Conformation

My journey into bassets began in 1977, when I purchased my first dog from Chuck and Kitty Steidel. “Winston” was from a litter sired by Ch. Slippery Hill Hudson and Ch. Sanchu’s Bagatelle. I did my homework, and Winston and I attended handling classes. I entered any and every match show I could find. Eventually, Kitty decided that Winston was not destined to be a show dog, but I was already hooked! I then purchased and co-owned, with Kitty, Sanchu’s Bagette of Margett. “Sassy” became the first of many bassets I completed a championship on and she was BOS at the 1984 Nationals. Since then, I have had the pleasure of being the Nationals Coordinator twice, 1991 Nationals in New Jersey and 1996 Nationals in Pennsylvania. I was honored to judge the Futurity in 1994 in Rhode Island. Also, I served on the BHCA Board as a Director 2006-2007; was Nominating Committee Chair in 2001; and Chief Ring Steward for the Nationals in 2012. In 2013, I was honored by becoming a Life Member of BHCA. When I lived in Pennsylvania, I was active with Berkshire Valley BHC, which I joined in 1978. I served as President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Show Chair, Regional Show Chair and Hospitality Chair. I was also honored by BVBHC by becoming a Life Member in 2009. Ed and I moved from Pennsylvania to my home state of North Carolina in 2010 (go Tar Heels!). I work for the State of North Carolina, Department of Public Safety. I have two sons, two step- daughters and seven grandchildren. We have three dogs, Rena, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi; Betty, a Tibetan Terrier; Riley, a Shih Tzu (who I rescued from a busy roadway), and one cat, Margaret. Sadly, we lost our last Basset several years ago. I am delighted to judge the Sweepstakes classes for the 2018 Nationals and look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.
My love of basset hounds began as a child when my father gave me a pull along “Snoopy” toy. That toy imprinted in my mind what a dog should be – a basset hound. My first basset, Wendell, was acquired in 1983. My addiction to the sport of purebred dogs started shortly thereafter when Wendell won Reserve Winners Dog at his first show. I’ve spent the last thirty-five years trying to re-live the excitement of Wendell’s first (and only) “win.” In 1985 I chose the Silverado prefix as my kennel name and began my search for a show quality bitch. My foundation bitch, CH Leifland’s Iz The Wiz ROM, bred by Kitty Steidel, set me firmly on the path to success. “Izzy” produced seven champions, including CH. Sanchu’s Kizzy-1990 Nationals BOS, CH Silverado Siouxzie-1992 Nationals WB/BOW and multi-specialty and group winning CH Fort Merrill Silverado Norm. When Jim and I married in 1997, we added Fort Merrill dogs to our kennel and breeding program. We are especially proud of our three National Specialty winners - (GCH) Silverado Bling Bling-2007 Best In Senior Sweeps, (CH) Silverado Curb Your Enthusiasm-2009 WD and (CH) Silverado Space Cowboy-2017 WD/BOW. Breeding a litter about every two years, we exhibit in the Bred by Exhibitor class, consistently own and show top ranked basset hounds and have qualified for the National Owner Handled Series for the past six years. I am an AKC Breeder of Merit and have personally exhibited over forty dogs to their conformation championships and grand championships. In addition to bassets, I have also owned and shown PBGV, Dachshunds and Pointers – all of which I am approved by AKC to judge. I am a past Recording Secretary of BHCA, a life member of Scottsdale Dog Fanciers Association and a founding member and multi-event chairperson for Fiesta Dog Shows in Arizona. I have had a career in healthcare since 1978, first as a Respiratory Therapist and later in Medical Device sales and management. Being passionate about the health of our beloved canines, nine years ago, I created and still coordinate the AKC Canine Health Foundation Fiesta!, one of the few kennel club sponsored AKCCHF fundraisers. Since 2015, I have served on the Board of the BHCA Foundation, coordinating fundraising for “The Bling Project” in support of AKCCHF Bloat research, Paco the Carousel Basset and the BHCAF Jewelry Raffle. My goals in basset hounds have been two-fold - to breed winners of every conformation award at Nationals and to judge the National Specialty. I am honored, thankful and humbled to have been selected by the membership to judge Bitches at the 2018 National Specialty and I look forward to an exciting entry!
I live in Elmhurst in the UK. Our kennel name is Drawdell which is pronounced DRAW DELL and is our surname backwards. Our first champion was Champion Gaymel Gay Tamarisk purchased from Mrs Marjorie Travis. Now because I worked at a College I could not take time off during the week and in the UK championship shows over several days rotate so that Hounds and Terriers could be on day 1 one year and day 2 the next and so on. So when Tammy as we called her Marjorie was able to show her on occasions when the Championship show was during the week and she showed Tammy’s litter sister. Marjorie won the first CC. On another occasion Marjorie had not entered the show and I wanted Tammy to go so Dennis took a day off and he took her and won the second CC. Then we all went to Scotland when the judge was Bobby James a well-known hound judge and Mrs Jeanne Rowett Johns won the dog CC. We had two puppies out and won 1st and 2nd with them and I won the Open Class, the Bitch CC and competed against the dog and won Best of Breed. Some years later, Jeanne had invited us to her home and asked me what was my most memorable occasion in the ring. Straight away I told her that is easy and she waited and I said “ It was the very first time you looked up my backside instead of me always looking up yours!” Her retort was “Yes but I have a lovely apple bottom!” When we all laughed. Then she said “If memory serves me right – you beat me for Best in Show!!” “Yes a double whammy!!”” However I soon came down to earth the next week when I was down south just ma nagged to get a 5th place in the Open Class – so thinking I had eventually arrived in the show ring was very short lived!” We had 2 hounds sent to Italy when they were 18 months of age the bitch already having been awarded 2 CCs and several Reserve CCs and the dog had Reserve CCs. Drawdell Betsy Trotwood won extensively in Europe and became an International Champion and the male Rembrandt became an Italian Champion. Our next Champion was Biscovey Sweet Caroline who won Reserve Best in Show at the Hound Association Championship show ( we always think of this as the Hound’s equivalent to their own Crufts). Caroline was from a Drawdell bitch bred by Mr Phil Rooney who kept a male from the litter and they did the double several times. His male Champion was Biscovey Robert E Lee. Many hounds gained their stud book number which means that they have won at the highest level and from these hounds we used for mating purpose We had several hounds who were awarded 2 CCs and several reserve CCs sometimes 3 and sometimes 5 but never getting that 3rd but in 2017 after winning Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts our Drawdell’s Marilyn Morrison gained her title much to my late husband’s delight. We started with a red and white have had lemon and white, red blanket. Tri colour, black blanket hounds.
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