Tracking tests will be held on Friday, September 18th ( TD & TDX) and Sunday, September 20th (TDU & VST).
Friday 9/18/20 (TD & TDX): Burlington Prairie Forest Reserve, about 40 miles from the host hotel.
Sunday 9/20/20 (TDU & VST): Northern Illinois University, about 46 miles from the host hotel, at 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115
TD/TDX: Thomas Hochalski & Inge Suchanek
TDU/VST: Darlene Barnard & Linda Baschnagel
Thomas Hacholski (judging TD and TDX) is from Rockwall, Texas. Tom has owned, bred and shown Dalmatians for over 43 years. His Dalmatians have competed successfully in obedience, conformation and tracking.
He is a past National Tracking Chairman for the Dalmatian Club of America, having served in that position for 10 years, was Test Chair for 11 of it’s 26 National Tracking Tests, and consultant for another 9.
The last three of his dogs have earned CT titles. Two of those dogs have been fortunate to have exhibited in the National Tracking Invitational in 2011 and 2016. In 2018 he was honored to have been selected to judge the Invitational.
Tom feels a special kinship with the Basset community. He has judged many times for the Basset Hound Club of America Regional Tracking Tests in Ft. Worth, TX and the Basset Hound Club of Greater Fort Worth tests and has had the privilege to have judged with Sally Elkins, Sue Boyd , Jane Jonas and Roy Fair, all Basset Hound owners.
Tom retired as General Manager of a national lighting fixture manufacturer after being in the industry for over 47 years. Retirement has allowed for more time to train his latest Dalmatian towards earning a CT and just having fun in the great outdoors.
Inge Suchanek (judging TD and TDX) 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 own four dogs, all Shelties (Finn, Reid, Ari and Spree). Her dogs compete in obedience, rally, agility, herding and tracking.
Darlene Barnard (judging TDU and VST) 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.
Linda Baschnagel (judging TDU and VST) was introduced to dog sports in 1982, to tracking in 1984, and has been active in multiple venues of dog sports ever since. Her love of watching dogs work scent sparked her interest in becoming a tracking judge, and she has been an AKC tracking judge for TD, TDX and VST since 2003. Linda concentrates on helping dogs and their people learn about tracking through private and group lessons and seminars and has introduced tracking to all breeds and sizes of dogs, including young puppies, breed champions, Canine Partners and All-American dogs.
Linda trains and exhibits her dogs in obedience, rally, herding, scentwork and conformation also exhibits in UKC. Her Shetland Sheepdogs have earned numerous tracking titles including two Champion Trackers (CT Taylor and CT Seger).
Linda, her husband Marshall Brown, and their two Shelties, Cass and Britt, live in Missouri, where she is a registered Professional Engineer working in the the energy conservation and sustainability field.
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