August 5, 2023 – Calgary, AB

We invite you to join us for Border Terrier Canada’s 13th annual National Specialty

August 5, 2023 – Spruce Meadows Equestrian Centre

in conjunction with the Alberta Kennel Club Summer Classic – August 4 thru August 7, 2023


Earthdog (2 Tests) – August 3, 2023 – PEAA Grounds



Specialty Committee

Pearl Humenny
Tel: 204-837-4965

Erin Verwey
Tel: 403-803-8590

Pearl Humenny
Tel: 204-837-4965

Nancy Lee
Tel: 403-780-2109

Peggy McCallum
Tel: 780-464-2559

Sarah Jones
Tel: 416-457-5818

Pam Dyer
Tel: 514-608-9449

Pearl Humenny

Bev Embley                 Tel:403-472-4237

Marion/Mel Miners
Tel: 403-282-2704

Jennifer Burk
Tel: 403-363-5133

Marion/Mel Miners
Tel: 403-282-2704

AKC Show Superintendent – Sharon Derrick

Specialty Schedule


Meet Our Judges

Rynara Kennel Perm Reg’d
I have been breeding and exhibiting Scotties since the middle of the 1980s.  I was introduced to the American Working Terrier Association in the early 1990s by another Scottie breeder and I was hooked.

The Performance and Earthdog Association of Alberta (PEAA) was formed in the 1990s and I am one of the founding members.  After spending a significant amount of time learning the ins and outs of the Earthdog sport, I decided to start my journey down the path to becoming a judge.

I earned my Master Level Earthdog Judging License in the late 1990s and I went on to earn my AKC Master Level Earthdog Judging License in the early 2000s.  My favorite class to judge is the Introduction to Quarry.  When “helping” a dog figure out what they need to do and all of a sudden they experience what I call a “light bulb moment” it gives me great satisfaction.

Thank you to Nancy Lee for the opportunity to judge the Border Terrier Club’s tests.

I fell in love with Earthdog at the first Gardner MA specialty when my first two Border Terriers, Timon and Reilly, worked the quarry in the Intro class with Carol Mock as the judge. It was wonderful to see my Borders do what they were bred to do.  As my Borders progressed in Earthdog I decided I could judge this sport.

I started to judge Earthdog in 2000 and have judge across the country, in Hawaii, and several times in Canada. I have also had the honor to judge Earthdog at Border Terrier National Specialties, judging all the levels.

Over the years I have hunted with my Borders and Mini Dachshund, hunting woodchucks and rats. Hunting has influenced my judging of Earthdog in knowing what to expect in a working terrier and apply that to Earthdog.  Over the years I have had many wonderful discussions talking about Earthdog and hunting with follow judges and exhibitors.

It is always an honor to judge Earthdog and especially at the BTC National Specialty. I want to thank the Specialty Committee for inviting me to judge at this year’s specialty.

Duane’s Dogs:

Sven (D) – GCH Greywoode Peaceable St Francis ME, CA, DCAT, RATN, BTCA-VX

Artie (D) – CH Greywoode St Daniel, ME, BCAT, BTCA-V

Bay (B) – FC Reynard St Theresa By the Bay ME, CA, BCAT,  RATO

Amanda M Pough, Bandersnatch

I am a second generation “dog person.”  Born into a family that raised and exhibited Border Terriers and Otterhounds, my mother and I still breed and show Borders under the Bandersnatch affix.  Those dogs have received conformation recognition at the national level in both the US and Canada.  As both of my parents are biologists, form AND function have been paramount, so our Border Terriers are also exhibited in AWTA/AKC/CKC Earthdog as well as obedience/rally and other venues.  My Canaan Dogs, which joined my life in 1999, are also trained and exhibited in companion and performance events.

As a child, I showed the family’s Borders & the odd Labrador in Junior Showmanship/4H Grooming & Handling.  Today I am an AKC licensed breeder-judge in Border Terriers & Canaan Dogs, as well as Junior Showmanship. I serve as an approved Parent Club breed mentor for both breeds.  I have judged at Nationals in both breeds, as well as Montgomery County KC.  I am continuing my education in judging, studying other breeds.  That knowledge has increased my skills in judging both my current breeds and additional ones.

Finding a dog in your ring who fits the standard, without exaggeration, is rewarding in itself.  I have been privileged to have been mentored since birth by breeders, past and current, who strive to maintain the Border as a working terrier.  This does not mean every BT must be worked in the field, just that we as breeders and judges, ensure we preserve and reward the dogs who are built to do their job.

My exposure to dogs began well before I could walk, and grew into a love for all animals. I began training and exhibiting when I was 9 years old, with a foundation in 4-H, Junior Showmanship, working and performance.
Having experienced several breeds and mixed breeds, I obtained my first AKC purebred dog, a Golden Retriever in my teens. I ventured into the world of competitive AKC dog showing, and never looked back.
I would experience several breeds from different groups over the years, until discovering and settling on the Border Terrier.  I welcomed my first Border Terriers in 2003, that would eventually lead to breeding my first litter under the prefix Tilted Kilt in 2007.  I continue to breed, and exhibit my Border Terriers throughout the US.
I am honored to have been asked to Judge Sweepstakes and Juniors. I look forward to discovering potential future stars, both in the puppies and the Juniors handlers.  It’s always an honor seeing our mature BT’s take the stage.
Thank you for this opportunity.