Mrs. Patricia Cruz hails from America and Mexico. This year marks her 38th year as a judge. She has been approved for all breeds by the Federacion Canofilia Mexicana since 1980 and has judged in Central and South America, Sweden, Canada, and India, with varied specialty shows as part of these assignments.
She was privileged to judge at the World Show and the regional shows that were part of that event in Mexico City in 2007. She assisted professional handlers at shows during the 1950s and 1960s and enjoyed 20 years as a member of the Stewards Club of America.
For over seven years she served as an American Kennel Club Field Representative, based in Texas and covering shows in the mid- and southwest. She has been a member of the Dog Writer's Association of America for over 30 years and has written for major newspapers and magazines on the sport of dogs, dog shows and dog people and has served on its Board of Directors.
Jose Homem De Mello
José Homem de Mello, was born in Lisbon on the 24th of May 1953, is married and lives in Carnaxide, a small village near Lisbon. His parents have always bred dogs, so he was born and had always lived with them. He and his wife Teresa always loved dogs, and breed Basset Hounds since 1984 with the "dos Sete Moinhos" affix at their house in Carnaxide where José lives since he was born.
José's Basset Hounds are based on European and American lines as he imported several dogs from the United States in the 80th During these 25 years the Bassets bred by him won the following tittles: -33 Portuguese Champions, 17 Spanish Ch., 2 French Ch., 1 Italian Ch., 2 Finish Ch., 1 Danish Ch., 9 Gibraltar Ch., 4 Luxemburg Ch., 2 Swedish Ch., 1 English Ch., 1 Puerto Rico Ch., 1 Mexican Ch., 5 Brazilian Ch., 1 Indian Ch., 6 International Ch., 2 Mediterranean Winner, 4 European Winners, and 9 World Winners. -98 Best in Shows, 58 Reserve BIS and 317 Best of FCI Group 6, obtained in Portugal and other countries.
Four of José's most prestigious prizes were the Best In Show at the 1995 World Show held in Brussels, with "Ch. Humphrey dos Sete Moinhos", the Collare D'Oro 2001 in Milan and Best In Show at the 2003 Helsinki Winner Show with "Ch. Come and Get Me dos Sete Moinhos" that was also, Top Dog of the Year All Breeds 2003 in Denmark. At the moment he owns 18 Bassets and they all live at home, at the ground floor, so they can socialize which, on his opinion, is very important for them. José is fluent in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish.
Leyda Lucia Perez Bonilla
Prominent breeder of Yorkshire Terriers, which have won more than 50 Best in Shows and over 140 championship titles around the world. A founding partner of the Corporation Valley Kennel Club, where for 21 years she has served as Director of Foster, a founding member and Board member of the Colombian Association of Terriers, a member and past member of the Board of Directors ACCC (Colombia) and a member of the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America.
She has judged in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, the Eukanuba Cup in Mexico in 2005 and SICALAM06 in Guatemala. Leyda Lucia holds a BA in Anthropology and Master in Economics from the University of Los Andes.
She was Executive Director of the Colombian American Chamber of Cali, Colombia, currently serves as Executive Director of the Corporation Kennel Club del Valle where she also is responsible for the publication of dogs, the news magazine said club.
Andrew Beare (Ireland)
In those 40 years, my main breed has been Afghan Hounds, although we have also showed; Chinese Cresteds, Salukis, Pomeranians & Kerry Blues.
My kennel name; NILBUD (Dublin in reverse) we titled 11 Champions, of which 9 were home bred.
We have a keen interest in all canine matters and ran training classes for almost 20 years, served on several committees, Breed Clubs & All Breed Championship Shows. We have organized Seminars & Judging Exams, served on the Irish Kennel Club Council for several years.
Andrew is approved by Irish Kennel Club as International All Round Judge. Have judged in many Countries in Europe, England, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Finland, Russia, Estonia. Have also judged in Australia and India.
Looking forward to my first visit to Canada and some excellent dogs.