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Judge Name: Suzanne Hemminger
Location: Illinois, USA
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Types of Shows: Conformation,Obedience Trial,Rally Obedience Trial
Type of Breeds
Suzanne Hemminger started in the sport of purebred dogs in the early 1970s with Rusty, a Golden Retriever. Rusty did not belong to her, but she had great fun showing him in conformation. While showing Rusty in the breed ring, Suzanne ventured into the obedience ring with Gyngere, a Labrador Retriever and eventually earned her UD. According to Suzanne, Gyngere absolutely loved the sport and truly "played the crowd."

Suzanne recalls showing almost every weekend in the 1970s and fondly remembers showing Gyngere at a time when gas was only $2.70 per gallon.

In addition to her involvement in the sport of purebred dogs, Suzanne bred horses and showed in the dressage arena for many years. She still has two horses at home and enjoys riding them for pleasure as well as just watching them wander around the pasture in the evenings. Five years ago, Suzanne retired from the Chicago Public Schools system where she taught English and French for thirty-four years. She currently breeds Golden Retrievers and is approved to judge AKC Obedience and Rally as well as Labradors and Goldens in the breed ring. She also serves as the President of the Golden Retriever Club of Illinois.
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