Judge Info - Michelle Hamilton

Showdog.com Judge Since Sunday, August 31, 2014
Retirement Announced 12/31/2015

Doesn't like using the same breeds that win every other show for BIS. Has a tendency to use dogs handled by certain handlers but isn't overt in it. Low level of breed bias. Thinks dogs should be compared to how good they are vs the rest of their breed rather than overall quality vs all dogs.

Traits

Each judge on ShowDog.Com gives a different amount of weight to each trait of the dogs that they judge in each show.  Below is a table of which traits Michelle Hamilton looks for.

Trait Importance
Head High
Forequarter Low
Hindquarter Normal
Gait Very High
Top Neck and Back Low
Coat High
Size/Height Normal
Feet High

Favorite Handlers

Each judge has a preference for certain handlers.  These preferences may be based on past experiences, showing style, or just plain old dirty politics.  This preference is completely separate from the quality of the exhibitor, which DOES come into play in the show ring.  Michelle Hamilton has been known to prefer the following handlers.

Rank Exhibitor
1 Marisa Feagin
2 Duane Rawley
3 Stew Kellermen
4 Terry Galloway
5 Rogane Tuller
6 Robert Pouk
7 Aimeene Good
8 Emma Moss
9 Kristen Schindewolf
10 Marc Buchhelt
11 Kennis Greiner
12 Ster Coaxum
13 Logan Ray
14 Jean Infante
15 Debbie Merrill
16 John Urick
17 Bob Coke
18 Roby Hawks
19 George Cruce
20 Willie Cundiff
21 All Mederos
22 Jeff Wehlan
23 Stephew Deering
24 Aarthom Rapier
25 Dan Adams

Only the top 25 are listed for the sake of brevity.

Recent Judged Shows

Below is a list of the shows recently judged by this judge. 

Show Date Best in Show
Willowcreek May 10th All Breed Show 5/10/2019 Indigo Starrs Saved By Zero
Cheyennes B-day Party 2 3/26/2019 Dreammyst Dylan
March 2019 French Bulldog Nationals 3/8/2019
February 2019 Manchester Toy Terrier Nationals 2/23/2019
If Specialty C 1/18/2019
Sandman Number 13 1/13/2019
HuntersHill 139 12/28/2018
GaylanStudio 2018-12-26 All Breed 12/26/2018 Senkrah Head Girl
7th Day of Christmas RAT Specialty 12/19/2018
wallam falls 2 12/8/2018 Shaylynnes Aindreas


Did you know?
The figure 8 exercise requires the team to heel in a figure 8 pattern either on or off leash. Generally two of the ring stewards will assist the judge with this exercise by acting as "posts", standing 8 feet apart, that the team walks around to form the loops of the figure 8.