Susan Boyd, Leesburg, FL (Tracking)
I have been involved in dog training since 1971, tracking my own dogs since 1973 and judging tracking since 1983. I have instructed classes in the St. Louis area for Mound City Obedience Training Club and Gateway Tracking Club, an AKC-recognized pioneer tracking club. I have also served in various capacities for MCOTC, GTC, Lincolnland Basset Hound Club and BHCA. I have bred and handled my own dogs to breed championships as well as CDX and TDX titles and have co-authored two books on tracking. One basset and four cats currently control the lives of my husband, Tom, and me. It is an honor to judge at the National. Thank you and good luck to all the exhibitors.
Fran Smith, West Palm Beach, FL (Tracking)
I discovered the sport of tracking over 30 years ago and I still think it is the most fun you can have with your dogs. Up in the morning, romping thru the fields with dew still on the grass, what could be better?
For a couple of decades, I have shared in training new trackers and regularly instructing a tracking group in South Florida. I have been a Tracking judge since the 90’s and have judged hundreds of tests, laid miles of tracks and our students have found tracking success including TDX and VST titles. My family and I have titled dogs to TDU, TD, TDX, VST and CT titles. I have judged in different parts of the country and find that Florida tracking offers some unique scenting challenges. Good luck to all the participants.