I bought my first flat-coated retriever, Chaos, from Mark and Nancy Cavallo of Bertschire Flat-Coated Retrievers in 1985. Chaos became CH Bertschire Cotswold Chaos CD TD JH WCX HOF and was an owner-handled group winning top ten special. My first litter was co-bred with Nancy Cavallo in 1991. I took over the Bertschire affix in the early 2000’s and have since bred countless champions, obedience titlists, a MACH, hunt test titlists including Master Hunters, a Champion Tracker and group winning and placing FCRs. My breeding program has produced an FCRSA National Specialty Best of Breed winner, two National Specialty Best of Opposite Sex winners, WD, RWD, multiple Select Dogs, multiple JAMs, puppy and veteran sweepstakes winners (nearly all owner-handled) plus two additional National Specialty Best of Breed winners produced by our stud dogs. We also owned and imported two more National Specialty Best of Breed winners. In 2000, I had the great honor of judging the FCRSA National Specialty puppy and veteran sweepstakes. We continue to breed and show flat-coats and hope to do so for many years to come!
Since 1997, I have been actively involved in breeding, showing, and competing in AKC conformation and performance events in Northern California with my Flat-Coated Retrievers. My first flat-coat was "Gambol" Ch. Shannara's Wind Dancer, JH, CD, AX, AXJ. Gambol's first litter, co-bred with Traci Spires, produced a two-time National Specialty winner BIS, BISS Ch. Shannara's Chamber of Secrets, JH, WC. I bred four additional litters under the Wind Dancer affix, and co-bred three litters with Keli Martin under the Favor affix. When I am not teaching fourth grade, I enjoy traveling abroad to attend Crufts, the World Dog Show, meeting breeders around the world, and visiting kennels to build relationships and to better understand type and character worldwide.
Prior to the Pandemic, I focused on putting Junior Hunters and Wes on my flat-coats and generally had a Special out competing in conformation. Since the Pandemic, I have been pursuing Master Hunter titles on my boys, and enjoying the camaraderie and support of my training group and fellow members of The Marlin Retriever Club and Sagehens Retriever Club. Three of four boys are competing, or close to competing in Master Tests, while the youngest male has just started running Senior Tests.
I have served the FCRSA in several capacities. I have served on the Board of Directors, Judges Selection Committee, Vice-President, co-chair of The Event Breeders Resource Committee, President, and co-chair of the "Summer of Love" 2016 National Specialty held in Sacramento. I recently joined the Specialty Fundraising Committee to help raise money for future National Specialties.
Thank you to the FCRSA Judges Selection Committee for this assignment. It is an honor and privilege to judge Veteran and Puppy Sweepstakes at the 2024 National Specialty.
I started agility in 2001 with my first Norwegian Elkhound. Since then, I have personally owned many breeds that I competed with in agility and other dog sports. I actively compete with my dogs in AKC and CPE, and have travelled all over the country to local, regional, and national events.
I am a multi-venue Judge and have been judging for over 15 years, and I enjoy judging and watching both the handlers and their dogs having fun. I have judged many breed National agility trials over the years, including Dobermans, Rottweilers, Australian Shepherds, Malinois, and soon the Flat-Coated Retriever Nationals and the Norwegian Elkhound Nationals.
I am looking forward to a terrific even and watching all of the Flat-Coats compete.