Judging Experience:

I have been judging dogs since 1990 and currently approved by the Australian National Kennel Council to judge the Hound and Non Sporting groups. I've adjudicated over these groups extensively throughout the eastern states of Australia. As a hound judge specialist I've judged at prestigious Hound of the year state final events. Rhodesian Ridgeback breed speciality judging assignments include multiple Rhodesian Ridgebacks Speciality championship shows within Australia and overseas assignments in New Zealand, Czech Republic and Germany. I've also had the pleasure of judging breed speciality championship shows for The Beagle Club of South Australia and Chow Chow Club of Victoria and at open speciality shows for Dalmatians, Afghan Hounds, Deerhounds, Whippets, Basset Hounds and Salukis.

Involvement in the dog world: I was born into a family with a strong involvement in sporting dog activities. My Great Grandfather bred Bull terriers and my Grandfather was a game keeper who always had gun dogs, he and his dogs would accompany the English gentry on shooting pursuits across a country estate in Yorkshire. My Mother inherited a keen love of dogs and together with my father they decided to venture into the English dog show world. When I arrived into the world my parents were exhibiting a Bullmastiff, hence since that time I don't remember the family home or my own ever being dog-less. Naturally I became involved in the dog showing activities and started showing my first dogs as a child handler. I have owned/shown various breeds over the years including: Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Mini smooth Dachshund, a Chow Chow, a Finnish Spitz, two Afghan Hounds, a Whippet, Shetland Sheepdogs, a Giant Schnauzer, German Shepherds and Basset Hounds. I've had strong involvement with Saluki's having owned/ bred BIS, BISS and RUBISS champion and grand champion breed representatives and with my Newfoundland's I have owned/breed multiple champions enjoyed many memorable wins including BISS, Multi Royal Show BOB, Royal RBIG/Class in Show and numerous championship all breed group and in show awards

Rhodesian Ridgeback Involvement: My parents first saw and met the Rhodesian Ridgeback breed whilst we were living in West Africa, the encounter had a lasting effect upon them and once the family settled back in England my parents purchased the our first Rhodesian Ridgeback in the late nineteen sixties. The family immigrated to Australia in 1970 and unable to import our RR with us, (she went to live with the Selby family (Eilack Knls) in England) we ventured into Bassett Hounds and German Shepherds for a little while until we found an Australia bred RR female in the early 1980's. The "Shelridge" Kennel prefix was established in Australia by my parents and we welcomed our first litter of RR's in 1984. RR's bred or owned by "Shelridge" have enjoyed numerous accolades at both speciality and all breed championship shows including multiple BIS, RUBIS, RUBISS, Royal BOB, RR club point-score and RR of the year competitions. "Shelridge" RRs have also ventured into the obedience, endurance and tracking disciplines obtaining various titles and proving them-selves to be versatile and worthy competitors in these domains. "Shelridge" RR's can be identified on the pedigrees of numerous top winning Rhodesian Ridgebacks both in Australia and overseas.
My breed involvement also extends to active participation at breed club level. I'm a founding committee member of the RRCV Inc., past president and committee member of the RRCSA Inc., founding president of the RRA Inc. and past president of the National Rhodesian Ridgeback Council of Australia. I've presented breed lectures to trainee judges on various occasions and genuinely enjoy promoting the characteristics and uniqueness of the wonderful Rhodesian Ridgeback breed.

Rhodesian Ridgeback Breed Speciality championship show assignments
1996 The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Inc. Speciality (Australia)
1998 The Rhodesian Ridgeback League Speciality (New Zealand)
2006 The Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Inc. Speciality (Australia)
2011 Czech Rhodesian Ridgeback Club Speciality (Czech Rep)
2011 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of SA Inc. Speciality (Australia)
2016 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club ELSA (Germany)
2016 Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of Western Australia (Australia)


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