Futurity Stakes is offered to encourage the breeding of the best possible Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and to reward breeders for their efforts. There will be 11 cash wins, with 3 individuals (breeder, owner and sire's owner) partaking of each for a total of 33 cash awards won by 8 different Cavaliers.
Congratulations to Conny Hansen on Jewel's 2017 Best in Futurity win (pictured).
Day: Monday, April 16
Rules & Eligibility: www.ackcsc.org/index.php/events/futurity
Judge: Bettina Sterling, Holyoke Cavaliers
"I live in Glen Mills, PA with my husband John, daughter Stephanie and my Holyoke Cavaliers and English Toy Spaniels.
Professionally, I attended Pierce College and graduated with a degree in medical secretarial science and administration. Later, I returned to school to study nursing at Bryn Mawr Hospital. I have worked at Pennsylvania Hospital, in Medical Administration and Lankenau Hospital, as an Ob/Gyn nurse and later as Office Manager for the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. While working, my daughter and I simultaneously bred and showed our Cavaliers and English Toys Spaniels. As with any hobby, I believe it is important to give back to the sport both with your time and talents so I became a member of clubs both abroad and in the US. I belong to two all breed clubs, Delaware County Kennel Club and Penn Treaty Kennel Club. I belong to the The Cavalier Club of England and the English Toy Spaniel Club of America. I am currently the Vice President of the ACKCSC and Charitable Trust, Health Chairman & Grant Coordinator, Liaison to the University of Pennsylvania, Judges Education Committee and Corresponding Secretary of CKCSCDV and Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs.
My first introduction to purebred dogs was an Irish Setter named Katie. She was 3 years old and already a champion with several hunting titles. This very much intrigued me and my interest in the dog show world began. In the seventies, I searched for a Cavalier but could not find a breeder in my area so my husband purchased an American Cocker Spaniel for me as a pet. I began showing in obedience but thought I would really enjoy showing in confirmation. In 1980, I decided to look once more for a breeder of Cavaliers. This was no easy undertaking as my favorite color is Ruby. In 1988, I joined the CKCSC, USA and eventually found a breeder of Cavaliers. After a few inquiries, I purchased my first Ruby bitch, Tori. The rest is history. I fell madly in love with this breed and have enjoyed participating in conformation, obedience and agility with my Cavaliers.
English Toy Spaniels came into my life in 1991. I had always been fascinated with this breed and they proved just as difficult to find as Cavaliers. Since, I needed more experience perfecting my handling skills and Cavaliers were not recognized by AKC, at this time, I decided to purchase an ET. My first ET was a King Charles named Victoria.
I have been very fortunate to make many wonderful friends and to have several good mentors. Both my daughter and I have made up many champions in both breeds and have received top honors at All-breed shows and National Specialties.
Recently, I have been working on obtaining my AKC judges license for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and English Toy Spaniel. Traveling to different areas and clubs fulfilling the criteria for judging, has afforded me the ability to meet many new people and to see what other breeders are doing in their breeding programs."