Shelley McHugh Boumans (Shelou shelties)
Port Perry Ontario
Sweepstakes puppy/veterans Junior handling
I am very honored to have been chosen to judge puppy, veterans sweeps and Junior handling for the 2018 CSSA national. I feel very privileged to be able to judge the up and coming stars of tomorrow in a breed that I have been involved with since my teenage years. I was lucky enough to have been born into dogs. My parents, Betty and Bill McHugh bred Samoyeds and Miniature Longhaired and smooth Dachshunds under the Nepachee prefix. Mom made sure we had a solid foundation and we all had to put an obedience title on a dog before we were allowed to go any further. I finished many Nepachee dogs over the years and showed a number of her breeding to number one status in their breed. Probably the most notable was Am BIS Can BISS Am/Can Champion Nepachee the Maestro ML. Maestro and I spent many weekends together, and I was able to finish him in the U.S. with a BIS from the classes.
I dabbled in breeding and bred a few champions under my own kennel name Shelou. I am a Registered Pharmacy Technician by trade, that's what pays the bills, but my passion has always been showing this very special breed,
I finished my very first champion when I was fourteen. She was a pretty blue bitch, in a time when it was tough to win with the AOC's. I was hooked. I was lucky enough, shortly after to meet Daphne Allen of Candega fame and the rest is history. Daphne taught me so much about this breed. We travelled many miles together.
She took me to my first national. She took me on a road trip to Macdega Kennels , where I was lucky enough to help out with a Gulie Krook photo shoot. Tom and Nioma were the ultimate hosts, there was so much to see and learn for this 18 year old girl!!
I have always loved showing dogs. I piloted many Dachshunds, Samoyeds and shelties to top rankings over the years and finished well over a hundred Canadian and American Champions in a number of breeds. I did this while working full time and raising a family. I have been lucky enough to have been trusted by some of North America's top breeders to present their dogs.
I have had the great honour of handling 2 reserve winners dogs and 2 reserve winners bitches at American Nationals, a number of award of Merit wins on lovely Champions.
I have also handled both winners dogs and winners bitches and Canadian nationals and again selects and award of merit winners . One of my most special memories though is handling Am/Can Ch Toven Wintertide to BOS at the 1997 ASSA national under Linda More.
That was a day I won't ever forget, as I will never forget his owner the late Toni Mapes.
I have been lucky to have been involved with so many wonderful breeders, to many to list. I wish you all the best at this years national and for the years to come. I am truly honored to be able to judge the puppies from your breeding programs.