Argus Ranch Facilities for Dogs 35612 212th Ave. S.E., Auburn, WA 98092
Judge - All regular & non-regular conformation classes
Gretchen Bernardi I acquired my first Irish Wolfhound in 1969 and bred my first Berwyck litter in 1977. Our hounds have won the national specialty, several regional specialties and high honors at the specialty and all-breed levels, mostly owner-handled. More important to me personally, are the number of dogs gaining high honors at our specialties that carry Berwyck dogs close up in their pedigrees. In the early 1970’s I helped establish the St. Louis Sighthound Association, founded at a time when group clubs and sighthound coursing were regarded as exotic pastimes. I am currently approved to judge 12 breeds and have judges several specialties both here and abroad. I have the great honor of being one of only three living people to have judged our national specialty twice. In 2011, I was named Hound Breeder of the Year by the AKC. In the last 50 years I have been involved with all-breed clubs, sighthound clubs, humane organizations and wildlife preservation organizations and this year will mark my 32nd year as a delegate to the American Kennel Club. Additionally, I have been an officer of the Irish Wolfhound Club of America, serving as editor of Harp & Hound. I authored “Longevity and Morbidity in the Irish Wolfhound in the United States—1966 to 1986,” which has been translated into several languages. In the years that I have lived with Irish Wolfhounds, I have tried hard to keep two principles foremost in my mind. First, to leave this wonderful breed in at least as good a shape as I found it. Second, to always give credit to the great breeders who came before me and whose dogs live on in our present-day pedigrees.
Judge - All sweepstakes classes
Dr. Christiana Hartenstein Christiana purchased her first show dog in Germany in 1998 and spent the next few years learning what to do and not do in the show ring. She traveled abroad learning about the breed, visiting kennels and handling the hounds of breeders across Europe. Christiana bred her first litter under the kennel Rockhart in 2002. Am./Can. Ch. BIS Rockhart Anthem is the most successful representative of this litter. Christiana is currently establishing a new kennel for Irish Wolfhounds and Borzoi under the name Samsara.