Judge Info - Raymond Valdez

Showdog.com Judge Since Thursday, December 31, 2009
Retirement Announced 2/28/2011

Not very political. 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 Raymond Valdez looks for.

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

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.  Raymond Valdez has been known to prefer the following handlers.

Rank Exhibitor
1 Emily Nguyen
2 Art Toles
3 Holly Pollok
4 Joey Finch
5 Ros Richart
6 Eric Pennington
7 Parker Hart
8 Ron Boening
9 Jos Harter
10 Tod Brubaker
11 Bre Strayhorn
12 Rachero Fergus
13 Maret Gentile
14 Ben Marro
15 Huntert Dawe
16 Listy Cousar
17 Terri Farnum
18 Bradie DiNapoli
19 Hen Kilburn
20 Erik Mitchell
21 Cliff Irwin
22 Keven Dowdle
23 Aly Dimaggio
24 Chuck Donaldson
25 Stephanie Scott

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
Top Dogz 2 6/27/2020 Lanakila Close Encounters
June 2020 Australian Shepherd Nationals 6/23/2020
Collie 4 5/29/2020
May 2020 Redbone Coonhound Nationals 5/9/2020
February 2020 Welsh Terrier Nationals 2/24/2020
PWC Feb 3 Specialty 2/3/2020
Ridgies 13 1/29/2020
Ballroom Winter Show 9 1/28/2020 Lanakila I Am The Law
December 2019 Portuguese Pointer Nationals 12/20/2019
December 4th Collie Show 12/4/2019


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.