Our specialty judge, Mrs Pamela Stanley.
Mrs Stanley of Hallbent Kennels, Billericay,Essex, UK, started her odyssey in Flatcoated retrievers in 1981 with her foundation bitch Hallbent Soft Music, following a long friendship and close association with Miss Georgie Buchanan, who founded Hallbent in 1962. The long Hallbent line of distinguished and physically and temperamentally sound flatcoats, continuing with Pamela to this day, extends through eleven generations of bitches so far, with Pamela's present young bitch, Rosie, carrying high hopes for the future; a future that has the loyal support of Pamela's husband Norman ("Long-suffering chauffeur"/"attentive guardian of dogs on bench") and now includes son David, who became involved as a partner in 1998.
Pamela, an experienced A list judge in UK, is also a well-known International Judge, well respected for her astuteness and honesty, with multiple assignments in Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, and Norway to her credit. Her 3rd appointment in Norway will happen next spring. With the very busy schedule she keeps, we are extremely grateful to Mrs Stanley for agreeing to be our 2008 FCRSC Specialty Judge, and look forward to a wonderful and exciting Specialty in Burlington in September !
Sweepstakes Judge - Helen Szostak
Helen Szostak has been involved with Flat-coated Retrievers since 1974. Her Grousemoor Flat-coated Retrievers has produced many champions, obedience, agility, tracking and field titled dogs. Her theme "Multipurpose dogs for Multi Interest people" says it all.
Helen tries always to produce healthy Flat-coats of beauty and talent that their owners can be proud of, and that will work as a team to accomplish whatever goals their owners have chosen for hem. Eighteen Grousemoor dogs have been inducted into the FCRSA hall of Fame. Her dogs have won Best of Breeds, and High in Trials as well as other major Awards at multiple National Specialties in both the US and Canada. Helen has judged Sweepstakes at the FCRSA National Specialty in 1997 and at multiple supported entries. She earned the very high honor of the American Kennel Club's Sporting Group Breeder of the year in 2003.
One of her favorite memories happened in 1998 when her beautiful 8 year old Am Can Ch. Grousemoor Wish Upon a Star JH AX NAJ WC earned her Canadian Championship in a space of 26 hours....with 3, 5 point wins including two Best of Breed from the Classes, a Group 1 and and a Group 3.
We are honoured to have Helen judge at our 2008 Sepcialty!
Friday September 26
Dog and Bitch judging
Saturday September 27