Judges - Bio's

JoAnn Pavey

(CSSA National Conformation Judge)

I have been involved in Shelties since 1970, in both conformation and obedience. I was a CKC All Classes Obedience judge for 25 years. I bred a few litters under the prefix Calabar and then all the rest under the Whitegates prefix. We were fortunate to have bred many Canadian and American Champions and performance titlists. We have had both Best In Specialty winners and All Breed Best in Show winners in all colours, blue, black and sable. As well, we have bred several ROMC Shelties. We were also lucky to have been entrusted with many top Shelties to show for their owners.

Once we were no longer actively breeding and showing, it was time to take the next step and apply to judge conformation. Currently licensed for the Herding Group and on permit for half of the Sporting Group, I have been very fortunate in having judged many Sheltie Specialties in both Canada and the United States. There is nothing better than being invited to judge your own beloved breed! Having judged Obedience at the very first CSSA National and then Puppy/Veteran Sweepstakes at the 2010 CSSA National, I am honoured to have been chosen to judge the Breed classes at the 2016 CSSA National Specialty.

I want to thank the CSSA members for their vote of confidence. I appreciate your trust and will not let you down. While not every dog entered can come away with awards, I hope that each and every exhibitor has a positive experience and thoroughly enjoys their time spent with their dogs and fellow Sheltie fanciers. Good luck to all!

Colleen Andrus


Shelties have been my passion for 45 years! Although my first sheltie was not a show dog, it made me quickly aware of the joys of owning Shelties – their loyalty, intelligence and beauty. Trevanne Shelties were born! I have always had many Canadian Champions along with over 20 American that I have bred and owned.

Also in Regina Saskatchewan, I have been the President of the Saskatchewan Collie and Shetland Sheepdog Club for many years.

The thrills and accomplishments here at Trevanne was winning Winners Bitch and Best of Winners at the American National with Am/Can Ch Trevanne's Almost Heaven and Winners Dog and Best of Winners with Am/Can Ch Trevanne's Windswept.

This year at the American National we had the exciting win of Best in Futurity in Reno with a bitch named Can Ch Trevanne's Heavenly Joy under breeder judge Greg Speeks.

We also have two Register of Merits American and Canadian on CH Trevanne's Windswept ROM ROMC and Ch Trevanne's Cache ROM ROMC

I would like to Thank all of you for the honour and privilege of judging the Canadian Shetland Sheepdog Association National Sweepstakes (Breeder, Juvenile, Veteran's) 2016!

Susan DesCotes


As a kid, I just loved training dogs, so,I brought our family dog, a Samoyed to dog classes with the late Hazel Slaughter in 1970. that sparked a real,love for it and I put a deposit on my first Sheltie in 1978, the day after getting married.

So my wonderful,journey began.  After putting 3 O.T.Ch. and  a Ch. and O.T.Ch. on my very first four Shelties, I was really hooked.  in the early 90's I started my own obedience school , Surona School of Dog Obedience.  In 1996 I became a CKC Obedience Judge and have judged from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. I also judgeObedience and  Rally both in Canada  and in the USA.

in 2009 I became a life member of CKC and in 2014 I no longer had to travel to train dogs, as I opened my own facility right out my back door, dreams do come true!

After many HIT, DWA's I took a break from showing myself to judge and show my horses.  I won 2 buckles for barrel racing and also won money in extreme cowboy racing.  Back  into the obedience ring in 2014 with my 10 year old Sheltie, Lucy and attained her CD with 4 qualifying scores, all in the ribbons.  this spring of 2016 I showed her daughter, Summer and Summer's daughter, Katy in 3 trials in one day to complete their RN, ending with perfect scores!

I guess my most noted show Sheltie was Ch. Surona Hylites Lady Di who took BOW , here in Alberta at the CSSA in 2008.

I love and adore my Shelties and look forward to being owned by them for a long time to come.

Thank you so much for the honour of judging the CSSA in 2016 , I wish everyone the best of luck.


Bill Blair

(Sheltie Extravaganza obedience judge SSFC Obedience Trial Oct 24th October 25th CSSA Rally  Obedience Trial )

I started in obedience in the mid 70's in Regina with a Miniature Poodle. After moving to the west coast in 1977, Karen and I gravitated to American Cockers which are still our number one love in dogs. We have been members of the North Saanich Dog Obedience Training Club (NOSA) since the mid 80's, actively involved in trialing, teaching classes at all levels (including rally) and holding various executive positions.

Since my retirement in 2003, I have become more active in judging and I am currently licensed to judge obedience and rally at all levels for the Canadian Kennel Club and the Association of Island Obedience Clubs.

Joyce Van Kirk

It is an honor and a privilege to judge the SSFC Specialty during the Sheltie Extravaganza. I have been married to my husband Mike for 51 yrs. We have raised 3 children and now have several grandchildren and great grandchildren. We make our home in sunny Arizona.

I began my career in shelties (MiJoy Shelties) in the early 80's with a lovely pet sheltie named Amber Delight. She taught me so much and helped raise our daughter. While studying the breed and raising 3 children I set out to breed my first champion. He was Ch. MiJoy Pride of Autumn. His call name was Patrick and I loved him dearly. Sadly he died of cancer but he began my line and all my dogs today go back to him.

After finishing several more champions in shelties and two in Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, and stewarding for many yrs serving the club as secretary, Vice President and even president, I decided to become an akc judge receiving my license in 2003. I then became a proud member of the American Shetland Sheepdog Association. And here I am today working my way through the herding group. I currently judge several breeds and have just applied for more. I also judge Jr showmanship all breeds.

I have recently finished Ch MiJoy's Wildest Dream, breeder/owner/handled, and he is half way to his Grand Championship. We are only 2 pts away from finishing our Apple Acres MiJoy Mi Amigo, and are preparing our puppies from our last litter, MiJoy Starlit Memories and MiJoy All Star Moment for the fall. I have high hopes for them. I hope to show and judge for many more years as that is where my heart is.

Pat Weale

I first got into Shelties in 1976 when I purchased my first show puppy, a tri-color bitch from Joyce Woolridge. She finished her championship and I was hooked!

I enjoyed my years of showing and breeding and was always excited to see a new litter and what improvements I had made in my breeding program. I actively showed and bred Shelties under the prefix Ridgelynn Perm Reg. up to 2009. Throughout the years I have seen many changes in the breed - some good and some not so good. I believe the only reason to breed a dog is with the objective of improvement on the previous generations. I still attend dog shows and occasionally show for friends.

I really appreciate the opportunity to judge the sweepstakes for the Shetland Sheepdog Fanciers Club and look forward to seeing many beautiful puppies.

Lisa Graser ( Blue Heaven )

I have been involved in this breed for 27 years. I started in Shelties in 1989 in obedience, obtaining a CDX on my first two shelties. I bred my first litter in 1993 as Lisa Bush and started the kennel Blue Heaven.

I was born and raised on a very successful registered Holstein farm. I started showing and judging dairy cattle when I was 8 years old and continued through my college years, showing and judging at the State and National level.

My senior year in H.S., I placed 1 st out of 800 contestants in the State Dairy Cattle Judging contest. I showed registered Holsteins at the state level and at World Dairy Expo In 2002 I was married to Lloyd Graser and we currently show and breed shelties under my original kennel name Blue Heaven. Blue Heaven has finished 92 American Champions, 77 of those being homebred. We have finished Champion in every color.

We have been privileged to have owned/bred the 2011 American Shetland Sheepdog Club (ASSA) Best In Futurity Winner, Multiple National Award of Merits, 18 Best in Specialty Show winners, 3 Top Producing Dams, 5 ROM's( 3 dogs and 2 bitch) and all 5 of those ROM's are also Champions. Multiple ASSA National Specialty Class winners, ASSA Futurity Runner Up's and 2 Best In Show ( All Breed) dogs.

I have been judging for 12 years. I am currently licensed to judge the Herding Group and 6 Toy Breeds.

I would like to thank the club for inviting us to judge ……. Our first time judging in Canada and we are looking forward to it!!

Lloyd Graser ( Blue Heaven and Century Farm)

I have been involved in shelties for more than 45 yearsI have been a member of the American Shetland Sheepdog Club for over 34 years.

I bred and owned 21 Champions under my previous kennel name "Century Farms". In 1978 I started handling professionally. I have won 160 Group 1's on Shelties and 22 Best In Shows. I handled the #1 Shetland Sheepdog in the US in both 1990 and 1995.

In 2002 I was married to Lisa Bush and we currently show and breed shelties under the kennel name Blue Heaven.

Blue Heaven has finished 92 American Champions, 77 of those being homebred. I have finished multiple Champions in every color.

We have been privileged to have owned/bred the 2011 American Shetland Sheepdog Club (ASSA) Best In Futurity Winner, 18 Best in Specialty Show winners, 3 Top Producing Dams, 5 ROM's( 3 dogs and 2 bitches) and all 5 of those ROM's are also Champions, multiple ASSA National Specialty Class winners, ASSA Futurity Runner Up's , Multiple National Specialty Award of Merits and 2 All Breed BIS dog.

I have been judging for 16 years. I am currently licensed to judge the Herding and Working and Pomeranians .

Thank you the invitation to judge at your shows here………… my first time judging in Canada and looking forward to it!!

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