I am a championship gundog group judge giving CCs in 25 breeds across four groups – the gundogs, pastoral, hounds and terriers. I have also judged best in show at general championship shows this I have done at both SKC and again at Boston this year.
After 25 years working at Dog World, I am now enjoying my retirement. During my time at the newspaper I looked after the prestigious competition, Pup of the Year and worked as a journalist reporting on the championship shows and latterly looking after the advertising department. Even in retirement, I continued to work for the company on a self employed basis for a further 10 years.
I can be often be found at shows judging here or abroad, having judged in the USA, France, Poland, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Finland and Sweden.
I am a founder member of the German Wirehaired Pointer Club owning a puppy from the very first litter recorded at the Kennel Club in 1978, under the affix of Stablaheim, I successfully showed and worked the breed in the early years when they were a rare breed. I stopped showing in about 1987 when the breed gained CC status. In 1982 I had started judging and over the years I have judged most breeds at open show level and enjoy the friendship and joy of the show scene.
I enjoy the organising side of the show scene and enjoy working with the Paignton championship show where I work in the secretary’s office and if not involved in organising, I can often be found stewarding. I feel it is my way of giving something back to the sport which has given me so much pleasure.
Now a proud member of the Kennel Club, I am interested in the education of the public into how great it is to own a pedigree dog, particularly one that can help you keep fit! I now keep three Labradors two of which are worked regularly and I help with the training, particularly the obedience side, of the job. The third is Daisy, my showdog, who unfortunately very rarely gets to a show, as I am always busy judging, stewarding or working at a show!
I am secretary of a gundog club and also editor of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Labrador Retriever Club Year Book, which is available yearly at Crufts.
I look forward to a chance to judge for your Club and wish all exhibitors every success for this coming year.