Laura Franchi, Gilroy, CA (Conformation - Puppy and Veteran Sweepstakes Dogs and Best Veteran)
It was after I was married in 1985 that I acquired my first dog. My husband Vic and I rescued a Golden Retriever puppy from the local shelter. It was when I started training him in obedience that I became involved in the sport of dogs. I put a few obedience titles on our first two Goldens then became interested in conformation. My husband and I have bred Goldens since 1993 under the Regency prefix producing over 30 Champions, several Group and Specialty winners, SDHF, Top 20, Outstanding sire and dams. We have also produced Goldens with obedience, agility and hunting titles as well as therapy dogs and service dogs.
Over the years and our moves from PA to MI then CA I have been an active member of the Golden Retriever Club of America serving on a few committees, Fort Detroit Golden Retriever Club, Norcal Golden Retriever Club, Sportsman Dog Training, and the Gavilan Kennel Club. While a member of these clubs I have served on Boards, as President, Chaired Committees and Specialties.
We have been lucky to share our life with so many wonderful Goldens over the years. Our involvement in the sport has allowed us to make many friends along the way. I would like to thank the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club for the honor of judging Sweepstakes at the National.