Official Classes

Brenda Hutchison, Waverton kennels - Biography

Judge - Brenda Hutchison I have owned Flatcoats since 1976. They have been shown and worked under the Waverton affix, which I share with my husband, David. Our first Flatcoat was a dog, Belsud Black Kestrel of Waverton who was field trialled and gained 2 reserve C.C.s and a Junior Warrant. Our foundation Flat-coated Retriever bitch was Black Velvet of Candidacasa at Waverton, whom we made up to a full champion; we also gained 4 field trial awards with her. Her descendants included her two daughters Ch. Waverton Julep and Ch Waverton Katinka. Katinka produced Ch Waverton Madeira, who in turn produced Ned. Ch. Waverton Applejack, and also Waverton Toby Ale of Varingo.

Toby Ale was the top Flatcoat stud dog in the UK in 2003 in spite of being rarely shown. He produced 5 champions, with several of his grandchildren going on to become champions as well. (You probably realise that in the UK a dog has to beat all the champions to win a CC, so a title is not easily achieved.)

Our most recent champion was Varingo Victoria with Waverton. Currently we are showing Waverton Floradora who has 1 CC. All our Flatcoats work in the shooting field, picking up on average for 50 days each season. Currently I have the honour to be the first President of the recently established Southern Flatcoated Retriever Club in the UK.

I first awarded CCs in the UK in Golden Retrievers (our original breed) in 1988, followed by Flatcoats in 1990. The high spot of my judging career was the awarding of CCs for Flatcoats at Crufts in 2007. I have judged in many European countries, and look forward to seeing the Canadian Flatcoats.

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Sweepstakes / Unofficial Classes

David Hutchison, Waverton kennels - Biography

Judge - David Hutchison Our Prefix is Waverton, which is the name of the town in Cheshire; it is where Brenda's family lived. We bought our first Flatcoat, Belsud Black Kestrel at Waverton from Mrs. Mary Grimes in 1976. He gained his Junior Warrant and won the Flatcoated Retriever Society Drum Goblet, an award for the highest number of points won at shows for a Junior in a year. He also won two reserve CC's. Brenda and I have over the years made up several Flatcoat champions; amongst these was Ch Black Velvet of Candidacasa at Waverton, her two Daughters Ch Waverton Julep and Ch Waverton Katinka. Ch Waverton Madeira was a daughter of Katinka. Madeira was the mother of Dutch Ch Waverton Applejack and Waverton Toby Ale who was the top stud dog in the UK in 2003 who was the sire of out Ch Varingo Victoria at Waverton. He is also the sire of the Finish F.T. Champion Waverton Dubonnet.

I award CC's (Challenge Certificates) in Golden and Flat-Coated Retrievers, as does Brenda and regularly judge in the UK as well as abroad. In 2005 I Judged Flatcoat Dogs at Crufts. Without any doubt my number one passion is picking up on shoots with my dogs. I am the chief picker-up for one of the largest shoots in the UK and regularly take novice Flatcoat owners along to gain experience often to gain their show gundog qualifier. I have been picking up since the 1970's. In the early days I used to run my dogs competitively in working tests and Field Trials and gained several Field Trial and working test awards with both Goldens and Flatcoats. I also steward on a regular basis from Crufts downwards and have given talks on the subject at a number of seminars. I am currently involved in Show Management as the Show Manager of the United Retriever Club Championship Show and the Showground Manager of Southern Counties Canine Association, a three-day general championship show and Woolwich, Bexley & D.C.A.

I was for many years the Show Manager of the Flat-Coated Retriever Societies Championship Show, was Chief Steward for the National Gundog Association's championship show and Show Manager of South of England Agricultural Societies Dog Show. In 1981 I founded my local Ring Craft Club, which caters for show training of all breeds of dogs and am currently the chairman. I can be found regularly on a Thursday evening going over the dogs along with the other committee members.

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Karen Brearley - Biography
Judge - Karen Brearley I took my first obedience class with a Golden Retriever named Brew but never showed him. It wasn't until our first Tervuren in '93 that I was introduced into the world of competitive obedience. My Tervs, Poms and Sheltie have brought home High in Class and High in Trial wins. We also compete in conformation, herding, agility and rally.

Our newest addition, a Sheltie, finished her championship, earned a rally and herding title all before a year of age. More recently, she has finished 3 herding titles with 2 HIGH IN TRIALS and 2 RESERVE HIGH IN TRIALS, her American/Canadian CD's with HIGH IN CLASS wins and a HIGH IN TRIAL in an ASCA obedience trial.

I am certified to judge in all levels of obedience as well as rally and am a CGN Evaluator. I volunteer as an instructor for the Junior Kennel Club and also as an evaluator for the St. John's Pet Therapy Program. Ember is a member of a K9 Vaudeville act who performs and visits in care homes and hospitals. I love that my dogs can make people smile.

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Judge - Lori Little WC/I/X

Lori Little - Biography

I have been involved competitively with dogs for the last 15 years.

My first dog being a Golden Retriever managed to show me how much fun we could have in all sorts of venues. My heart is always with hunt work, although you can find me in the obedience ring, draft trial or tracking test just as easily.

I enjoy watching, judging and competing with the different breeds of retrievers that we see in our hunt tests.

Good luck to all, and enjoy your time with your dogs.

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Bonnie & Gord McGhie - Biography

Judge - Bonnie and Gord McGhie Bonnie and Gord McGhie began breeding Labrador Retrievers in 1988 with the kennel name, Twigs Labradors. They were committed to breeding the all around Labrador, one who was competitive in the show ring, obedience and field.

They finished a number of conformation champions, had a Best in Speciality Show winner, a Best Puppy in Show, Jam wins and Veteran wins. They qualified dogs with Obedience titles to the Master Obedience Trial Champion level and Hunt Test titles to the AKC Master Hunter and the CKC Grand Master Hunter levels.

Bonnie began judging hunt tests in the1990's, qualifying to judge under both the AKC and the CKC rules. Five years ago Gord decided to qualify to judge as well.

They are both strong supporters of the WC Series and both particularly enjoy judging the beginning level. Years have passed and goals have been reached, but they remember competing in their first WC tests, the support of the judges and fellow contestants and the thrill of qualifying.

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Linda Moran - Biography

Judge - Linda Moran Thank you for inviting me to judge the Working Certificate Tests at the Flat-Coated Retriever Society Of Canada National Specialty.

My dog, Trio, and I passed our first WC test 8 years ago to the month! Pretty sure we failed a few before this pass but nonetheless, we were hooked on the game!

I have been involved with purebred dogs since 1987 and currently own two Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers; Trio, CH Westerlea's Kasomor Trio SH WCX CDX and her daughter Tikka, BPIS BPISS CH Kasomor's Wack 'Em N Stack 'Em SH WCX CDX CGN. These girls are my first "performance" dogs.

We have embraced dog sports full on and they are owner trained and handled in every venue. I also breed the occasional litter under the "Kasomor" prefix. I am an avid duck hunter from a non-hunting family (my husband hides when my guns are out!) and can be found most days either hunting or field training with my dogs while we continue to dabble in competitive obedience.

I truly appreciate the hard work, time commitment, and effort every breeder, handler and owner puts into our wonderful sport as they ensure our versatile retrievers continue to do what they were originally bred for. Thank you all.

It is my intention to provide you with a couple of enjoyable days in the field with your Flat- Coats, with lots of new titles, as a wind up for your National Specialty.

Good luck and enjoy your Specialty

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Sherrill Smith - Biography

Judge - Sherrill Smith I've owned Golden Retrievers since 1984 and became hooked when I entered my first Golden in his first obedience trial Novice A class and earned a high in trial.

Over the years I've put titles on my dogs in obedience, field (hunt tests and WC/I/X), tracking, conformation, draft, and even a herding instinct certificate on one of my males.

My life with dogs has garnered many good friendships, lots of wonderful memories and the great satisfaction of training and spending time with the terrific dogs that have come to me over the years. I am looking forward to judging at your Specialty working certificate test.

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