Conformation Judges

Richard Paquette

Richard has been involved in purebred dogs since 1971. He began  his career in dogs with primarily Shih Tzu with kennel name Wenrick,  but along the way has owned and bred Samoyeds, Afghans, Salukis, Whippets, Brussels Griffon, Maltese, Pekingese, Lakeland Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers.
Shih Tzu and Lakelands are his main breeds and he has produced over 300 Canadian Champions, 80 American Champions, 20 different Best In Show winners and 12 National Specialty winning dogs.

Richard is now a retired professional dog handler, a profession he enjoyed for 15 years. During this time he finished over 500 champions in 80 different breeds and won over 150 All Breed Best in Shows on 16 different breeds. He also owned and piloted a Lakeland Terrier, “Danny”, Am Can Bda Ch Jamelyn’s Second Edition to #1 All Breeds in Canada in 1989.

His Shih Tzu ‘Panda’ Am Can Ch Wenrick’s Don’t Stop Believing won the Toy Group First at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club shows at Madison Square Gardens in New York in 2016.

Richard is a CKC Licensed All Breed judge, a founding member of the Canadian Dog Judges Association (CDJA) and a  member of the American Dog Judges Association (ADSJA). In addition to Canada and the USA, he has  judged in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, China, Japan, Korea,  Mexico, Nicaragua, Philippines, Taiwan, South Africa, Israel, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Finland, Latvia, Croatia, Russia, Sweden and Ireland.

Yvonne Savard

Yvonne’s start into the dog world was walking into the show ring as a Junior Handler with a big male Bouvier des Flandres at the 7-day benched Sportsman Show in Toronto Ontario in 1969.  The love for Bouviers and dog shows remained with her from that day forward. 

​Breeding Bouviers under the prefix “BARBU Perm Reg’d”, JBB and BARJEN, she has had the excitement of winning BOW at the American National Bouvier Specialty 5 times and being the owner of the Top Dog all Breeds in Canada in 1984. Yvonne has bred and shown multiple Best in Show winners both in Canada and the US. Although her main focus was Bouviers, she has owned and shown Irish Setters, Doberman Pinchers, German Shepherds, Pekingese and currently an Affenpinscher.  

Yvonne is an approved All Breeds Judge.  She has had the great honor of judging both the American National Bouvier Specialty, the Canadian National Bouvier Specialty and the New Zealand Bouvier Specialty.  She has had the pleasure of adjudicating in Canada, USA, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines.  She is a member of the CKC, A Breeder of Merit with the AKC and is a member of each the CDJA, ADSJ and DJA. (Dog Judges Associations).

Lee Whittier

Ms. Lee Whittier has been involved in the sport of purebred dogs for over three decades. Her involvement began as owner, exhibitor and subsequently a breeder of Rottweilers. She has also owned Akitas, Bullmastiffs and a Sussex Spaniel. She currently owns, breeds, and exhibits Tibetan Terriers.



Ms. Whittier began judging in 2000, and then took a hiatus for several years to work for The American Kennel Club as an Executive Field Representative in the Pacific Northwest. She returned to judging in 2011 and currently judges the Working, Terrier, Toy and Non-Sporting groups, six Hounds breeds as well as Best In Show.


Ms. Whittier has judged throughout the United States, at small shows and large, all of great importance to each and every exhibitor. Some of the larger shows are Westminster, Kennel Club of Philadelphia, Del Valle, Great Western Terrier Association, Northern California Terrier Association, Hatboro, Malibu Kennel Club and Kennel Club of Palm Springs. She has also judged in South Korea.

Ms. Lee Whittier is a member of Dog Fanciers of Oregon, Vancouver Kennel Club, Terrier Association of Oregon, the American Rottweiler Club and the Tibetan Terrier Club of America. As an active club member, she has worked in the capacity of show chair, president, vice-president, secretary, board member and Constitution & By-laws Revision committee member in several clubs. She stewards and contributes to her local all-breed clubs in many different capacities.

She currently lives in Vancouver, Washington with her husband, Wayne and their three Tibetan Terriers. Her other interests include gardening and hiking with the dogs.

Charles Bett

Charles has been judging dogs since 1989 and is currently licensed by the Canadian Kennel Club and certified by the AKC to judge all Breeds.  He has judged in Canada, USA, Iceland, Ireland, Australia, Columbia, New Zealand, Finland, Bermuda, Bahamas, Argentina, Thailand and Mexico.  Has also judged specialty shows for sporting, working and terrier breeds in Canada and USA.


Charles has been involved with Great Danes and American Cocker Spaniels, breeding and showing since 1970, finishing many Canadian and US Champions.


Over 30 years Charles played a major role in managing and running championship dog shows (Ottawa Kennel Club & Canadian Guide Dogs) including the Show of Shows in Ottawa, Canada.


Charles was one of the of the founding members of the Eastern Ontario Judges Study Group with over 40 breed studies having been presented to date. He also presented, organized and managed major seminars and clinics for dogs in the Ottawa Region. He lives in Ottawa Ontario, Canada.

Anna Hewson

Anna Hewson’s interest in dogs evolved into exhibiting Siberians in 1985 and establishing "ThundeRun" prefix in 1988.  Her first litter, a Siberian litter arrived in July 1990, which resulted in 2 owner-handled Champions.


Her first purebred dog was an Irish Setter shown to his Championship in the 70's by a handler.  She has owned a Rough Collie, Newfoundland, Portuguese Water Dog and a Pointer. Australian Shepherds have been her breed since 1998.  She enjoyed some memorable wins with her breeding program, garnering many Championships on dogs she has bred, as well as others she’s had the pleasure to own along the way, with many multiple Best In Show and Best Puppy In Show wins on breeder/owner/handled dogs. She is no longer breeding, (Siberian Huskies nor Australian Shepherds) but co-owns an Irish Setter for show.


She began judging in 2009 and has had had the pleasure of judging the B.C. Siberian Husky Club Specialty, the Canadian National Australian Shepherd Association Specialty, the Maritime Herding Group Specialty as well as Australian Shepherd Club of America shows.  She is licensed for Sporting, Hound, Working, Herding and is on permit for Toys. 

Raymond Lariviere

Raymond Lariviere has been a dog show judge since 2006 and is licensed to judge all breeds in the terriers, toy, working, herding, non-sporting, hound, and currently on permit for the sporting group.

Raymond has worked with and learned from many experts in the dog breeding and show worlds, but considers Lotus Tutton, of Fairewood fame, his mentor. Lotus bred Airedales and Norwich, and is famous for breeding the Norwich Terrier Fairewood Frolic, who won the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1998. She was inspirational in helping Raymond with showing and breeding Airedales. He owned and showed many of her Norwich to top rankings in Canada.

Raymond has a particular affinity for terriers and has spent years learning about many breeds, in particular Airedales and Norwich. With the professional handlers he worked with many different terrier breeds from Fox Terrier (Smooth and Wire), Welsh and Lakelands. He has shown Lakeland Terriers bred by Terri Alloway of Northcote fame. He hopes to soon acquire another terrier and get back in the show ring himself.

Raymond lives in Regina, SK, with his beloved wife Wendy-Jane and two Jack Russell Terriers.

Obedience/Rally Judges

Susan Des Cotes

Susan started to show in 1969 and purchased her first sheltie in 1979 and hasn’t stopped since then.  Her first 4 shelties were O.T.Ch.’s and also her first Ch.&O.T.Ch. Sheltie.  She has had many HIT ‘s along the way!


Along with barrel racing, endurance and trail riding on her horses, she still competes with my Surona shelties.


A lifetime member of the CKC, 40 years and going on almost 25 years as an obedience and now rally judge.She was born under the Chinese New Year of the Dog and she does truly LOVE dogs and horses, chickens, cats, ducks and anything that crosses her path.

Edward Leslie

Ted has been a licensed CKC Obedience judge since 2002 and also judges Rally.


He has been involved in Obedience since 1979, trialling first with a Boxer and then with Border Collies. He has extensive Flyball experience as well. 


He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.