Judge Biographies

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Breed & Junior Showmanship

Sam Houston McDonald

Sam Houston McDonaldSam has been involved in purebred dogs most of his life.  His family had Cocker Spaniels, which they hunted over, and Border Collies and Australian Shepherds, which worked the stock on the farm.  Later Sam acquired his first Irish Setter and now more than 50 years later, he continues to occasionally breed and exhibit them.  He has bred numerous champions and owned several Group and Best in Show winners as well as field trial contenders.  For the past 18 years he has been heavily involved with Irish Wolfhounds having started co-breeding with Samuel Ewing and continuing the Eagle lines after Mr. Ewing’s death.  Sam has also owned Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Beagles, Scottish Deerhounds, and a Wirehaired Dachshund.

Sam is a Past President of the Irish Setter Club of America, serving on the board for 25 years, a member of several All-Breed Clubs including Bryn Mawr Kennel Club where he serves as Show Chairman and President.   He currently serves as Chairman of the Irish Setter Club of America Foundation, continuing to be involved in raising funds to support health research to improve the overall health of Irish Setters.   He also serves as a board member for the Dog Judges Association of America.

He has authored a number of articles for a variety of publications including a five part series for the American Kennel Club Gazette discussing the entire Sporting Group on form as it relates to function.  He has also been featured in articles dealing with his practices of breeding, showing Irish Wolfhounds and Irish Setters, and judging pure-bred dogs. 

After working as a Speech Pathologist in the Fort Worth, Texas Public Schools he retired and moved to Chester Springs, Pennsylvania where he currently resides at Eagle Farms continuing to raise his Irish Setters and Irish Wolfhounds. 

Sam is extremely honored to have been asked to judge the National Specialty and wishes to thank the membership and the club.



Lee Calhoun
Apache Junction, AZ

Lee Calhoun I went to my first dog show when I was around 8 or 9. We had a Westie that we agreed to show. She never finished but I remember loving the experience. However, it was not until I married and got my first Bouvier in 1978 that I truly became hooked on the sport.

In the years since, I have bred multiple champions under both the Jorlee and Frontier prefix. Several have been Best In Show Winners. Many are ROMís. In fact, the top three ROM brood bitches to date were either bred or owned by Frontier. Of the twelve Dual Champions in our breed, Frontier is responsible for breeding three of them. Of course, I could not have done any of this without the talented owners who acquired their dogs from me. I am grateful to them for demonstrating that the Bouvier still possesses the physical and mental qualities called for in the Standard. I joined the California club early in the 80ís and served as its president. Several years later I joined the American Club and have been its Secretary, a Board Member for multiple terms and am presently the Judgeís Education chair. I am also a founding member of the Northern California club.

The Futurity gives a taste of what is to come. It is the culmination of how individual breeders view our Standard and the breed. I am honored that these breeders consider me worthy of judging what they have produced. Thank you.

Sweepstakes and 4 to 6 Month Puppies

Sharol Candace Way (Candy)
Cockranville, PA
Bantray Bay Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers

Candy WayI Began with a Saint Bernard in 1969. My first match led to my first BOB Trophy and the end of my normal life.

The Saints were awfully big, so I went to Great Pyrenees (not a real drop in size). At the KC Of Beverly Hills in 1976 I saw my first Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and it was love at first sight. My first Wheaten, AM/BAH/CAN Ch Legendary Babe In Toyland was a good start and then I bought AM/CAN/BAH Ch Gleanngay Holly Berry Rom. She became a wonderful producer of AM/CAN Ch Bantry Bay Gleanngay Kashmir ROM, a BIS Winner, Ch Bantry Bay Kairo ROM, a National Specialty Winner and numerous other Specialty and Group wins. Most of these were owner handled.

I began judging in about 1996 with just Wheatens. I now have the Terrier, Working, Hound, and Sporting Groups, a few Herding Breeds, Juniors and Best In Show. I have judged numerous Nationals and Specialties including Tibetan Mastiffs, Great Danes, Boxers, Eng. Setter, Weims, Cockers, Dobermans, Bedlingtons, Bassets, Welsh Terriers, Swissies and Leonbergers. I have judged in Australia, New Zealnand, China, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Italy and Argentina. In Argentina I had the honor of doing the Pre-National for the Boxer Club Argentino in August of 2008 and 2010. Also the Doberman, Schnauzer, Great Danes, Cairns and Siberian Specialties. I have also judged the New Zealand "Show of Shows" twice. I was Honored to judge the Wheaten National in 2007 and in 2015.

Thank You for the Honor of judging the Bouvier Sweeps.... It will be a beautiful Day


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Scott Chamberlain

Scott Chamberlain

Scott Chamberlain has been judging agility for 21 years (AKC since 1998). He has judged over 450 dog trials and tournaments all over the world including many national and world championships. Some judging highlights are: the AKC Nationals finals twice, AKC World Team tryouts 3 times, USDAA Nationals 5 times judging the finals 3 times, the WAO World Championships in Belgium, the North American Flyball Association nationals 4 times judging the finals twice, and the Australian Flyball Association nationals in Sydney Australia. He also served on the AKC Agility Advisory committee twice.

Through his vast amount of experience and travel, he has the opportunity to observe and lead the growth and development of the sport. He has competitive spirit that is reflected in his course design and judging style.

Scott competed with Focus (an Australian Shepherd) for 8 years. They earned 6 agility championships in 4 organizations including a MACH3 in AKC. She was the first Aussie to achieve this title.

Scott currently reside in Mt Wolf, PA and works in the computer field.


Barbara Lockard, Mount Dora, FL

Barbara LockardMy name is Barbara Lockard. I live on a small farm in Mount Dora, Florida with 5 wonderful Border Collies. I have had a variety of livestock over the years with which to work my dogs on, ranging from ducks, geese, sheep, Guinea Fowl, even the occasional & unwilling house cat. I have owned (or rather they have owned me) Border Collies for the past 30 years. I am an AKC Performance judge and thoroughly love judging at performance events. I've been judging A, B, and C course for about 11 years. I have judged many different breeds of working dogs and I have trained and competed for the past 30 years. I've always felt that anyone that steps up to the handlers post is a winner no matter the outcome of their run. I encourage people to keep trying because one day they will have that perfect run.

In my professional life I work as a forensic artist for a law enforcement agency. It is an honor to be one of the judges at the 2016 Bouvier Des Flandres National Specialty.



Cynthia Knowlton

Cynthia KnowltonCynthia Knowlton has been training dogs since 1983, earning titles for her dogs in Obedience, Conformation, and Schutzhund (Tracking, Obedience, and Protection).  In 2000, her interest turned to herding when she obtained an Australian Cattle Dog that showed a tremendous amount of natural herding instinct.  As a result, Cynthia now has a small flock of Border Cheviots in north central Pennsylvania and says that she would not want to handle the farm without the help of her dogs.

She currently has four Cattle Dogs and one Australian Kelpie. Cynthia regularly competes in herding trials and has completed the requirements to become a Herding Judge for AKC and AHBA.  She has earned herding titles for her dogs in AKC, AHBA, and ASCA herding venues.  While Cynthia continues to teach Dog Obedience and Rally classes at her own facility, training and competing in Herding has become her true passion.

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Obedience & Rally

Nancy K. Withers

Nancy WithersIt's hard to believe how much an ad in the "Pets for Sale" section of our local newspaper in February, 1978 has changed my life! From that ad I purchased my first Shetland Sheepdog who, along with three other of my Shelties earned their American and Canadian Utility degrees. Up until recently I have only owned Shelties, but now I am also the proud owner of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, "Tucker" who under the expert training and handling of my good friend Amanda Nickle, earned his Herding Excellent title on sheep, with several all breed High in Trial awards. My Sheltie, Taylor is certified for tracking, but no luck in obtaining that title just yet! Prior to becoming a judge I put obedience titles on a Pug, Kuvasz, Border Terrier, Golden Retriever & a Corgi. Several other of my own dogs have also earned CD's as well as herding titles and a tracking title. I judged my first AKC obedience trial in 1992, and am approved for all obedience classes in the U.S. and Canada, as well as all Rally classes.

I have been an active member of the Berks County (Pennsylvania) Dog Training Club since 1978, and have served in most every office and club position. Have been a member of Interstate Shetland Sheepdog Club since 1980, and ASSA since 1984. I've also been very active in both organizing and behind the scenes work in various tournaments and regional obedience competitions.

Enjoy the camaraderie of your friends, old and new, these next few days, and best of luck to all exhibitors! Thank you for inviting me to judge!

Ruth Jayson



Ruth Jayson (Tuesday's Carting Judge)

I have had the privilege of sharing my home with Bouviers over the past twenty-four years. I have competed in obedience, conformation and carting.

I became involved with the Carting Committee for the first test sixteen years ago. This first test was held on a cold, rainy day in Rochester, Minnesota. I have, since then mentored under judges and judged at the Specialties in Albuquerque and St. Louis.

I feel honored to judge at the test this year and wish the competitors success. Enjoy the journey with your dog.



Stephanie Crawford and Sue Ammerman




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