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Judge's Biographies

ATKINS Denise (Labooshar)

I have been showing dogs for almost 40 years. In l976 came our first Beardie (Brambledale Blue Star) shortly followed by Tamevalley Folk Lyric who I campaigned to a Champion. Folk Lyric produced our first homebred champion (Ch. Labooshar Lore Lord) who retired at 3 years old with 5 CC’s and 5 RCC’s. I also campaigned Tamevalley Lamplighter of Labooshar won 2 RCC’s and produced champions including Ch. Coalacre Lampoon.

We have produced 2 International Champions, 1 English Champion and numerous Stud Book entrants and I have only bred 16 litters in 35 years. I now own 3 Beardies but have also owned a Lhasa Apso and a Maltese Terrier who was runner up puppy in his breed.

I have judged widely around the UK at Championship & Open Show level both in Beardies and breeds from the pastoral/working groups including the Pastoral Group itself. Judging appointments have included Norway, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Canada (National Speciality), USA (Regional Speciality) and bitches at Crufts in 2013.

BALDWIN Keith (Nightstorm)

It was 1978 that I purchased my first Working Breed – Dobermann, followed by Belgian Shepher Dog (Tervueren) in 1991. I have made up Champions in Dobermann, Belgian Shepher Dogs, Schipperke and Miniature Pinscher.

The Working Group was split in 1998 to form the Pastoral Group but I have won the Working Group at Border Union 1996 with my BSD Ch Belamba Monopoly over Nightstorm then in 2001 his son that I bred and showed to 16 CCs, Ch Nightstorm’s Fotocopy was awarded BOB at Crufts.

I first awarded CCs in 1996 for Dobbermann then Belgian Shepherd Dogs from 2002. I am now approved by KC to award CCs in 17 breeds, The Working Group, Pastoral Group and Best in Show.

My first appointment for Bearded Collie came in 1997 at Banwen, South Wales. I attended the Bearded Collie Breed seminar on 3rd May 2009 run by Southern Counties and I have progressed to the B list to date with 71 classes with 143 dogs hands-on.

I have had the honour of judging the North of England Bearded Collie Club on 29th September, 2012 which I enjoyed and appreciated the quality hands-on experience. I have only judged Bearded Collies twice in Scotland, both wityh good entries – East of Scotland on 9th November 2003 (7 hands-on) and Catrine, 27th February, 2005 (9 hands-on).

At Bournemouth Championship Show 2016 I awarded the Pastoral Group (1) to the Bearded Collie – Ch Potterdale Platinum Plus.

I have also attended and passed the KC Rules & Regs, KC Conformation and Movement and Points of the Dog.

Thank you for reading by Bearded Collie CV.

BETTS Maureen (Pipadene)

My first beardie, Moonglow Magic Charm of Pipadene, came into my life in 1975. This was my foundation bitch and from that time beardies have been a huge part of my life.
I always try to keep quality not quantity to the fore and have bred seven English Champions, American, Australian, German, Danish and Swedish champions plus many CC, Reserve CC and stud book qualifiers.
I commenced my judging career at Open show level in the the early 1980s and having obtained the appropriate numbers in the breed was approved by the Kennel Club to award CCs in 1996. Since that time I have not only awarded CCs in the UK on a regular basis but have judged at many breed club championship shows throughout Europe, America and Australia. I was honoured to judge the American National Specialty in 2004 and believe the pinnacle of my judging career to date has been to judge bitches at Cruft 2011.
I enjoy all aspects of the dog scene, being a regular exhibitor and thoroughly enjoy teaching others the skill of ringcraft. I have been the trainer at my local club for over 25 years.
My love for the beardie was founded on an unexagerated dog, that gentle knight, fit and light of foot, able to cover any terrain and I believe this is the grounding on which I judge.

BIRD Sue (Bridus)

I have owned Bearded Collies since 1986 when we bought a brown bitch as a family pet & companion for the children. She was a Sammara Standing Ovation daughter, very laid back & friendly, from that moment we were hooked on the breed. A year later she was joined by Digger who we thought it would be good to have a go at exemption shows & perhaps a little bit of the serious stuff. It became a regular weekend event & so it began. We enjoyed showing & competing in Agility. I first started judging Beardies in 1992 & awarded CC’s for the 1st time in 2010 at Windsor. Emma & I have breed/owned 7 dogs with there stud book numbers & 1 Bel Ch. We now also have Finnish Lapphunds that keep the Beardies company & I have the 1st UK Bitch champion & bred 2 with there stud book numbers.

I judge other breeds within the Pastoral & Working Group & have been approved to award CC’s in Australian Shepherds in 2014 at LKA & Border Collies at WELKS 2015.

I enjoy judging very much & feel it an honour to be given the privilege to go over some wonderful dogs.

BRAND Terri (Ronansprey)

I have held the Ronansprey affix since 1984 and started judging in 1987.

In Bearded Collies I have judged 17 shows, 53 classes and 131 dogs

I have attended the Bearded Collie Club Seminar (13/11/11) – Mrs E Aughey MRCVS – Anatomy of the Dog and Mr D Moir – Bearded Collie Breed Standard at which I passed the A3 list assessment.

I am on the B list for Border Collies and A3 lists for Shetland Sheepdogs. I also give tickets for Rough Collies (SKC 2016) and have 2 forth-coming shows.