Ronnie Irving to judge Crufts BIS in 2015
FORMER Kennel Club chairman Ronnie Irving is to judge best in show at Crufts in 2015.
Mr Irving was born into the world of dogs, and both his father Andrew and grandfather Wattie bred Border Terriers, having been connected with the breed through most of its years as a show dog.
He continued the line of champions from the kennel, one which like a number in the breed never had an affix. More recently he has been involved with the breed’s probably best known kennel, Dandyhow, now owned by his wife Kate and founded by her mother Bertha Sullivan.
Mr Irving started judging as a very young man and progressed quickly to other breeds, though he restricted his judging appointments and did not accept any new breeds during his nine-year term as KC chairman, which ended with his resignation during 2011.
He has also judged extensively at major shows overseas, and for some years lived in the US.
He is currently passed to judge the terrier and pastoral groups as well as BIS, his most recent BIS appointment being last weekend at Border Union. He awards CCs in 16 terrier breeds, one hound, three pastoral and two working.
The group judges will be:
Hounds, Carla Molinari of the Vale Negro kennel in Portugal, known for Afghans, Salukis, Podengos and Portuguese Water Dogs among other breeds.
Gundogs, Chris Atkinson of the Segantii Irish Setters and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Terriers: Martin Phillips of the Jaeva Norfolk, Norwich, Cairn and Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers and other breeds.
Utility: former Crufts BIS-judge Zena Thorn-Andrews, all-breed judge with the Drakesleat Miniature Wire Dachshunds and Irish Wolfhounds.
Working: Bob Gregory of the Spotarton Dalmatians.
Pastoral: Vic Salt of the Woodlyn Belgian Shepherd Dogs.
Toy: Stephen Bardwell of the Stewell Yorkshire Terriers and Griffons.