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Diego Garcia to judge our 2018 Boxer Championship Show
We are so excited that Diego Garcia has been approved to judge our 2018 Boxer Championship show here in Melbourne. For anyone who doesn't know him he is one of the top Boxer handlers in the USA and handled the No 1 Boxer last year.
Below are excerpts from an article by Andrew Brace who had the pleasure of hosting him at a dinner after Diego judged the 2014 Cotswold Championship show ....
"Over dinner it was fascinating to hear Diego’s life story. His parents were Boxer breeders and from a very early age Diego became passionate about the breed, reading and studying all he could. His father, who had worked for Unilever and spent some time in London, where Diego, Eve and some Mexican friends had been enjoying a few days, had started off with a fairly ordinary bitch but when mated to a carefully selected stud dog produced a few champions. As a youngster Diego took to handling like a duck to water and although he began University studies with the original intention of becoming a vet, Diego soon realised that his calling was going to be in a slightly different direction.
At a show in Argentina when he was in his teens Diego had shown dogs under Betty Regina Leininger, a recent BIS judge at Westminster, and after judging she asked Diego about himself and then enquired if his father was at the show. Having met him, Betty suggested Diego should go to the US to apprentice with a handler and she arranged for him to work for Michael Shepherd, the well-established Boxer handler, for a year. There Diego got his first taste of the American dog scene, and of course loved it."
"Obviously, being an active professional handler Diego is not allowed to judge at points shows in the US, however he has qualified as a Boxer judge in his native Argentina and it is on this qualification that our Kennel Club approved him. In the past Diego has judged Boxer club open shows here in the UK and the exhibitors obviously like him. Being a true Latino, he is flamboyant and naturally dramatic. He engages with the ringside and exhibitors alike. Generally speaking it is usually assumed that most seasoned American judges will pay a lot of attention to profile movement and so spend a lot of time studying dogs on the go-around. Watching all of Diego’s judging, he did not fall into this category in the classes but seemed to be approaching his job with much more of a specialist mentality and spent a lot of time studying expression and details more than may have been expected.
He had a large entry to get through but wasted no time in the classes. When it came to the dog challenge he built things up to a climax which resulted in Berwynfa Fully Loaded winning his first CC from yearling. The Reserve went to the winner of a strong open class, Ch Winuwuk Il Messaggero, who had earlier in the year filled the eye of another American, Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine, as she awarded him BOB at the Welsh Kennel Club show in August where he then went on to win the group under Dave Killilea.
After the briefest of lunch breaks Diego threw himself into the bitches and the final outcome was rather a case of déjà vu as the CC went to the winner of yearling, Diceulon Gin Fizz at Winuwuk, who was, like Fully Loaded, taking her first ticket. Again the reserve went to the winner of a very hot open class, Ch Sezflo Pure Faith by Newlaithe.
Diego spent a long time deciding between the dog and bitch for BIS, eventually giving the nod to Gun Fizz, and then RBIS to Pure Faith. Completing a hat trick for the fairer sex, best puppy in show went to the eight-months-old bitch, Mylicam Moon Maiden.
Evidently awarding CCs to his favourite breed in the UK has always been one of Diego Garcia’s dreams. The smiling Argentinian seems to have a knack of making his dreams come true so now one more has been ticked off his list."
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