Tal Yaffe (Israel)-
I work in the field of Public Diplomacy, heading Israeli representative delegations to most of the European capitals.
Head of IKC Education Committee and a Board Member of the Israel Kennel Club;
IKC Spokesperson and IKC Representative for the FCI Committee of Education & PR.
Former director of the IKC Junior Handlers League and Former Member of the IKC Judges Committee.
I truly have the love of dogs embedded in my heart. A local Collie bitch was the first pure-bred dog to enter my house about five-teen years ago, as well as to my soul – and the passion remains to be seen. Since then, I breed Rough and Smooth Collies under the prefix of HATISHMA COLLIE, and produced many national and international titles of Championship, as well as the Best Rough Collie of the Year in Israel 2018.
Becoming a judge was made by enthusiasm and progressive ideas, out of a long term vision of my aims, and I feel that they are to the benefit of the Rough Collie Breed and our beloved cynology in general. I was judging in many countries such as Finland, Ireland, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Russia and Luxemburg as well as many International and Specialty shows in my own country. As a student-judge, I had the privilege to intern and practice under best experts at rings of many European countries such as Finland, Sweden, The Netherland, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, and Italy.
Before I became a judge, I was handling numerous breeds as a professional handler in Israel. Handling professionally was providing me keen knowledge, as well as the better ability to recognize both the faults and virtues of my own animals, and those belonging to other exhibitors, and how pedigrees may enhance my own breeding program. Most importantly, I found these tools most essential in my opinion, as being able to recognize the failings in your own stock is as valuable as to appreciate their virtues, in order to honestly improve our beloved breeds.
I look forward to visiting your country and to see your beautiful dogs.
Helen Tonkson (Estonia)-
FCI International Championship Show judge
Mooncraft´s kennel, Estonia
- Former President of Estonian Kennel Union
- FCI Disciplinary and Arbitration Commission member
- Estonian Show Judges Committee member 2006-2010
- Estonian Kennel Union, proxy and auditor 2002-2006
- Estonian Society of the Staffordshire Bull Terriers, member of the board
- Estonian Terrier Club, former member of the board.
- Founding member of Great Dane Club and former vice-chairman
Engaged in breeding Staffordshire Bullterriers and Miniature Bullterriers under the affix MOONCRAFT´S since 1996 and breed over 90 Champions - among them several World Winners, European Winners, Crufts class winners, many International and National Champions, USA Champions, Latin-America, Nordic, Baltic, Eurasia, National Champions and Winners. Mooncraft´s kennel has been the TOP-kennel of the year. Helen has owned and shown also Great Danes and a Rough Collie.
Helen got her judges license in year 2000 and judged several International Shows among them World Dog Show 2018 in Amsterdam, World Dog Show 2022 in Brazil, European Dog Show 2021 in Hungary, European Dog Show 2023 in Denmark, Belgium „50-th Eurodogshow“ and Germany „VDH-Europaseiger Show“, Eurasia Winner and Baltic Winner shows. Helen has been invited to judge also the European Dog Show 2020 in Slovenia.
Helen also judged several Specialty Shows - Amsterdam WDS Terrier Show 2018 (Best in Show judge); Australia Staffordshire Bullterrier Club Specialty Show; Denmark Terrier Festival (Terrier Club 90-th year Anniversary Terrier Festival – Best in Show judge); Belgium C.E.T.S (Continental Europe Trophy Show for Bullterriers & Miniature Bullterriers); Belgium American Staffordshire Terrier Specialty; Czech Republic Bullterrier Club Specialty Show; Chile Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bullterrier Club Show; INTERRA Show 2021 in Hungary; Finland (Finnish Terrier Club main show, Bullterrier Club Trophy and Open Show, Staffordshire Bullterrier & American Staffordshire Terrier Club Show); Germany (VDH-GBF Bayern-Cup and Bull-type Terriers Club Show, VDH-DCBT Club Show); Latvian Terrier and Moloss Specialty Show; Lithuania (Bullterrier Club Show, Terrier Club Show); Norway EDS Terrier Club Show; Slovenia Terrier Club Show (Best in Show judge) and Amstaff Major (Best in Show judge); Spain (Terrier Club Show); Sweden (Terrier Club Show); Great Dane Club Show; Mastiffs Club Show.
Helen has judged Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terriers at Championship Show (CC) level in England and have ROM status for Standard and Miniature Bullterriers in Australia.
David Swartwood (Canada)-
“Bryden” English Springer Spaniels
“Prelude” Mini Wire Dachshunds
I have been raised with and training dogs for my entire life, childhood dogs were Boston Terriers.
My start in breeding pure bred dogs began in high school with American Cockers, Lhasa Apsos and finally deciding on English Springers Spaniels as my breed of choice over 40 years ago. Miniature Wire Haired Dachshunds came into the picture 30 years ago. Springer and Mini Wire breeding and showing is still going strong with Multi Best in Show and Specialty winners in both breeds. I have also owned/finished a Pug and Bulldog.
After 20 plus years as an All Breed handler I now enjoy judging along side my partner Thom Nesbitt. I am Licensed for All -Breeds.
I have been fortunate to judge across Canada, the US and Mexico along with Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Bermuda, Bahamas, Italy and South Africa.
In our spare time we run a boarding kennel, training school and small farm with sheep, goats, donkeys, llamas, Dexter cows and a wide variety of poultry, turkeys, chickens, guinea hens and peacocks among them.
I love every moment of breeding, showing, training our wonderful companions along with judging and meeting new people with the similar interest of preserving the sport of pure-bred dogs.
Thomas Nesbitt (Canada)-
I have been a lover of dogs all of my life. While at University, I owned a Siberian Husky who taught me a great deal about that breed - enough to know that I was smitten with the dog show bug. In 1964 I became involved with American Cocker Spaniels. They were truly my first love in pure bred dogs.
I acquired the kennel name "Prelude" which is now permanently registered. We, my partner David Swartwood and I, have owned and shown Dalmatians, English Bulldogs, Pugs and English Springer Spaniels. Over the past 30 years we have become known for our miniature wire haired dachshunds (my retirement breed). We are involved in agility and obedience training and run a boarding kennel at our hobby farm in Gananoque Ontario.
I have had the privilege of judging in many countries including the Bahamas, Bermuda, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Ireland, Japan, Indonesia, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, Italy and the United States. We have been particularly privileged to judge the Garden Specialties in New York on three occasions just prior to the Westminster Kennel Club Shows.
Surrounded by our dogs and a wide variety of farm animals including: llamas, donkeys, goats, sheep, peacocks, guinea hens, turkeys, ducks, geese and many varieties of chickens, David and I enjoy country living. With at least two of every species the neighbours have come to call me Noah! Professionally I was a professional fundraiser for Health Charities and at the time that I took early retirement I was the Executive Director of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Oliver Simon (Croatia)-
Professionally I am involved in breeding dogs and actively participate in National and International Dog Shows.
I had breed Pugs and Rottweilers! In the past I was breeding Labradors and I am an active member of the Croatian Kennel Club.
International All round dog show judge and accordingly judge at national and international dog shows in Europe and Asia(Germany, Austria, Sweeden, Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Finland, Hungary , Italy, Ireland). I speak English, Russian, Hungarian and Croatian language.
I hope to continue working in this profession for a long time becouse I dont see myself doing anything else. Working in the dog profession is my dream and I will do it with passion and love.
Suzana Simon (Croatia)-
Suzana Šimon grew up with German Shepherds and started breeding them at young age. She has dedicated her whole life to dogs and she enjoys sharing her everyday life with her
13,5 years old Irish Terrier female and, puppy German shepard. She also loves judging dogs and she is very passionate about her job which icludes grooming of different breeds, whether they be purely companions or successful show dogs.
Twenty five years ago, she started breeding different Terrier breed under the kennel name ‘The Best Colour’. She bred more then thirty litters of Irish, Lakeland, Welsh, Kerry Blue, Soft Coated Wheaten and Airdale Terriers and also a few litters of Miniature Schnauzers.
She bred and owned more then hundred national and international champions including several European and World Winners.
She was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and she is a veterinary technican by proffesion. As a young girl she started grooming and showing different breeds and during that time, she won multiple BISs with differnt dogs and won many grooming competitons.
In 2014, she started her judges education and has so far judged numerous Specialty, National, and International shoes all around the world, including the World dog show in Germany. She is permitted to judge all the breeds from the FCI groups II, III, IV, VIII, and IX, and also some of the FCI group I breeds.
Gerard Jipping (The Netherlands)- I
Vice-President of the FCI
President FCI Euro Sight Hound Show committee
President Noorder Kynologen Club
President Martini Dog Show, Groningen
Judging license since 01.08.1996
Owner from Afghan Hounds / French Bulldogs / Dachshund Miniature Smooth
Languages spoken Dutch, German and English
Judging experience in countries: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Columbia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Macedonia, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, and USA
Dogs have always been part of Gerard’s life and as from 1976 especially Afghan Hounds. Around 1985 he started to show dogs and had many (International & national) championships mostly in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Becoming more and more interested in dogs, Gerard started to his cynological study in 1990 and in 1995 he did his first exam for the Afghan Hound. Ten years later, 2006, he is judge of all -FCI group 10- breeds, the Sight hounds. At this moment he is also group judge of -FCI group 5- all breeds of the Spitz and primitive types, -FCI group 1- all breeds of the Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs and some breeds of FCI group 2, 3, 8 and 9. Gerard judged in many European countries, Africa, Asia, Australia and North & South America at national and international Dog shows (including FCI European and FCI World Dog Show’s) Champion of Champion shows, many breed specialties and title shows.
Since 1994 he showed successfully his Afghans Hounds with the kennel name “El Harakat”. Afghan Hounds from “El Harakat” are all over the world like France, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Israel and Denmark etc.
Tatjana Urek (Slovenia)-
Tatjana got her first dog,an English Cocker Spaniel, at the age of 14. During her study at the Law University she was active in the work of the local kennel club in Trbovlje,Slovenia. For the regional Club in Trbovlje she organised the first national CAC show in 1993,and was the Show manager till 2015. She was also the Show manager for other Slovenian International shows.
Tatjana bought her first Shih Tzu in 1989.This bitch was the foundation of her Potala Dalaj Lama kennel. She was a successfulbreeder of Shih Tzu,several champions coming from her kennel. After Shih Tzu she was also involved with Lowchens and since 2001 has been a breeder of French Bulldogs. Several national and international champions came from the kennel.
Tatjana became an international judge in 2000 and she is allowed to judge all FCI groups and Junior Handling as well. She was the President of the Breeding Committee for Toy breeds for a long time and was a member of the FCI Show and FCI Judges Committees and a Board member of the Slovenian Kennel Club.
Tatjana has judged at the International and National shows (including FCI World Dog Shows and FCI European Dog Shows), as well as at the Champion of Champion shows and many breed specialties and title shows on all continents and in almost all European countries.
VARUKOHTUNIK / RESERVE JUDGE
Colette Muldoon (Ireland)- Colette Judge’s All Breeds, Group’s , and Best in Show at International Level, and has Judged in All Continents of The World. She has served on The Judges Committee of The Irish Kennel Club for many years and Later Elected to The Board, where she is to the present day. Herself and her Husband John have been involved in Show Dogs for almost 40 years and have owned Rottweilers, Schnauzer’s, Samoyeds, German Spitz, Bichons, Pugs and Yorkshire Terrier’s and have made many Champions under Their WINDFALL Prefix.