Long time, active, member of the US National Breed Club:
I have been active with the US Breed Club, Welsh Terrier Club of America (WTCA) since the very beginning, 1999. I have always taken a leadership role on new and developing health tests and information, even when the information was personally uncomfortable and I had to work through some things with my own dogs. I continue to do this, and my dogs are some of the first CHIC qualified dogs in the US Health Registry – OFA . The online breed club health questionnaireis something that I am particularly proud of. I helped develop and implement this, and now I do the annual analysis of reports that come in. This questionnaire is available for any Welsh Terrier owner to fill out for their dog, when they experience a health incident or, unfortunately, a death. Over the years, I have volunteered in other capacities for the club.
I have turned down “sweepstakes” judging assignments for the US National Specialty many times, but that is not out of lack of interest, but the fact that I LOVE going each year as an exhibitor – we call it Montgomery weekend – the MECCA of Terriers exhibited each year. It is held near Philadelphia (USA), and is a 4 day event. On that note, I have supported the US National Specialty with an entry every year that I have been involved, and only missed attending it once!
Long time, active, member of a large Canadian Terrier Club:
I have been very active with the BC All Terrier Club, since the late 1990’s. This club has been in existence for over 50 years, and has been considered one of the largest and most prestigious Terrier Clubs in Canada.
I have been a volunteer board member in this club in almost every role. These include Show Chairman, Membership, Web Master, Meet the Breeds Organizer, as well as President. While I was President of the BCATC, we were hosting the largest terrier entry shows of all of Canada! This has been an outstanding experience, teaching me many facets of clubs.
I have been active with All-Breed Clubs:
I have also helped out many clubs over the years with volunteer efforts. I have helped in show set-up, tear down, paperwork, donated many prizes over the years, and done well over 100 hours of volunteer Ring Stewarding. I regularly get called to help Ring Steward, when I am not actively exhibiting. My attention to details has been an asset in this area!
I was on an active track towards my CKC Judges License:
With being interested in learning, it was natural for me to attend seminars on other breeds, and learn about the judging process. For years, I attended weekly judges seminars, dedicated to a different breed each week. I also made a point of attending many specialized AKC Judges Institute seminars that I traveled for (Orlando Florida; Portland Oregon, Puyallup Washington; Philadelphia, PA). I was just curious and I found that I always learned something new and interesting and could apply many new things into my own breeding program. I have often been asked to evaluate other peoples litters, and to judge Sanction Matches and Sweepstakes. I decided to take the official CKC 101 course, and had an official mentor. I learned about the process, and the 100+ hours of volunteer Ring Stewarding really helped. I even carved out time every year that I went to the Montgomery shows to meet a new mentor of different terrier breeds and learn about their breed, while watching their breed specialty. I had more than qualified to apply to ‘write’ my CKC exam to submit for a CKC Judges Permit, but decided to put that ambition on hold. I chose to do that simply because I am still very active, interested and devoted to my passion – breeding and exhibiting. I believe that it takes a lot of time to do both well, especially all of the travel that is required in judging, time that I want to keep available for my dogs, exhibiting and my family. So, since I am still relatively young, I can focus on judging later. We’ll see if that comes back up again for me in the future!
While I am no longer actively seeking to be a judge myself (right now), I am grateful for all that I learned in this process. It broadened my perspective on so many things, and I believe that I am a better breeder today because of it. I learned something new and interesting at every single seminar and mentor ship situation.