Barbara Brown, Arlington, TX (Conformation - Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes Bitches and Best Puppy)
I currently live in Arlington, TX, but spent most of my life in nearby Dallas. My husband, David, and I have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren, and live with 2 golden retrievers. When we married over 42 years ago, one of our first purchases was a golden retriever pet, and we have shared our home with at least one or more goldens ever since.
In 1989 my obedience instructor took a special liking to my dog, Casey, and asked if she could show him in conformation in an upcoming dog show. I didn’t know what dog shows were all about, but I agreed. We went, and Casey almost won! David and I were hooked right then and there. After that, we just HAD to buy the proper vehicle AND all the proper gear, and from that day our lives were never the same again. Casey soon finished and dog shows became our favorite pastime.
We bred occasionally from 1993 to 2012 under the “Tempo” prefix and were extremely fortunate to have produced some highly-recognized dogs and bitches, including Westminster JAMs, Specialty winners, a National Specialty RWB, and 3 Bests in Show. Our foundation bitch was Ch. Rockhill Robins Upbeat Tempo, OD, SDHF. She was given to us by Claire Firestone from whom we had purchased Casey. She called us one day and said, “You know, I’m bathing this pet puppy that’s supposed to be picked up in a little while, but she looks SO nice. Would you take her?” We did. The rest is history. She finished easily when she was only 13 months old and produced 11 champions from her 3 litters. It was no wonder that showing and finishing dogs from the BBE Class soon became my passion. I’ve also enjoyed training for JH, WC/WCX, obedience and rally and it was a special thrill watching David successfully run Tess for her WCX title at the 1994 National.
I’ve been an active member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metro Golden Retriever Club for over 30 years. I’m also a member of the Fort Worth Kennel Club, and, of course, the Golden Retriever Club of America. I’m so excited about this assignment! Thank you, GRCA, very much!