BHCA Futurity, Wednesday Oct 2nd, 2:00 pm
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Judge: Richard Nance
It is an honor and privilege to have been selected by those participating in Futurity to judge the 2019 Futurity/Maturity stakes. I am excited to judge these young dogs as they may well represent and contribute to the future of our breed.
Sharon and I have had bassets in our lives since 1983. We purchased our first basset (Bogie) on a cold snowy day. Three years later we purchased our 2nd basset (Bacall). We lost Bogie when he was 12 ½ and a few months later we lost Bacall. After a few months of not having a basset in the house, we started looking for another. We didn’t start out looking for a show puppy, but we knew we wanted a basset from a reputable breeder. In 1996, Augie came into our lives.
We went to training classes and learned how to show. Augie finished at 13 months. We developed a friendship with his breeder, Harriet Richman, and acquired his littermate Roses when she was a year old. Roses finished very quickly and had only one litter. But from that single litter, BoBac Bassets was born. We have bred over 65 champions, most of which were breeder/owner handled.
Quickly after acquiring Augie, we joined the Basset Hound Club of America (BHCA) in 1996 and both local basset hound clubs. I served in various board positions of both the Dal-Tex Basset Hound Club and the Basset Hound Club of Greater Fort Worth. I am currently Corresponding Secretary of the Fort Worth Club. I was Coordinator for the 2008 BHCA Nationals held in Texas and Co-Coordinator and Show Chairman for the 2019 Nationals in Denver, CO. We are also members of Coronado Kennel Club in New Mexico and associate members of Timberline BHC.
I have served on numerous BHCA committee positions including webmaster, tellers, nominating, guidelines and judge’s education. I have served on the BHCA Board as President, 1st VP, Director and Recording Secretary. I am currently the president of the club. I have attended every Nationals since 1998, except one.
I have enjoyed being chair of the BHCA Judges Education committee. Several times a year I am the presenter at Basset Hound seminars and workshops for new breed judges. I have had several articles published on judging our breed.
We have been involved with basset rescue for 23 years. Sharon was Operations Director and I was Treasurer of North Texas Basset Hound Rescue. I worked with an attorney to set up the charter and bylaws. Shortly after that, the group received their 501-c3 status. We currently support the activities of NTBHR.
Professionally, I spent my entire career in the computer industry. Prior to my retirement in 2006, I spent 14 years with Tuesday Morning, an 800+ discount store chain, as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
I am currently approved by the AKC to judge Bassets, Bloodhounds, Beagles, Dachshunds, PBGVs and Ridgebacks. I have had the privilege of judging bitches at the 2011 Nationals, Best of Breed at the 2018 Nationals, many specialties throughout the U.S., in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.