National Show Tuesday: OB/Rally

Helen Smith was born and raised in Southern California where until her late teens, trained and showed horses, mostly hunters and jumpers. In the early 70’s she saw someone training a Dalmatian for obedience in the local park. That made her want a Dalmatian and she bought a puppy and that same someone took her under his wing and helped her earn a UD and TD on that puppy. He was also an obedience judge and Helen often stewarded for him, which opened up her eyes to judging.

She met her husband while in California where they married. Since he was born and raised in Oklahoma, they packed up the horses and moved to Oklahoma.

She has competed in agility, hunt tests, rally and obedience but obedience is her main love. She has earned OTCH’s on ten Golden Retrievers, placed four times at the invitational, won the Classic and has earned 26 200’s among five of her dogs. Helen currently has a three year old Golden Retriever that managed a UD and OTCH in this crazy Covid year!

She is a member of Oklahoma City Obedience Training Club and has been the obedience statistician for the Golden Retriever Club of America since the early 1990’s.

Helen has been judging for almost 15 years and says it’s been a great experience. Judging obedience trials has allowed her to meet many interesting people, see lots of wonderful dogs and travel all over the USA.

Helen sends her thanks and says it an honor to judging our national. She wishes all the competitors good luck reminds them to fun!
Nationals Sweepstakes Tuesday: Bitch Classes

Sean and Alisha Worley got into Bulldogs in 2005, when their family added Bentley to their home and became members of the Bulldog Club of America. In 2006 they were very excited to enter Bentley in their first show. Bentley was more of a “pet” than a “show “ prospect but he was a good sport and loved the attention. They loved showing and after about a year, they received good advice- they needed a better show prospect for the ring. After great consideration, the decision was made to breed their foundation bitch, CH Slik Class-A Wht Lightn Lexus, “Lexi” to Ch Cedar Lane Major League RBI. This litter produced three champions; Ch Classay Wht Pearl of Lexus, “Pearl”, GCH Classay Mini Dozer Man, “Dozer”, and Ch Classay Dinky Dots Apache, “Dinky”. Lexi ‘s second litter produced two more champions; Ch Classay Major LeagueTop Gun,”Topper” and Ch Major League Classay Top Gun, “Gunner” In 2012 Lexi was inducted as a BCA Hall Of Fame bitch, producing more than four champions.

One of their fondest National memories was from 2008 in Philadelphia when Ch Classay Wht Pearl Of Lexus, “Pearl”, won Best of Opposite at one of the back-up shows under breeder judge John Gann. In 2014, the Worleys were inducted into the BCA Breeder Hall of Fame. To date, they have produced 16 home bred champions, and are credited with owning 17 champions total.

Their mentors include Harrold and Teresa McDermott, Jim Armstrong and Lucky and Donna Watson whom they give much credit and appreciation to. Advice from Harrold which has stuck with them is, “Don’t let the way you feel about someone influence whether or not you use their dog in your breeding program. If you believe the dog will improve your bitch then use the dog regardless of your personal feelings about them.”

Sean and Alisha currently live in Jay, Oklahoma, and are celebrating 35 years of marriage. Outside of Bulldogs, they enjoy raising Quarter horses and spending time with their 9 grandchildren.
National Sweepstakes Tuesday: Dog Classes and Best in Sweepstakes

Sean and Alisha Worley got into Bulldogs in 2005, when their family added Bentley to their home and became members of the Bulldog Club of America. In 2006 they were very excited to enter Bentley in their first show. Bentley was more of a “pet” than a “show “ prospect but he was a good sport and loved the attention. They loved showing and after about a year, they received good advice- they needed a better show prospect for the ring. After great consideration, the decision was made to breed their foundation bitch, CH Slik Class-A Wht Lightn Lexus, “Lexi” to Ch Cedar Lane Major League RBI. This litter produced three champions; Ch Classay Wht Pearl of Lexus, “Pearl”, GCH Classay Mini Dozer Man, “Dozer”, and Ch Classay Dinky Dots Apache, “Dinky”. Lexi ‘s second litter produced two more champions; Ch Classay Major LeagueTop Gun,”Topper” and Ch Major League Classay Top Gun, “Gunner” In 2012 Lexi was inducted as a BCA Hall Of Fame bitch, producing more than four champions.

One of their fondest National memories was from 2008 in Philadelphia when Ch Classay Wht Pearl Of Lexus, “Pearl”, won Best of Opposite at one of the back-up shows under breeder judge John Gann. In 2014, the Worleys were inducted into the BCA Breeder Hall of Fame. To date, they have produced 16 home bred champions, and are credited with owning 17 champions total.

Their mentors include Harrold and Teresa McDermott, Jim Armstrong and Lucky and Donna Watson whom they give much credit and appreciation to. Advice from Harrold which has stuck with them is, “Don’t let the way you feel about someone influence whether or not you use their dog in your breeding program. If you believe the dog will improve your bitch then use the dog regardless of your personal feelings about them.”

Sean and Alisha currently live in Jay, Oklahoma, and are celebrating 35 years of marriage. Outside of Bulldogs, they enjoy raising Quarter horses and spending time with their 9 grandchildren.
National Show Tuesday : Bitch Classes and Junior Showmanship

Mike Otten entered into this journey that we call the “World of Bulldogs” on December 31, 1991 along with his wife, Christy. It was on this day that he purchased his first Bulldog from Dean and Eva Dickey. Unknown to his fiancé, now wife Christy, his plans for New Year’s Eve would be cut short due to the new addition to the household. .

After attending a few shows, Mike asked the Dickey’s if they thought that they should try their hand at showing their “Georgia”. With their encouragement, the Ottens embarked into the adventure of dog shows and their girl went on to become Ch. Sweet Georgia Brindle and the first graduate of Otten’s Bulldog University. Since then they have finished 48 Champions, 38 home bred, with two more a few points away. From this first bitch they have produced six generations of champion bitches. Of these dogs, six have won BOB at Specialty shows, three Award of Merit at the BCA National and one at Eukanuba AKC National Championship, two dogs in the final 2008 top 25 national rankings (one #4). One of their bred-by champions finished by being awarded Winner’s Dog at the 2008 BCA National Show..

The Ottens are members of the Bulldog Club of America. Mike is past President, Vice President and Treasurer of BCA Division VI. They are members of the Heart of America Bulldog Club and Texoma Bulldog Club of Wichita Falls, Texas. They are charter members of the Jesse James Kennel Club of Kearney, Missouri of which Mike has been president, vice president, board member and show chairman. They are enshrined in the BCA Breeders Hall of Fame First Plateau Award (having bred 25 champions) and three Hall of Fame Brood Bitches. They have multiple dogs recognized as BCA platinum level health certified, having passed at least 5 OFA certifications..

Mike is approved by the AKC to judge Bulldogs and Boston Terriers. He has judged numerous specialty and all breed shows in the United States and has judged in Mexico, Brazil and Europe..

Mike and Christy moved to Lake of the Ozarks in 2017. They currently own and operate a large self storage facility, a real estate brokerage, single family real estate development and two restaurant/bars. They celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary in 2020. Mike is proud and honored to have the opportunity to judge your beautiful Bulldogs and meet new friends along the way. In addition to all of the wonderful Bulldogs they have loved, it’s all the many friends they have made that hold a special place in their hearts!
National Show Tuesday: Dog Classes

Claudia Brown was given a Pekingese in 1968 as a wedding gift by her mother in law. Her very first dog! Her first 20 years of marriage were spent raising children, quarter horses and busy with life on the farm. In February of 1991 she got her first Bulldog and in 1992 joined the Bulldog Club of Central Iowa. Her membership into the club was short lived, as she moved to Washington in the spring of 1993.

In her new location of the Olympic peninsula, the Bulldog “population” began to expand. She joined the Bulldog Club of Greater Seattle and served as president in 1996 and was elected to the board of governors for BCA Division V the following year and then again in 2005. Claudia is an active member of her local All-Breed club, Hurricane Ridge Kennel Club, serving as Secretary, Vice-President and President. In 1999 she was show chair for the HRKC.

In January of 2006 Claudia began her two year term as President of the Bulldog Club of America, an honor she will always cherish.

Claudia remains an active member of the BCA, The Bulldog Club of Greater Seattle and the Hurrican Ridge Kennel Club.
National Show Wednesday: Intersex, Stud Dog and Brood Bitch

Bridgett Higginbotham has been a licensed AKC judge since 2000. She has been in Bulldogs since 1990, her first champion was Ch. Hailey’s Comment, whom she owner handled to her championship. Hailey was bred twice and gave Bridgette her start in the Bulldog world. With Hailey’s first litter, she still holds the record for most champions produced in one litter! One of the offspring from this litter was Ch. Mugshot’s Standing Ovation, or Stanley, whom Bridgette owned, bred, and handled to number one Bulldog!

Bridgette was inducted into the BCA Breeders Hall of Fame in 1999 and currently has well over 20 home bred champions to her credit. Next to Stanley, Bridgette’s second favorite brag is being owner, breeder and handler of the 1998 BCA National BOW, Ch. Mugshot’s Flying Solo, or Amelia. Amelia lived with Bridgette until the ripe old age of 13. Bridgette has owned Beckett Award Winners, Hall of Fame producers, and Mother Superior Award Winners, and was also the BCNC Breeder of the year.

She has been a licensed veterinary technician since 1987 and owns a full service reproduction service, Sirius Canine Fertility, Inc . Assisting other breeders with successful breedings and facilitating preserving their breeding program is something Bridgette truly enjoys. Her favorite part is bringing semen back to life from a special dog that has been gone for many years, “it’s emotional for everyone involved to see a bit of that dog alive again”.

Bridgette loves to travel and explore. She learned to sail and has become an ASA certified sailor. She has a 40 foot catamaran in the British Virgin Islands, and sneaks down to sail it as much as she can.

When not working, dreaming of sailing or traveling, she can usually be found on the nearest pickleball court. Bridgette is a member of several pickleball organizations and clubs and spends much of her time on the courts training for tournaments and competitions.

Bridgette is proud to have judged National Sweepstakes, National Dogs and National bitches. She is very honored to judge Best Of Breed at this year’s BCA National.

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