Meet the Judges

Ms. Candy Aron

NOH GROUP - Sat | PUPPY TERRIER GROUP - Sun

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NON SPORTING GROUP - Sat | TERRIER & NON SPORTING Breeds - Sun

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Ms. Janet M. Allen

Ms. Phyllis A. Autrey

SHETLAND SHEEPDOGS - Sat

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BEST IN SHOW - Sat | WORKING GROUP - Sun

DOROTHY N. COLLIER of Sapphire, North Carolina knows well the world of dogs. Mrs. Collier was born and raised in Greenwich Village.

Involved in the sport of purebred dogs for more than 40 years, her first breeds included a Maltese, Old English Sheepdogs, Dobermans and a Pointer. In 1969, she acquired her first Komondor. Over the next 15 years, her Summithill Kennels produced four Best in Show winners, specialty winners, top producers and 25 champions; she bred or owned every one of the top-ranked Komondors in the country from 1974 to 1984, rightfully earning her a position as an expert in the breed.

Many of today’s Komondors go back to her original stock, even though she stopped her breeding program in 1982 when she became an AKC-approved judge. Today, she is licensed to judge the Working Group and the Herding Group, and has officiated at shows all over the world.

Dorothy Collier

Mrs. Dorothy N. Collier

Mr. William G. Daugherty

NOH BIS & WORKING BREEDS - Sat | WORKING GROUP - Sunday

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WORKING GROUP - Sat | HERDING GROUP - Sun

Cathy Daugherty began breeding and showing in 1978. She started with Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs and eventually acquired Belgian Sheepdogs. Her world-renowned Bel-Reve breeding program produced many national and international champions including several World Champions.

Mrs. Daugherty began judging in 1995, and presently, judges AKC Herding, Working and Hound groups as well as 21 Sporting breeds. She has judged all over the US as well as Canada, Argentina, Belgium, China, Spain and most recently Japan and Italy.

As a breeder and a judge, she is a firm believer in the preservation of purebred dogs and the various tasks for which they were created.

Cathy holds a Masters of Science in Immunology and Microbiology and has worked for 25 years for the State of Connecticut as an Infection Control Practitioner.

Cathy Daugherty

Mrs. Cathy H. Daugherty

Christina Erickson

Ms. Christina Erickson

SOFT COATED WHEATEN TERRIER - Sat

Was raised in Burbank, CA and has been involved in the sport of purebred dogs all her life. Her parents bred and showed Bedlington Terriers and as their love for the sport grew, they began to handle for others, specializing in Terriers.

Ms. Erickson shared their love of terriers and began showing and breeding Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers in 1975. Over the years she has owned, bred and exhibited Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Silky Terriers, Welsh Terriers and Wire Dachshunds.

She began judging in 2002 and at present is approved for the Terrier and Hound Groups, along with several Toys, Poodles and Best in Show. Ms. Erickson has judged at Montgomery County Kennel Club, Morris & Essex Kennel Club, Westminster Terrier Breeds and Group and the Dachshund National.

TERRIER GROUP & MISC - Sat | TERRIER BREEDS - Sun

Ms. Kathleen J. Ferris started showing and breeding Scottish Terriers in 1972. She competed in Juniors and was mentored by several Terrier Professional Handlers.

After graduating with a BA in Political Science, Kathleen worked as a Personnel Manager in Manufacturing before deciding to become a professional dog handler.
She has had great success specializing in Terriers, showing many to Best of Breed and Best In Show including the number one Terrier.

Ms. Ferris now owns and manages her family's large boarding and grooming facility in Pennsylvania and is still a breeder/owner/exhibitor of Scottish Terriers.

Kathleen Ferris

Ms. Kathleen J. Ferris

Miss Diane D. Foote

HOUND BREEDS & NOH HOUND GROUP - Sat

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JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP - Sat 

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Miss. Maci Hass

Mr. Duff M. Harris

TERRIER BREEDS - Sat

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HERDING GROUP - Sat | SPORTING GROUP - Sun

Mrs. Stephanie S. Hedgepath has been showing dogs since 1969. As a breeder/owner/handler, she has exhibited German Shepherd Dogs, Brittanys, Pointers, Golden Retrievers and Irish Setters.

Stephanie judges the Herding, Sporting, Toy and Non-Sporting Groups all over the United States, Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, China, the Philippines, Mexico and the United Kingdom. In 2011, she had the honor of judging the Welsh Corgi League National show (Pembrokes) in the UK and in previous years both the Cardigan and Pembroke Nationals in the US.

To this day, Mrs. Hedgepath still breeds and shows her dogs.

Stephanie Hedgepath

Mrs. Stephanie S. Hedgepath

Ms. Adrienne Hill

JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP - Sat

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TOY BREEDS - Sat | PUP TOY, NON-SPORTING, MISC, FSS GROUPS - Sun

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Ms. Cindy Huggins

Robette Johns

Mrs. Robette G. Johns

NOH HERDING - Sat | 4-6 MOS WORKING & HERDING - Sun

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TERRIER GROUP - Sat | TERRIER BREEDS - Sun

Mr. Kenneth Kauffman started with one Cairn Terrier in obedience in 1977. His successful breeding program, under the Brehannon prefix, has produced over 30 champions. Ken is still actively breeding and showing Cairn Terriers.

He began judging over 25 years ago and is approved for the Terrier Group, Junior Showmanship, Best In Show and 18 Toy breeds.

After 40 years, Ken retired as an art professor at Girard College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently lives in a historically designated, 150-year-old farm house with his partner of 28 years.

Kenneth Kauffman

Mr. Kenneth Kauffman

Mr. Michael Leonard

TOY GROUP - Sat | BEST IN SHOW & NON SPORTING - Sun

Michael Leonard has been involved with purebred dogs for over four decades. He grew up with his father’s gundogs, and eventually got involved in successfully showing Old English Sheepdogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Japanese Spitz and Tibetan Spaniels.

He is licensed by the Irish Kennel Club and FCI as an all-breed judge and has officiated in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries and most continents, at many of the world’s top shows, including Show Dog of the Year and Champion of Champions shows in many European Countries, at the World Dog Show, the European Dog Show, and a number of National Specialties in the U.S. He judged previously at the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills in 2015.

HOUND GROUP & MISC - Sat | HOUND BREEDS - Sun

Mr. Richard Lopaschuk began in purebred dogs in 1966 with German Shepherd Dogs in the obedience ring and graduated to conformation a year later. Over the next 53 years he has successfully bred many champion German Shepherd Dogs, Miniature Schnauzers, Cairn Terriers, Papillons, Wire Fox Terriers and Pointers. He and his wife still breed and exhibit Papillons.

Richard started judging in 1989 with the Terrier Group and is now an All-Breed judge in Canada. He has also judged internationally in Australia, BIS Melbourne Royal, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Columbia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.

Mr. Lopaschuk is a Life Member of the Canadian Kennel Club and was on the Board of Directors of the CKC for 14 years.

A retired Government of Canada employee and is now working at his own business as a Water Management Consultant.

Richard Lopaschuk

Mr. Richard Lopaschuk

Mrs. Michele C. Mulligan

NOH WORKING GROUP - Sat

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SOFT COATED WHEATEN TERRIER SWEEPS - Sat

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Ms. Mary O’Connell

Jan Paulk

Ms. Joanne (Jan) N. Paulk

NON SPORTING BREEDS - Sat | NON SPORTING BREEDS & NOH WORKING GRP - Sun

Retired from the US Senate staff, Washington, DC, Jan lives in Santa Fe, NM, with Papillons and Anatolian Shepherd Dogs. She was hooked on this sport when her first showdog, a German Shepherd, went Best in Match in 1971.

Chairman of Judges Education, Papillon Club of America, for 10+ years, she is also an active supporter of the Animal Shelters of Santa Fe and Espanola, NM.

Jan judges the Herding, Working, Sporting, Toy, Non-Sporting, Terrier Groups, 19 Hounds, Juniors(limited) and BIS.

PUPPY HOUND GROUP - Sat

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Mr. Thomas S. Powers

Jeffrey Silverman Presley

Mr. Jeffrey Silverman Presley

OLD ENG SHEEPDOGS - Sat | NOH HERDING GROUP - Sun

I am entering my third decade of involvement in the dog show world. Initially I bred and showed Rough Collies, breeding many champions including multiple national award of merit winners, a ROM sire, and a multi-year top ten dog. Recently I have added Scottish Terriers to the mix, and have bred a Best in Show, top ten Scottie. I am currently licensed to judge Collies, and have permit status for Shetland Sheepdogs and Old English Sheepdogs.

SPORTING GROUP - Sat | TOY GROUP - Sun

Licensed for All Breeds.

Sue-Ellyn Rempe

Mrs. Sue-Ellyn Rempel

Ms. Yvonne Samuelson

COLLIES - Sat

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WORKING BREEDS - Sat | HOUND GROUP - Sun

Mr. Joe C. Walton began exhibiting Shih Tzu under the Shen Wah prefix in the early 1970's. He has successfully finished more than 80 champions and his wins have included many National Specialties, Toy Groups and Best In Shows.

Mr. Walton began judging in 1987 and is licensed to judge the AKC Sporting, Hound, Terrier, Toy and Non-Sporting Groups, as well as, 20 Working breeds. His assignments have been in the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, China and Taiwan.

He has also judged many local and national specialties in other breeds, including The Tibetan Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Chihuahua, Soft Coated Wheaten, Kerry Blue Terriers, Otterhound and the American Foxhounds National Specialty.

Mr. Joe C. Walton

Mr. Joe C. Walton

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