ABdFC National Specialty
Parent Club Specialty
ABdFC National Specialty
Breed: Rick Gschwender
Rick Gschwender has been active in the dog show world since 1979. First with Rombo Bouviers and
later under Rendezvous Bouviers when he married Debra in 1989.He has produced National Specialty
winners and multiple Group winners.
Mr. Gschwender is retired. He was employed with Ford Motor Company for over 39 years.
Mr. Gschwender is approved to judge the Herding Group, the Working Group, the Sporting Group, Non-
Sporting Group, and Best in Show. He has had the honor of judging the Bouvier des Flandres National
Specialty, Best of Breed at the Australian Shepherd National Specialty and Westminster Kennel Club,
judging both herding and working breeds and the Herding Group in 2006.
Mr Gschwender lives in Nampa, Idaho with his wife Debbie, one Bouviers Des Flandres, one German
Shorthair Pointers, one Anatolian Shepherd and two horses
Futurity Judge: Myra Roth
Back when I was in high school and working for a couple handlers, I had the chance to watch judging in the working group and noticed a beautiful looking breed being represented by none other than Picolette. I never forgot that, and when I was re-infected with the “dog show” bug, Bouviers became my breed of choice.
Since then, my 40-year journey with limited breeding has given me so many memorable highlights – 2x breeder/owner/handler or co-owner/handler of ABDFC National Specialty, breeder/owner/handler of multiple regional specialties, breeder/owner/handler of multiple groups in both US & Canada, co-owner & co-breeder of Bred By Best in Show winner, breeder/co-owner of multiple national & regional sweepstakes winners. I have, also, shown other breeds to their championships – Briards, Old English Sheepdogs, Bullmastiffs, and Australian Shepherds.
I have served on the ABDFC Board in several capacities and committees, and also, helped in the planning and coordination of the 2002 & 2012 national specialties. I am currently serving as Vice President of McKinley Kennel Club, as well as serving as vendor chair & raffle co-chair. I am, also, an active member of the Ohio Stewards Club.
Newly retired, I continue to work parttime for CMD, a company doing dental clearances for the military.
I’m humbled and proud to be voted by the ABDFC membership to judge the 2022 ABDFC National Specialty Futurity.
Sweepstakes and 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy: Mr. Cledith M. Wakefield
President and Show Chairman for the Spirit of the Heartland Kennel Club for the past twenty-two years.
Show Chair for twenty-five years, Vice-president and past AKC Delegate for twenty years for the Jefferson County Kennel Club of Missouri.
Vice-president of the Gateway Non-sporting Club.
Co-founder and current treasurer of the Gateway Cluster. We hold shows in May and September each year at the Nestle-Purina Event Center, located just west of St Louis, Missouri.
Members of the Gateway Cluster are the Gateway Non-Sporting Club, Rolla Kennel Club, Spirit of the Heartland Kennel Club and the Jefferson County Kennel Club of Missouri.
Approved to judge the Non-Sporting Group, Working Group, toy and herding breeds. Approved for Rottweilers in 2008.
Purchased our first Chow in 1982. Co-owner and exhibitor of AKC CH Ambrosia’s Fat N Full Of It. “Chubby” finished 2009 as the #1 Rough Chow. We added Rottweilers in 1994 when we purchased and finished AKC CH Janesa’s Gretchen Von Brat. Gretchen was our foundation bitch for Janesa’s Kennel. We added Min Pins in 2000 and I co-bred my first litter of Belgian Tervuren in 2010.
During my days as a breeder/owner /handler I exhibited dogs in the Working, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups.
Retired in 2010 from the Leadington Police Department. Twenty-eight years of service, the last twenty-six as Chief of Police.
Married to Kristi L. Wakefield for forty-seven years. Two children – Amy and Travis. Three grand daughters Sara, Alison and Mya.
Parent Club Specialty
Breed: Julie Felton
Sweepstakes: Betsey Orman
I’ve enjoyed the wonderful world of purebred dogs since the late 1980s – finished a few champions and bred my first litter then, from which I kept a pup. She went on to win large classes at our National & Regional specialties and finished quickly. Not surprisingly, just like that, I was hooked on a lifelong journey in the dog fancy!
Over the years I’ve bred sparingly, producing multiple Pembroke Champions, most of whom have been awarded Specialty & group wins. always breeder-owner handled. I began judging other breeds recently & I love learning about and appreciating them for their special qualities and unique history. I’ve tried to approach judging new breeds as diligently as I would want my own breed judged. Thank you for the invitation and I look forward to evaluating your puppies!