Mary Ann Alston
My introduction into
the world of show dogs was when I attended the Westminster KC
show in 1963. Shortly thereafter, I purchased my first English
Setter show dog while living and working in New York City.
In 1970 I married
George and we moved to Maryland to open Fieldstone Kennels.
While pursuing our handling careers, I also bred English, Gordon
and Irish Setters, and English Cocker Spaniels.
As handlers, we had a
wonderful opportunity to be associated with some of the top
breeders of many sporting dogs. We visited their kennels and
were able to watch promising youngsters during their
developmental stages. Then we became a part of their show
careers. It was exciting.
We retired from
handling in 1991 and at that time I was granted a license to
judge all Sporting breeds. This was followed over the years with
approval to judge all Hounds and all Working breeds, Best In
Show, Miscellaneous and Junior Showmanship.
My most memorable
assignments have been: Westminster KC - twice, Ireland, Finland,
Australia, and most of the USA. Also several times in Canada.
attended his first dog show in 1964 with his family's American
Cocker Spaniel. This began a life-long dedication to the world
of purebred dogs. However, it was not until graduating from
college in 1973 that he began exhibiting and breeding dogs in
ernest. While maintaining a small hobby kennel, he exhibited
American Cocker Spaniels and Irish Setters. He has finished over
40 champions. Robert's judging career began in 1992. Presently,
he judges the Sporting and Toy groups, as well as some breeds in
the Working and Non-Sporting groups, and Best in Show. Among the
prestigious shows he has been honored to judge are both the
Canadian and the U.S. American Cocker Spaniel National Specialty
Shows as well as judging the Sporting Group at the 2009
Westminster K. C. show. Mr. Ennis is a life member of the
American Spaniel Club and currently serves as the Chairman for
the Judges' Education Committee.
of Center Cross, VA grew up in dogs, active in junior
showmanship and assisting his parents with their kennel and
breeding program. In the late 1960's he acquired his first
Golden Retriever and since then he has owned, bred and/or
exhibited seven multiple best in show winning Golden Retrievers,
along with owning and breeding champion Field Spaniels,
Pointers, English Springer Spaniels and Pugs. Mr. Faulkner
retired as a professional handler in 1995 and immediately
embarked on a judging career, while continuing his own Golden
Retriever breeding program. Holding a Bachelor's of Fine Arts
and a Master's in Education, Mr. Faulkner is the Director of
Entrepreneurial Programs/Events for the See Forever Foundation
in Washington, DC. He judged the Sporting Group at Westminster
Dr. Alvin W.
Dr. Alvin W. Krause,
of Henderson, Nevada, says, "As a boy growing up in eastern
Colorado, we always had dogs around. We had many Greyhounds and
some mixed breeds."
He began exhibiting Miniature
Schnauzers in 1960 and produced numerous home-bred champions.
Dr. Krause has also bred champion Labrador Retrievers, German
Shorthaired Pointers, Miniature Pinschers, and Greyhounds. Among
his most memorable achievements in dogs, he cites breeding a
racing Greyhound that was one of eight finalists to compete in a
national invitational tournament.
Dr. Krause was approved to judge
Miniature Schnauzers in the mid-1970s and is now approved to
judge all but the Toy and Herding groups. He has run show rings
all over the world and counts his Westminster and AKC/Eukanuba
Invitational assignments as career highlights.
A longtime member of the
Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club, Dr. Krause was the club's
treasurer for ten years and has served on many committees. He
and his wife, Bettie, founded the Colorado Judges Workshop. The
Krauses were active in that organization until they moved to
Nevada in 1991.
Dr. Krause graduated from the
Colorado State School of Veterinary Medicine in 1960. Away from
the show ring, he enjoys golfing, fishing, and "having fun in
Roger Hartinger has been involved in pure bred dogs for most of
his life. His first breed was Great Danes, which he had while
in college. But, he and his wife were best known as exhibitors
and breeders of Standard Schnauzers. They also bred Basset
Hounds and Lakeland Terriers. As an AKC licensed handler he
exhibited a variety of other breeds.
In 1975 he was granted judges approval by the AKC. Since that
time he has judged extensively throughout the Americas and in
over 30 other countries, including two world shows. He is
approved for all breeds. He has had multiple GWP assignments,
including the Regional Specialty in 2002.
Roger has served as president of two all breed clubs, a parent
breed club, and two specialty clubs, and was a delegate to the
AKC for 15 years.
I've been involved with dogs my entire life getting my first one
the day I was born! My canine companions have included a
Basenji, Saint Bernard, Shih Tzu, Papillion, Cocker Spaniels,
German Shorthaired Pointers and Vizslas. I acquired my first
Vizsla in 1986. Since then, I have produced close to 90 AKC
conformation champions with multiple Best In Show and Specialty
wins with the Kizmar prefix. Kizmar Vizslas have also earned
more than 250 AKC agility, field, hunting, obedience and rally
titles. Sporting dogs are my passion. I love seeing them
work in all venues but especially doing what they were bred for,
hunting. Through my 11 years of judging, I have been
thrilled see many outstanding dogs in all the sporting breeds.
I've been impressed with many German Wired Haired Pointers
in both my ring while judging and in the field hunting. A
GWP with correct type, coat, structure and condition in the
field on point or moving in the show ring always brings a smile
to my face...