Tracking tests will be held on Friday, September 30th ( TD & TDX) and Sunday, October 2nd (TDU & VST).
Friday 9/30/22 (TD & TDX): Burlington Prairie Forest Reserve, 12N882 Engle Rd, Sycamore, IL, about 40 miles from the host hotel.
Sunday 10/2/22 (TDU & VST): Northern Illinois University, about 46 miles from the host hotel, at 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115
Darlene Barnard, Batavia, Illinois and Inge Suchanek, Milton, Wisconsin will judge all tracking events together as a team.
Darlene Barnard has always loved dogs and had several dogs, mostly mixed breeds, while growing up but her first love is the German Shepherd. She got my first one in 1976 and immediately started obedience training with him. For the past 25 years, she has offered obedience training classes as well as continuing to work her own dogs. In 1984, she became interested in tracking and since then has trained every dog she's had in tracking and put titles on most of them. She started training tracking classes around 1990 and still does these.
She became intrigued by Variable Surface Tracking when her husband, John, started introducing it at the workshops he presented as the executive field tracking representative for the AKC and by 1993 she was fortunate enough to participate with her dog, Annie, in the first official VST workshop in West Virginia. Now she starts all her dogs and her students’ dogs in VST at the inception of their training.
Darlene became a tracking judge in 1995 and on September 10, 1995, her Annie became the first dog in the country to earn the VST and Champion Tracker title. To date she has trained and/or handled a total of four dogs to their Champion Tracker title. She has also worked with the DuPage County, Illinois’ Sheriff’s canine unit in tracking and protection work with their German Shepherds and Bloodhounds.
She is excited to be at the Basset Nationals this year and looks forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.
Inge Suchanek has been involved in AKC dog sports since 1975, when she started showing Shetland Sheepdogs in Obedience as a junior handler. She has taught obedience, agility and tracking through her involvement in local clubs as well as 4-H youth groups.
Throughout the years, she has titled many Shetland Sheepdogs and Labrador Retrievers in Tracking, Obedience, Agility, Rally and Hunt Tests. She enjoys watching exhibitors in tracking tests, witnessing the silent communication between the teams and the joy when the final article is successfully delivered to the handler.
Inge and her husband currently live in Milton, Wisconsin, and own four dogs, all Shelties (Finn, Reid, Ari and Spree). Her dogs compete in obedience, rally, agility, herding and tracking.