I was born in the mid-sixties in the former Czechoslovakia. Married to a Dutch man, I’m living now in both Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
In my daily life I'm a physician, specialized in geriatric medicine with focus on dementia care.
Ever since my childhood I have been a great animal lover and dogs and horses have always been my particular favourites.
My first dog was a Slovensky cuvac without a pedigree but with a pretty name, Rex.
With him I took the first steps into the world of dogs, that is why my kennel name is Garex.
In 1981 I got my first pedigree dog: a Briard male. With him I did working training, tests and competitions, but from then on I also started to attend the dogshows either as an exhibitor and as a steward. During my time with Briards, another breed came into my life: the Black Russian Terrier. My life with shortlegged terriers started in 1989 with a Scottish Terrier bitch.
But my beloved breed turned out to be the Cesky Terrier, the national terrier breed of Czech Republic. After a long wait for a suitable puppy, in 1995 the first Cesky Terrier came to our home and since then this is the only breed at the Garex kennels.
At this moment I am a member of the breeding advisory committee of the parent club of Cesky Terrier and also one of the few breed specialists worldwide.
In 1990 I bred my first litter useing the kennel name Garex. My breeding activities are not large, but the show results of my (home-bred) dogs are to be proud of: including several European and World champions, successes on for example Crufts and Best in Show titles. As breeder my aim is to breed healthy, sound dogs, with good temperament and movement, who are not only good in the show ring or make superb pets but can compete in several sporting activities.
In the early nineties I started in the Czech Republic my show judge training. Because of my move to the Netherlands I had to interrupt my training, but I continued this later in the Netherlands and became a FCI-judge in 2005. In 2015 my judge registration is moved back to Czech Republic.
Now I am international FCI-judge in the following breeds:
Airedale Terrier, Australian Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Cesky Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Japanese Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Norfolk Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, Skye Terrier, Welsh Terrier and West Highland White Terrier. I hope to add more Terrier breeds to my list in the future.
Besides the pedigree dogs my hobbies are horses (I am the happy owner of a mini horse and a Welsh pony) and gardening.