Judge Name : Mr Ronald Besoff (NSW)
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Licensed ANKC Group(s)OP - Open Show Status CH - Championship Show Status JH - Junior Handler
Ron Besoff (BA Dip. Educ.) and Dianne Besoff J.P.
Our first involvement in the sport of dogs was with the purchase of an Afghan Hound in 1970 but it was to be the successful show career of a Dalmatian bitch purchased in 1973 that was to set the pattern for our future. Since then our dogs have not been outside the winning circle, having won over 500 Best in Shows at both All Breed and Specialty Level.
The success of our breeding kennels is just as well known with over 100 Champions either owned or bred by us. Dogs from our Kennels have been sent to all Australian States and many exported to Europe, Asia and New Zealand that have had significant influences on the breed in those places. We have also owned, exhibited and bred two of the greatest winning Dalmatians in Australian breed history. “Champion Swiftgait MyLord Duke” who won 46 Best in Show awards at both Specialty & All Breeds level and a female “Grand Ch Swiftgait In The Fast Lane” who won 106 All Breeds Best in Shows. She also holds the world record for Best in Show wins by a Dalmatian and the record for the Greatest Australian All Breeds Best in Show Winner. Our current 2yr old Grand Champion winning Dalmatian has won 20 Best in Shows and is ranked as number 3 All Breeds in the country
Whilst our major involvement is in Dalmatians we have both owned and exhibited Best in Show winning English Pointers, Boston Terriers and Smooth Fox Terriers. We have also been involved in breeding and exhibiting Labrador Retrievers, British Bulldogs and Doberman that have all been Best in Show winners.
Involvement in Club administration has been extensive having held most club positions at one time or another. Currently Ron is President and Dianne Secretary of Cessnock Dog Club, Ron President and Dianne Treasurer of Lake Macquarie All Breeds Kennel Club and Dianne is President and Ron is Secretary of The Lakes District Canine Club. The three Clubs each run three major Championship dog shows a year with entries around the 1000 dogs. Ron has also been an executive officer of the Combined Northern Canine Committee which manages the operation of a permanent Dog Showground utilized by 32 Dog Clubs in the Newcastle area. We are also responsible for the organization of Championship Dog Shows for two local Agricultural Society each year.
We have written extensively for local and international dog publications. Lectures, notes and seminars have been provided in Australia and overseas. Ron has been a correspondent for National Publications including Dog News and National Dog Magazine. We have also been involved in lecturing and examining at Judges Training Schemes and Ron was Chairman of the Hunter Region Committee of the Royal New South Wales Canine Council.
First licensed to judge in 1980. We are both now licensed to judge all breeds and Best in Show. We have judged extensively throughout Australia and have judged in New Zealand, Canada and America on a number of occasions. We judge regularly throughout Asia with prestigious assignments in French New Caledonia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Korea, India, Japan, South Africa, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
We both enjoy judging, travelling and meeting new people.
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