MRS. SUE BARNETT of Avon, Connecticut attended her first Agility Trial as a spectator in 1997 at the Dalmatian Club of America National Specialty in Detroit. Upon returning home, she asked her Obedience instructor to “teach us the sport.” Her “Novice A” agility dog was a six-year-old Dalmatian that jumped in the 24” class. They attained their Excellent titles before he retired. Mrs. Barnett has trained and handled six Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, titling them in Conformation, Agility, Obedience, Rally, Trick Dog, Field, and Dock Diving.
She was licensed by AKC to judge Agility in 2012. She enjoys judging almost as much as she enjoys running her own dogs. She resides in Palm City, Florida and Avon, Connecticut with her husband Ron and their three Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Squeegee, Nautique and Biscayne This is her first assignment at Westminster.
MS. LAVONDA L. HERRING of Lagrangeville, New York has titled dogs in conformation, obedience, agility, flyball, Schutzhund, barn hunt, and lure coursing. Ms. Herring has handled dogs in a majority of the jump heights. She is currently running a rescued Australian Cattle Dog and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. In addition, her dogs have been featured in commercials, music videos, and magazines.
Ms. Herring started judging AKC Agility more than 21 years ago. When the AKC agility program started she knew right away it was something she wanted to be involved with. She enjoys watching all of the many different breeds in agility and is continually amazed at the willingness and athleticism of the dogs as well as the incredible teamwork between the handler and the dog. As a judge watching the handlers and their dogs having fun is a great job. This is her first judging assignment at Westminster.