Regular Classes: Gayle Garvin
It seems like just yesterday when we added to our family and four Pembrokes, THE CARDIGAN WELSH CORGI. I had enjoyed the Pembroke since l970. I had taken up the sport of showing my Pembrokes. I made friends that enjoyed the same. The PWCs were great dogs for our children. After saying that one would think all was just perfect in Centertown, MO. Not so, I wanted more and so the Cardigan Welsh Corgi was going to be my additional breed. I was specialing my homebred Pembroke, Ch. Garvins Magic Marker, ROMX and I would be in the Group Ring with Jon Kimes, who was showing Ch. Kennebec Ice Anchor, ROMX. We would pass time talking about dogs. We were in the Working Group as no Herding Group existed then. I really enjoyed “Link” Ch. Kennebec Ice Anchor. He loved the show ring. One Sunday I came home from the dog show, made my husband his favorite chocolate chip cookies and while he and the kids were enjoying the cookies, I announced we were going to have an addition to the family. Everybody glared at me, that was when I announced the addition would be a Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppy !!! Jon was expecting a litter and I hoped he would have puppy for us. I did get my first Cardigan in February of l983 I have had the breed since that date. My first Cardigan was Ch. Pluperfect Polesden Lacey, (Ch. Kennebec Ice Anchor – Ch. Pluperfect Primrose) “Starlet” lived to be 14 1/2 years old. She was the dam of Champions but her most well known son was Ch. Plueperfect Garvins Peerless.
I loved showing the Cardigans even though at that time there were very few exhibited. I met Ed and Nancy Warczak and purchased Ch. Springshires Carousel (blue merle bitch) who was BOB at the 1993 CWCCA National Specialty. I also purchased her brother (tri) Ch. Springshires Garvin Grandeur (Both Carrie and Vincent were sired by Ch. Lockeseyhall Laird out of Ch. Jason’s Bijou,CD. In 1991-92, I applied to judge both Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis, JS. I was invited to judge in NZ and when there I was very impressed by the Cardigans. I imported three from NZ. First to arrive was. NZ Ch. Lucky Venture of Carey (Brindle), next was Aus,NZ,Am Ch Copperleaf Courtney(tan pointed tri) who was the first Cardigan imported to the US with Championships from both Aus. and NZ. Then I imported the beautiful NZ Ch. Badagri Spring Daisy who was the NEW ZEALAND CARDIGAN OF THE YEAR 1994 and 1995. I have really enjoyed the Cardigan. I still have Cardigans, I probably will always have a Cardigan. I have bred quality Champions that are present in today’s pedigrees. I know well the Cardigan breed as it has been with me for over 30 years. Being a breeder brings an understanding of what a fancy desires. The Cardigan is a workman-like breed. Cardigans can do MANY JOBS, they can be DEVOTED COMPANIONS, they can be CONFORMATION CHAMPIONS, they are outstanding in PERFORMANCE. . As a breeder judge of many years, I have always put the Cardigan Welsh Corgi standard first, I know it well and the best standard dogs must always be out in front. I always consider the important characteristics of a breed. The qualities that sets the Cardigan away from other breeds. I have judged the CWCCA National Specialty previously (bitches) I have judged the PWCCA National twice. I have judged the Welsh Corgi Club of Queensland Specialty (Brisbane, Australia) I will be judging this November The Welsh Corgi Club of Victoria, (Melbourne, Australia) I have always been honored to judge the Cardigan at both All-Breed Shows and Specialties in the US.
Gayle Garvin (Garvin Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis)
Sweepstakes: Kathy Davis
I got my first Cardigan, Morgan in 1992. My husband thought I needed a hobby! Little did he know he would still be stuck with me and the dogs some 26 years later. Morgan introduced me to Conformation, Obedience, Agility, and herding as well as earning his Versatility Title
Having lived and exhibited in the Southeast, Southwest and South Central part of the country I have had the unique opportunity to observed Cardigans from all over the country. I have been privileged to have judged Sweeps at some of the breeds largest specialities, including Chesapeake Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club Specialty, Western Reserve Specialty, Southern California Cardigan Club Specialty, Northwest Cardigan Fanciers Specialty, and Supported Entries in California, Louisiana, New Mexico and Kentucky. I also had the honor of be elected by the CWCCA Membership to judge the 2014 Megan. Last summer I also judged Sweeps at the Bluebonnet Specialty.
Having been the Breeder, Owner, Handler of not only Breed Champions but also Cardigans earning performance and companion titles, I understand the versatility of the Cardigan and how structure, movement and temperament work together to make the Cardigan Welsh Corgi the amazing breed we all love. It would be a true honor and pleasure to judge Sweepstakes at the 2020 CWCCA National Specialty.