Judge Info - Blake Hepler

Showdog.com Judge Since Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Retirement Announced 12/31/2008

Has a tendency to use dogs handled by certain handlers but isn't overt in it. Doesn't show a breed bias at all.


Each judge on ShowDog.Com gives a different amount of weight to each trait of the dogs that they judge in each show.  Below is a table of which traits Blake Hepler looks for.

Trait Importance
Head High
Forequarter High
Hindquarter Normal
Gait Normal
Top Neck and Back Normal
Coat Low
Size/Height Very Low
Feet High

Favorite Handlers

Each judge has a preference for certain handlers.  These preferences may be based on past experiences, showing style, or just plain old dirty politics.  This preference is completely separate from the quality of the exhibitor, which DOES come into play in the show ring.  Blake Hepler has been known to prefer the following handlers.

Rank Exhibitor
1 Keven Dowdle
2 Cliff Irwin
3 Erik Mitchell
4 Hen Kilburn
5 Bradie DiNapoli
6 Aly Dimaggio
7 Chuck Donaldson
8 Stephanie Scott
9 Terri Farnum
10 Listy Cousar
11 Huntert Dawe
12 Jene Moak
13 Kimberly Carson
14 Joandy Classen
15 Ben Marro
16 Maret Gentile
17 Rachero Fergus
18 Bre Strayhorn
19 Deborie Mejorado
20 Tod Brubaker
21 Julie Patton
22 Jos Harter
23 Antonio Hutchinson
24 Ron Boening
25 Parker Hart

Only the top 25 are listed for the sake of brevity.

Recent Judged Shows

Below is a list of the shows recently judged by this judge. 

Show Date Best in Show
GaylanStudio7 All Breed 23-11-29 11/29/2023 Xénia V Zwölfjäger
October 2023 Australian Kelpie Nationals 10/4/2023
Southwest 64 8/24/2023 Lanakila ShesLikeTheWind
Toy Poodle Parade 404 7/23/2023
Comet Presents All Breed Bonanza 62 6/23/2023 Solcintra Blueberry Cobbler
MVK all breed 7 5/28/2023 Bözsi V Zwölfjäger
5/7 Foxfire Allbreed 5/7/2023 Tarot Friday the Thirteenth
May 2023 Wire Fox Terrier Nationals 5/2/2023
Dane Dash 2 3/24/2023
TRHD all breed 17 2/16/2023 Lanakila Song And Emotion

Did you know?
A specialty show is a dog show which reviews a single breed, unlike other dog shows, particularly conformation shows, which are generally referred to as "all-breed" because they are open to all breeds recognized by the sponsoring kennel club.