I am committed to the present and future well being of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. I do enjoy to show my dogs, but it isn't always about winning or losing. Its about the betterment of the breed as a whole, and a stance that I can say without any hesitation that most of the breeders of CWC's agree with. How we all go about doing it however it entirely a different thing however :)
I have shown and judged various species of livestock most of my life. Judging gives you a 'unbiased' opinion of your breeding stock versus the standard, or in the case of dog, each other's dogs. It is a sport, and one that some people spend great fortunes to attain titles or recognition, while most others spend smaller fortunes on. And in my opinion, the highest respect and recognition one can have is from fellow breeder/judges.
I have had the amazing fortune of showing and being very competitive at the largest Regional Specialty in the world for Cardigans and that is in Oberlin, Ohio with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of the Western Reserve. Why is this of any importance to me? These judges are typically breeders of Cardigans, that have put their mark on the breed in a positive light. To have other breeders recognize your hard work is a huge honor and one that I do not take lightly.
I have also had the pleasure of doing well at Supported Entries of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America (CWCCA), or parent club. Supported Entries are shows that happen at all breed shows, but have breeder judges. We have both regular and sweepstakes (for puppy and veteran) classes.
* I have been fortunate to have Best of Winners/Best of Opposite Sex/Winners Bitch for a 3 point major, at the 2011 Fargo Moorhead Kennel Club Supported Entry, as well as Best Bred-By (who later got a BBE Group 1) and Best of Opposite Sex in puppy sweeps, and reserve winners dog.
* At the Richland Kennel Club Supported Entry I was fortunate enough to have Winner's Dog for a 4 point major! The day before the same dog won Reserve Winner's dog at the Northwest Cardigan Fanciers Regional Specialty! To be recognized at a regional specialty is always an honor and I thank all the judges for the seeing the virtues in my dogs.
* I was fortunate enough to have Best In Specialty Sweepstakes with the North Star Herding Group Club Specialty. This was a thrill to win for the first time and hopefully not my last!
* My very first Best of Breed over other specials, for a 5 point grand champion major, was with my first bred-by champion as well. CH Ebonwald's A Blessed Pirate Queen "Ava" was BOB under Pembroke breeder/judge Tammy Johnston at the Lake Elmo summer shows in 2011. Thank you for this amazing feeling and for finding virtues in Ava :)