Judges

Agility
Rich Mackintosh

Conformation

Dr. Joni L. Freshman, DVM MS DACVIM CVA - Classes and BOB

I fell in love with the look of the Tervuren in a book when I was 12 years old. As I learned how brilliant and athletic they are, I vowed I would someday own one. I started my search when I was 24 years old—a fellow internal medicine resident suggested I get a show quality dog (she bred and showed Greyhounds)—she thought I would like it.  I found Zephyr in 1986 and the course of my life was irrevocably changed.  I, who had never been to a dog show or official AKC event of any kind began the journey that has led me to the great honor of judging the ABTC 2015 National Specialty.  Along the way I have owned, trained and exhibited Tervuren in conformation, obedience, herding, agility, nosework, rally, coursing, and flyball and continue to be very active in a number of performance events along with conformation. I have played in a number of other dog sports and been active in therapy dog work. 

My own dogs have partnered with me to GCH, HITs in herding, obedience, and agility, multiple group placements and Eukanuba awards.  Zephyre has produced a small number of litters, with many titled dogs in loving homes. Most importantly Tervuren and their people have been friends and family to me.  This breed is, in my mind, unique in their combination of great intelligence, singular beauty, incredible working ability and ethic, and protective nature. It is with honor, gratitude and humility that I have accepted this dream of judging the National Specialty of this breed I so love.

 

 

 

 

Sweepstakes

Alleyne Dickens

While this is only my 30th year as a member of the ABTC, I’ve been involved with the breed for nearly twice as long. My parents purchased our first Belgian Tervuren when I was three. During the 1960s I attended many National Specialties when virtually every Tervuren breeder in the country came to showcase their dogs. Those were exciting times. I still remember answering the telephone on a Sunday afternoon and hearing Bernadine Paull say that CH Bonheur D’Artagnan UDT had just won the breed’s first Best In Show.

I joined the ABTC the year our Ch Bonheur Ruarri MacTire won the National. After living with Tervuren all my life, I finally had my own dog, Bonheur Torch Song CD. She was neurotic. Sometimes I wonder how she ever earned her CD, but we did it with a 1st place at the National Specialty. She earned 11 minor points in about 200 shows before I gave up.

I co-bred my first litter with my sister in 1986 and then leased a bitch to breed my first solo litter in 1987. From that second litter came Westminster BOB winner CH Bonheur Wildest Dream and our 2nd 200 obedience dog CH Bonheur World Shaker UD.

I’m very proud of bringing several quality imports to this country. Garance du Val des Ours NA HS was the first Tervuren bitch to return to France from the US and earn a sujet recommende. Garance’s daughter Aria won WB at the BBTC Regional Specialty and the Belgian Gala. CH Moorslede Golden Touch CD NA BAR produced group placers, obedience and herding high in trial winners as well as the 1994 ABTC Best in Sweepstakes CH Bonheur Absolute Conspiracy TD. Cinder was also the only Terv I know of who earned two five point majors in the same day!

Bonheur was the brainchild of my mother, Faye Dickens. I learned so much from her, including the conviction that there is always more to learn. I continue to honor her memory in both breeding and judging. I hope to pass on my love and knowledge to my daughter, Tierney – the fourth generation of the Bonheur family.

 

 

 

 

 

Herding
Kathy Walker and Terry Woffard

Obedience/Rally

OB
 JOHN D. LANDIS

John Landis has been involved in the sport of dogs since 1971 when he purchased his first purebred dog, an Old English Sheepdog.  Although he purchased the OES as a conformation dog it never received any championship points, but it did go on to receive a Utility obedience degree as well as a High in Trail in Obedience.  In 1976 he purchased his first Komondor and since then has bred more than 40 champions. About a third of the Komondors he has bred have become Champions and ten have Obedience titles.  He handled one of the Komondors he bred to a Best in Show and another to all-breed High Trial. He has also shown a Golden Retriever, and two American Cocker Spaniels to Utility titles. He is currently training a Puli which  just received an OTCH..

He is active as an exhibitor in both conformation and obedience as well a judge in both breed and obedience.  He also is an AKC delegate and was a member of the 2003 and 2007 Obedience Advisory Committee

Professionally, until he retired in 1996, he was Vice President of Operations for Koh-I Noor, Inc. He attended Lehigh University and received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering.

 


Phyllis Broderick
Theodore Walshesky

Rally
Karen Schroeder

Tracking

Linda Baschnagel

Linda Baschnagel was introduced to dog sports in 1982 and to tracking in 1984 and has been active in many venues of dog sports ever since. When introduced to tracking, her love of watching dogs work scent sparked her interest in becoming a tracking judge. Linda is an AKC tracking judge for TD, TDX and VST and a Mixed Breed Dog Clubs of America (MBDCA) tracking judge. In addition to judging, Linda concentrates on helping new dogs and their people learn about tracking. Linda has introduced tracking to all breeds and sizes of dogs, including young puppies, adult breed champions and canine partners.

Linda and her Shetland Sheepdogs have earned several tracking titles including two Champion Trackers. Linda trains and exhibits and has titled her dogs in obedience, rally, herding, and conformation. Linda is currently showing her Shelties in tracking, conformation, obedience and herding.

Linda has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and is a registered Professional Engineer. She is working in the energy conservation and sustainability field as a Project Manager and Energy Engineer. Linda lives in Smithville, Missouri with husband Marshall Brown and daughter Jennifer.

Thank you very much for the honor of judging your national specialty tracking tests.

 


Stephanie Crawford, Binghamton, NY

 It has been 9 years since I made the decision to apply to judge tracking but I would not change one minute of it.  I started tracking in the mid 1990s with my Rottweiler in a class taught by a local K-9 officer – who knew?  I found the Hudson Valley Tracking Club and joined the group, which is the foundation of my experience.  I was fortunate to meet someone in my area who was very experienced in tracking. She owned Belgian Sheepdogs so I learned that all dogs have a style early in my journey into tracking.

I live with my husband, one Rottweiler and 2 Staffordshire Bull Terriers. I compete in conformation, obedience, agility and tracking. I belong to my local all breed club where I serve on the board and teach an occasional obedience class.  I also serve on the board of HVTC and teach tracking in New Paltz often even though it is 125 miles from my house!

Highlights in my judging career- when someone I consider one of my mentors enters under me and earns a title.  It has happened a few times and I appreciate their trust and the compliment.

Highlights in my personal tracking – the TDX with my Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a moment I will never forget.  I wish everyone a moment like that whether it is your first or your 25th title.

Advice to trackers- don’t be title driven- enjoy the experience every time you go tracking. Pay attention and you will learn something.  We do not get to test often but we can train often and enjoy the journey. 
Volunteer! It is a sport and requires people power to make it happen. If you go and spend time with other trackers, you will learn all kinds of things and make new friends along the way.  Each track is a unique design and presents a challenge to the team that runs it. It also presents the opportunity to everyone involved to learn about tracking.  I am intrigued with the learning and being at tests. I get to spend time with so many wonderful people who have so much experience in dogs and tracking. At a test everyone is teaching and learning and very supportive of all involved. It is great to have experienced tracklayers but what a thrill for a new tracklayer when a dog passes on their track!