WILLIAMS, Mrs Robyn Huntly,
Robyn started in the dog world in 1950, helping her grandmother with her Pomeranians. She then went into partnership with her under the Misty Dale prefix, and retained this prefix when she and her husband started to own and breed Dachshunds. In 1991 Robyn and her husband started breeding Standard Smooths, Standard Longs, and Miniature Longs. They have had well over seventy home-bred Dachshunds in all four varieties titled, and have bred many dual-titled champions. CH. Misty Dale Martini's Mate was the first Mini Long Dachshund to be awarded a Best In Show (All Breeds) in the North Island of New Zealand. He is behind many of their successful stock and is also the grand-sire of one of Australia's Grand Champion Mini Longs. They have exported several dogs overseas which have also gained their dual titles. They now concentrate on Mini Longs and have recently added Miniature Wire Hairs to their kennel. Over the years Robyn has served on the committee of The Auckland Dachshund Club, and recently held the position of President and News Letter editor. She has spent many years as a committee member of The Hound Club of Auckland, being President for many years and honoured as a Life Member. Robyn started her judging career in 1984, earning her Hound license in 1987, and eventually becoming a qualified All Breeds judge. She has judged all-variety Dachshund specialty shows in NSW and Victoria, Australia. She has judged for The Teckel Club of South Africa, judging all six varieties of Dachshunds, plus the remainder of Hounds for The Sporting Dog Club, and several other Groups and BIS for clubs at Midrand and Port Elizabeth in 2005, returning again to judge there in 2008, and Durban in 2011. She judged specialty shows for Chihuahua's and Manchester Terriers in Australia, and Toys, Terriers, Working Dogs, Gundogs, Hounds and Utility in Brisbane and Toys in Perth, Western Australia twice. The NZKC appointed Robyn as an examiner of aspiring judges for three years in 2009, which she found to be a huge challenge and a wonderful experience.