SIMMONS, Mr Keith Hamilton,
Keith started showing in the early 1960's with Labradors, then English Cocker Spaniels (his greatest love) making up many champions. He handled the record winning BIS Labrador of all time in NZ. Two of these awards were under Gwen Broadley (Sandilands Labradors) and Reg Gaddson. He has ownedhandled English Springer Spaniels, Irish Setters and Briards and ownedshown Rough Coated Collies for 18 years. Keith now has Weimaraners with his wife Pip, under the Carnmellis prefix, New Zealand's foremost kennel with two out of the three Grand Champions being owned by them. (To attain Gr Ch status in NZ, one has to win 50 CC's and have three All Breeds BIS wins under three different judges.) They have bred and campaigned the first longhair champion in the breed in NZ (shown against shorthairs). Specialty wins have been under UK, American specialists and the German Breed Warden. Keith gained his All Breeds License in 1988 and has judged BIS All Breeds Championship Shows 35 times. Since starting to judge at Championship Shows he has judged over 25,000 dogs in seven countries. In 1996, he judged at the Yankee Weimaraner Specialty; Part Gundogs (English Cockers, English Springer Spaniels, Clumbers, Field Spaniels, Irish Setters, German SH Pointers, German WH Pointers, Labradors and English Pointers); Part of the Herding Group including Best of Group; (Welsh Corgis, Cardigan Corgis, Old English and Belgium Shepherds) at Ladies and Framingham All Breeds Championship Shows. In September 2003 he judged at the Darlington Dog Show, England, with a Club record entry of 195 Weimaraners. He also judged Australian Terriers, Japanese Spitz, Schipperke, Bouvier, Leonbergers and Anatolians. He has judged over 50 appointments in Australia with the best being Gundogs and BIS at Canberra Royal (less English Cockers that were judged by Sylvia Bunting, UK) 400 Gundogs, 2,200 in total at the show. Appointments in 2004 included All Breeds & BIS - Philippines KC, All Gundogs - South Korea (Seoul Int. Dog Show), All Breeds & BIS - Singapore KC. In 2006 he judged at shows in Winnipeg and Toronto, Canada and a Weimaraner Specialty. Club involvement - Past PresidentCommittee member Waikato & District Spaniel Club, Waikato & District Collie Club, Waikato Gundog Club, Cambridge Kennel Assoc., Huntly & Districts Kennel Assoc. (Life Member), member of the Waikato Judges Assoc., ex NZKC Delegate. NZKC Judges Examiner for aspiring Championship Show judges for four years, being senior for two years. At present he's on the Judges Selection Committee for Hamilton Kennel Assoc. and recently became President.