Our Judges

Conformation - Mrs. Carol Spritzer

My love for dogs and dog shows began many years ago when I spotted a Borzoi at a dog show in Augusta, GA. When our family was finally permanently situated in Cincinnati, OH, we purchased our first Borzoi and began our journey in the world of sight hounds and dog shows. My husband Ron and I successfully bred many top winning and producing Borzoi under the Spritzkof banner. My daughter introduced me to the world of Standard Longhair Dachshunds when she asked if she could have one to show in Jr. Showmanship. It was love at first sight when that dachshund entered the house. Through the years I have bred DCA winners, BIS winners, Group winners, and top-producing Standard Longhair Dachshunds. Besides the Dachshunds and Borzoi, I have owned & exhibited many of the other sighthounds, including a wonderful Scottish Deerhound named Utkinton Hannah; affectionately known as “Hannah Banana.” Through the years Hannah has always held a special place in my heart.

I have been judging for over 25 years and am licensed for BIS, the Hound Group, many of the Sporting breeds, and Junior Showmanship. At present, Ron and I are owned by a Shih Tzu named Star. Most appropriate, since she is the star of the house.

I am a life member of the Borzoi Club of America, The Midwest Borzoi Club, and Clermont County Kennel Club. I also belong to the Cincinnati Kennel Club and the Dachshund Club of America. For several years while exhibiting and owning Hannah, I also belonged to the SDCA. I am a strong supporter of breed clubs and have been active in all these dog clubs throughout the years. 

I am so thrilled and honored to be your judge this year! Excited beyond words, as I so respect and love this breed. Thank you for giving me this honor. 

Sweepstakes - Mrs. Jana Brinlee

In 1973 an Afghan Hound entered my life as friend and companion.  This was to be a life-changing event as that introduction to Sighthounds was to become an avocation and direction in my life.  Along with my husband, Ray, we have bred Borzois and Scottish Deerhounds using the Jaraluv banner.

Deerhounds became our sole focus during the 1980’s when it was apparent to us that keeping two large Sighthound breeding programs was too difficult to maintain.   While never intending to produce large numbers of Deerhounds, our small program was limited to fourteen litters.  The exhibition of our breeding stock has resulted in:

  • Five Scottish Deerhound Club of America National Specialty wins by three of our breeding.
  • 46 American All Breed Bests in Shows by 11 individual All Breed Best in Show winners plus two Norwegian-owned Best in Show winners.
  • A dog of our breeding holds the All Breed Best in Show record for males. Our MBIS Ch. Jaraluv Ouija until recently held the US breed’s record since 2008 with 21 All Breed Bests in Show and her father, MBIS Ch. Jaraluv Michael, continues to hold the male record for most Bests in Shows with 10 wins.
  • Multiple other national specialty awards including Best Opposite Sex, Select Dog, Select Bitch and Awards of Merit by many of our dogs. Our BIS MBISS Ch. Jaraluv Keep The Faith won the Futurity in 1999 followed later by three consecutive national specialty Bests of Breed in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

In 2016 the American Kennel Club named us Hound Breeders of the Year, a much coveted and special honor.

I was previously honored to judge the Norwegian Breed Show in 2004 and the Swedish Breed Show in 2018, as well as 2021’s SDCA Futurity.

Being selected to judge the Sweepstakes is, indeed, an honor and I look forward to seeing the youngsters.

Obedience - Mrs. Sharon Ann Redmer

Sharon Redmer has bred, trained and exhibited Belgian Tervuren since the early 1970s. She has bred Tervs under the StarBright affix for over 40 years and has produced all breed Best in Show winners, Group winners and placers, CH OTCH MACH CT HTCH title holders and perfect 200 obedience scorers.  StarBright owned/bred Tervuren have earned multiple National Specialty BOB, BOW, BOS, Select, HIT Awards and have over 150 Champions of record. 

Mrs Redmer has judged Obedience for over 35 years and Conformation for over 25 years. She has been honored to judge all 4 Belgian US National Specialties numerous times. She has judged on 5 continents, both all breed and national specialty shows. She is a lifetime member of the Ann Arbor Kennel Club, the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club and is the proud recipient of the AKC Lifetime Achievement Award in Companion events. She was the first judge at Westminster KC’s inaugural Obedience Masters Championship. She is the only AKC judge to have officiated at all 3 of AKC’s National Championship shows – Conformation, Obedience and Rally.
 
Mrs Redmer has been a member of the American Belgian Tervuren Club since 1972. She has held many leadership positions within the ABTC  and currently serves as the Chairperson of the Judges Education Committee for Tervuren.
 
Mrs Redmer and her husband Ed live in the countryside just north of Ann Arbor, MI, are University of Michigan alumni and diehard fans of the “Wolverines” GO BLUE!