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2020 BCA National Day Judge Biographies

Nationals Obedience & Rally

Nationals: Regular Bitch classes

Van purchased his first Bulldog in 1984 and started showing Bulldogs in 1986. His first homebred champion was CH Classybull Carolyne “Lena”, who finished her championship in early 1994. She went on to produce four champions, qualifying her for the Hall of Fame and the Beckett Award in 2000.

CH Bo Bandit was his second homebred champion. Not only that, he was Van’s partner and traveling mate for many years. At seven months old, he let a friend have Bo because he didn’t seem to like the show ring. At one year old, Van decided to visit him at his new owner’s house and could not believe the transformation. He was lively and animated. Van convinced the new owner to let him take him and he began to show Bo. He went on to finish in May, 1994, and was shown as a special through the Nationals in 1996. Bo gave Van the most pleasure he could ever ask from a Bulldog! He died at the age of nine years old in 2001. In addition to these two special dogs, there have been twelve more homebred champions, qualifying Van for the Breeder Hall of Fame in 2000. He has been an AKC judge of Bulldogs since 2007.

Van is a charter member of the Texoma Bulldog Club of Wichita Falls, TX. He served as its president for its first approved AKC show. He has also served as Vice-President, Governor, and Councilor for Division IV. He was honored to serve as Vice President for the BCA in 2004-2005 and is a life-time member of the Texoma Bulldog Club of Wichita Falls, Texas, and past President of the Faith City Kennel Club of Wichita Falls, TX. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Henrietta, Texas.
Nationals: Regular Dog Classes

Anne purchased her first Bulldog in 1975. She showed and trained “Goldie” herself, and “Goldie” became the first Champion bitch in the breed to earn the Utility Dog obedience title in 1979. Over the years her Bulldogs have earned 14 AKC Championships, 11 Canadian titles and over 40 obedience and rally degrees, including the first male Bulldog to earn both the Championship and Obedience titles in Canada. She is still actively showing and breeding Bulldogs. Her goal is to have quality Bulldogs that can successfully compete in conformation, obedience, and rally, and pass their health tests as well.

Anne is a professional artist and writer with an MFA from Michigan State University. She also holds a JD from Thomas Cooley Law School. From 1993-1999, she was employed at AKC in New York as a Director, Judging Research and Development.

Anne is a member of the Bulldog Club of America and has served as a Councilor, AKC Gazette columnist, BCA Judges Education Chair, and is a BCA Breeder Hall of Fame Member. She is a life-member and president of the Detroit Bulldog Club, AKC Delegate for Companion Dog Training Club of Flint, MI, and Director of Legislation for the Michigan Association for Purebred Dogs.

She has been judging conformation since 1988 and is currently approved for 12 Non-Sporting breeds. She has judged throughout the USA and Canada, as well as Japan and Australia. Anne is honored to be invited to judge the class dogs for BCA 2020.


Nationals Juniors Showmanship, Intersex and Non-regular

Jean, with her late husband Bob, has been breeding bulldogs since 1964 after purchasing their first one in 1962. One of the dogs from that first litter won the 1966 BCA National.

Hetherbull has had over 100 bulldog champions, including BIS, Group and Specialty winners. Fifteen of them have made the BCA Producers’ Hall of Fame, and two years in a row a Hetherbull won the Quaker Oats, (now Pedigree) award. One of their dogs remains the top winning bulldog of all time. Jean was the Kennel Review Owner/Handler of the year in 1989 and again in 2014 from Dogs in Review.

She and Bob bred, owned and trained the first Champion UD bulldog.

Jean has held various offices in the Bulldog Club of America, Bulldog Club of New Jersey and Piedmont North Carolina Bulldog Club. In the 90’s, Jean was Show Chairperson for the Asheville Kennel Club.

Over the years, they also owned and/or bred over 15 Chow Chow champions , including a 5 time National Best of Breed winner. They have also finished and bred a few Brussels Griffons and Airedale Terriers; showed and finished a Pomeranian, a Wire-haired Dachshund and a few French Bulldogs.

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