16-17. September 2023.
a Club exhibition in
16-17. September 2023.
/Beauty & Performance /
Mr. Gabriel Valdez is a Federation Cynologique International All Breed Judge from the Brazilian Kennel Club. He is available to judge FCI, American Kennel Club , Canadian Kennel Club , Japanese Kennel Club conformation shows.
Mr. Valdez has been involved with dogs and dogs shows for most of his life. His first breed was Rough Collies which he bred, exhibited and championed as a child in the 70’s. Later he established his Da Vinci’s Kennels which became famous for Toys and Sighthounds. Under this name Mr. Valdez has bred and owned many Best In Show Whippets, Greyhounds, Azawakhs, Dachshunds, Toy Poodles, and World Famous Italian Greyhounds.
Mr. Valdez has shown his Da Vinci’s Kennel Dogs in many countries having obtained seventy Championship Titles. Other breeds Mr. Valdez has owned and campaigned include Basset Hounds, Filas Brasileiros, Borzois,. Salukis, Japanese Chins, Yorkies, Papillons, Border Collies and Australian Shepherds.
He was a Professional Handler for over thirty years and has shown multiple Best In Show winners and Top All Breed Dogs in Colombia . He has been invited to judge on five continents and has been honored to judge many Specialty shows in many breeds as well as All Breed shows. He has judged several times in Scandinavia countries and United States at Beverly Hills KC. Encinos KC. Long Beach KC.,Eukanuba Championship ,Shenandoah Valley KC and Skyline KC.
Mr. Valdez continues to be active in exhibiting and breeding his own dogs. He considers that being a judge is not only a great honor but a great responsibility as well. He is also very grateful to all the Kennel Clubs that have invited him to judge and trusted in his knowledge and ability to judge fairly and confidently.
I have participated in AKC dog shows for my entire adult life. I am a successful breeder-owner-handler of Afghan Hounds and Salukis. I breed under the Wynsyr prefix with my partner D. Scott Pfeil, who is also an AKC judge. I have bred and shown many champions, including top group, BIS, and BISS winners. I have also successfully exhibited Greyhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Havanese, Pekingese, and Lowchen. I have been judging since 2017, and have had the privilege to judge several prestigious specialty shows in the United States, as well as Australia.
Mr. Donahue is the owner of the 2021 Westminster winning Greyhound, America’s top Greyhound, and co-owner of the 2023 Westminster winning Afghan hound!
☝️Mr. Donahue judges for the first time in Europe! It is a great honor that Mr. Donahue accepted the Agár Klub’s invitation and he’s debut with us!
I have owned Whippets for more than 50 years and have made up 44 English champions , Nutshell (the breed record holder) being the most famous.
I owned and handled the first Basset Fauve de Bretagne to win a group at Championship show level and have bred 7 Hungarian Vizsla Show Champions.
I started judging in 1978, my 1st set of CC’s was in 1988 at Scottish Kennel Club, I judged Whippet bitches at Crufts in 2008 and now I award CC’s to 9 Hound breeds including Afghan hound, Irish Wolfhound and Saluki and have judged the group at Championship level 5 times. I also award CC’s to 4 Gundog breeds.
Whippets that I have bred have been exported across the world and have stamped their quality on many famous Kennels, most of which have a Nevedith somewhere in the background.
I am looking forward to my appointment at this prestigious show and wish everyone a happy and pleasant weekend.
I became a member of the Sighthound Club of Germany (DWZRV) in 1968 at the age of 24, soon after I had met the breeder of the „ von Katwiga“- Afghans, Mrs. E. Rödde. So my first sighthound was naturally an Afghan. The next 15 years I got „educated“ in training, handling and showing dogs. I visited numerous shows in Europe and was later strongly involved in the breeding programme of this kennel. By that time I owned three afghans, amongst them Multi Champion and World Winner 72
– Haboob von Katwiga – who is up until today still one of the most successful sires in the Germany Afghan history. In the mid-seventies, I became introduced to one of our oldest Saluki breeders at that time in Germany, Mrs. M. Hessing, „Mumtachir-ar-rih“ Kennel, who based her breeding programme in the early fifties on several imports, for example „Mazuri and “of Sonnenheim” (MRS.HOPE WATERS once imported Biwakuf of SONNENHEIM to England!), and some other very old German Saluki lines in Germany: She also used dogs from the Netherlands like van de ORANJE MANEGE. The big influence in her kennel was undoubtedly some imports from Iraque. This friendship was kept until to her sudden death and led to a closer approach and knowledge to the breed and also the several visits to the SAMOEM’s – Kennel and as well as to el SARAJE. Their Co-Owner ship and breeding plans were cancelled, when Mrs. Hessing died and more than 15 salukis had to be placed. Finally I kept one dog myself, a grizzle dog. I showed him only several times, won 2 BOB and 1 BIS and retired him at the age of 6 years. He was a beloved member of our family and died at the age of nearly 16 years. In 1978 I got my judging license for Afghans, in 1979 also for Salukis, 1986 I became a specialist for Irish Wolfhounds and Deerhounds. (I am a member of the Scottish Deerhound Club since the eighties) I visited the Dava Coursing for Deerhounds and Salukis twice. I travelled a lot, to breed-shows, Crufts. I was lucky to visit the Hope Waters Kennel and I met Ernest Tebbs and Chris Ormsby at Dava. In the seventies I lived near Marion and Theo Marpe home. IW Kennel Ard Ri. They started with Erindale Kelly, Brian and Lorrimar and we became very close friends. Together we travelled several times to the Crufts and Windsor Shows. I had the opportunity to see all of their litters and together we made breeding plans and the pick of the litter all the time. Of course I was very often at the Kennel “Oelmühle, Gentle Giants and others. Together with Willi Hasselbrink I went to the first show and EIWC Congress in Netherlands.
As I said in 1983 I became member of the Scottish Deerhound Club and I was twice at Dava Coursing in Scottland. I learned a lot about these 2 breeds due to the visits to famous breeders like Honest Anastasia Noble, Ardkinglas and Norah Hartley, Rotherwood Next to showing and judging activities I am also a member of our local Sighthound Club and organizer of several breed-workshops and meetings. I have held up presentations about the anatomy of dogs and gave explanatory comments on breed standards. In 1989 I became elected Chairman of the German Sighthound Judges in the DWZRV. A very important part of my work was the education of the new judges and to keep contact between the Board of our Sighthound Club and the Judges. In 2013, I became elected president of the German sighthound Club, DWZRV and put all my influence to our prestigious sighthound show in Donaueschingen. Next to some other prestigious shows in Scandinavia, France, Great Britain, I have had the honour to judge the FCI World-Winner shows twice. (Netherlands in 1993 and Germany 1991) I was also very honoured to judge the Skokloster Summer Show three times and to judge the Salukis on the Egyptian Event in the US, Kentucky. Another highlight was judging the IW Specialty in Northern Ireland.
Junior & Senior Handler judge Saturdy: Alexandra Matelová 🇨🇿
Junior & Senior Handler judge Sunday: Sára Dlhošová 🇸🇰