MRS. BETTY-ANNE STENMARK of WOODSIDE, CALIFORNIA has dedicated a lifetime to the sport of dogs as an exhibitor, breeder, canine advocate, judge, and dog club show chairman. In 1967, she exhibited a Saint Bernard at her first dog show in Vancouver, British Columbia. After breeding Saint Bernards and Salukis, she was charmed by the unique qualities of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and for the past 41 years, she has continued in that breed under the King’s Mtn. prefix. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore, California, which has since grown to attract one of the largest entries on the West Coast.
As a purebred dog advocate, in 1990 Mrs. Stenmark co-founded Responsible Dog Breeders of San Mateo County. The group successfully overturned restrictive breeding legislation and was later granted American Kennel Club (AKC) club recognition as Skyline Dog Fanciers. In addition to her all-breed dog club involvement, Mrs. Stenmark has held many other positions including President of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America, a board member of the San Mateo County Fair board, a board member of Take the Lead, and long-time member of the AKC Trial Board. Mrs. Stenmark lives with her husband, Ben, along with four Dandie Dinmont Terriers.
In 1977, Mrs. Stenmark earned her AKC-license to judge Saint Bernards. Currently, she is licensed to judge all breeds in the Sporting, Hound, and Terrier groups, 12 breeds from the Working group, Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Pembroke Welsh Corgis from the Herding group, and Best in Show. Her judging career includes receiving the prestigious Dogs in Review Winkie® award, based on voting by her peers, as Judge of the Year in 2011. This is her 11th assignment at Westminster which includes having previously judged the Hound group in 1998 and 2015 and the Terrier group in 2008.