ANDREW H. BRACE (UK)
ANDREW BRACE’s first pedigree dog was the Boxer he owned at the age of eleven.
After modest success with Boxers, he turned his attentions to the Toy breeds, notably Pekingese in which breed he made up his first Champion.
Subsequently his TRAGBAND affix became more associated with Beagles and Afghan Hounds, his Beagle bitch CH. TOO DARN HOT FOR TRAGBAND holding the all-time record for CCs won in the breed.
Andrew first awarded CCs in Pekingese in 1977, judged his first Toy Group at Championship level in 1981 and became the UK’s youngest All Breeds Championship Best in Show judge in 1988.
He is the author of several specialist books including the much acclaimed THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO JUDGING DOGS and is a regular contributor to several canine periodicals including DOG WORLD and YOUR DOG in the UK, DOG NEWS in the USA, DOGS IN CANADA and DOG NEWS AUSTRALIA. With Anne Rogers Clark he co-edited THE INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF DOGS. He is Consultant Editor of DOG WORLD weekly newspaper.
Andrew regularly gives seminars on a wide range of canine topics.
Andrew Brace has been approved by the Kennel Club to award CCs in more than 90 breeds across all the groups, and judges all Groups as well as Best in Show.
He has judged extensively overseas, officiating in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Barbados, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Greece, Malta, Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Croatia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia , Hungary and Ireland.
Andrew has officiated at many of the major shows around the world including Crufts, Westminster, the AKC National Championship, several FCI World and European shows and Royals in Australia. He has also been a regular visitor to the Summer Night Shows in Split.
LIZ CARTLEGDE (UK)
A life long interest in dogs, Swedish born Liz started to go to dog shows at a very early age with her father who was a keen obedience man but also showed his Boxers and Dobermanns. Liz bought her first own dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, in her early teens and has remained faithful to the breed ever since. She went to secreterial college to complete her studies in Gothenburg, Sweden, and than moved to England in January 1967, having fallen in love with the country a few years earlier when she came over as a kennelgirl working in a Basset, Beagle and, of course, Corgi kennel. Liz worked as a sub editor for „Dog World“, the weekly English dog magazine for 5 years. Met and married Terrier man and all rounder judge, Joe Cartledge, and went to live at his Ryslip kennels in Berkshire where she is still based today. Sadly Joe died in 1982 but Liz, with their two sons, has continued to run the kennels, and import and export department and large cash`n`carry dog/cat food store.
Having got a good grounding at Dog World Liz started judging on a small scale in the late 1960`s and later travelled with Joe up and down the country, gradually gaining experience and progressing to open show level. At the present time, having lived in the UK for 46 years, Liz is now passed to judge well over 100 breeds at top level, six of the seven championship show groups plus Best in Show. She has judged the Terrier, Working, Pastoral, Utility and Toy groups at Crufts and had the honour of judging Best in Show there in 1999. Liz travels extensively and has judged in most corners of the world - USA, Canada, Australia, New Zeland, Japan, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and almost every European country but this will be her first judging assignment in Croatia, something she looks forward to very much.
Enjoys breeding dogs when time permits and over the years Liz has produced top winners not only in Pembroke Corgis but also in Norfolk Terriers, Lancashire Heellers, Swedish Vallhunds and Japanese Spitz.
Also involved in canine administration, serving on the Kennel club judges and Crufts committees, vice chairman of Windsor dog show and a long standing committee member of the Ladies kennel assn. Encouraging young people into the dog sport was a passion of her late husband Joe and Liz has continued being secretary of the Junior handling association for well over 30 years, she is the coordinator for the international junior handling final at Crufts every year where some 35 countries send their national winners. So a very busy life which does not leave much more time for outside hobbies but Liz enjoys reading, going to the theatre and travel.
AUGUSTO BENEDICTO SANTOS III (PHI)
President – FCI ASIA-PACIFIC SECTION
President – Philippine Canine Club
FCI All-Breeds International Judge
More familiarly known as “Dinky” amongst his peers, he was born in 1967 to a family of “Animal Lovers”.
Dinky has been showing dogs for as long as he can remember. At an early age, he and his siblings often accompanied their Father to the dog shows. Together with his Father and siblings, through the years, he was involved with German Shepherd Dogs, German Shorthaired Pointers, Japanese Akita Inus, and Bull Terriers before personally getting engrossed with the Labrador Retriever in 1988.
Dinky’s SUNSHADOW LABRADOR RETRIEVERS is one of the main forces behind the success of the Philippine Labrador Retriever today. He owned PCCI’s #1 DOG for 1996, #5 for 1995 and #3 for 1997. He has owned and bred more than 130 Champions – at least 70 of which are homebred. He also owned the #1 All-Breed “Sire of Champions” in the Philippines who, as of this writing, has sired forty-six (46) Champions – a number yet to be surpassed.
He is presently involved with German Shepherd Dogs that he shows both in Germany & the Philippines. He presently owns “VA1 Sammo di Casa Beggiato” – a famous GSD and a leading sire in Germany.
Dinky is also very much involved with Horses – a known SANTOS tradition. He was a member of the Philippine Equestrian Team and is, presently, one of the Philippines’ leading Polo Players. He is also involved with thoroughbred horse racing and has owned many Champions through the years.
Dinky was awarded the distinction “Life Member” of the PCCI in 2005. He was the founding President of The Labrador Retriever Club Incorporated (LRCI) back in 1994. He is a full-member of the prestigious Labrador Retriever Club (UK) and was awarded “Honorary Life Member” of the Club Canofila de Puerto Rico and the Kennel Club of Pakistan.
He has been a Philippine delegate to the Asia Kennel Union Conferences in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2012; Federation Cynologique Internationale General Assemblies held in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2013; FCI Asia and the Pacific Section Conferences in 2005, 2007, 2009 & 2011 & 2013. He was the FCI observer for the FCI Asia and the Pacific Section Shows in 2009 & 2011.
He was also a member of the FCI TASK FORCE that was formed in Bratislava.
He is currently the PRESIDENT of the FCI ASIA-PACIFIC SECTION and a member of the FCI GENERAL COMMITTEE. He has also been the President of the Philippine Canine Club since 2003.
He started judging Labrador Retrievers in 1995 and was licensed to judge All-Breeds in 2011.
He has judged in over 40 countries – all over Asia, Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. He has judged at several Section and World Dog Shows. He just recently judged Pomeranians and Boston Terriers at the World Dog Show 2013 in Budapest.
NATAŠA BLANUŠA (HR)
Since very young age I loved to study about animals, their beauty and life.
Dogs were very special to me and I loved to study and learn about different dog breeds, their specifics and origin.
In my teenage years, I've had a pleasure to spend my life in company of Miniature Poodles – black and apricot and started my cynological journey from there. I became a member of the National Kennel Club in 1989 (I was twelve at that time).
As Poodle is a very special breed - taking care of my companions, grooming and handling them were first tasks that had to be learned back then and mastered.
In 1993 I have registered the kennel name under the prefix 'Nathalie' and had opportunity to breed few black Miniature champions (national and international). And also had an apricot Miniature male imported from Germany that was Int. and Multi. Ch. of several countries.
Showing at first, got me involved with different cynological activities and in 1992 I was one of the first members of the first club in Croatia for the breeds of the FCI group 9. That's where the idea and love for becoming a cynological judge has been born. In 1996 I became a judge for Poodles (the youngest judge in Croatian Kennel Club at that time) and two years later I have succesfully completed all beautiful breeds from the FCI group 9. Now I'm an International dog show judge for breeds from the FCI groups 3, 5, 9, 10 and Tibetan Mastiff.
Judging is a beautiful process, sometimes might be hard, because the love and respect for every dog is always great. I had opportunity to judge in different countries (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Ireland) on different show levels (national and international shows, specialties and EDS in Zagreb 2007).
Occasionally, I used to write articles about breeds from FCI group 9 in Croatian magazine about dogs 'Naši psi' (that's unfortunatelly no more in print).
Also, wrote a column in Croatian Kennel Club's magazine „Moj pas“ about Junior Handling.
I'm a member of Bichon Club Zagreb (since 2007) and member of its breeding comittee.
BO SKALIN (S)
Bo has owned Giant Schnauzers since 1977 and black&silver Miniature Schnauzers since 1984. The first litter was born in 1985 under the prefix “Hassan Hills” and he has bred during 20 years over 50 show champions with over 100 titles worldwide. In 2001 the Swedish Kennel Club awarded him the Hamliton award for successful breeding of Giant and Miniature Schnauzers. Since 2012 he is breeding together with his wife Natalja Skalin (Nekrosiene) black Miniature Schnauzers, Rough Collies, Chihuahuas and Shetland Sheepdogs under the "Skabona" prefix. Natalja is veterinarian and they have the private clinic.
Bo became judge for the Schnauzer and Pinscher breeds in 1995. In 2010 he was licensed as an all round judge and he has judged all over the world both in all breed shows and specialties, including World and European Dog Shows.
He is the member of the Board of the Swedish Kennel Club and the Chairman of the Show Committee of the Swedish Kennel Club.
He is the President of the Swedish Schnauzer-Pinscher Club.
CHAN WENG WOH (MAL)
Mr. Chan was the President of the Malaysian Kennel Association for two terms. He has participated actively in the running of MKA; has served as a director of MKA from 1994 to 2009, served in the capacity of Secretary of MKA Perak Branch for 18 years and a qualified Examiner for MKA judges Training Scheme. He was also a delegate of the AKU conference and also serves in the Committee for AKU Judging Manual and was also the Chairman of the Judges and Steward Committee. In 2013, Mr. Chan was given the honour by FCI under the directive from President FCI Asian Section to inspect the new Iran Kennel Club.
He has shown or bred Pekingese, Pomeranian, Miniature Pinscher, Pug, Miniature Poodle, Whippet, Toy Poodle, Lhasa Apso and Smooth Fox Terrier. He has shown many Champions and BIS winners. He is a licensed All Breeds Judge of the MKA, AKU and FCI. He had given CACIB, CAC, CC or judged in 53 countries around the world in the continents of Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. Some of the biggest dog shows he has judged were Central East European Dog Show 2012 in Czech Republic, Central East European Dog Show in Romania in 2011, Canadian Kennel Club Purina Invitational 2010, World Dog Show 2009, Brisbane Royal 2004, Adelaide Royal 2006, Hobart Royal 2007, New Zealand National Dog Show, the National Dog Show in Canada, the Helsinki International Dog Show in Finland, Champion of Champions at the Kennel Union of South Africa and Pedigree/Ozdog Top Dog of Australia 2004.
He has judged specialties of the following breeds: Pekingese, Poodles (WDS, Sweden, Denmark, Australia), Pomeranians, Boston Terriers, Pugs (USA, Canada, Thailand), American Staffordshire Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Thai Ridgebacks, Thai Bangkeaws, Shih Tzus, Papillons, Siberian Huskies, Beagles, Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, GSDs, Dobermans, Rotweilers, American Cocker Spaniels, Chinese Crested Dogs, Alaskan Malamutes, Fila Brasilas, Mexican Hairless, Bulldogs, Australian Shepherds, French Bulldogs, American Akitas and Dachsunds.
This year he is awarding CACIB/ CAC/ CC or judging in the Phillipines, Bolivia, Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Portugal, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, Honduras, Columbia, South Africa, Switzerland, India and Thailand. In 2015, Mr. Chan is judging BIG 9 in the European Dog Show in Norway.
STEVEN SEYMOUR (AUS)
My life in dogs began as a teenager showing Beagles at 14.My mother decided that if she was to be driving me to shows then she should also get a dog and decided on a Griffon. So together we made our prefix BEAGRIFF being a mix of the two breeds. Over the next 25 years we bred many champions in both breeds. In Griffons we bred or owned many BIS winners at both Specialty and all breeds level. Today there are Beagriff champions in several countries and are also behind many winning kennels as well. I have also owned a BIS Whippet from the famous Statuesque kennels and a group winning Japanese Chin and Wire Fox Terrier.
I began judging Beagles in the early 1980’s and followed on to be passed for the Toy ,Terrier, Hound and Non Sporting groups in Australia before moving to live in the UK in 2003. In the UK I have awarded CC’s in Beagles ,Griffons and Australian Terriers. I am a fully licenced FCI judge for almost 100 breeds and have judged in over 30 different countries across Europe, the USA as well as South Africa, Asia and South America and Russia.
DAGMAR KLEIN (RO)
Ms. Dagmar Klein, born in 1975, started her cynological life training and working with dogs in obedience and agility, today not more active in this part of dog sport but still loving and owning a German Shepherd. At the end of the 90’s she became an active member of the Romanian Toy Club, the Serbian Kennel Club and soon after this also a breeder in the German Club for Toy breeds. At current writing, Dagmar Klein is a breeder of Papillons under the FCI prefix "Ponda’s".
Many International and National Champions of the breed Papillon have been bred or owned by Ponda's kennel, some of them have become champions, Top Papillons or Papillon of the Year in Germany, Romania and other European countries. Since 2010 Dagmar Klein is a proud owner of her first Romanian Carpathian Shepherd dog named Bruno.
Today Dagmar Klein is an active judge of the Romanian Kennel Club for the FCI groups 1, 2, 5 and 9.
Ms. Dagmar Klein has judged in Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.
DAN ERICSSON (S)
Dan Ericsson started breeding Scottish Terriers in 1971 and has ever since been a very active breeder and exhibitor. His Raglan dogs have won BIS in many countries and also Top Dog in Sweden and several times won Top Terrier awards. All in all, he has made up 142 homebred champions under his Raglan-prefix which also includes Labradors, a breed in which he is also actively involved. He is currently involved in several committees on the Swedish Kennel Club, is a founder member and president of The Scottish Terrier Club and now also president of The Labrador Retriever Club.
Dan Ericsson is approved to judge all FCI breeds and has officiated at most prestigious shows all over the world including all groups and BIS in the UK, numerous FCI European and World Winner Shows and he judges most weekends throughout the world.
His own breeding and showing has been curtailed due to many judging appointments, but he is still active in all fields of the dog world.
Time permitting, he tries to find time for reading and enjoying friends – not easy though when most weekend are spent judging dogs in this wonderful sport.
RUSSELL HODGES (UK)
I have shown Italian Greyhounds since 1997. To date I have made up 7 Champions in the UK and won over 70 Challenge Certificates. I was top breeder in the UK in 2008 and 2009 and again in 2013. UK Champion Dalinset Canzonetta was top Italian Greyhound in the UK in 2008 and 2009 and Winner of the Toy group at Windsor Championship Show in 2008., and Best of Breed at Crufts in 2009. Another Crufts BOB followed in 2010 with Ch. Dalinset Pamina. Champion Dalinset Sarastro is our current winner and is the UK male CC record holder, with 29 CCs (at October 2013) and 12 group placings including Group 2 at Crufts 2013, and 1st in the toy group at the National dog show. He was top IG in the UK in 2012 and 2013. I have awarded CCs in Italian Greyhounds in the UK since 2010, and in 2013 judged the Italian Greyhound Club of Sweden's national specialty.
LESLEY J. CHALMERS (NZ)
Kennel Name: MERTHYR
Profession: Retired Business Owner
Web Address: http://merthyrnz.homestead.com
Language/s Spoken: English
- Bred 2 NZ Grand Champions, 37 NZ Champions (8 AB BIS winners + 3 RBIS A/B winners) 12 Aust Champions, 1 Singapore; 5 Canadian; 9 American & 1 Sth African Champions. Breeder BOB Pembroke Welsh Corgi Westminster KC (USA) 2008
- Owned & exhibited a further 2 NZ Grand Champions, 12 NZ Champions (4 AB BIS winners) plus 4 Aust Champions.
- Bred, Owned & Exhibited NZ Puppy of the Year 1993 and 1999 (All Breeds) & Runner Up 2009
- Owned & exhibited Runner up Supreme Dog of the Year 2000.
- Imported UK/NZ Ch Belroyd Puffin (UK); UK Ch Bulcorig Zenita (UK); NZ Ch Bulcorig Zola of Cordach (UK); NZ Ch Cordach Chieftan (UK); NZ Ch Belroyd Emperor (UK), NZ GRAND Ch Belroyd Friarbird (UK), Ch Woodhenge The Dream Keeper (UK) & Can. NZ GRAND & Aust Ch Boitano President of Merthyr (USA)
Judging Qualifications and Experience
Judging Qualification/s: All Breeds
Breed Specialisation: Welsh Corgi (Pembroke), Norfolk Terrier (recent)
Speciality Shows judged for: Australian Silky Terrier, Beagle, Border Collie, Brittany Spaniel, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Collie (Rough), Collie (Smooth), Dobermann, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Old English Sheepdog, Pug, Shetland Sheepdog, Siberian Husky, Weimaraner, Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)
Licensed by: New Zealand Kennel Club
Countries judged in: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Thailand, Russia, United Kingdom, USA, China.
Judging Since: 1984
NZ Kennel Club (Past President & Current Member)
NZ Kennel Club Executive Council (Past Member)
NZ Council Of Docked Breeds (Current Committee Member)
The Kennel Club (UK) (Current Member)
Waimakiriri Kennel Assn (Past President & Current Patron)
Nth Canterbury Kennel Club (Past President & Current Member)
Canterbury Kennel Assn (Current Member)
Canterbury Ladies Kennel Assn (Current Member)
Canterbury Working Dog Assn (Foundation Committee Member & Current Member)
The Welsh Corgi League (UK) (Current Member)
Dominion Welsh Corgi League (Current Member)
Central Welsh Corgi League (Current Member)
Sth Island Welsh Corgi League (Current Member)
Seminars and Presentations
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi - common misconceptions
ZSOLT CSABA LOKODI (RO)
As a child I was surrounded by dogs as my parents have bred Hungarian Pulis under the name of “Regeni kennel” since 1973. However, I did not maintain the family tradition in breeding Hungarian Pulis and I purchased my first Airedale Terrier in the middle of the 1980’s, a breed I admired whenever I caught sight of them at the dog shows of the 80’s. Thus, in 1988 I founded my own kennel under the name of “Nyaradmenti”. As years were passing Airedale Terriers were followed by Wirehaired Dachshunds beginning with 1989, and in 1990 I imported in Romania the first Welsh Terrier named Villamgyors Bella. Unfortunately at the beginning of the 90’s the quality of Airedale Terriers in our country was so low that even the imported males could not improve the breed. So in the middle of the 90’s I imported a few females from different bloodlines (Lutrahazi, van’t Asbroek, Aluzija, etc) and in 1999 also the famous male Am Ch Terrydale HK Shaireab Online as a new bloodline founder. While we still had to face some problems with the Airedales, the quality of the Welsh Terriers produced in my kennel was showing an ascending tendency towards modern lines. Big stars of the breed in that period were Nyaradmenti Caper, Nyaradmenti Gupi, Nyaradmenti Gina, Nyaradmenti Jill’s, Nyaradmenti Summertime, names that can be found in all the pedigrees of Welsh Terriers born in Romania. I kept a Wirehaired Dachshund as a family dog, that is why I had few litters but all of very good quality, marking the Dachshund breed in Romania. Here I’d like to mention Nyaradmenti Ibis Ribis, Nyaradmenti Idiot Icik (the father of the BOB in the European Dog show Poznan). At present I breed Miniature Wirehaired Dachshunds. At the beginning of 2000 we gathered our forces with the young kennel of Happytails. This co-operation lasted till 2008, and as a result at the above mentioned 3 breeds we obtained world quality dogs with positive echoes in dog shows in USA, Australia, Russia and Europe.
MONIKA BLAHA (A)
I grew up with dogs of different breeds, the first I remember was a shepherd-mix, followed by Poodle, FoxTerrier, Irish Setter and Dachshund.
My aunt bred longhaired Dachshunds very successfully and during my schooldays I accompanied her in shows and at that time I was infected with the show virus.
In 1970 I got my first Cocker Spaniel which died early. Cocker Spaniels are flushing dogs and therefore I did the test for the hunting license and handled all my dogs as gun dogs in field and wood. As first Austrian I imported a Field Spaniel, who had a very successful show career, as well as the Podengo Pequeno Portuges I imported from Portugal.
In 1975 I became a member of the Austrian Spaniel Club and supported the committee for nearly 25 years, fulfilling different tasks (treasurer, secretary, breeding manager, chairman). I was also a member of the ÖKV committee and now since many years a member in the advisory board.
1988 I started as a show judge for all Spaniel breeds of the FCI-group VIII, expanded my judging profile for more and more breeds until 2009 when I got the permission to judge all breeds.
At the moment I own a particolored Cocker Spaniel and I am very thankful to my husband for his support in my cynological activities.
My advice: “a life without a dog is no life”
TAMAS JAKKEL (H)
I am a breeder of English cocker spaniels and Smooth Dachshunds since 40 yrs, a breeder of over 150 FCI International Champions, a couple of dozens of World and European Winners.
An FCI judge since 1985, all-rounder since 2001.
I was judging in all 5 Continents' biggest dogshows, including FCI, KC, AKC, CKC and ANKC Shows.
I'm the President of the Hungarian Kennel Club's Judges' Board since 14 years, a former Vice-President of the FCI Judges Commission and FCI European Section.
I am a member of the FCI General Committee since 5 years.
ZLATKO KRALJIĆ (HR)
I was born in 1945 in Koprivnica.
I started breedIng dogs in 1961. with Boxers.
Since then I bred a large number of puppies of different breeds and many of them later became national and international champions.
Now I breed Miniature Schnauzers and Shih-tzus.
I became a judge in 1969 for the breed German shepherd and in 1990 I became all round judge.
I judge in English and German language.
IGOR VYGUZOV (RUS)
JUDGE SINCE: 2003
AUTORIZATION: RUSSIA, RUSSIAN KYNOLOGICAL FEDERATION (RKF)
LANGUAGES: RUSSIAN, ENGLISH
ALLOWED TO JUDGE FINALS:
JUNIOR HANDLING COMPETITION,
BEST BABY & VETERAN COMPETITION
Irkutsk State Medical University (Irkutsk, Russia)
Baikal State University of Economics and Law (Irkutsk, Russia)
Owner of the Kennel Baikalskiy Talisman since 2000. In my home and kennel since my childhood was many different breeds: Dobermann, Great Dane, Bullmastiff, Shar pei, Pug, Miniature Pinscher, Griffons, St. Bernard, Kavkazskaya Ovcharka
Now in kennel & breeding – Shih tzu, Yorkshire Terriers, Pugs.
Since 2008 Chief of Pet Planet Project which included Pet Planet Company Ltd. & Kennel Clubs in Baikal Region.
Member of the show committees of the few show in Irkutsk city (Baikal region) and few shows in Moscow.
Since 2012 President of the Moscow Kennel Club LIDER and Vice-President of the Russian Cynological Konfederation (member OANKOO one of 4 federation RKF).
Take part in education programs for new judges, organize seminars for special cynological disciplines.
President of the Russian Shih Tzu Club
Vice President of the Russian Shar pei Club
COUNTRIES JUDGED IN: Russia, Italy, Slovakia, Israel, Finland, Latvia, Cyprus, Poland, Montenegro, Estonia