border Collie Club in 2007 and the prestigious
Australian National Show in 2008.
I firmly believe in “giving
back something” to the breed that I love and was
instrumental in the establishment and recognition of the
East Anglian Border Collie Club of which I was chairman for
7 years and vice chair for 4 years. Although I have now
retired from all club committees I continue to be the Border
Collie Club of Wales representative on the Breed Council and
Pastoral Breed Health Foundation committees. I give seminars
on handling and judging the Border Collie (The Border Collie
Convention – lead speaker, Midlands Border Collie Club,
Hungary Border Collie Club, Italian Border Collie Club &
Czech Border Collie Club). I am also the co-editor and
producer of the online Border Collie magazine BorderView
World and have recently helped launch BorderView Spotlight a
Bi-Annual online yearbook.
I would consider it a great
honor to judge at the BCSA Specialty and thank you very much
for the privilege of being nominated as a candidate.
I am a second-generation dog
person who grew up in the world of Sporting, Working,
Terrier and Hound breeds as a youngster. As I approached
University age, I began breeding and showing Bull Terriers
(under the Kennel Name Bejobos) in the 60’sand 70’s. Our
breeding program was quite successful allowing us to breed
and finish a number of Champions winning Groups and BIS’s. A
few years later, we became interested in Bedlingtons. As
with the Bull Terriers, the Bedlingtons proved very
successful for my wife and I in the show ring. As time
passed other breeds entered our lives - West Highland White
Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Shih Tzu, Greyhound,
Schipperkes and French Bulldogs. Currently I have a
Miniature Bull Terrier.
I began judging Terriers in
1971. I have been granted approval, in the United States,
for All Breeds. I now judge extensively throughout the year,
and do not show or breed dogs any more. My judging has taken
me to all parts of the United States, as well as, Canada,
Mexico, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the
Far East, Russia and Europe.
Judging has given me the
opportunity to meet wonderful people all over the world, and
see the types of dogs they breed and show.
SWEEPSTAKES - Three judges on slate
Thank you to the BCSA members
for nominating me to judge the Sweepstakes at the 2016
National Specialty. I first fell in love with border collies
in 2004, and since then have dedicated all of my spare time
and then some, to training, showing and breeding these
wonderful dogs. In 2004, we attended our first National
Specialty with our first border collie, Smitty, CH Callista
Blue Smitten, PT, CGC entered in the 6-9 months class. I was
hooked after attending that great show.
I have trained recreationally in herding and agility,
however my competitive focus has been in conformation. My
Bred By boy Cave, GCH Solaras-Callista Cavalacade’s
Companion, was number one Owner Handled Border Collie for
the competition’s inaugural year.
I am a member of the BCSA and
am an AKC Breeder of Merit. While we are a small kennel,
breeding only occasionally, I have bred and/or owned 17
champions and grand champions as well as a Flyball Master. A
number of our puppies are in training in multiple venues, or
are on working farms, and all are loving companions.
I love the versatility,
diversity of type and quirky humor of the breed. It would be
an honor to judge the Sweepstakes at the 2016 National
I began my dog career showing
English Setters. From there I moved into Bouvier des
Flandres in the early 70’s . I was Vice President of the
National Bouvier des Flandres Club, on the board as well as
head of Education for a number of years. I lost my last
Bouvier early this year.
I have judged Sweepstakes for
the Rocky Mountain Bouvier des Flandres Club on two
occasions. I judged Sweepstakes for the Rottweiler Club of
New Mexico as well as Sweepstakes for the New Mexico Toy Dog
Club in August of this year.
I presently own and run Acoma
Training Center in Albuquerque NM where we teach Obedience ,
Conformation, Agility and Special Needs ( for physically
handicapped owners and pet therapy).
I have been very active in
the dog community in Albuquerque.
I taught court ordered classes for the city of Albuquerque
for Pet Owner Responsibility for 18 years. I also headed a
committee for rewriting the City of Albuquerque Animal
I have owned and shown Border
Collies since the 2nd year they were accepted into AKC. I
have taken them to West Minister Dog shows as well as
Eukanuba competitions. I have watched Border Collies at
Crufts in England as well as the world dog shows in Sweden,
Paris and Helsinki, Finland in 2014.
I love the Border Collie
breed for all it represents. I feel a dog needs to be
physically and mentally sound to be able to do what they
were bred to do.
Dogs have always been my
passion. I strive to help them be the best they can be.
Thanks for your
Biography is coming soon
HERDING - Six judges on slate
Laura De La
Laura De La Cruz
A best-selling author of
herding and dog training books and journals, Laura has been
herding for 10 years and has trained, trialed and/or titled
a variety of dogs, including Border Collies, Briards,
Standard Schnauzers, Bergermascos, Pumis, Aussies, Kelpies,
Shelties, Collies, Corgis, ACDs, Rotties and even a Greater
Swiss Mountain dog.
She is both an AKC Herding
Judge and an AHBA Herding Judge and approved to judge A, B
and C courses in AKC (and has judged them all).
She owns (trained, trialed and titled) the first Herding
Champions in the El Paso/Las Cruces area, the first
Double-Herding Champions in the area, and the first dog to
earn an AKC Herding Excellent title in the area. Her Border
Collies have earned AKC Excellent titles in all stock on A
course and ducks and sheep on B course. Her Border Collie,
Star, was the subject of an article in the BCSA
"Borderlines" magazine in 2012. Her older Border Collie,
Joker, was featured in the Aug/Sept 2013 Veterans edition of
the “Borderlines” when Joker earned his second HX at the age
of 11 in 2013.
She also trains and competes
in Obedience, Rally and Barn Hunt. In addition, she is a CGC
Evaluator for AKC.
Laura lives in Chaparral, NM,
between Las Cruces and El Paso, TX where she owns and
operates Paw Print Place Training Facility and is the
founder of the Leash Up® dog training program. Laura is
owned by a Briard, 6 Border Collies, 6 Aussies, 2 Kelpies
and 2 Livestock Guardian Dogs (an Anatolian Shepherd and a
Karakachan). She is currently working on her next herding
and dog training books and journals. Thanks again!!
Jan Wesen has a B.S. in Dairy
Science and lives in Bow, Washington where she and husband
Ron Wesen work their dogs on their organic 800 cow dairy
farm. Jan has been working with her dogs since 1985 and has
judged in trials and performance events sponsored by the
Australian Shepherd Club of America, American Kennel Club,
Canadian Kennel Club, American Herding Breed Association,
and also competed in Working Kelpie Inc. & International
Border Collie Trials.
She teaches herding and
obedience to all levels, and gives Stock dog clinics
internationally and throughout the US.
Visit www.janwesen.com to
meet Jan’s dogs and learn about her impressive
First let me say what an
honor it is to be considered to judge your event.
As you may know, I have been
a judge for the AKC, AHBA, & USBCHA for over 15 years, and
have over 26 years of herding experience. I have titled over
a dozen different herding breeds, and have owned over 5
different breeds, settling on the Border Collie as my breed
of choice to own.
I have trained and mentored with Alisdair MacRae for over
ten years ( our current 12 time USBCHA national champion )
and two time International Supreme winner Bobby Dalziel.
I have been an all breed
herding trainer for over 20 years, and in all that time I
have never forgotten why I decided to try herding in the
first place. It was because I thought it would be fun for my
Bouvier, and so I am constantly reminding students and
competitors alike when I'm judging to never forget why they
started in the first place.
I could go on as I am very
passionate about herding, however I think it's best to say
that when I judge an event, whether Nationals or a local
trial, I always try and bring a little levity to the
situation and remind people that we are not solving the
world crisis, we are Sheepherding, allowing our four legged
buddies to pursue their natural instincts, while having fun.
Remember the High in Trial winner still has to pay the same
amount for dinner that night. Ha-ha. Thank You
Hello, My name is Terry
Kenney and my AKC license Number is 17103. I have been an
all AKC breed herding judge since September 29,1999. For fun
I Went to the AKC website and discovered I have Judged in
excess of 108 AKC herding trials events since becoming a
judge. I am also AHBA judge,a USBCHA judge and CKC
judge.There was a ten day span in October 2003 that I judged
over 300runs in 3 states all of them National Specialties.
One of which was border Collie Specialty in Gray Summit
Missouri. Barb Whittle was the trial secretary for all of
the trials and people thought we were dating.
My first herding dog that
owned me and I loved was a Border Collie, DC, HTCH, WTCH
Darkwind Stormin Kennelley Elley and she was the first DC
Border Collie in the AKC. I was very lucky to be her
partner. When we first got her she was suppose to just be a
pet dog for my wife. Little did I know then how my life was
going to change. I got the herding bug. One year while
campaigning Elley and two pups I spent 67 nights in my motor
home and drove over 32,000.00 miles.
All of my other Border
Collies came from her line, including 5 dual champions with
the AHBA and ASCA Championships as well. All of them had
originated from Elley.
I have since moved from the
city of Torrance with a lot size of 75’ by 150’ to a 25acre
herding and training facility. (www.task farms.org)in Leona
Valley California. Top C Ranch is the name of the ranch and
it is the home of Task Farms Herding and trialing facility.
We have been in operation since February 2000. We maintain a
flock of sheep currently around 100 plus. We also have
approximately 25 goats and 10 horses and mules. We host
about 37 herding trialing days/events a year in addition to
the facility we lease 1200 acres of primitive ranch land
where we raise mixed beef cattle and longhorns.
Going back to September of
1999 when I first became a judge I did not know what I was
getting myself into. I wanted to give back to the sport I
truly loved. I enjoy seeing the different breeds of working
dogs and how their particular herding style was put to use.
The People: I consider myself to be people person and I have
truly enjoyed meeting my fellow herders all over the
country. I also had the opportunity to steal many ideas in
the design of my facility. Thus leaving me many
opportunities to learn about different techniques utilized
all over the country.
In closing I want to thank
your club for nominating me for consideration to be part of
the your specialty. I look forward to seeing old friends and
meeting some new friends as well. Thanks again.
Rick Hardin, is an AKC and
ASCA herding judge and has been a herding dog trainer and
competitor for over 22 years.
Biography is coming soon
OBEDIENCE - Four judges on slate
My name is Carolyn Wray and I
live in Oregon with three Miniature Poodles; the gang and I
participate in AKC events including obedience, rally,
agility, fieldwork and tracking. I have done conformation
and herding as well. All my dogs are spoiled house pets and
they all sleep on the bed.
I grew up in a dog show
family and earned my first CD in 1966 (I was still in grade
school).. I am an AKC obedience and rally judge (all
I have titled and loved a
variety of breeds including Keeshonden, Shelties, Doberman,
Pekingese, and Poodles. Achieving a CDX title on my beloved
Peke, Kenny, is one of my fondest memories. His registered
name was Wraynbow Unique, CDX and he was indeed unique; I
miss him to this day.
In addition to many years of
showing, I have also written many articles on dog sports,
most specifically obedience and rally. I have contributed to
such magazines as the Poodle Club of America’s “Poodle
Papers,” the Versatility in Poodles quarterly newsletter and
the now defunct, Kee Topics.
I bring a varied background
to the ring every time I judge and this experience gives me
a balanced perspective both as a judge and as an exhibitor.
I enjoy every assignment. Being a performance judge is the
best hobby you can have!
The first dog show I attended
was the Golden Gate Kennel Club, a benched show at the Cow
Palace in San Francisco in 1958. Little did I know that many
years later I would have the honor of becoming the Obedience
Chair for the Golden Gate Kennel Club. I still remember
being absolutely fascinated while watching a handler and a
black Miniature Poodle doing the “Seek Back” exercise in the
obedience ring. Little did I know that many years a
Miniature Black Poodle would join our family. Rottweilers, a
Westie, and for the last 25 years Miniature Poodles, all
white until recently, a Black Miniature Poodle named Jingle
entered my life. All my dogs have kept me busy training and
showing in Obedience, Agility, Field, Tracking, Rally and
Conformation with each one teaching me something new. I have
loved every minute. My husband, Bob, and I are now retired
and living in Penn Valley, part of the Gold Country of
For the last 28 years I have
had the pleasure of being an AKC Obedience Judge and have
met so many wonderful handlers and dogs. I am honored to be
nominated to judge the Border Collie National Specialty.
I got my start in Obedience
in 1990 with an English Springer Spaniel that the breeder
made me promise to take to a puppy obedience class as he was
a little terror that she knew needed training. The first
night of class the instructor brought in her big black
German Shepherd Dog and demonstrated the utility signal
exercise and I was hooked.
I had lived with dogs all my
life and loved them all, but nothing can compare to the bond
created by training and competing in Companion/ Performance
I have, since that first Springer, finished 1 Championship,
2 UD’s and working on a 3rd and multiple Agility titles and
am looking forward, with my current Springer, to Nose Work,
Tracking and most of all, his Therapy work at Children’s
Hospital of Pennsylvania.
I have been judging since
2004 and enjoy every minute of it.
Linda and Michael MacDonald
operate the HY-BAR Training Center in West Salem. For over
30 years, they have owned, trained and showed Obedience
Champion titled dogs, competed at the National level and
ranked several dogs in the AKC lifetime rating systems. They
are not your average dog trainer. They are involved and have
experience in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Retriever Field
work and Herding. They are both respected in the world of
dogs and have both served on several AKC Advisory committees
that periodically review and change obedience and Rally
regulations and guidelines. Linda is an AKC obedience judge
who has had the honor of judging at several national
tournaments including the AKC Obedience Invitational, Gaines
Superdog and AllStar Tournaments. Besides obedience, Linda
has titled both a 24 and 20 inch Master Agility Champion and
both qualified for the AKC Agility Nationals. Linda is also
very involved in field work and hunt test with her Golden
Retrievers. Two of their dogs, Sixpak and Sadie have been
included in several books that highlight the breed’s
outstanding performers and outstanding sire and dam
producers. Sixpak and Sadiemade the Lifetime OTCH Dog
ratings in obedience. Mike and Linda have earned over 140
Obedience titles, titled 5 AKC Obedience Trial Champions,
earned over 8,000 OTCH points and over 300 High in Trials
and multiple perfect 200 scores. They have 23 National
tournament top ten placements including the first place
winner at the 1995 Gaines Superdog and 2012 Allstar Super
Star Championships. They also titled 3 dogs to the AKC
MACH-Master Agility Champion.
Linda’s current Golden
Retriever, Wings is rated in the top of her breed since 2007
and competed at the AKC National Obedience Invitational in
Long Beach, CA in December 2009 and 2010 and in Orlando,
Florida in 2011, 2012 and again in Tulsa, OK in March 2013
and again in 2014 in March in Harrisburg, PA. This
Invitational event host the top OTCH (Obedience Trial
Champion) dogs in the country for a 2 day tournament. In
2010,Wings began competing in Agility. She quickly earned
her Novice, Open and Excellent Standard and Jumpers (6)
titles in 5 weekends. She also earned her Master Agility
Championship MACH title quickly while qualifying for the AKC
Nationals. A total of 9 titles from Novice to her
Championship in just 10 months. In 2011, she earned her
“OGM” Obedience Grand Master title. In August 2012, Wings
won the Super Star division at the All Star Performance
Championship in York, PA. A great honor among the best dogs.
In 2013 Wings earned her UDX11, UDX12 and UDX13, MXC, MJC
and MACH3. In 2013 Wings rated 24th in Goldens in the
country and also rated in the top 25 Goldens for double Q’s
in agility. In 2014 she completed her MACH4 title and UDX14.