Gary Scobell (Samoravich Samoyeds)
Firstly I would like to say how honoured I am to be asked to Judge at such a prestigious event as the World Samoyed Meeting, I have admired many dogs and many breeders in many countries across Europe and the World and I am looking forward to judging your dogs.
My involvement in dogs started at a very early age as my parents bred German Shepherds and Dobermann Pinschers since the 1970’s
I have owned and bred my own dogs since 1991 and have had many successes with my Weimaraners, Hungarian Vizsla’s and Norfolk Terriers under the Sybaris affix with many champions in the UK and overseas. In addition to this my dogs were also trained and used as gundogs in the field.
I bred the Best of Breed winners at Crufts in 2008 and again in 2014.
I owned and handled the top winning Weimaraners in the UK in 1997 and 2007.
My personal involvement in Samoyeds began in 2009 when I met my partner Charlotte who had a long standing relationship with the breed, the temperament and quirks of the Samoyed meant that very quickly the breed became my main focus too and since then together we have enjoyed success in our breeding and showing careers.
I have been lucky enough to handle some top winning dogs at the very highest levels and in several countries across Europe and together we have bred, handled or owned champions in many countries.
I began judging 1993 and I firmly believe that education is of the utmost importance and have attended many lectures, seminars and passed exams in a number of breeds, learning the nuances of individual breeds and progressing up the judging ladder to Championship level.
I have been very lucky to be mentored by some of the top breeders and judges in the UK throughout my breeding and judging career and am always keen to carry on learning… “every day is a school day”
The first time I awarded a Best in show prize it was to a Samoyed back in the early 1990’s and I have judged at Championship level in the UK since 1997 and as a breed specialist judge for Samoyeds since 2012.
Coming from smooth coated breeds means that construction and balance is of the highest importance as nothing could be hidden under a coat, the “hands on” process of judging confirming what the eye can see and although breed standards across the world vary slightly the key points remain the same and we are tasked as judges with ensuring the breed stays as true to type as possible.
I look forward to seeing you all in Slovakia.