MS. DEBRA THORNTON of Scottsville, VA established Cypress Bay Newfoundlands, in 1982 and has bred more than 100 AKC champions including several nationally number one ranked dogs and National Specialty winners; handling most of the dogs herself. She was approved to judge Newfoundlands in 2000 and today judges the Working, Sporting, Hound and most of the Terrier groups as well as, Pumik, Junior Showmanship, and Best in Show. She has judged regional and national specialties and International all-breed and specialty shows in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Columbia, China, Spain, South Korea and Australia. She is the past President of the Charlottesville/Albemarle Kennel Club, Board member of Hatboro Kennel Club and currently sits on the Board of The American Dog Show Judges Association. She also is a member of the Newfoundland and Pumik Judges Education Committees. She currently breeds Pumik. This is her first Westminster judging assignment.