Judge Info - Michelle Hamilton

Showdog.com Judge Since Sunday, August 31, 2014
Retirement Announced 12/31/2015

Doesn't like using the same breeds that win every other show for BIS. Has a tendency to use dogs handled by certain handlers but isn't overt in it. Low level of breed bias. Thinks dogs should be compared to how good they are vs the rest of their breed rather than overall quality vs all dogs.

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 Hamilton looks for.

Trait Importance
Head High
Forequarter Low
Hindquarter Normal
Gait Very High
Top Neck and Back Low
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 Hamilton has been known to prefer the following handlers.

Rank Exhibitor
1 Marisa Feagin
2 Duane Rawley
3 Stew Kellermen
4 Terry Galloway
5 Rogane Tuller
6 Robert Pouk
7 Aimeene Good
8 Emma Moss
9 Kristen Schindewolf
10 Marc Buchhelt
11 Kennis Greiner
12 Ster Coaxum
13 Logan Ray
14 Jean Infante
15 Debbie Merrill
16 John Urick
17 Bob Coke
18 Roby Hawks
19 George Cruce
20 Willie Cundiff
21 All Mederos
22 Jeff Wehlan
23 Stephew Deering
24 Aarthom Rapier
25 Dan Adams

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
April 2020 Kerry Blue Terrier Nationals 4/5/2020
March 2020 Plott Nationals 3/10/2020
Halcyon Goodbye 19 3/9/2020 Nachthunde Yijun
Charmason 3 2/14/2020
DM Winter Ball 1/20/2020 Crown Royale of Ambertal
January 2020 Brussels Griffon Nationals 1/13/2020
Whiskey II 12/21/2019 Maverick of Ambertal
December 2019 W.H.W.T. Nationals 12/21/2019
Sweetbrier Holiday Show 3 12/16/2019 Winberg Probability
Stafford Extravaganza20 11/11/2019


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In the United Kingdom, the international championship show Crufts was first held in 1891.