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Judging

Meet the judges of the 2022 ADVANCE™ Sydney Royal Dog Show

KEITH BROWN (NZ)
Toy Group, Terrier Specials and Non-Sporting Group and Non- Sporting Specials

Keith’s family bought their first Pekingese in 1966 who became the foundation breeding bitch for his parents’ kennel. He started showing when he was eight years old and have some of the top winning Pekingese in New Zealand today. Keith have bred or owned over 80 Champion Pekingese and 17 Grand Champions. He is the breeder of the only Supreme Champion Pekingese in New Zealand. In addition, he has bred and owned 70 Champion American Cocker Spaniels and 20 Grand Champion American Cocker Spaniels. Keith’s other breeds breeds are Miniature Schnauzers and Afghan Hounds both of which have included Best in Show winning dogs.

He owns Jack, the Kerry Blue Terrier that was the top winning dog in Canada in 2016 and he was also the top winning dog all breeds in Australia in 2015. Parkavon Kennels is considered one of New Zealand’s foremost kennels with over 850 all-breed Best in Shows.

Keith started judging when he was 18 years old and became an All-Breeds judge in 2005. He has judged not only in New Zealand but all states of Australia, United States, South Africa, Singapore and Japan, Ireland, China, Canada, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines. He is a Life member of the Canterbury Toy Dog Society and also Canterbury Kennel Association as well as an Executive councilor of Dogs New Zealand.

GERALDINE GULBRANSEN (NZ)
Gundog Group and Gundog Specials and Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, Dobermanns and Rottweilers

Geraldine has been involved from a young age with her family, showing and breeding with pedigree dogs, in particular Old English Sheepdogs and Bulldogs. Her love for German Shepherds started at a young age. She has owned, exhibited, and bred German Shepherds under the Deverill prefix. She has bred and owned since then, multiple Champion, Grand Champion in Show winners, competing successfully at both all-breed and specialist shows. She has also owned and shown Old English Sheepdogs, Bulldogs and Pointers, with a strong involvement in both Working and Gundog Groups. She is currently involved with the Bracco Italiano and owing this beautiful breed.

Geraldine is currently the President of the Manawatu Kennel Association All Breed Club, Past Secretary of the Manawatu Judges Association, Past President and Life member of the Central Districts German Shepherd Club and Patron of the Wellington District German Shepherd dog club. She has served as Senior Vice President of the NZKC and on Executive. She attained her first Championship group for Working in 1987 and progressed from there to attain her All-Breed Judges license.

She has judged extensively in Australia and New Zealand and have also Judged in Sweden, Ireland, Malaysia, China, Japan, Philippines, and Poland. She has judged many specialty shows for different groups and breeds including German Shepherd Specialty shows. She had the privilege of judging German Shepherds at the Krakow Kennel Club in Poland. She has attended Shows like Crufts and the World Dog Show on a number of occasions.

STEPHEN MEREDITH (NZ)
Terrier Group and Balance of Utility and Utility Specials

Stephen grew up in the Valleys of Wales and have had dogs all of his life. His family has Lurchers, Whippets, Jack Russell Terriers and Labradors.

Stephen emigrated to New Zealand as a young Mechanical Engineer in early 1979 and his wife and he started showing dogs in 1980 when they bought their first 2 Labradors. One of these became the foundation bitch for their successful Mervale Labrador Kennel. He is proud to have owned and shown the first ever NZ Grand Champion Labrador, NZ GR CH Southerly Shadow.

In 1994, he bought his first Staffordshire Bull Terrier and these dogs have become his passion. His wife and he breed under the ROJEME prefix which is one of the most successful Terrier Kennels in NZ. He has bred and owned well over 50 Champions and is proud of the fact that he bred the first Supreme Champion and Grand Specialty Champion Rojeme Pop Gun. We have owned, Labradors, West Highland white Terriers, Whippets, Pomeranians, Welsh Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

He started his judging career in 1991 with the Gundog Group and became licensed to judge All Breeds in 2010. He has judged extensively throughout NZ and all States of Australia at both All Breeds shows and Specialty Breed Shows. He was very proud to be a member of the esteemed panel of judges at the Thai National Dog Show 2016. He has also judged at Speciality Breed level and All Breeds Best in show in Ireland, Columbia, China and many regions of South Africa.

He is an Executive Councillor of the New Zealand Kennel Club (Dogs New Zealand), holding the position of Senior Vice President for the last three years. He is also Vice President and life member of the Auckland Kennel Council. He has been involved with the NZ judges training scheme and was one of the board of examiners up until 2015 when he stepped aside to become more involved with our Governing Body. Dogs are his passion and a very important part of his life

KELLY MARTIN (NZ)
Hound Group and Hound Group Specials and Working-Dog Group and Working-Dog Specials

At the age of 5, Kelly was fortunate to receive her first dog, a Shetland Sheepdog. She has had a lifelong love affair with this breed. Along the way she been involved with a number of other breeds including Welsh Corgi (Pembroke), Curly Coated Retrievers, Afghan Hounds, Miniature Pinschers and the Shiba Inu. Kelly started becoming involved in a number of Clubs at an early age, then holding a variety of offices from President, Treasurer and Committee member. She embarked on a Championship level judging in 1986 achieving her specialist license in Shetland Sheepdogs. In the following years she worked towards All Breed status and achieved this in 2011. Kelly has had the privilege of Judging within all states of Australasia at All Breed and Specialist level.

LYNN BUTLER (NSW)
GENERAL SPECIALS

His canine involvement began in 1968 with a Labrador, leading to the purchase of a German Shorthaired Pointer in 1970. He served several terms as President, Hornsby Dog Training Club, and became a Life Member. He joined the GSP Society in 1971, served as President, Show Manager and Newsletter Editor.

With his wife Carolyn, he bred GSPs under the KAZIA Prefix from 1974 to 2006, making up 76 homebred Champions including 40 individual BIG winners and 10 All Breeds BIS. He exported to ten countries and imported a dog and semen from USA and semen from UK. The Vizsla was added to the kennel producing 12 Champions.

Lynn served on several RASKC [now DNSW] Committees over the years, including Judges Training.  He has given the GSP Breed Lecture numerous times, and his ‘Notes on Judging the German Shorthaired Pointer’ have been in constant use since 2002.

He commenced judging with Gundogs in 1981, attaining All Breeds status in 1999 and has judged Australia-wide, NZ, UK, Ireland, USA, Hong Kong, The Philippines and India. Other breed involvements include Whippet, German Shepherd, Cavalier King Charles, Staffordshire and Papillon. He feels deeply honoured to have been given this appointment and looks forward to it with great anticipation.