Tom Hawley, Meigs, GA (Field Trial - Qualifying)
It's an honor to have been selected to judge a stake at the Golden Specialty this year. I have worked at several nationals through the years and I understand all the hard work, planning and preparation that goes on behind the scenes "to pull it off." Thanks to the field trial committee and workers that are so diligent and work tirelessly to help us in the field.
I have been training and handling Labradors since the early 1980's and have been fortunate to compete and judge trials across the US and Canada, even to judging a Canadian national in 2010. I started judging in the mid '80's and still continue to find judging major and minor stakes very rewarding. I sincerely hope that my co-judge and I will set up fair and challenging qualifying tests to showcase the marking ability, style, talent and teamwork of handler and dog. Most of all, good luck to all the participants and remember these fine Golden Retrievers give us their all so just go out and have a good time and enjoy competing with these outstanding dogs.