Judge Info - Stephen Butler

Showdog.com Judge Since Saturday, February 28, 2009
Retirement Announced 11/30/2009

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 Stephen Butler looks for.

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

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.  Stephen Butler has been known to prefer the following handlers.

Rank Exhibitor
1 Doug Mavroulis
2 Geor Board
3 Mike Schneider
4 Martha Woodson
5 Patrick Sayforth
6 Angela Fletcher
7 Ellen Schroeder
8 Sam Tacker
9 Rusty Walter
10 Marry Anne Bryant
11 Kelly LaFoy
12 Reberol Pattison
13 David Scott
14 Joey Allen
15 Sylvia Tejeda
16 Kim Coleman
17 Clan Melby
18 Bruce Creel
19 George Anderson
20 Shael Parramore
21 Jana Mezies
22 Chri Faison
23 Roxanne Leatherwood
24 Joe Kensing
25 Mandy Parcus

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
August 2022 Giant Schnauzer Nationals 8/15/2022
RRV All Breed 22-07-22 7/22/2022 Tarot Saved by Zero
Clwyds Tribute to Ringo Starr ACS show 7/7/2022
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling 275 6/1/2022 Tarot Blow Away Dandelion
TJ Spring Show 4 5/26/2022 Seasar Walking Tall
May 2022 Doberman Pinscher Nationals 5/13/2022
Edinburgh Festival 23 5/12/2022 Taymyr Dakota Cowboy
GaylanStudio1 All Breed 22-04-275 4/27/2022 Seasar Thunderbolt
GaylanStudio3 All Breed 22-03-29 3/29/2022 Seasar Thunderbolt
March 2022 Mudi Nationals 3/25/2022

Did you know?
A conformation dog show is not a comparison of one dog to another but a comparison of each dog to a judge's mental image of the ideal breed type as outlined in the individual breed's breed standard.