In 1967, when I was 17, I became the owner of my first dog, a Shetland Sheepdog, and since then I have been loyal to this breed. It is also the breed with which my husband and I bred a few litters under our kennel name “Van de Dierenriem”.
Over the years an American Cocker Spaniel, a rough Collie and a smooth Collie amongst others became part of our lives. At the moment we still have two Shelties.
My hobby – all that involves dogs – has been the motivation to become a show judge. In 1997 I passed my exam for my first breed, the Shetland Sheepdog, and since then I have been appointed to judge all British sheepdogs as well as the Australian Cattle Dog, the Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, the Australian Kelpie and the Australian Shepherd. Until a few years ago, I was also very active in obedience and agility competitions, but nowadays I am active as a ring steward and of course as a judge.
As a judge I have visited many countries but my judging in Australia of the Shetland Sheepdogs, and especially the Cattle Dogs and the Kelpies in their country of origin was definitely one of the highlights of my judging career. That together with the judging of Australian Shepherds at the European Dog Show in Brno. But I also have lots of lovely memories of the specialties I have judged in different countries. Concerning my other canine activities I can tell you that together with a colleague judge I have been responsible for writing an interpretation of the Shetland Sheepdog’s breed standard which was published in the Handbook of the Dutch Sheltie club as well as the interpretation of the Australian Shepherd’s breed standard which was published in the jubilee book of the Dutch Australian Shepherd Club. In the past I have been a board member of a canine club and from 2012 till 2018 I was the secretary of the Dutch Show Judges Association and in this role I have been closely involved in the examinations for the different breeds.
To summarize I am a judge, have been a breeder and sportswoman together with my dogs but above all I am a dog lover.