The 2012 Westminster Judges

Meet the Group and Best in Show Judges of Westminster Kennel Club 2012

Reprinted from The Westminster Kennel Club Guide and Record Book 2012, with our thanks.

Cindy VogelsBEST IN SHOW
Greenwood Village, Colo.

Together with her mother, Cindy Vogels has shown Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers since 1968. Under their Andover prefix, they have bred over 100 American champions, including multiple specialty, Group and Best in Show winners. They have had many top producers including the top producing Terrier dam of all time.
She has also bred champion Kerry Blue, Welsh, and Norfolk TerriersBrittanys and Greyhounds.

Mrs. Vogels is a past president and AKC Delegate of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America and past secretary and show chairman of Evergreen Colorado KC. She serves as treasurer of The AKC Canine Health Foundation and as a trustee for Take the Lead. She is approved to judge the Terrier Group, the Sporting Group, 11 Toy breeds, Poodles and Junior Showmanship. Mrs. Vogels has written an award-winning column, “Better Breeding,” and a number of feature articles for the AKC Gazette. She is currently publisher of the internationally recognized Sommelier Journal, a magazine devoted to the world of wine.

A graduate of New England Conservatory of Music with a performance degree in flute, she also holds a Master of Music degree in history from the University of Colorado. She and David, her husband of more than 30 years, have one grown son and are new grandparents.

Mrs. Vogels, a native of Rockville Centre, N.Y., has lived in the Denver area for more than 30 years. They raise and show champion Morgan horses at their home, Andover Farm. An avid runner, Mrs. Vogels has completed seven marathons and is an enthusiastic home chef.

Chapel Hill, N.C.

W. Terry Stacy purchased a Cocker Spaniel in 1952, began showing as a junior handler, and soon was breeding Cocker champions. He eventually became kennel manager for the Downsbraugh Kennels of Mr. and Mrs. William Brainard, and followed that with a successful career of 15 years as a professional handler.

Mr. Stacy then went to work for MBF Dog Shows as a superintendent before moving to the American Kennel Club, retiring as senior vice president in 1995. Among his accomplishments at the AKC: founding the Judges Institute, completing the breed video program and overseeing reformatting of the breed standards. In 1994 he was named Dogdom’s Man of The Year.

He judges the Sporting, Hound, Terrier and Toy Groups, and Boxers. He has officiated at shows throughout the world and at many prestigious American shows such as Westminster, the AKC Invitational, Morris & Essex and the American Spaniel Club. Mr. Stacy has been president, show chairman and an officer in several all-breed and national breed clubs.

Currently, Mr. Stacy resides in Chapel Hill, N.C., with his wife, Jackie, and their small kennel of Affenpinschers. Their Tamarin Affens have produced national specialty winners as well as seven all-breed BIS winners (with over 100 BIS), including the top-winning Affen in breed history.
This is his third Westminster assignment.

Patricia W. LauransHOUND GROUP
Patricia W. Laurans
Newtown, Conn.

Patricia Laurans has been active in the dog show world since 1963, first as a Doberman Pinscher exhibitor and then as an all-breed handler. At the same time she established Laurwyn German Wirehaired Pointers, home to four national specialty winners and three Best in Show winners. She has served as an AKC Delegate for 30 years and was elected to AKC’s board of directors in 1996. She currently chairs the AKC Parent Club Committee.

Ms. Laurans is a Founding Director of Take the Lead, a charitable organization that assists individuals in the sport of purebred dogs who are suffering with a terminal or life-threatening illness. A licensed judge since 1982, this is her 12th Westminster assignment; she judged the Herding Group in 1996 and the Working Group in 2006.

Betty Regina LeiningerWORKING GROUP
Frisco, Texas

Betty Regina Leininger began her experience in purebred dogs with the breeding and exhibiting of German Shepherd Dogs in her native home of Newfoundland, Canada. After a career as a paralegal, she moved to the US in 1971 and became an AKC-licensed professional handler.

She managed the show career of many top-winning dogs, and guided the breeding programs of many of her show dog clients. After a highly successful career as a multi-breed handler, she became a judge in 1983. Today she is licensed to judge all Working, Toy and Non-Sporting breeds, Pointers, Whippets, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show.

Ms. Leininger has judged multiple national specialties and Top 20 events, including the Doberman Pinscher Club of America and DPCA Top 20 on three occasions. Her judging has taken her to numerous countries in Asia, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and her native Canada.

In the late 1970s, Ms. Leininger co-authored a book entitled Preparation and Presentation of the Show Dog, under the name of Betty R. Brucker. She has conducted handling seminars throughout the continental US, Hawaii, Alaska and Canada. She co-founded the Newfoundland (all-breed) Kennel Club in 1962 and has been active in many kennel clubs over the years. This is her fifth Westminster assignment; she judged the Non-Sporting Group in 2004.

William F. Potter, IITERRIER GROUP
William F. Potter, II
St. Louis, Mo.

William F. Potter, II started showing purebred dogs in 1968 after acquiring his first Irish Wolfhound as a college graduation present from his wife. He found success breeding, showing, and handling Irish Wolfhounds, including his handling of a national specialty Best of Breed winner. He also became active with Smooth Fox Terriers in 1976. As a breeder/owner-handler of Smooth Fox Terriers, he was responsible for a number of Group and specialty-winning exhibits. Additionally, he has owned and bred Norwich Terriers.

Mr. Potter has been an AKC judge since 1990, and is now approved to judge the Hound and Terrier Groups, Toy Manchester Terriers and Best in Show. He has judged throughout the US and internationally. He has served the American Fox Terrier Club as president, secretary, governor and show chairman. He continues to be active in the Mississippi Valley Kennel Club, presently serving as their secretary and show chairman. 

He retired from the Missouri Department of Corrections in 2003 after a 35-year career with the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole and the Division of Rehabilitative Services. He served as director over medical, mental health, educational, vocational and substance abuse treatment services for all incarcerated within Missouri’s Adult Correctional Institutions. This is his third Westminster assignment. 

Timothy CattersonTOY GROUP
Timothy Catterson
New Castle, Ind.

Timothy Catterson has been involved with the sport of purebred dogs since 1974 when he purchased his first Italian Greyhound. His family always had dogs, from Dachshunds to Pugs, and he bred Pugs while in high school and during his time in the military. Toy dogs were always his passion so along with the Italian Greyhound he bred Chihuahuas during the 1980s.

Mr. Catterson has been very involved with his local kennel clubs, Muncie and Anderson, in Indiana, currently serving as president of both clubs and as their show chair for the past 15 years. He has served in every position for other local and specialty clubs. He is past president of the Kokomo Kennel Club, vice president/past delegate of the Marion Kennel Club and has served in several capacities in the Pug and Pomeranian clubs in Indiana.

He is currently president of the Italian Greyhound Club of America and past chair for the national specialty. He has also won the national with one of his Evergreen Italian Greyhounds. Mr. Catterson has been an AKC-licensed judge for over 25 years, and has judged Toy dogs in Australia, China, Russia and South Africa. He is approved to judge the Toy Group, 18 Hound breeds and Dalmatians. He has judged at the breed level at Westminster on two previous occasions.

Randy Garren
Apex, N.C.

Randy Garren used his lawn-mowing money at the age of 12 to purchase his first dog, a Toy Poodle. From that moment, his enjoyment of the sport and purebred dogs has never waned.

He bred over 60 champions of his own, and as a professional handler, he and his partner, Dennis McCoy, finished about 1,000 champions, won more than 500 Best in Shows and captured a Best in Show and seven Group Firsts at Westminster. Their top winners were two Standard Poodles — one was the top-winning Non-Sporting dog in history, Ch. Lake Cove’s That’s My Boy, and the other was Ch. Whisperwind On A Carousel, Best in Show at Westminster in 1991. They also showed the top-winning Dalmatian in breed history.

Mr. Garren was co-breeder of the 2009 Westminster Non-Sporting Group winner. He began judging in 2000 and is now licensed for the Non-Sporting, Toy, and Hound Groups, Best in Show, Junior Showmanship and most of the Terrier breeds. This is his third Westminster assignment.

Houston Clark
Decatur, Tenn.

Houston Clark’s interest in animals began at an early age as he was raised on a horse farm in East Tennessee and showed walking and gaited horses into his teenage years.

Mr. Clark began his career in dogs as a hobby in the 1950s. In the beginning he owned and showed several German Shepherd Dogs in obedience and conformation. Eventually, he was licensed by the AKC to handle all breeds beginning in the early 1960s, and he was an all-breed professional handler for more than 25 years. He handled top-winning dogs in all seven Groups, and also bred a few litters of German Shepherds, Miniature PinschersDoberman Pinschers and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. He was named “Dogdom’s Handler of the Year” in 1985.

He began judging in 1987 after his retirement as a handler, and today is licensed for the Sporting, Hound, Working, Toy and Herding Groups, as well as Toy and Standard Manchester Terriers, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show. He has judged at top shows all over the world and at a number of national specialties.

He is a member of the American Dog Show Judges Association, a former officer and retired member of the Professional Handlers Association and is on the advisory committee for the AKC Registered Handlers. He also is a member of several local dog clubs. This is his fourth Westminster assignment; he judged the Sporting Group in 1998.

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