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STEVE LeVAN (Lismore), US

How long have you lived with Irish Wolfhounds?
Our first Irish Wolfhound, Tess, came into our lives in May of 1974.

Why did you decide to become a judge and what do you enjoy the most when judging?
I was encouraged by my friends to become a judge. I enjoy being lost in the hounds when I am judging. I shut out the rest of the world and immerse myself in the hounds I am evaluating. I always seem to find something new and unique when I judge.

When was your first judging appointment?
I judged the Sweepstakes classes at the Irish Wolfhound Club of America National Specialty in 2008.

What was the biggest/most important show you have judged?
That is a tie: Irish Wolfhound Club of Puget Sound Specialty in 2015 and the Northstar Irish Wolfhound Club Specialty in 2018.

Was there a dog among those you have judged who gave you goosebumps?
I had two males at the Northstar Specialty who were breathtaking: My Best of Breed: Shellane Pavarotti Sings For Slaine and my Best of Winners: Lonnkyle Traveller.

Which of your own dogs do you consider the best? Would you share a picture with us?
What a very difficult question to answer. I will go with my recent big winner Multiple Best In Show Specialty Grand Champion - Lismore Stoneybrook Roxie Hart. I have several younger hounds that are not far behind her though.

 Steve LeVan Lismore Stoneybrook Roxie Hart

 

JEAN TIMMINS (Cornovi), UK

How long have you lived with Irish Wolfhounds?
I had my first hound in 1983.

Why did you decide to become a judge and what do you enjoy the most when judging?
That is a difficult one, I feel its something of a progression when you are devoted to a breed, I have never been a career judge but I do feel if you have been in a breed long enough, its kind of a duty to go to the next level and start judging, breed specialists are so important to any breed and each time you do judge, you come away having learned something.  What I like most, is the thrill of finding beautiful typical hounds.

When was your first judging appointment?
I think it was an Open Show in the early 1990's.

What was the biggest/most important show you have judged?
Irish Wolfhound Society Championship Show in the UK, which is one of the two breed specialities we have in the UK.

Was there a dog among those you have judged who gave you goosebumps?
I have judged some lovely hounds, no one particular name comes to mind, but if a hound gives me goosebumps its usually when seeing it on the move.

Which of your own dogs do you consider the best? Would you share a picture with us?
I would have to say Ch. Mallanigh Liberty, she remains my benchmark.

Jean Timmis s Mallanigh Liberty Jean Timmins 

ANNE WEBB (Foinaven), UK

How long have you lived with Irish Wolfhounds?
My first Irish wolfhound was born in February 1981. From the first litter sired by Ch. Corniman Ella Mana Mou, she was bought as a pet, but was very influential in my entry into the dog show world. 
My first show IW was Clonara Nellagh. Born in 1983 and litter sister to Ch’s Nizam and Niamh. Breed by Maggie and Stuart Wilkins, she is behind all my dogs up until present day. 

Why did you decide to become a judge and what do you enjoy the most when judging?
I have said many times, judging good dogs is great fun.  The privilege of being able to get your hands on hounds, all over the world, that dedicated breeders have put their heart and soul into, is an honour not to be taken lightly. As a breeder, judging gives you the ability to assess dogs that may be part of a future breeding program.

When was your first judging appointment?
As in the English system, my first judging experience was at open shows. The first time I gave CC’s in Irish Wolfhounds, was at the prestigious Lady’s Kennel Club (LKA) in 1991. 

Was there a dog among those you have judged who gave you goosebumps?
Dogs that I have seen, judged or handled that have left an impression on me, for many different reasons.  In Males: Carrokeel Coilte Merlin, Nutstown King, Drakesleat Kyak, Solstrand Kaspar, Lonnkyle Jester, Stoneybrook Konjur. In Females: Witchesbroom Wildrose, Mary of Nutstown, Seplecur Meg of Sulhamstead, Bokra Chance, Stoneybrook Medora.

Which of your own dogs do you consider the best? Would you share a picture with us?
I have been lucky enough to live with some wonderful hounds both of my own and in the Lonnkyle kennel. The best IW I have owned, was breed by the late Gordon Crane of Seplecur Kennel and came to me as a stud fee puppy. He’s name was Ch. Seplecur Trojan at Foinaven. Special for so many reasons, beauty, soundness, temperament and type. He also lived a long, healthy life, crossing the Atlantic with me, to a new home, at the age of 7 1/2., having just won his last CC at the Irish Wolfhound Club Show. Who could ask for more. 

Anne Webbs Seplecur Trojan at Foinaven Anne Webb