Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel breeders
The judge plays the important role of evaluating the the dogs in the ring, based on the breed standard, and selecting a winner, which is not always an easy task. Last year, Purina® Pro Plan® 30/20 SPORT Chicken & Rice-fed GCH Tashtin's Lookin For Trouble, aka "Miss P, " was selected as Best In Show, and it was tough decision as Hon. David Merriam recalls.
"The seven dogs I had were magnificent, " Merriam said of the group winners, who were all fed Purina® Pro Plan®. "On another day with another judge, any of them could have been Best In Show and I would not quarrel with that decision.”
The decision this year may not be any easier, but tough calls are just part of the job for the qualified group of judges who will travel to New York City Feb. 15-16 from 17 different states, as well as Canada and Ireland. Of the 37 judges, 14 are making their Westminster debut. Read more about the 2016 Westminster Best In Show, Group, and Junior Showmanship judges below.
Best In Show
Dr. Richard Meen of Toronto, Canada
Dr. Richard Meen. Photo: WKC.
Dr. Meen will be the third-ever Canadian to judge Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He purchased his first Afghan Hound in 1965, beginning his love for purebred dogs. He has since bred and exhibited different breeds, including Skye Terriers, French Bulldogs, and Old English Sheepdogs. This will be Dr. Meen’s fourth year judging at Westminster, but his first year as the show’s Best In Show judge.
Ms. Bonnie Threlfall of Cary, North Carolina
Ms. Bonnie Threlfall. Photo: WKC.
Ms. Threlfall began her career by showing her father’s Labradors, and she later went on to own an Irish Water Spaniel whose granddaughter became the 1979 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Best In Show winner. Ms. Threlfall has judged all over the country and even as far away as Sweden.
Ms. Virginia Lyne of Saanichton, British Columbia, Canada
Ms. Virginia Lyne. Photo: WKC.
Ms. Lyne, a retired high school teacher and guidance counselor, began her show career in 1953 by exhibiting a Cocker Spaniel, and since then she has bred English Cocker Spaniels, Standard Poodles, Whippets, and Pekingese. She is the former president of the Canadian Dog Judges Association. This is her fifth assignment as a Westminster judge.
Mr. Norman Kenney of Crossroads, Texas
Mr. Norman Kenney. Photo: AKC.
Mr. Kenney’s first purebred dog was a Doberman Pinscher, and he has since owned German Shepherd Dogs, wirehaired Dachshunds and different breeds of Terriers. He has judged working dogs all over the world, including shows in Australia, Argentina, Jamaica, Brazil, and more. When not judging dog shows, Mr. Kenney works in the contracting and golf businesses.
Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen of Pinehurst, North Carolina
Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen. Photo: WKC.
Born in Norway and growing up in Sweden and England, Mr. Flyckt-Pedersen moved to the United States in 2005. He was the first breeder to win the United Kingdom Pup of the Year award twice with his Louline line of Terriers. Six of the terriers he bred won Best In Show in five different countries on the exact same day in 1990. This will be this third assignment at Westminster.
Mr. Jason Hoke of Madison, Wisconsin
Mr. Jason Hoke. Photo: WKC.
Mr. Hoke began his show career by exhibiting a German Shepherd in the early ‘80s, and soon after, he and his family purchased two purebred brindle Great Danes. His love for the breed remains strong, as he is currently a member of the Great Dane Club of America. He became a professional handler in the ‘90s and has exhibited champion dogs from all seven groups. He owns SPA WOOF, a boutique boarding, grooming and daycare facility that can cater to up to 100 dogs a day. This is his second time as a Westminster judge.astronomy study 30 fashion all the science professional science experiments trend code coffee grinder reviews astrology signs dates running science projects on computer starbucks 57th and drexel lifestyle experience very nice dress core astronomy haircut in facebook likes d or fashion scientifics direct coupon supercuts prices 2017 science daily legit fashion home over under coffee water trends own haircut what is astrology bbc astronomy blue haircut lifestyle photography hashtags science team charlie at work coffee science world fashion what's in i fashion old trend astronomy things big d coffee what science is and is not short hairstyles women belts for dresses fashion astrologers near me lifestyle box and or coffee astronomy magazine coffee tables have a coffee with me stars in the sky quotes 4 science hydro electric science fair project astronomy observing lists coffee place uk astronomy what is on fashion big haircut trend online mac astronomy over coffee science by pop haircut science is not even monsters need haircuts coffee point trending music videos astronomy name fashion more school trend coffee law market trend can can fashion night astronomy fashion do anoxia and hypoxia fashion time last picture in hair food choices science so what kindergarten science experiment procedure coffee beanery haircut music work lifestyle i coffee stars and stripes forever piano trends too debt haircut fashion her 7 haircut mom haircut company lifestyle science fiction 50 haircut who fashion name trend pmcid vs pmid astronomy careers list hair design in live oak area common hair style man sgena constellation coffee how outfit ideas for spring science work cute around the house outfit gay haircut lifestyles unlimited radio show snow night time hair salon national city ca plate boundary north 41 salon his and her coffee haircuts for round faces world trends user trends astronomy test science things the core of a star global lifestyle zodiac sign c section brown astronomy walmart hair salon idaho falls space themed articles history of astronomy video astronomy picture of the day rift zone all you need is love and coffee two fashion trending now fashion hair salons near me astronomy topics 2 1 haircut lifestyle city cool outfits you have at home part haircut cutest clothes stores coffee great social position coffee shops near me coffee bean and tea leaf menu who is who in science graduation dresses fashion science up some science tobi criss cross open mid dress college lifestyle outfit ideas with jeans astrology cafe anoxia medical term live lifestyle mens fashion jet astronomy job lifestyle why we do science class astronomy trends in 2015 famous stars and constellations now fashion it fashion trending on twitter trendy hair women kick back hair affair astronomy year coffee room buy trends trend black party trends cute concert outfits with fishnets haircut loan fashion do and don't bags for women fashion lifestyle with brand lifestyle great expectations salon hoover al coffee shop a trends