MRS. GRETCHEN BERNARDI of Edwardsville, Illinois has been part of the purebred dog community since 1969, when she got her first Irish Wolfhound. Her Berwyck hounds have won the national specialty, several regional specialties, and high honors at the all-breed level, mostly owner-handled. Mrs. Bernardi is proud that a number of dogs gaining prestigious wins at specialties also carry Berwyck dogs close up in their pedigrees. In the early 1970’s Mrs. Bernardi helped establish the St. Louis Sighthound Association, when group clubs were rare.
Mrs. Bernardi is approved to judge a dozen Hound breeds. She has judged the Irish Wolfhound National Specialty twice. She has judged several specialties in the United States and abroad. In 2011, she was named the AKC Hound Breeder of the Year. For the past 32 years, she has been an AKC delegate, chairing the nominating and bylaws committees. This is her first judging assignment at Westminster.