Douglas Johnson of Bloomington, In., received his first AKC purebred dog, a Clumber Spaniel, as a birthday present from his parents, which has led to a lifetime dedication to the sport of purebred dogs. Breeding under the world-famous Clussexx prefix, he has produced more than 200 champion Clumber Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels, English Toy Spaniels and Pekingese. He has a passion for breeding dogs and continues to run a top breeding program today. His dogs have won more than 150 Best in Show awards and 14 national specialties across four breeds.
Mr. Johnson has produced two Westminster Best in Show winners and is the only breeder to have bred Westminster BIS winners in two different breeds: in 1996, the Clumber Spaniel Ch. Clussexx Country Sunrise (‘Brady’) and in 2009 the Sussex Spaniel Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee (‘Stump’). Stump, at 10 years old, was the oldest dog to ever win BIS at Westminster.
Mr. Johnson was awarded American Kennel Club’s Sporting Breeder of the Year award in 2005 and was a Judge of the Year Nominee in 2017. He is a member of the Santa Barbara Kennel Club, Hoosier Kennel Club, The Bloomington Indiana Kennel Club, and is a lifetime member of the Clumber Spaniel Club of America.
He is approved to judge four groups and additional breeds from the remaining three. Mr. Johnson’s breeder focused judging has made him a popular judge for all breed and specialty shows. It is his pleasure to be here with you today.
I was first introduced to our wonderful sport of showing dogs when I was 15 years old and my parents gave me a St. Bernard puppy for Christmas. I competed in Jr Handling at matches, but she wasn’t of very good quality, so I tried obedience instead. I managed to get a CD with her and we had a lot of fun and met a lot of supportive people. At 18, I purchased my first Springer for $150 from Leona Klaas of Stanton Springers. “Sadie” was pretty, a bit big, and open marked. We never won any points, but did get a CD with pretty good scores. I worked for Leona at her kennel, grooming her dogs for $3.75, and sometimes got $5 if they had a lot of mats. I would write up all of the pedigrees for her litters, and learned a lot about many of the foundation bloodlines of the breed.
My next Springer was a pretty little bitch that Leona had received as a stud fee puppy, and allowed me to co-own. She became my first champion, Ch. Stanton’s A Little Romance, CDX, TD. “Jamie” was the dam of six champions and the foundation for Salutaire Springers. She was by A/C Ch Ramblewood Topper, out of Solitude’s Judy of Stanton, a Classic daughter.
Since then, I have bred/owned over 30 champions with a very limited breeding program. I also owned and loved A/C Ch Stepney’s Syndicate, CDX, bred by Steve and Jane Stewart. “Jesse” was the sire of over 40 champions and is behind many of today’s top winners and producers. Through Jesse, I have met many people in our breed that I consider good friends.
Many of you know that over the past ten years or so, I have developed an interest in European Springers and have imported a few dogs with my good friend Brenda Albrecht. I still adore my American Springers, but also value the type and character of the European dogs. I also share my life with three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, my “old lady breed” that I plan to show once I get old and cricketty and can’t run fast anymore.
I have been honored to judge several sweepstakes over the years and always appreciate being asked to do so. The English Springer Spaniel will always have my heart and I cannot imagine living my life without a few of them by my side.
Richard P. Wood
I started out in obedience in 1971 with a German Shepherd and since then I have trained and shown another German Shepherd, four Golden Retrievers, and three Shetland Sheepdogs. Titles on these dogs include three OTCH’s, two UDX’s, two UD’s, one CDX and two CD’s. My current dog is a Shetland Sheepdog, Roxy, who is four years old and has earned CDX, BN and RE titles. We are currently working on getting ready to show in Utility.
I was a member of Bloomington Obedience Training Club from 1972-1983. I have been a member of St. Paul Dog Training Club since 1983 and served on the board for many of those years. I judged Obedience and Rally from 1987 to 2012 until my wife (Sharon) became an Obedience Field Representative. Sharon retired from AKC in May of 2017 and since then we both have returned to judging. We have been able to travel all over the USA , Alaska, Hawaii and Canada judging. We have met many wonderful people along the way and judged many great teams.
I’m honored to be chosen to judge the Springer National this year and look forward to seeing some wonderful dogs and handlers. Best of luck to all exhibitors and have fun.
I became interested in the sport of dog obedience with my first dog, a Standard Schnauzer, in the early 1970’s and was among the first to earn an OTCH after it became an AKC title. In the years since, I have earned titles on 4 more Standard Schnauzers, a Sheltie and a Papillon.
I became an AKC obedience judge in 1996 and a Rally judge as soon as that sport was introduced. I took time off from judging to serve as an AKC Obedience and Rally Field Representative from 2012 through 2017 and resumed judging in 2018. I’ve always enjoyed judging and am happy to be back in the ring in that capacity.
Now I am embarking on a training and showing adventure with a new dog – a Pumi this time – and am looking forward to getting back in the ring as an exhibitor too.
I am very pleased to have been asked to judge the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association National Specialty and look forward to seeing many great teams. Good luck to all exhibitors and, above all, I hope you have the time of your lives with your best friends!
Scent Work Judge
Virginia Huxley PhD CNWI
Dogs, thankfully have always been a part of my life with a few notable, stressful intervals (like moving to New York City and having to leave the family dogs in the country). Serious training and participation in performance sports now spans 4 decades. English Springer Spaniels are my chosen breed: US, UK, and European lines. In addition to conformation, obedience, rally, agility, and free style, I became addicted to the sports/work of springers catering to their strengths: Field, tracking, dock diving, and Nosework. Barn Hunt had posed a bit more of a challenge with various of my dogs showing disinterest, disdain, or huge enthusiasm for the endeavor. Working the other scent-based sports though has facilitated a break through with 4 currently now playing Barn Hunt too. I have instructed and titled in all the fields in which I perform/compete; currently my canine instruction focuses primarily on Puppy Training and Nosework/Scentwork. To support my dog habit and settle my all too enquiring mind I teach and conduct research as a Professor of Medical Pharmacology & Physiology at the University of Missouri – Columbia and Director of the National Center for Gender Physiology. In my ‘free time’ I became a certified Nosework instructor (CNWI) in 2011, a Barn Hunt judge in 2014, and an AKC Scentwork Judge in 2017.
Karen became involved in dog agility in 2001 and quickly became addicted to the sport. She has owned various breeds from beagles to collies but currently competes with papillons. Her dogs have competed at both AKC nationals and the Eukanuba Invitational every year since 2006, earning a spot in the finals four times. Karen has taught agility classes and seminars for more than ten years and became an AKC agility judge in 2009. Each weekend finds her at an agility trial either competing, judging, or serving as trial secretary. She believes in building a strong relationship with your dog and using positive reinforcement training techniques to be successful and have fun in the agility ring.