|Ray is no stranger to dog shows. He exhibited his first Italian Greyhound at the age of 14. He has exhibited and bred Rayridge Italian Greyhounds for 50+ years. He believes that living with his chosen breed has developed his judging eye. He feels privileged to share his life and home with live porcelains; with their artistic lines and intrinsic beauty. During this time he has had great success in the show ring and whelping box. His dogs have won specialties, groups and Best in Show awards. Ray’s show ring successes do not overshadow those of a dedicated breeder. Several of his dogs have been top producers; having bred some 100 Champions that carry the Rayridge banner.
Ray is a lifetime member of the Italian Greyhound Club of America, Inc, and has held many offices with this club. His devotion to the breed and Club earned him the Gaines Good Sportsmanship Award. He has been privileged to judge the National Specialty several times. Believing education is important, Ray was instrumental in establishing the judges and breeder’s educational program for the IGCA, long before the American Kennel Club mandated Clubs to have educational events.
Ray is also a member of the North Shore Kennel Club, and the Poodle Club of Massachusetts. He is also a founding and charter member of the Town and Country Toy Dog Club. Ray has been show secretary for the South Shore Kennel Club and has chaired many independent specialties.
Ray’s judging career began in 1979. He is currently approved by the AKC to judge all Toys, Herding, Hounds and Non-Sporting breeds, as well as Junior Showmanship. Ray has judged in all 50 States of the USA. He has travelled to the far reaches of the world as well to judge many international shows; such as those in Australia, Canada, Columbia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand and many others. When not out on assignment Ray can be found spending time with family and friends, travelling for pleasure or on the tennis courts.