2024 National Specialty Judges

Conformation:  Anne Midgarden

I have been attending dog shows since 1969 ,lure coursing trials since 1982, and open field coursing since 1996.  I am a lure coursing and conformation AKC judge. I have owned & bred many DC titled Borzoi, one Scottish Deerhound, one Greyhound and one Whippet.  I have hunted with many sighthounds in Wyoming, New Mexico and California, and memorably once in Scotland with Deerhounds and long dogs (although under the radar).  I have done three studies on borzoi comparing conformation to speed.  These results:  http://user.nktelco.net/teine/speed2.htm

I find the Scottish Deerhound to be both beautiful and capable with their breed type carefully preserved.  I am deeply honored to be chosen for this judging assignment and am looking forward to your 2024 national specialty.

 

 

 

Sweepstakes: Paul Wilson 

Bio information coming soon.

 

Obedience & Rally:  Melvin Stanley 

Bio information coming soon.

 

Futurity: TBD

 

Coursing Judges:

   Darci Kunard

Dogs have been a central part of Darci’s life for as long as she can remember. Her first Pharaoh Hound, Kaba, sparked a passion for lure coursing, running trials, judging, and eventually breeding under the kennel name Lotus Pharaohs.  Her second Pharaoh Hound, Cayman, was a force on the coursing field and in the show ring.  Currently, she shares her home with 3 Pharaohs:  Cayper (7), Calyber (3), and Cuest (1) along with Gito (10) a Spanish Podenco. Her Pharaoh boys have enjoyed much success in the show ring and coursing field.  Cayper was the #1 ASFA Pharaoh for 5 years, and Calyber was 2022’s #1 AKC Pharaoh.  Darci’s hounds have competed in the US, Canada, Sweden, and Norway.  Darci lives outside of Denver, Colorado with her husband of 25 years and works full-time as an executive for a roofing manufacturer.  Outside of dog events and work, Darci loves to travel: she’s visited all 50 US States, 6/7 continents, and tracking to visit 100 countries in the near future. It is an honor to be asked to judge at your national specialty – thank you and Tally Ho!

   

Heather Minnich

My start in greyhounds was in the early 90’s with a retired racer/blood donor, with the intention of just having a nice pet. That didn’t last, though, and I soon added a young AKC greyhound named Tuck who I learned about lure coursing with.  A few months later I added Tuck’s litter mate, Magic, to my crew and got involved in conformation showing.  Magic finished his AKC and CKC bench championships and Lure Coursing Field Championship and earned an AOM at the 1998 Westminster Kennel Club show. He was my first AKC Dual Champion, and Tuck was my first ASFA (American Sighthound Field Association) FCH.

Since then, my greyhounds have kept me busy with conformation, amateur racing, lure coursing and open field coursing (OFC – live game). Several of my dogs have earned top honors along the way, which include; Best of Breed at AKC Greyhound Club of America National Specialty field trials, winning the 2018 ASFA Best in International Invitational, finishing in the Top Ten UKC Conformation in 2016 and 2017, winning two OFC NACA Whitetail Invitationals, and winning the 2017 Grand National. Over the years, I have put conformation, OFC, and lure coursing championships on many of my greyhounds. I am an active judge for ASFA, AKC, CKC, and UKC, and in OFC for NACA and NOFCA.

I am looking forward to seeing some awesome runs at this years Scottish Deerhound National Specialty trials. Tally-Ho!