Judge Info - Michelle Zavala

Showdog.com Judge Since Friday, November 30, 2012
Retirement Announced 8/31/2014

Shows a slight bias toward dogs over bitches. Has a tendency to use dogs handled by certain handlers but isn't overt in it. Moderate level of breed bias.

Traits

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 Michelle Zavala looks for.

Trait Importance
Head Very High
Forequarter Very High
Hindquarter Very Low
Gait Low
Top Neck and Back Very High
Coat High
Size/Height Normal
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.  Michelle Zavala has been known to prefer the following handlers.

Rank Exhibitor
1 Billip Soltero
2 Mandy Parcus
3 Pamarba Lhoam
4 Joe Kensing
5 Roxanne Leatherwood
6 Chri Faison
7 Jana Mezies
8 Nicole Hunger
9 Giulice Lipton
10 Shael Parramore
11 Janis Coakley
12 Bruce Creel
13 Chrica Donnellan
14 Sylvia Tejeda
15 Joey Allen
16 Mick Sherrer
17 Claire McAllister
18 David Scott
19 Reberol Pattison
20 Scott Ramsey
21 Sana Rasnick
22 Caraces Rowen
23 Yvette Glover
24 Marry Anne Bryant
25 Thom Kogut

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
Good Better Best All Breed 83 11/26/2022 Detroit Red-tailed Hawk
Sziget Festival 46 11/23/2022 Detroit Red-tailed Hawk
Anatolian Adventures 94 11/8/2022
LC GWP SPECTACULAR 92 10/9/2022
9/16 Borzoi Specialty 9/16/2022
Goosecreek Under the Big Top 5 9/2/2022 LC Game On Man
Goosecreek Loving Summer 2 7/25/2022 Detroit’s Edgewood
Brussels Thang 23 7/20/2022
TRST all breed 1 6/28/2022 Detroit’s Chrysler Drive
May 2022 Toy Poodle Nationals 5/9/2022


Did you know?
The sit for exam is a modified version of the Stand for Exam. It is generally used in novice level classes and requires the handler to order the dog to sit and then to move away from the dog the length of the leash. The judge will then approach the dog and pet the dog's head.