Introducing our esteemed Judges:
Gro Svandalsflona - Joyland Shelties (Norway)
When growing up my family had Border Collies and hunting dogs, but horses was my great passion.
In 1983 I sold my horse and bought my first Sheltie and I have been active with my shelties since. The first years I did not show or breed much as I was a working mother and my shelties were was not be most beautiful ones. i used the time to learn about the breed and sit ringside to find my type of shelties.
Kennel Playtime was formed and I became more active both as breeder and showing dogs. In 2005 the prefix was changed to Joyland and now me and my husband Finn Helge Olsen are behind it. We have both bred and showed quite a lot of champions. We do not have many shelties or litters, but we are quite active showing the ones we have.
The bitch Ch Mainland's Born To Be Just Me, born in 1994 after Ch Moorwood Handsome Frontrunner, is the foundation bitch and she is behind all the Joyland shelties today.
I was authorized FCI judge for Shelties in 2003 and now I judge quite a lot of herding breeds.
I really look forward to judge at your show.
Heather Tee - Gainsfeld Shelties (New Zealand)
My involvement with Shelties began in 1973 when my husband and I acquired a bitch puppy, SHELTON STARDUST from the first litter bred at Shelton and a dog puppy, ARDVASAR SELKIRK from Helen Clinton of Ardavasar Kennels. These two gained their titles and GAINSFELD Shelties were established. Ardvasar Selkirk was a son of Eng & Aust CH Riverhill Rampion (UK) and Shelton Starust a grand daughter of Rampion. Their first litter produced CH GAINSFELD BANNERMAN, who, in the hands of his young owner had a very successful show career with many wins to his credit.
Two years later we sent Ch. Shelton Stardust to Helen in Melbourne to visit CH Ardvasar Jindivick. Of the three puppies we retained GAINSFELD GOLONDRINA and although not the easiest Sheltie to show, titled easily. At the same time we bought HEIDI OF ROSEHAVEN who was by CH Nigma Nureyev out of an Oakland bitch, the daughter of the UK import CH. Midnitesun Family Favourit.
These foundation lines were the basis of the breeding at Gainsfeld. Although there were not large numbers produced, average of one litter annually, our stock was very successful in the ring over the next seventeen years. One puppy, GAINSFELD LISA ROSE, we were espically proud to have bred, became the first Obedience Champion Sheltie in N.Z.
The second last litter bred was by CH. Kimbush COndor who was an import to N.Z. but the bitch we kept never bred on, thus our line of Shelties was curtailed in the early nineties. Meg crosses over Rainbow Bridge in 2002. I have continued with Whippets, our second breed, but still hold Life Membership with the S.I. Shetland Sheepdog Club and retain interest in the breed.
I have been judging at Championship level since 1990 and am qualified to judge Groups 1, 4, 5, 6 & 7. I have judged throughout N.Z. and in Victoria, NSW, WA, Queensland and South Australia. Highlights being the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Victoria in 1995 and the opportunity to judge for the SSDC of WA Inc. and the SSDC of SA in June 2006.