Patricia Flanagan, Kinsman, OH (CCA)
I have been exhibiting show dogs for over 43 years starting first with an Irish Setter. In the mid 80’s, I became interested in the Skye Terrier which became the beginning of Traeloch. During the early 90’s I began to professionally handle Golden Retrievers who quickly stole my heart! I was offered the opportunity to co-own a puppy bitch from a breeding done by Kay Gosling of Gosling Golden Retrievers. This puppy bitch became Ch. Gosling’s I’ll Do It My Way OD BISS BVIS, better known to all as "Frankie" my foundation bitch. Frankie gave me a wonderful legacy to build on with many successful offspring to the credit of Traeloch Goldens, not only in conformation but the performance arena as well.
I have been past President of the Northeastern New York Golden Retriever Club, past Vice President & co-founder of the Appalachian Golden Retriever Club of West Virginia and a past member of the Cuyahoga Valley Golden Retriever Club. I was the Specialty Chair for their June Specialties for 4 years. I am currently a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Golden Retriever Club and I am also a member of the GRCA Breeders Education Committee.
In 2015 I decided it was time to give back to the sport and the breeds that had given me many successes and wonderful memories, so I applied to AKC to judge both Skye Terriers and Golden Retrievers. I enjoy mentoring newcomers to the breeds I love and have found that evaluating CCA events is also a way to help people understand the standard of the Golden. I had the opportunity to judge the CCA at the 2018 National in Missouri and would like to thank the GRCA once again for the opportunity to judge the CCA at this year’s national.
Elizabeth Greenfield, Oneida, NY (CCA)
How wonderful to be a CCA evaluator at the 2021 GRCA National Specialty! The CCA is such an important program. It helps owners to better understand the Golden Retriever standard, get input on the health and condition of their dog and also to share personal views and information about their dog. I continue to participate in the greater golden world, with my Westbrook goldens by competing in rally and obedience, judging conformation, and sometimes getting some basic field work done. I am now the VP of the Golden Retriever Club of Central New York where I am the current show chair and CCA chair. For the GRCA, I am currently on the CCA committee and part of the judges education committee. I am also a member of the Onondaga Kennel club and a steward for the Tri State Stewards Association. I’m now retired and I have more time for volunteering with my new work schedule. Thank you again GRCA for the wonderful opportunity to be one this year’s CCA evaluators.
Patrice Loves, Middletown, PA (CCA)
I obtained my first Golden Retriever in the late 1970’s. My husband wanted a dog for duck hunting so we purchased Libby from the local pet store. I took her to obedience classes and she obtained her CD while my husband trained her for field. Libby obtained her WC & WCX and we ran her in gun dog stakes at field trials. She was a phenomenal retriever.
A few years later, I wanted a "pretty" Golden and had met Su-Ann Brown, Eaton’s Eastshore Goldens, and she became my first mentor. My first "conformation" golden was Eaton’s Eastshore Highlight. Tegan was mostly English lines and unfortunately I was never able to point her, but I did obtain her WCX. I loved the English type and acquired a few more dogs through the years from Susan Brown-Leger, Synergold. But a conformation Championship was not in the cards. I began to do more obedience, competing in Gaines and obtaining a Utility title.
Still wanting a "show" dog I obtained my “American” foundation bitch from Sandy McDowell Dunn, Tangleloft, in 1991 and she became my first Champion, CH Tangleloft Highlight’s Whim CD, CGC. Through the years I have produced Top 20 Qualifiers, Outstanding Dams, Hall of Fame dogs in Conformation and Agility and finished a CH from bred-by exhibitor.
When I retired a few years ago, I decided to apply for my AKC judging license and did so in 2017. To date, I am approved for Golden Retrievers and provisional for Labrador Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and Junior Showmanship. In the near future I hope to apply for the rest of the Retrievers. Judging has provided many opportunities to travel, meet people and see our wonderful breed all over the world. I am honored for this opportunity.
Bruce McLean, Denver, CO (CCA)
I thank the Club for the invitation to judge CCA at your show. I have been breeding and showing Golden Retrievers for 33 years in Australia and now in the USA under the Kingsgold Prefix. I have also owned and shown Irish Setters for 10 years. I have been licensed to judge the Sporting Group for 15 years. In that time I’ve judged in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, China, Canada and the USA. Two of my major judging appointments were judging Best in Show at the 2005 Golden Retriever Club of Canada National and judging Sweepstakes at the 2007 Golden Retriever Club of America NationaI. I have judged several Golden Retriever Specialties in the USA. I look forward to meeting and talking to everyone at the show.
Nancy Talbott (Belgold), Quartz Hill, CA (CCA)
When I was four years old, a family moved into our neighborhood with two Golden Retrievers who won my heart. When I was a college student, in 1976, I made my first purchase of a Golden; as it turns out, she had both temperament and health issues. I accepted this first experience as a learning opportunity. Three years later I found my second start, and he became Am/Can CH Beckwith’s Zwierig Sunshader, UD, WCX. I will forever be thankful to his breeders for entrusting such a wonderful puppy to a graduate student with nothing to recommend her except enthusiasm. I am proud to have bred and owned many CH, UD, JH, WCX, and other working titled Goldens and Labradors under the Belgold kennel name.
In addition to Goldens and Labradors, I have owned CH Papillons and Pugs. My home is currently shared with four house dogs ranging from two to 12 years of age. I retired in 2018 from a 39-year career in public education. I have been approved to judge Goldens since 1993, and am currently approved for 20 Sporting breeds. I consider it a privilege to be able to serve in that capacity, and have had the privilege of judging Golden and Labrador National Specialties in the United States, Canada, and Australia. I am honored to be a Life Member of the Golden Retriever Club of America, and am currently serving as the Education Director for the club. It is a great privilege to be a CCA Evaluator at the 2021 GRCA National. Thank you for this honor.
Cathie Turner, Sylmar, CA (CCA)
I acquired my first Golden Retriever in Minnesota when I was in the eighth grade, a puppy from neighbors. Evidently both parents were Goldens because we registered her as Tara of Meadowbrook and she was an awesome retriever . . . of turtles from the swamp down the hill. And trained - she knew never to come until that piece of white Weber’s bread was offered.
After owning and showing Alaskan Malamutes for several years, Bill and I got our first Golden in 1989. We explained to the breeder that we would see he was finished, but we were through with dog shows, dog vehicles, and just wanted a pet to hike with us, and here we are.
We've been incredibly fortunate with mentors, the dogs we acquired, the dogs we bred, and the success Sunbeam dogs have enjoyed. And I love every minute of it. We’ve had BIS, WC, High in Trial and couch potato dogs.
I truly enjoy judging and I’m pleased to now be able to judge 20 breeds with more on the way. But nothing is as rewarding as being able to adjudicate a lovely entry of Goldens. I feel we are very lucky to have lost our hearts to a breed that is so biddable, beautiful, versatile, and affectionate. I feel the CCA is one of the best things that GRCA has done and I am so pleased to be asked to be an evaluator.