SALDANA, Señor Ricardo F Toluca,
Born in Mexico City, Ricardo Saldaña Solórzano grew in a family of dog lovers, and started participating in dog shows as an owner-handler at 11 years of age. Two years later he became a ring steward for the Federacion Canofila Mexicana, an activity he performed for eight years. He has owned dogs of various breeds including American and English Cocker Spaniel, Fox Terrier, Poodles Toy, Standard Xoloitzcuintle and Labrador Retrievers. He has bred and shown Pugs, his main breed, since 1980 with many being top Best In Show winners. In 1986 he was credited as a judge with national and international licenses to judge all breeds by the Federacion Canofila Mexicana and FCI. In 1990 he was approved by the American Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club as an All Breeds judge, countries where he judges every year. He has judged for many of the most noted clubs in North America, such as Santa Barbara Kennel Club, Beverly Hill Kennel Club, Alberta Kennel Club and Lower Mainland Kennel Club, among others. He has judged in World Shows, European, Asian and Sudamérica Championship, and Royal Shows in Australia. He participated actively in the 1978 and 1984 World Shows celebrated in Mexico City. He was a Delegate for the Cocker Spaniel Club of Mexico in 1979. Since 1982 he has been a member of the Board of the Federacion Canofila Mexicana A.C. Ricardo was President and Show Chairman of the Club Canófilo of Michoacán for 15 years. Has represented Mexico in Germany, Switzerland, Argentina and Belgium. Since 1993 he has been President of the School of Judges of the FCM. He has participated in seminars and conferences to prepare new judges. Over the years Ricardo has judged in more than 30 countries and has judged BIS at many of the most important exhibitions of the world, such as the Royal Melbourne Show 1995, the biggest exhibition in the South Hemisphere. He has also judged diverse national specialized exhibitions of breeds in their country and abroad. He has judged Specialty Breed Shows in Finland, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. A professional journalist, Ricardo was the producer of the commemorative TV video for the 50th Anniversary of the Federacion Canofila Mexicana in 1990. He writes for two Mexican Dog Shows Magazines and is also a specialist in Institutional Marketing. Recently, a specialized magazine selected Ricardo as the Judge of the Year.