JUDGES2023-10-24T14:58:04-04:00

Border Terrier Club of America
2024 National Specialty

Judges

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AGILITY2023-11-15T11:39:07-05:00

Sangie Brooks

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Sangie started agility in 2008 with her Labrador Retriever learning the basics about agility. A few years later an amazing Border Collie came into her life. As Sangie started competing with Vette, her passion for agility was truly realized. Sangie has competed at AKC Nationals many times and made finals many times. With Vette, she won all four rounds at one AKC Nationals. Vette and Sangie had the honor of representing the USA on two AKC European Open teams, USDAA IFCS, and UKI WAO team. At the 2017 WAO, Vette was a gold medalist winning the 24” Pentathlon event.

After all the amazing friends and experiences agility brought into Sangie’s life, she decided it was time to give back to the agility world by becoming a UKI judge in 2018. Sangie looks at every judging assignment and competition as a learning opportunity for future course design. Sangie aims to design open, fast, motivating courses that she herself wants to run.

Sangie was approved as an AKC judge in 2022. Her AKC assignments to date have taken her to Mississippi, Connecticut, North Carolina, Ohio, California, and Texas.

When not competing or judging UKI or AKC, you will find Sangie at her day job as a Senior Operations Manager for an accounting software company. She currently has four Border Collies, Vette, Creed, Krome, and Dexter.

CONFORMATION2024-01-06T11:29:13-05:00

Regular Classes

Barbara Steinbacher Dalane

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I am honored to have been asked to judge the 2024 BTCA National Specialty in Texas. Thank you to the BTCA membership for this wonderful invitation. Judging is a serious responsibility. It is a privilege to have my hands on the Borders and I hope the exhibitors leave the ring feeling they were treated fairly and honestly. Good luck to all.

A little about myself: My family has been Great Dane fanciers in the since 1918. Our grandfather Jacob was honored as the Dean of Danedom by the GDCA. He and my Uncle John were both AKC judges. Ann and I started exhibiting and breeding Danes as teenagers. In 1989, we acquired our first Border, Ch Shelburne Clipper – bred by Kate Seemann and raised by Jim and Alice Dickson. Boy did we luck out! She finished her title easily and was the dam of 4 champions including Ch Steinbacher’s Out of the Mist, who was BOS and Best Otterhead at the 1998 BTCA National Specialty. All our dogs go back to Clipper. Mrs Seemann was a wonderful supporter of the breed and we appreciate all she has done. Jim and Alice have become great friends and are co breeder/owners of our current dogs.

I started judging Great Dane Specialty sweepstakes and match shows in the 1970s. With encouragement from Bob and Ruth Ann Naun, I applied in 2011 and was approved in 2012 to judge Borders and Great Danes. I have judged the BTCA National Specialty Sweepstakes in 2010, Border Terrier Club Of Ontario 2013, MCKC in 2015, as well as a number of BTCA supported entries and Great Dane Specialties.

Sweepstakes

Janice M. Moore

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When bringing home my first Border Terrier in 1998, I would have never imagined my involvement in this breed. My Sunrise prefix has been active in Conformation, Obedience, Earth dog, Agility, getting involved in Scent work, and FastCAT. I am also currently serving on the BOD at Large position for the BTCA.

I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and have been married for 25 years to my husband Tim and have one son Van along with our five border Terriers. My other interests include watching my son play baseball and basketball, gardening, reading, walking, and crafting.

I sincerely appreciate the members who nominated and chose me to judge the 75 th celebration of the BTCA 2024 National Sweepstakes in Kerrville, Texas. I am looking forward to going over each entry of the elite legends and the future prospects of this wonderful breed. It is truly an honor.

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Amanda Pough

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I am a second generation “dog person.” Born into a family that raised and exhibited Border Terriers and Otterhounds, my mother and I still breed and show Borders under the Bandersnatch affix. Those dogs have received conformation recognition at the national level in both the US and Canada. As both of my parents are biologists, form AND function have been paramount, so our Border Terriers are also exhibited in AWTA/AKC/CKC Earthdog as well as obedience/rally and other venues. My Canaan Dogs, which joined my life in 1999, are also trained and exhibited in companion and performance events. As a child, I showed the family’s Borders & the odd Labrador in Junior Showmanship/4H Grooming & Handling. Today I am an AKC licensed breeder-judge in Border Terriers & Canaan Dogs, as well as Junior Showmanship. I serve as an approved Parent Club breed mentor for both breeds. I have judged at Nationals in both breeds, as well as Montgomery County KC. I am continuing my education in judging, studying other breeds. That knowledge has increased my skills in judging both my current breeds and additional ones.

Finding a dog in your ring who fits the standard, without exaggeration, is rewarding in itself. I have been privileged to have been mentored since birth by breeders, past and current, who strive to maintain the Border as a working terrier. This does not mean every BT must be worked in the field, just that we as breeders and judges, ensure we preserve and reward the dogs who are built to do their job.

EARTHDOG2024-01-13T09:21:39-05:00

Intro to Quarry

Camilla Moon

Novice

Gail Schwartz

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I’ve had Borders for 20 years and greatly enjoy doing “all the things “ with them. One of our most fun and satisfying events is Earthdog. I’m honored and looking forward to be judging at our 2024 Speciality.

Junior

D’Arcy M Downs-Vollbracht

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My family has raised Border Terriers for generations and I’m so honored to judge Earthdog at the 2024 National Specialty. I am committed to preserving the original purpose of the breed and love judging earthdog, conformation, farm dog, juniors, performing temperament testing and therapy dog evaluations.

Senior

Judy Todd

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I was born and raised in New England. I got my very first, very own Border Terrier in 1963 in Connecticut from Henry Mosle. She was the daughter of the first Border Terrier that I had ever seen in the flesh and I was hooked on the breed.

After a 30 year career as a Veterinary Technician, I am now retired and have the time to expand my activities with my dogs in more performance sports. In addition to the conformation Championships, they have titles in Earthdog, Rally-Obedience, Agility, Coursing, Fast CAT, Trick Dog, Temperament Test and Scent Work. I am most proud of the three Working Certificates and the Hunting Certificate that we have earned. We are still active in conformation, AWTA den trials, AKC Earthdog tests, agility trials, rally obedience trials, TDI therapy dog visits and Scent Work and, as always, hunting.

I have been an AKC Earthdog judge since 1966 and an AWTA Go To Ground judge since 2006, adding Canada Kennel Club earth dog
judging as well.

Master

Curtis Lake

JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP2024-01-06T11:29:36-05:00

Amanda Pough

A Pough Junior

I am a second generation “dog person.” Born into a family that raised and exhibited Border Terriers and Otterhounds, my mother and I still breed and show Borders under the Bandersnatch affix. Those dogs have received conformation recognition at the national level in both the US and Canada. As both of my parents are biologists, form AND function have been paramount, so our Border Terriers are also exhibited in AWTA/AKC/CKC Earthdog as well as obedience/rally and other venues. My Canaan Dogs, which joined my life in 1999, are also trained and exhibited in companion and performance events. As a child, I showed the family’s Borders & the odd Labrador in Junior Showmanship/4H Grooming & Handling. Today I am an AKC licensed breeder-judge in Border Terriers & Canaan Dogs, as well as Junior Showmanship. I serve as an approved Parent Club breed mentor for both breeds. I have judged at Nationals in both breeds, as well as Montgomery County KC. I am continuing my education in judging, studying other breeds. That knowledge has increased my skills in judging both my current breeds and additional ones.

Finding a dog in your ring who fits the standard, without exaggeration, is rewarding in itself. I have been privileged to have been mentored since birth by breeders, past and current, who strive to maintain the Border as a working terrier. This does not mean every BT must be worked in the field, just that we as breeders and judges, ensure we preserve and reward the dogs who are built to do their job.

NASDA2024-01-13T13:57:34-05:00

Linda Steinhoff

Linda Steinhoff
I was born and raised in a San Francisco flat-no dogs allowed! One of my happiest memories was attending the Golden Gate KC’s annual benched show at the Cow Palace every year. I can still remember the name of the first dog I watched winning Best in Show. Graduating from college, getting a ‘real’ job and subsequently a husband and eventually a house of our own, we welcomed the first of four Belgian Sheepdogs (Groenendael) in the mid ‘70s. Imagine my thrill attending my  first Conformation show and later showing my dog Nikki to his championship, fulfilling the dream of a young girl.

Conformation proved to be quite addicting and later an Ibizan Hound was added to the mix. As it turned out she was not meant to be a conformation dog, but we soon discovered lure coursing, a sport at which she excelled.

In 1992, when all the large dogs had passed due to old age, we started looking for a smaller dog and fell in love with Border Terriers. With the Borders came titles in Conformation, EarthDog, Agility, Rally Obedience, Lure Coursing (revisited), Barn Hunt, NASDA (North American Sport Dog Association) and Scentwork. Stepping down from breeding, my mentor Marjorie Stephenson  graciously passed on her Ups ‘N Downs kennel name.

One of my most exhilarating life moments was hunting rats with my girl Rosie at midnight in NYC with Richard Reynolds and the Ryders Alley Trencher Fed Society, the evening after she was given a Conformation Award of Merit at the Border Terrier National Specialty.

I am a CGC judge and ATT Evaluator, as well as being a NASDA judge.

Ann Wendland

Ann Wendland
My name is Ann Wendland. I have been involved with terriers for 35 years. Jack Russells Terriers was my first breed. Then I got Patterdale terriers and finally Border Terriers. I have been involved in dogs sport for the same amount of time. I’ve competed in agility, obedience, rally, conformation, barn hunt, earthdog, Fastcat , NASDA and Nosework. I’m an earthdog judge, NASDA judge, Dachshund and Bassett Hound field trial judge and retired Barn Hunt judge.

OBEDIENCE & RALLY2024-03-01T10:22:46-05:00

Obedience & Rally

Linda Scanlon

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Linda was raised in the English border country where her father trained English Springer Spaniels for hunting so dogs and training heave loomed largely in her life.
Linda began in AKC conformation as a teenager with Australian Terriers. She bred/owned/handled the first triple titled Aussie (conformation, obedience, earth dog).
Salukis entered her life in 1972 and from a small breeding program there have been multiple champions in the ring and field including specialty winners, dual champions, tracking and obedience titled dogs.
Linda was the first person to earn the AKC UD on a saluki earning multiple Will Judy/Dog World Awards in the US and Canada. One also distinguished himself by winning multiple all breed high in trial, hound groups and bests in field, always owner handled. They are the only salukis to achieve the UD/Obedience Trial Champion status in Canada to date. She was initially approved by AKC to judge obedience in 1979 and it has been a wonderful journey.
Linda is approved to judge BIS, hound and herding groups, Australian Terriers, all levels of obedience and rally, lure coursing and junior Showmanship. She is the the only AKC judge fully approved for this combination of events. She has judged multiple specialties including having been twice selected by her peers to judge conformation at the national Saluki specialty, plus many times judging obedience and rally. Out of country assignments include Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Germany, Finland, New Zealand and Sweden.
Linda’s other passions include her husband of many years, her grown sons, international travel and opera.
SCENT WORK2024-01-12T13:58:30-05:00

Michelle Munson

Master – Container, Interior, and Exterior

Advanced – Handler Discrimination

Olivia Vescova

Novice – Container, Interior, and Exterior

Advanced – Container and Exterior

Jane Adams

Excellent – Container, Interior, Exterior

Advanced – Interior

Novice – Handler Discrimination

TOTAL DOG2024-02-13T13:51:57-05:00

Jo Ann Frier-Murza

JoAnn Frier Murza

Jo Ann has been involved with Border Terriers, AKC sports, and hunting with terriers for over 50 years. She has a perception of a terrier as a functional dog which originally hunted underground, attacked predators, and bolted foxes to help farmers protect their food and livestock. Those traits help Border Terriers excel at all they do.

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