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Judge's Biographies

FARRIER Kay (Kayanarra)

I first became involved with dogs during the 1980’s initially with obedience, agility and then showing. I have owned Beardies since 1994. Family circumstances have dictated that, sensibly, I cannot keep a lot of dogs. With small numbers, I have achieved a good level of success in the show ring campaigning 2 Champions, several Junior Warrant winners etc. My current Beardies are all owned in partnership with Peter & Yvonne Fox (Bushblades).

I believe in the true sense of the word “commitment” and giving something back to the canine world. This has been demonstrated by serving on the BCC committee for 11 years and secretary of the NE branch for 13 years during this time, I have consistently served as a committee member of a local canine club.

I started judging in 2000 and enjoyed it ever since and first awarded CC’s in the breed in 2012. I believe that we all continue to learn about conformation and movement on an ongoing basis, no-one knows it all. It would be an honour to be voted by the members to judge at the BCC of Scotland Championship Show.

GREEN, Irene (Iolair)

Over the years I have owned Border Collies, GSDs, Yorkshire Terriers, BSD, Australian Shepherds and Finnish Lapphunds.

In the early days, I became friends with the late Jeanette and Ernie Burns (Bluerise) and it was with Jeanette I got my first grounding in Bearded Collies.

I started judging at local matches, agricultural and companion shows, then my first official judging appointment was at Culzean dog show in September 1991 and it has snowballed since then. I presently award CCs as a breed specialist in Belgian Shepherds, Australian Shepherds and Finnish Lapphunds and have judged BIS at BSD Champ Show, plus Working/Pastoral groups and BIS at Open Shows.

Along with all mandatory KC exams, I have attended and passed relevant hands-on assessments at breed specific seminars in Aussies, BSDs, Fin. Laps, Bearded Collie, Border collie, Rough Collies, Smooth Collies, OES, Shetland Sheepdog, Bullmastiffs, Polish Lowlands, Samoyed, Siberian Husky, Keeshonds and Eurasiers.

I would be honoured and delighted to receive an invite to judge a Scottish Beardie Club Show

GROENIER Imke (Braemoor)

I have been crazy about dogs for as long as I can remember, and when I first met the Bearded Collie I just knew they were what I wanted and needed.
Before owning a beardie I got to know the breed better by helping a local breeder groom her dogs every Friday after school. When a couple of years later she bred another litter I fell in love with the littlest and most mischievous puppy in the litter and she became my first beardie, Cippy. My first beardie to train obedience with, try agility with and go to shows with. We were not very successful at any of these things, but we had so much fun.
Fast forward to present day and sadly Cippy is no longer with us, but numerous others are. With my current beardies I still attempt obedience and agility and dog shows, the latter with some success. Most importantly we still have fun doing all these things as well as just enjoying every day life together.
I bred my first litter in 2004 and was encouraged to accept my first open show judging appointment in 2012, which I really enjoyed. Since then I have been honoured to receive a couple more judging appointments. I find the learning process never ends and I enjoy actively trying to further my knowledge and expertise, both as a breeder and as a judge.

HARKIN, Margaret (Claudalla)

I have owned Bearded Collies since 1975 and have many happy memories of my first Beardie, Seykoe Excalibor, who introduced me to the show world. Although only a small kennel I have owned and bred Champions, multiple CC, RCC and JW winners.

My first judging appointment was in 1981 and in 1990 was approved to award CC’s,in Bearded Collies, having now judged 14 sets of CC’s in the breed. The highlight of my judging career was in 2007 when I was invited to judge our breed at Crufts, a truly memorable experience. I have also judged in America, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Ireland. I judge the pastoral and working groups at Open Show level and have been invited to judge at BIS level in 2016.

I have held several roles with the Eastern Bearded Collie Association and am currently President and Secretary of the Judges-Sub-Committee. I take great pride in the organising of seminars for future judges and am on the official list of Evaluators/Assessors with the Kennel Club.

HAYWOOD Rosie (Binbusy)

I owned Beardies for over 35 years and was very active in breeding and showing until May 2000 when my husband, Steve, died. Together we bred over 20 litters and provided the foundation stock for a number of successful breeders both in the UK and abroad. Nowadays I am content to continue with my judging career.

I first judged Beardies in 1982 and awarded my first CC’s at the Welsh KC Show in august 1988 – the same day as Ch. Binbusy Cadence was whelping her first litter!!! Over the years I have judged many of the major UK Championship Shows and Club Shows and judged Bitches at Crufts in 2004. I have also judged Beardies many times abroad all over Europe, USA and in Australia.

I hope to continue judging both at home and abroad for many years to come as my way of giving something back to the breed that is very dear to my heart.

I was also Treasurer of the Bearded Collie Club for 13 years.