RICKARD, Mrs Stephanie Victoria,
I entered the world of Pure Bred Dogs in 1969 when, on the death of my father, I purchased an English Springer Spaniel for my mother. I took up showing, then, in 1973, the first "Wongan" litter of Springers was born. Miniature Poodles and American Cockers later followed this breed.
Together with my husband David, I have bred 111 champions and made up another 23. Among them are many Best in Show winners, including Royal Melbourne Show and more than twenty–five breed Specialties. A Springer exported to Sweden in 2003 was Top Springer there on three occasions and her litter brother, Top Stud Dog for four years. "Wongan" bred English Springer Spaniels hold the record for breed Specialty BIS in Australia. Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was Top Toy Dog in Australia in 2007 and since 2010 we have been involved with Papillons.
I have held executive positions on Specialty and All Breeds Clubs, am a Life Member of the Victorian English Springer Spaniel Club and The Metropolitan ABKC and, since 1993, I have held an All Breeds judging license. I am also an accredited ANKC Tester for licensing dog judges. As a retired teacher, I am passionate about Education and have been involved in Judges' Training for a number of years, currently as coordinator of the Non-Sporting Group. .
I have judged in U.K., The Philippines, U.S.A., Finland, Sweden, Canada, India, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and China as well as extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand. I have been fortunate to judge several specialty shows both here and overseas, including the Curly Coated Retriever Club and Jack Russell Terrier Club of Finland, the Canadian Keeshond National, the English Springer Spaniel Club of Sweden and the Southern ESS Society, UK Championship Show.
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