Location: Evergreen, CO
Ms. Joyce Vanek began competing in steeplechase events with Thoroughbred horses, while having show Cocker Spaniels and a trick Beagle by her side. Through college and beyond she raised show Miniature Schnauzers and a Best in Show winning Amazon parrot. Ms. Vanek has bred and shown many group winning and performance titled Old English Sheepdogs as well as Best in Show, group winning, and performance titled Portuguese Water Dogs. She is also an award-winning nature photographer and outdoor enthusiast. Ms. Vanek began judging in 1993 and judges the Working and Herding groups, Best in Show, Junior Showmanship, and most Sporting breeds. She has judged national and regional specialties on four continents. This is her first Westminster judging assignment.