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Judges Bios for 2018 National Specialty

 

NANCY D. SIMMONS

I have been active in both conformation and obedience over the years with Great Danes, a Golden Retriever, and more recently Doberman Pinschers. I applied for AKC approval in 1993 to judge Great Danes and Junior Showmanship. Currently, I am approved to judge the Working group, the Sporting group, the Herding group, and the Toy group. I also judge Junior Showmanship, Best in Show, Miscellaneous Breeds, and all levels of Obedience and Rally.

I have judged the Top 10 or Top 20 competitions at Nationals for several breeds. Recently I was honored to judge the dog classes at the Doberman Pinscher Club of America National in October 2016. I was also elected to judge bitches at the Great Dane Club of America National Specialty in 2018.

I have been judging Bouviers since 2009. I am honored to be nominated to be on the ballot to judge at the American Bouvier des Flandres Club National Specialty.

 

EDWEENA "TEDDY" McDOWELL

I have been around animals all my life. My parents had an assortment of four legged kids. Horses, great Danes, a Labrador named Jody, a miniature French poodle named King, a white cat named Tammy, a black faced lamb called Penelope -A-Go-Go and numerous hand helds. The dogs were always my favorite.

It wasn’t until I married and moved to Chicago that I was able to choose my own breed: It was an OES and my first intro into the herding group. I am constantly amazed at how smart the herding breeds are.

His size and strength naturally drew my attention to the Bouvier. His rugged appearance and free spirit has made this breed a favorite of mine. How thrilling to be considered to judge for your club.

My husband and I live on a small farm in Olathe, Kansas. We breed Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Smooth Fox Terriers under the Camelot prefix. We have bred many champions, group winners and BISS. Due to time constraints, we now breed on a limited basis.

I am a registered nurse specializing in oncology. I work at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

I am fortunate to have two jobs that are forever challenging me!

 

Mr. JON COLE

Jon Cole, of Nashville, Tennessee, comes from a dog-show family and grew up among a wide variety of breeds. He eventually developed a primary interest in Bull Terriers and Bedlington Terriers, breeds in which he had great success in both "producing good-quality puppies and achieving many wins at shows in the U.S. and Canada." At various times Cole has also owned or shown West Highland White Terriers, Shih Tzu, Smooth Fox Terriers, Greyhounds, and Schipperkes.

He is approved to judge All Breeds since 2007. Always in demand, Cole has judged on six continents since his career began in 1971. He has officiated at America’s most prestigious venues, including multiple Westminster assignments, and multiple AKC Shows.

Cole has served in high office for several specialty and all-breed clubs, including president and founding member of the Kopper Valley Shi Tsu Club; president of the Group IV Terrier Association of Utah for fourteen years; and president, treasurer, board member, show chairman, and committee member, at various times, for the Dog Fanciers of Oregon, the Intermountain Kennel Club, and the Bonneville Basin Kennel Association, and Nashville Kennel Club. He has been involved with State dog Legislation in various capacities for the past several years.

He has written articles, conducted breed seminars, and has appeared on television to discuss breeds and dog-related issues. In whatever time he can find away from the show ring, Cole enjoys golfing, restoring houses, walking, and reading.

 

LEAH R. JAMES AKC # 15139

Began judging in late '90's. Now approved for Herding Group, Junior Showmanship, Miscellaneous and Best In Show
Original Breed -- German Shepherds, then Pembroke Welsh Corgis then Cardigan Welsh Corgis --- Active Breeder, Owner, Exhibitor since 1962
Have judged several National Specialties and many Specialties
!st Vice President of the Florida Association of Kennel Clubs
Vice President of Ochlockonee River Kennel Club of Florida - Cluster Chairman for North Florida Classic Cluster
Board member of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America
Writer for Herding Dog/Working Dog Digest --"Rants, Raves and Cudos"
Retired, Have Visa Card -- Will travel

 

DANELLE BROWN

I grew up with wonderful parents who despite our families constant moving (I'm an Army brat) allowed me and my 4 siblings to have numerous pets. We grew up with miniature Dachshunds, a German Shepherd, guinea pigs, hamsters, horses and even pet ducks.
I entered the crazy word of dogshows in 1984 when I started showing my Labrador in obedience. From a chance meeting at an obedience trial in 1986  I was introduced to a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the conformation ring and I was hooked.
I began judging in 1998 and currently judge all Herding and Sporting breeds and have just started the long process of obtaining my rally license.
I have had the privilege of judging not only in the US but also in China, Korea and Australia. I have judged multiple Sporting & Herding breed specialties, including the bitches at the Australian Shepherd National in May 2017.
My husband Bill, who will soon retire from the Army, and I participate in conformation, agility, rally and obedience with our  Pembrokes and Labrador.
We are firm believers in the saying “A well balanced dog has a title at both ends”

 

HARRY "BUTCH" SCHULMAN

My name is Butch Schulman. I am an AKC licensed judge for BIS, the Herding Group, the Working Group, half of the Sporting Group, Kerry Blue Terriers, Miscellaneous, and Juniors. I have bred Collies under the Strathmoor prefix for over 45 years, including numerous champions and National Specialty winners. I am a Quarter Century member of the Collie Club of America and currently serve as their Ethics Chairman. I have also been a member of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America for over 25 years and I judged the 2014 DPCA Regional/National Specialty. I have judged the Collie Club of Japan National Specialty and the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Japan National Specialty. I was selected to judge the Canaan Dog Club of America National Specialty this October and the Collie Club of America National Specialty in 2019. My proudest contribution to the sport of purebred dogs was to serve as the Chairman of the 2016 charitable event, Take The Lead On Millionaires Row held at Churchill Downs in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. I am a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force. My wife Robin and I have four grown children, Benjamin, Halle, Matthew, and Emily, who are all talented and accomplished young adults. I am honored to have been nominated to judge the American Bouvier Des Flandres Club National Specialty. The Bouvier is one of my favorite breeds in the Herding Group. He is formidable and rugged in appearance, powerfully built but agile, not afraid to get up close and personal with livestock or meet belligerent cattle with force if necessary, has undaunted courage and unyielding devotion to his family. If most humans had the heart of the Bouvier, our world would be a better place!

 

JOANNE (JAN) PAULK

To the Members of the American Bouvier Des Flanders Club of America

I am Jan Paulk, of Santa Fe, NM, and I judge 6 AKC groups, BIS and Juniors. I became hooked on conformation competition after my first show dog, a German Shepherd, went Best in Match in 1971. I attended Bouvier National Specialties in Colorado Springs and in Albuquerque. In 2010 I judged the Columbia Bouvier Club Specialty which was held after that year's National Specialty in Portland. While studying the Herding Group, I served as time keeper twice for New Mexico AKC Herding Trials.

It is my practice when judging Specialties, to do so for expenses and a donation to the Rescue Organization of that breed. If selected for this honor, my fee will be a donation to Bouvier Rescue.

In my previous life, I served for 27 years as a staff member of the US Senate, Washington, DC. After retiring to Santa Fe, I served for 5 years as Executive Director of the Governor's Council on Film and Media Industries in New Mexico. I have pursued my judging career with the same preparation and dedication I brought to my positions in government.

Thank you for your consideration.

 

YVONNE SAVARD

Yvonne’s start into the dog world was walking into the show ring as a Junior Handler with a big male Bouvier des Flandres at the 7-day benched Sportsman Show in Toronto Ontario in 1969. The love for bouviers and dog shows remained with her from that day forward. Breeding bouviers under the prefix “Barbu Perm Reg’d”, she has also had the excitement of winning BOW at the American National Bouvier Specialty 5 times and being the owner of the Top Dog all Breeds in Canada in 1984. Yvonne has bred and shown multiple Best in Show winners both in Canada and the US. Although her main focus was Bouviers she has owned and shown Irish Setters, Doberman Pinchers, German Shepherds, and Pekingese. Yvonne handled and trained various breeds in her career with dogs. Yvonne’s professional life has always involved animals in some way from Veterinary Medicine to Animal Welfare. Yvonne served on the ABdFC- Health Committee, is an approved Breed Mentor and is a 25+ year member ABdFC as well as Past President of the Canadian BdFC. She is one of the founding members of the Bouvier des Flandres Club of BC. Currently she is a Territory Manager for a Veterinary Pharmaceutical Company. She is approved to Judge all Breeds. She has had the great honor of judging both the American National Specialty(2007) and the Canadian National Bouvier Specialties. She has had the pleasure of adjudicating in Canada, USA, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines. She is a member of the CKC, A Breeder of Merit with the AKC and is a member of each the CDJA, ADSJ and DJA. (Dog Judges Associations).

 

JEANNETTE NIEDER

I am honored to be nominated to judge our National Specialty. I have been involved with dogs all my life and the Bouvier since the mid-eighties. Under the Airdrie Kennel prefix, I finished the Airdrie Bouviers from the Bred By Class with one finishing by going breed from the BBE class and winning a Group Two. I finished one dog I purchased by winning all 15 pts as majors. I bred the first Bouvier Hero of the Year recipient. I also bred multi titled dogs – one who is now 13 years old. I have served the ABDFC over the years as the editor of the Dirty Beards Quarterly, breed columnist and was the ABdFC’s first woman AKC delegate AKC delegate. I coordinated the first Bouvier des Flandres herding event acting as secretary and arranging for AKC approval through the American Herding Breed Association. I have written several feature articles for the AKC Gazette including the Bouvier breed profile and Dog News. My article The Bouvier is the Perfect Dog, True or false was a finalist In the Dog Writers Association Annual Writers’ Competition. I have judged the So.Calif BdFC’s specialty and the 2009 Top Twenty at the National. I am a member of the Dalmatian Club of America and have judged regional Dalmatian specialties. In 2016, I judged the Dalmatian Club of New Zealand’s National Specialty and the NZ Bouvier des Flandres Club National. I presented Judges’ education seminars including a presentation to the Auckland NZ judges group. I am a member of the Ladies Dog Club having served as past officer and show chair. I serve Merrimack Valley Kennel Club in New Hampshire as their AKC delegate.

I graduated from Boston University with a BFA in Design and a minor from the School of Communication. Professionally, I am the Manager of Corporate Relations, Special Events and Volunteers for Crotched Mountain Foundation and Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield, NH. Thank you.

 

FRED C. BASSETT
AKC Approved Dog Show Judge

I have been involved with showdogs for 56 years, since 1961. Pomeranians were my major focus while I was actively breeding and showing. In addition to Poms I have also owned and exhibited Poodles, Keeshonden, Old English Sheepdogs, Miniature Schnauzers, a Chihuahua, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and an English Cocker Spaniel. We currently live with a Ragdoll Cat.

I have been active in dog clubs from the early 1970’s onward and have held virtually every office, and handled every role possible over the years. I am an honorary Life Member of the American Pomeranian Club, a member of the Mid-Continent Kennel Club of Tulsa, and two of the major judges organizations in the USA. I have been active in mentoring and judges education for Pomeranians for many years, and have given seminars all over the United States, as well as overseas when I have judged. I conducted a week-long Judges Training program in Mainland China during 2014 as a Contractor for the American Kennel Club, utilizing a Translator and dual-language printed materials. I was appointed as Judges Education Coordinator for the American Pomeranian Club from 2008 to 2014.

My professional career was spent in the Information Technology / Data Processing field. I Retired in March 2005 from a 32 year career in leadership roles working for American Airlines, Sabre Holdings and EDS.

I have been married to my wife Janet for 45 years. Janet is retired from a career as a Principal and teacher, and is now working for the Diocese of Tulsa as Assistant Superintendent. We have two grown Sons. Scott is 39 years old, married with one 11 year old Son, one 9 year old Son, and a darling 2 year old Son. He is an Aerospace Engineer. Todd is 35 years old, single and a Doctoral student at University of Missouri in Physical Therapy. I also have two “Sons by choice,” Abraham & David Cruz. With them I started a clothing company called “Forever Faith” in 2010. This is a faith based, spiritually oriented company with a beautiful Lifestyle Philosophy. Our current emphasis is on promoting Abraham’s Acting and Fitness careers, which are both going very well.
www.AbeCruz.com

CONTACT INFORMATION:
737 W. Helena Street
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma 74012
Home 918-355-1188; Cell Phone 918-808-1951
email = fredcbassett@gmail.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 16:42