2014 National Specialty judge: Mr Ekarat Sangkunakup (Thailand)
A Chow Breeder, Mr Ekarat Sangkunakup began his involvement with American Show Dogs in 1982. Perhaps best known for his top winning Chow Chows and Dobermans, he has also had top winning Shih Tzu, Pomeranians, and Golden Retrievers in the past, all proudly exhibited under the banner of his United Kennels. Recognized throughout the world for his depth in knowledge of dogs, Mr. Sangkunakup is one of the very few individuals licensed to judge All-Breeds everywhere dogs are exhibited. He is routinely the guest of fanciers in USA, Canada, South America, Russia, Scandinavian, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, South East Asia. While looking forward to actively pursuing his judging career domestically and abroad, he continues to campaign his outstanding Thai bred dogs in the USA.
2014 National Sweepstakes judge: Mr Ben Wasylyshen (Canada)
In the field of purebred dogs, Ben began with terriers and made a shift to toys with a focus on the Italian Greyhound breed, where he has been devoted for over 30 years! Under the Skywalker prefix he has bred, or owned and exhibited some of the country's finest including Canada's all-time top Best in Show winner/record holder. As a former lecturer / critic at Manitoba's Architecture Faculty, he now turns his attention to Dog Show judging starting with the Toy group where he is licensed or on permit for all breeds in the group.
2014 Prairie Regional Specialty judge: Mrs Maribel Sy (Phillipines)
International all-breed judge Mariblel Sy has been involved with dogs since 1981 and established Sunnyside Kennel in 1983, breeding, showing and handling Shih Tzu’s. She has been handling / showing dogs overseas since 1990 including Canada and the USA. Some of the other breeds she’s been involved with showing and breeding are German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweiler's, Pekingese, Dachshunds, Golden Retrievers, Maltese, Chow Chows and Yorkshire Terriers.