Mike Orloff, Dover, FL (WC/WCX)
As an active AKC judge, Mike Orloff is frequently seen judging at Hunt Tests and WC/WCX events around the country, including judging multiple times at the GRCA National. He is approved to judge all AKC hunt test levels as well as HRC Upland tests. Mike has been a member of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club since 1994, and a past board member. He chairs the club’s two annual hunt tests and judges at the club’s WC/WCX while also working at some of the club’s other events including agility trials.
Mike and his wife Pat Kopco have competed in field, obedience, rally, agility and conformation and have been involved with Goldens for almost 30 years. They bought their first Golden as a pet, but after seeing a handling demonstration at a local club event, it didn’t take long before they were hooked on field work.
Mike and Pat’s kennel name is RockStar Goldens. Some of their proudest moments came when their dog Jagger earned his Master Hunter title, then finished his Breed Championship and became the 29th Golden to enter the GRCA Dual Dog Hall of Fame. Jagger’s son Axl followed in his father’s pawprints, earning a Master Hunter title at the age of three, followed by finishing his Breed Championship to become Pat and Mike’s second dog in the DDHF. Jagger’s son Ozzy earned his Master Hunter title at the age of two and became their first dog to compete in field trials, earning a Reserve Jam at the 2014 GRCA National. Ozzy’s son Zevon just earned his Master Hunter title, and their youngest boy Journey, who is also a Jagger son, finished his Breed Championship just 4 months after earning his Senior Hunter title at the age of 2. Mike and Pat have also earned many titles in other venues with their dogs.
Mike retired after 30 years as a television technician for CBS News, a job that required travel all over the world. Mike said he is honored and thrilled to be judging at the 2021 GRCA National and he wishes everyone running, "good birds, good luck and a good time."