Nationals Conformation events will be held on Wednesday, October 5th through Friday, October 7th, 2024


Nationals Conformation events will be held at the primary event site, Mercyhealth Sportscore Two Indoor Sports Center, at 8800 East Riverside Boulevard, Loves Park, Illinois, about 7 miles from the host hotel.

Map to Conformation Events

Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show

Special Attraction: The AKC has recognized our breeders by offering a free litter registration to the winner of the Bred By Exhibitor Competition. This competition will be held following the Intersex competition on Friday. The Best Bred By Dog and Best Bred By Bitch will compete against each other for this award, judged by Intersex judge Sharon Nance.


Judges for Nationals Conformation are Sharon Nance, Gene McDonald, James R. Tysseling and Jacqueline Nolan

Sharon Nance - judging Intersex

My love affair with the basset hound started in the early 70’s, when I rescued a mixed beagle/basset, named Spud. He was more basset than beagle and had a big character. In the early 80’s, I introduced Richard to the breed, and we acquired our first purebred, companion basset, named Bogie. Two years later, we acquired Bacall. (Hence our kennel name BoBac, Bogie and Bacall). In 1995, we were searching for a new pup and found Harriet Richman of Hobbit Hill Farm Bassets. She asked us if we would consider showing the dog we got from her. He was Hobbit Hill Augustus Bear, and in 2000, he took High in Trial at the BHCA Nationals.

Harriet has been my mentor and my friend and remains so today.  I have learned from her about pedigrees, whelping and caring for puppies, and reaching out to meet and learn from people in other breeds. Her humor and knowledge have carried me though joy and heartbreak. I wish she could be here this fall to see me judge Intersex at the National Specialty!

Along the way between that first show dog and becoming a judge, both Richard and I have been shaped by important mentors and friends in the breed including MaryAnn and Norm Wiginton, and Bill Russell.

We have bred or finished over 70 champions and titled dogs, most all owner handled.  Our greatest Nationals moments were winning BOS with CH Hobbit Hill Roses & Lolipops CD at age 7, co-owned with Harriet Richman. Retiring the Obedience High In Trial trophy with wins by CH Hobbit Hill Augustus Bear, CH Hobbit Hill Roses & Lolipops and CH BoBac Domino Effect of Hobbit Hill.  Best in Futurity and BOS in Futurity with BoBac Nike of Birnam and BoBac Titan of Birnam. Our dogs have done well in obedience, rally, tracking and scent work.

Richard and I also helped found North Texas Basset Hound Rescue and have been members, workers and officers of several basset hound and all breed clubs. I have judged most of the BHCA Specialties from East to West as well as judging in Australia and England.

Judging Best of Breed at our National Specialty, however, is the highest honor that a breeder-judge can dream of. Thank you to all that voted for me.  I promise to judge fairly, giving each entry the same attention and consideration.

Thank you, Harriet Richman, for believing that we could and we did.

Gene McDonald - judging Bitches and Junior Showmanship

My love for the breed began in 1986 when I acquired my first Basset Hound, Graystone’s Lazy Daisy; a young bitch from a Musicland/Beaujangle breeding. At the time I was only looking for a pet, but coming from the hobby of showing horses, I chose to acquire another bitch with the same bloodlines and this began my show and breeding career, using the prefix of KasKade.  A few years later I acquired a young bitch, Blu-Line My Oh My, with Stonewall/Misty Meadows bloodlines and considered her to be KasKade’s foundation bitch. I chose a male with Ran-Su/Halcyon/Lochopt bloodlines for the foundation stud. Two entirely different lines but it worked for me. I kept my breeding program small due to being in the military (ending this career after serving for 31 years, retiring in 2001).

I joined the Basset Hound Club of American in 1991 and received my 25-year pin as well as Life Member status in 2016, something I am very proud and appreciative of. I have served three and half terms as First Vice President, two terms as a Director and currently serving as the 2nd VP . I have also served on 17 of the last 20 National Specialties serving as Coordinator, Co-coordinator, show chair, asst show chair and trophy chair. Other committees with which I have worked include BHCA Yearbook, Futurity/Maturity, Guidelines Committee and Register of Merit Committee.  I am a member of the Basset Hound Club of Western PA and a Life Member of the Magic Valley Kennel Club, holding multiple positions including President and Show Chair. I have shown and titled dogs in conformation, obedience and rally.

Since being approved to judge Bassets in 1995, I am also approved to judge Beagles, Dachshunds, Bloodhounds and Junior Showmanship. I have judged all classes at the Nationals, and judged across the USA, the Canadian Nationals, as well as the Nationals for Basset-Hound-Freunde von Deutschland e.V.

I would like to thank the membership for electing me to judge the bitch classes and Junior Showmanship classes at the 2022 BHCA Nationals, something I am looking very much forward to.

James R. Tysseling - judging Dogs

I began breeding and showing Basset Hounds in the early 1980’s in New York under “The Editor’s” prefix, as the co-owner, co-breeder and handler of over fifty conformation champion basset hounds through 1995. I also owned and exhibited, Bloodhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Shiba Inu and Chinese Crested and handled for other dog owners during this time.

In 1997, I married Mimi McCabe, (Silverado Basset Hounds) and relocated to Arizona. Actively showing but breeding litters sparingly over the past 25 years, we have finished twenty plus conformation champions. It has always been our goal to finish each class dog, preferably from the BBX class, with a Specialty WD or WB award. Three of those bassets are also BHCA National Specialty winners: 2007 Best in Senior Sweepstakes: Silverado Bling Bling, 2009 WD: Silverado Curb Your Enthusiasm and 2017 WD/BOW: Silverado Space Cowboy

My professional career has included small business ownership in the financial industry as a tax, investment and insurance advisor as well as management roles in the Hotel/Resort arena and Retail Store development. Prior to my retirement in 2019, I was employed as the COO for Canine Retreat by American Kennel Club and Walking Paws by AKC, in New York, NY. I remain active in the sport of dogs as a breeder/owner/handler/judge of Basset Hounds and All-Breed Junior Showmanship. I am a 25+ year member of BHCA having served on multiple committees, a Director of Valle Del Sol Basset Hound Club, a Life Member of Scottsdale Dog Fanciers Association and a Director of Fiesta Dog Shows in Arizona.

My sincere appreciation to the membership who have placed their trust in me - I am honored to be given the opportunity to judge the Dog Classes at the 2022 BHCA National Specialty.

Jacqueline Nolan - judging Sweepstakes

I was fortunate enough to be raised surrounded by Basset Hounds. My late parents and I established Splash Bassets in 1991.  For thirty years, I have carried on the tradition of showing and breeding Bassets under the Splash Kennel prefix. I have bred over 50 champions as well as handled dozens more to their championships for a variety of other kennels. I have bred Best in Show winners, Speciality winners, and most importantly professional couch warmers. I adore our breed and the people involved in it,  which I consider family.

I am truly honored to be selected as the 2022 BHCA National Sweepstakes judge.  Sweeps holds a special place in my heart.  I get the distinct honor to preview the next generation (“puppies!” ) as well as celebrate the veterans that served to better our breed.  There is nothing more adorable than a Basset Hound puppy, besides maybe a grey muzzled ol’ timer who lights up when they hit the ring ropes.

Thank you for trusting me to share those special moments with all of you and your hounds. Good Luck and Tally HO!

Questions about this event? Email Nationals Coordinator Sharon Nance, or Nationals Show Chair, Richard Nance.