Judge Ms JADRANKA SMOJVER SELIMOVIC (HR)
Jadranka Smojver Selimović has always been a Collie person. She got her first Collie in 1979, and has been breeding them since 1984 under the Arsiada prefix. Over the years, she imported dogs from the UK, USA, Sweden, Germany and Czech Republic. During these years she bred numerous Champions world wide. She is also involved in Boxers, the breed which her husband has been successfully breeding for more than 20 years. Jadranka became a Collie judge in 1992, and has since then added a large number of breeds. From November of 2011, she is an FCI all round judge. She is a founding member and the first President of the Collie Club in Croatia. At the moment she is the President of the local canine club in Samobor, one of the biggest in Croatia.
She enjoys the process of learning about the various dog breeds and feels that this makes her more competent to make good breeding decisions in her own breed. She judged in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Monte Negro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Spain, Germany, and judged at the European Dog Show 2007 in Zagreb.
Judge Mr Igor Selimović (Croatia)
Igor was born in 1963 and has lived all his life near Zagreb - a centre of dog world in Croatia. Being an addict to active and sporting life he started his kennel IGGY BOX in 1987. He chose Boxers for "his" breed as he was particularly interested in working dogs. In almost twenty years of active breeding and working with dogs he bred more then 35 litters and raised numerous champions in conformation and working. During this time he also owned or co-owned many world known Boxers who were winning the top prizes. He became a dog show judge in 1992. Starting with Molossoid breeds, adding Shepherds, in December 2003 he became an all round judge. During his judging career he judged at the most important all breeds championship shows and specialties all over the world - Italy, Belgium, Israel, Russia, Gibraltar, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, Cyprus, Latvia, Germany, Ukraine, Estonia, Bulgaria, Norway, Lithuania, Ireland, Moldavia, Georgia, Indonesia, India and Australia. He also judged Eurodog Show in Helsinki 2006, World Dog Show in Poznan - Poland 2006, Russia show 2006, Eurasia show 2007 in Moscow, Euro Dog Show 2008 in Budapest - Hungary and FCI-World Dog Show 2010 in Denmark. He has performed various functions in the Croatian Kennel Club, being active in numerous Committees. He was the General Secretary from 1996-2004, and from 2004-2007 he was a vice President of the Croatian Kennel Club. He was an active member of the organizing committee for all major shows in Croatia. In 2005 - 2007 he was the member of FCI Judge Committee. His profession is graphic designer. He is the author of four books about dogs. For more than five years he was publisher of monthly dog magazine - "Naši psi - bez granica", the only one in Croatia, where, besides being a publisher and editor, he was also engaged as a photo reporter.
Judge Mr Douglas Johnson (USA)
Douglas Johnson of Bloomington, Ind., received his first American Kennel Club registered, purebred dog, a Clumber Spaniel, as a birthday present, 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 250 AKC champion Clumber, Sussex, Welsh Springer, English Toy Spaniels and Pekingese. He has a passion for breeding dogs and continues to run a top breeding program today. Mr. Johnson has the distinct honor of being the only breeder to have produced Westminster Best in Show 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 of age, was the oldest dog to ever win Best in Show at Westminster. Mr. Johnson was awarded the American Kennel Club’s Sporting dog “Breeder of the Year” in 2005 and was nominated in 2017 for a Show Dogs of the Year Winkie Award for “Judge of the Year.” His breeder approach to judging has made him a popular judge with assignments all over the world. He is approved to judge the Sporting, Hound and Toy groups, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show.
Judge Mr JEAN-FRANÇOIS VANAKEN (Belgium)
I was a child when I started to share doggy passion with my parents . My first dog show was in 1975 . Very young boy , I showed my poodle . I bred them with succès and produce many champions over the world . I carried on in breeding with malteses yorkhires terriers and dackhunds.
I have fonctions in Belgium kennel direction and judge since 12 years . I really like to share my lovely hobby with breeders , exhibitors and collègues.
Judge Mr JAMIE HUBBARD (USA)
Mr. Hubbard of Bloomington, IN, was born in Australia and began in the sport of purebred dogs at the age of nine. His parents were breeders of Basset hounds; however, his success would later come in American Cocker Spaniels and English Setters. In those breeds, he owned and/or bred multiple Best in Show winning dogs, including Best in Shows at the Melbourne Royal and Sydney Royal shows. Mr. Hubbard moved to the USA in 2004, and along with his partner, breed various spaniel breeds under the world-renowned Clussexx kennel name. He is approved to judge the sporting and Hound groups and Best in Show.
Judge CHANTAL VAN RAAMSDONK-BLATTER (BE)
In the eighties I came in contact with French Bulldogs through my boyfriend. The parents of my boyfriend, now husband, were the owners of the famous De la Parure French Bulldog kennel. Since then I have been involved with French bulldogs, Bulldogs, Bull Mastiff and Old English Mastiff. Needles to say I have been surrounded by many dogs and several breeds ever since. Since I met with these great breeds I was “infected” and have devoted myself together with my husband to participate in the kennel. During the first years I helped out with taking care of the kennel, puppies and also went to shows of course. I was fortunate to spend much “quality time” with some of the greatest pioneers, breeders owners in different breeds.
Besides taking care of our dogs I also started to show interest in showing dogs and I showed many dogs at events worldwide. I travelled all over the globe and enjoyed every minute of it.
After my husband passed his exams and became an FCI judge I decided I also wanted to become a judge. At the moment I am an active judge for several breeds in Group 2, 3, 9, and I am judge of the complete Group 4.
I am extremely proud of what I have achieved so far and look forward that I can keep developing myself as breeder, and judge in order to serve our beloved breeds even better in the near future.
Judge Mrs KIM LEBLANC (Canada)
I purchased my first dog, a Siberian Husky male in 1973. He, fortunately for us, was of good enough quality to become our first champion and sired our first litter. That was the beginning of Snowmist Siberians. My timing could not have been better for getting involved in this breed as many of the most famous kennels and their founders were still in existence.
My mom and I had a short-lived trial with Alaskan Malamutes and decided they were not for us. But the adventure with other breeds continued and we enjoyed a Newfoundland and a few Salukis. During this time I handled many different breeds. In 1980 my husband brought American Foxhounds into the picture, I still have 3 of them today along with the Siberians. I am still actively showing and breeding on a small scale. My kennel (Snowmist Siberians) has been highly successful in Canada and around the world. Our dogs have topped the conformation charts over the years but 2013 brought multi BIS winners in Canada, the USA, Thailand and Russia! One of the big highlights for 2013 was having litter brothers Seeker and Fizzy score multiple BIS wins. Fizzy also scored #1 Siberian in the USA all systems and won the Group at the WDS in Salzburg, Austria.
My late husband and I competed in mostly sprint sled dog races throughout Ontario as well as races in Quebec, New York, Michigan and Ohio. Our teams were competitive at both open breed races and purebred races winning our fair share of awards at both. One year we even tested our sprint dogs at the Marmora Sled Dog Derby in the 60 mile race, finishing 4th out of 40 plus teams. In the fall of 1996 family and business commitments forced us to retire. While racing, we actively participated in the Canadian Kennel Club’s Sled Dog Certificate Program earning over 90 titles including many SDU's. We also earned several ISDRA medals over the years. In 1993 and 1994 the Siberian Husky Club of Canada awarded our lead dog Northstar’s Snowmist Birch C.D., S.D.U. the Ward Young Trophy for successfully competing in sled dog racing, showing and obedience within one club year. This was the first time any dog had won this award in back to back years.
I am a graduate of the canine course “Dogs, A Hobby or Profession” created by the late Casey Gardiner. Included in this educational program was a course on structure that taught structure based on a measuring process. I have used this process to improve my own knowledge, to help others understand what they see and to evaluate litters of puppies and grown dogs. I have conducted all breed measuring clinics as well as seminars on this topic.
Today I am a licensed All Breed Canadian Kennel Club judge. I began my judging career officially in 1994. Since that time I have had the honour of judging in my own country (Canada), Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, France, Finland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, the Philippines, Thailand and the United States of America. Specialties I’ve had the pleasure of judging specialties that include the Rocky Mountain Siberian Husky Club, the Belgian Siberian Husky Club, Saint Bernard Club of Ontario, Great Pyrenees Club of Central Ontario, Alaskan Malamute Club of NSW Inc., The Siberian Husky Club of NSW Inc., the first ever back to back Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Championship shows, the National Specialty for Nordic Breeds (Spain), the Briard Club of America, Inc. Regional Specialty, the Nordic Breed Club of Lithuania and the 8e Reunion Nationale d’Elevage du Siberian Husky France just to name a few.
Judge CESARE CALCINATI (IT)
Mr. Cesare Calcinati is an Italian citizen and has a degree in Economy. He is currently the Human Resources Director of a healthcare leader company. He has been involved in canine activities for more than twenty years and during the last ones he has been an active member of the board of the Italian Dachshund Club and the Milan Kennel Club. Mr. Calcinati is a well known Dachshund breeder of the shorthair standard breed and his kennel is named “di Villahermosa“; he has judged many national shows as well as international all breeds dog shows. At the international level, he has judged shows in Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Belgium, Hungary, Russia. He is qualified to judge all the FCI group 4 and the FCI group 1