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Hello, My name is Mary Hulme. Some people know me, some don’t. Here is a quick bio of my journey in Cardigan Welsh Corgis. I began in dogs when I was 11 years old and purchased my first German Shepherd for 35.00! My father, who is not a dog person, insisted that I take her to obedience class. I then joined 4H and competed in the 4H obedience classes. I entered my first dog show shortly after! I immediately realized that I needed a better dog to be competitive! I purchased a show puppy and I was hooked! I spent the next years learning all I could about the world of dog shows.
When I turned 19, I joined the US Army and became a Military dog handler. I trained patrol/narcotics and explosive dogs. After the army, I continued with German Shepherds, doing both conformation and obedience. Shepherds teach you a lot about movement, as that is so very important in that breed! Shoulders, rears and foot timing are so very important!
After many years in Shepherds, I realized that I wanted a dog that I could show myself, without hiring a handler! I missed being able to show my own dog! I was fortunate to know Bonnie Money, as she had shepherds, as well as cardigans. I met one of her cardigans and I was hooked! She helped me find Raider and the new chapter began! I have become quite enamored with this breed! So much like shepherds, but with short legs! And the people were so very welcoming and helpful! So refreshing!! I now have 5 cardigans, no shepherds. I have shown Raider to two Best Black dog Megan wins, numerous group 1s, numerous group placements and, with the help of Linda Williams, 2 national AOMs, and national Select Dog, not to mention group 1s, as well as many other group placements.I have shown and finished a number of his progeny, including a RBIS and numerous group wins and placements. I have been very lucky to have had great mentors who have been so instrumental to understanding this breed!
Thank you for your consideration for the Megan ballot!
As a young girl I found it easier to relate to animals than people. I’ve developed some people skills since then. But if I’m honest most of the time I’m as happy or happier to be around four-legged friends.
My first dog was a Standard Schnauzer named Meg. I was ten years old when she came into my life. I was immediately an avid reader about the breed. I learned everything I could. Before we started confirmation classes I was already hand-stripping her. I befriended an excellent Standard Schnauzer breeder who mentored me, guiding me through my first litter.
Fast forward to 1999, our family visited a local dog show where we fell in love with Ch Sisterwood’s Winsome Will. We decided we had to have a Will puppy. Marla Gardner guided us to a breeder who had a male available to a show home. We named the pup, Owain. Thus, Blu Skyy Cardigans began.
Norma Chandler was instrumental in my further education about the Cardigan breed. She also connected me with Debbie Moore of Heritage Hill, from who we acquired our foundation bitch, Abbey. Abbey won back-to-back BISS at Three Trails CWC out of Veterans. Maddy and I became friends with Norma Chandler. Our first bred-by champion, Julian has his bronze GCH, and performance titles in Rally and Herding, earning his Versality Title. He’s also a wonderful therapy dog.
Currently, GCH CH Blu Skyy’s Ziggy Stardust CGC is being exhibited under expert guidance from Lisa Croft-Elliott in Europe. Before shows were shut down due to COVID, Ziggy achieved top Cardigan ranking in the UK, won reserve CC at Crufts, earned a CC, BOB, and a group 2 at the Manchester UK show. He also garnered his Portuguese Championship in Porto, group 2, and has a leg toward his Latin Championship.
I consider myself a small, hobby breeder and have whelped nine litters in my home, many with co-breeders. The most recent litter is a product of Ch Redbud Glasdawn Moon Shadow x GCH Blu Skyy’s Bella Luna. Two pups from that litter, co-owned with Marty Wilson, were both champions in their first two months of competition.
I’ve benefited from the experience and knowledge of many generous mentors. My goal is to breed Cardigans with sound temperament, type, healthy backgrounds, and work toward the AKC standard for our breed. Blu Skyy dogs become champions and grand champions, compete in agility, rally, and herding. Some are therapy dogs. All of them are beloved family members.
I have volunteered for the CWCCA, putting together the catalogue for the Nationals over several years. I also designed the National logo for Chattanooga. On occasion, I’ve helped with ads for Three Trails and participated in meet-the-breeds at Westminster and the National Dog show. I also teach a confirmation class for the Lawrence Jayhawk Kennel Club.
Outside the Cardigan world, I’m professor and past department head of a collegiate program in Design. With a designer’s eye, I’m very observant and this helps me recognize standards and excellence in the Cardigan breed. All of my work with the breed strives to advance that ideal. I have attended and exhibited at many regional and national specialties and at the AKC National Championship. I have been privileged to have judged Sweeps at the Delaware Valley Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club Specialty, as well. It is an honor to be nominated to be part of the judging team for the Megan.
I have produced over 25 champions and numerous performance dogs. My first cardigan in 1993, was not only a top ten breed dog, but he also had numerous obedience high in trials. I bred many dogs with wins at specialties and under breeder judges as well as all breed judges. I have judged the Megan, and several sweepstakes including the National Specialty in 2015. It is important to produce a dog that can do what they are bred for. Structure, temperament, health and type all rolled into one amazing breed. Thank you to all that nominated me and all my mentors along the way!
Denise Waiting, Toshay Cardigans
I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE SPORT OF DOGS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. MY FIRST CARDIGAN OBTAINED OBEDIENCE TITLES AS WELL AS A CHAMPIONSHIP; SHE ALSO WAS AWARDED HIGH IN TRIAL AT MY FIRST NATIONAL.
IN TIME I CONCENTRATED PRIMARILY ON BREEDING AND EXHIBITING IN CONFORMATION. I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO OBTAIN MANY TOP WINNING AWARDS: INCLUDING WINNERS DOG TWICE AT THE CARDIGAN WELSH CORGI NATIONAL. WINNERS BITCH TWICE, A BEST OF BREED AND A BEST IN MEGAN.
ON THE NATIONAL FRONT FIVE OF MY DOGS (EITHER BRED OR OWNED BY ME) HAVE FINISHED IN THE TOP 5 IN NATIONAL STANDINGS. THREE ACHIEVED THE NUMBER ONE POSITION.
I HAVE CHAIRED BREEDERS EDUCATION, SERVED ON JUDGE’S EDUCATION AND SERVED ON THE BOARD. I BELONG TO TWO LOCAL KENNEL CLUBS AND HAVE WORKED ON NUMEROUS COMMITTEES. I HAVE JUDGED BEST PUPPY, BEST BRED BY AND BEST OWNER HANDLER AT ALL BREED SHOWS.
WHEN JUDGING ANY BREED MY FOCUS IS ON VIRTUES NOT FAULTS.
CARDIGANS ARE MY PASSION AND MY JOY.
It all began in 2002 when the first Bridgelady cardigans entered the show ring. Gator (Ch. Canuck Bridgeladys Instigator CD RE) and Jasmine (Ch. Cornerstone Bridgelady Jasmine) earned their championships at the same show in Tennessee!! At that time, AKC didn’t have the Grand Champions so Gator moved on to Obedience and Rally to work on tail titles. Jasmine, on the other hand, wasn’t finished with conformation. In 2004 she traveled to New York and earned an Award of Merit at Westminster! By then I was totally hooked on the sport!
Recognizing the importance of form and function, most cardigans in residence at Bridgelady participate in conformation and various performance venues, including agility, herding, obedience, and rally. Over the years, Bridgelady has produced over 15 owner handled champions, one agility champion, and several dogs with advanced obedience and rally titles. Thanks to the dedication and talents of the owners of cardigans produced at Bridgelady, additional achievements include an AKC Reserve Best in Show, multiple group wins and placements, countless grand champions and champions, another agility champion and at least three UKC Best in Show wins.
As a member of CWCCA since 2002, I have served the club on many levels, including chairing and assisting at events at national specialties, CWCCA Bulletin Editor from 2004 to 2013 and CWCCA Handbook Editor in 2008. Current activities include membership on the CWCCA Board of Directors as a Director and assisting the National Specialty Rally Chair.
Recently I earned my AKC Judge’s License and am a permit status (provisional) AKC Judge and I expect to have full status later this summer as dog shows return to our calendar of events. As part of the road to the judge’s license, I have judged numerous sweepstakes at large CWCCA specialties and supported entry events across the country. What an honor and privilege it would be to judge an event at the CWCCA National Speciality! Thank you for your consideration.
We purchased our first Cardigan in 1990. I started showing him later that year and finished his championship the following year. I remember showing him in the rain at the 1991 CWCCA Specialty in Houston. We were jumping over puddles and getting quite wet. Needless to say, that Specialty is one of the reasons that the club only shows indoors. In spite of that experience I continued to attend the CWCCA specialties and attended most of them over the next 30 years. I have assisted at many of the shows with grounds, eye clinic, stewarding, and helping with the Judges Education presentations. I was a member of the board many years ago.
We have bred many group winning, group placing, and specialty winning Cardigans over the last 30 years with the Camelot kennel name. I have lost track of how many champions.
I have previously judged two sweepstakes at supported entries in Philadelphia, and Huntsville AL.
I am a member of two all-breed clubs, and assist with vendors, ring stewarding and miscellaneous assignments.
It is a huge honor to be nominated to judge the National. I am fortunate that I was raised by Cardigans. My first litter was 47 years ago, and I have been breeding and showing all that time. I am proud of every puppy and the success we have had.
I am committed to our breed. Mentoring on Cardigan structure and movement is my passion and I am a CWCCA Breed Mentor. I have judged Sweepstakes for the National and for clubs across the country and have relished the experience to see the next generation, applaud for current generation, and celebrate our veterans.
As a second-generation dog breeder, my introduction to the world of dog shows was through my mother, Leslie Frank Propwash Australian Shepherds. She was my original mentor who set my eye for proper structure and movement. As a junior I co-bred, showed and loved Australian Shepherds. I loved the Australian Shepherd’s loyalty, quick thinking and work ethic but wanted a more compact package. I began to research the Cardigan Corgi over 13 years ago and realized this was a breed that suited me! My original intention was to have a companion dog only and had not thought about showing. Chip arrived and quickly renewed my love of showing dogs! I have been fortunate to have been mentored by some of our breeds most respected and accomplished breeders. As a breeder, owner handler I have finished and successfully campaigned several dogs. My most recent accomplishment was attaining #1 NOHS for 2019 with my lovely girl KaChing! I enjoyed my opportunity to judge the Sweepstakes at the Amana, Bluebonnet and Southern California Regional Specialties and am looking forward to judging at the Western Reserve in August 2020. Additionally, my AKC judging prerequisites have been completed and I will apply for my judging license in the Fall
I got my first Cardigan in 1998 and my love and dedication to the breed has outlasted the marriage I started at the same time! Since then I have bred or co-bred a dozen AKC champions, including two multiple group and specialty winning dogs – and also raised two human kiddos. I’ve been honored to judge multiple sweepstakes at supported entries and would love the opportunity to see up close and personal the best the breed is offering.
My name is Sonja Benavidez. I have been showing and breeding Cardigan Welsh Corgis since 1995. I am a member of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America, the Quad Cities Dog Obedience Club in Illinois, and the Scott County Kennel Club in Iowa. I have shown and bred numerous champions, grand champions, and a bronze grand champion that is just a few points away from her silver grand. I have shown my dogs to Nationals placements in regular and sweepstakes classes on multiple occasions. I have shown a cardigan to the title of Best Red or Sable Bitch in the Megan at Nationals. I have also shown dogs to group placements, #3 and #4 Owner Handled Cardigan for the year, Best of Opposite Owner Handled Cardigan at the National Owner Handled Finals, and agility, rally, obedience, barn hunt, and trick dog titles, which resulted in a CWCCA Versatility Award. We are just one title away from Versatility Excellent. AKC recognized my dog as one of five AKC ACE Award winners in 2017. I have been blessed with excellent breed mentors through the years. Thank you for your consideration.
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