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Index to Judges Interviews & Judging Legends




Exclusive interviews with top dog show judges; background, breeds and groups approved, WHO they are and the qualites each judge appreciates. Know Before You Show!


Lt. Col. Pedé!

AKC Judge Wallace H. Pedé, affectionately known as "Wally" or "The Colonel", passed away January 31, 2021.


Top AKC Judges List

Here We Come!

Owner/Handler: Jean Abrams

2020 Update: Searchable list of top dog show judges including contact information and the Groups they are approved for.


Meg Purnell Carpenter

Meet busy international judge, Crufts 2017 Group judge and TKC Board Member, and visit Overhill Kennels and Exports for more information.


Meet Thom Stanfield

Multiple Groups, Best In Show, plus several Hound and Miscellaneous Breeds make this interview tops on your go-to list.


Joe Gregory

He's the All Breed Judge who rarely grants interviews.  We are deeply honored to present this soft-spoken man to the fancy.


Edd Embry Bivin

Judging Legend Nominee, all breeds benefit from his knowledge.  His wife, judge Irene, passed away Sept. 2008


Beverly Vics

Multi-Group breeder-judge who breeder-owner-handled her Akitas to BIS wins.


Ann Hearn

Multi-group AKC judge takes her sense of humor and owner-handler experience to center ring.


David J. Kirkland

AKC Multi-Group judge of Terriers, Toys and Non-Sporting Groups. He's also a Provisional judge for the Herding Group.


Michele Billings Remembered

There are few judges as gracious and inspiring as dog breeder, handler “Mike” Leathers, aka..


Tribute To Richard Beauchamp

Rick passed away April 5, 2014. Those who knew him loved him and those who didn't lost out.


Connie Barton

AKC Field Rep, Multi-Group judge, an icon to "the way it was" with strength and dignity.


Dr. Daniel W. Fleitas

Working & Herding Groups. A thinking man who genuinely loves dogs!


Frank McCartha

Go inside the mind and heart of a multi-group judge who also breeds and judges horses! Frank died at his SC home January 1, 2015.


Carolyn & David Alexander

In-depth interview with the popular multi-group, international judging couple.


Dr. Richard Greathouse

There are some things you may not know about this distinguished Kentucky gentleman.


Melbourne Downing

All-Breeds judging icon, he was a Living Legend, Co-Founder of the SCJA. Mel passed away in 2007


Margaret (Peggy) Mickelson

Awarded Judging Legend 2006, All Terriers, Herding & BIS - Peggy succumbed to lupus on Jan. 18, 2003


Dany Canino

Multi-Group judge and talented writer, she loves to Rock and Roll! Read Dany Canino's 2003 interview


Judi Daniels

Top Five Candidate for Judging Legend 2006, Terrier Group Authority, Past President of AKC.


Pat Hastings

Multi-Group Judge, author of "tell-all" books that do, extraordinary insight from The Puppy Puzzle lady.


Marion Mardee Ward

2nd Generation AKC Judge and Samoyed breeder, she does her parents proud.


Legend Winners & Nominees


Judging Legend 2016 Winner

The Winner is Ann Rogers Clark, see all the Nominees

2006 Judging Legends

The Winner is Peggy Mickelson, see all the Nominees

2003 Judging Legends

The Winner is Michele Billings, see all the Nominees

2002 Judging Legends

The Winner is Edd Embry Bivin, see all the Nominees


Dr. J. Donald Jones

WKC 2008 Best In Show Judge, expounds on the Beagle and discusses show celebrities.  Don passed away Dec. 2012 at age 75.


Robert D. Sharp

Multi-group judge shares his love for dogs, food, and favorite breeds in a delightful conversation!


Dennis & Mary Lou Kniola

Multi-Group judges discuss judging, travel, and family.  Tragically, Dennis passed away in 2010.


Meet Ann Arch

Crufts 2001 Best In Show Judge, Interviewed by Meg Purnell-Carpenter, Kennel Club Board Member, SAAB and top int'l judge.


Rosemarie (Rose) O'Hara

Obedience and Conformation Breeder-Judge; Rose uses all her skills as a judge.


Ric Chashoudian

Handler, judge, columnist and sculptor, the Terrier Man's man passed away Sept. 2011 at 80.


Frank Sabella

Judging Legend, not just to Poodle people but to all students of dogs and their presentation.


John Boozer

Terrier breeder-judge, he also judges Hounds and Herding breeds, interview by Tam Cordingley



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