GSCC National Specialty Judging panel:
All regular & non-reg classes: Ms. Carrie Paine, Tullane Irish Setters, Australia
Sweepstakes: Ms Keri Chard, Kericreek Gordon Setters, Ontario
Carrie Paine, Tullane Irish Setters
Carrie’s dedication to purebred dogs started in 1975 when her parents bought her an Irish Setter. During the ensuing 45 years, she has succeeded at the highest levels of breeding, conformation, obedience and tracking. Her world famous ‘Tullane’ Irish Setters feature extensively in the pedigrees of many highly successful kennels internationally.
Success in the show ring has seen Carrie win Best in Show at the Royal Melbourne Show in three occasions and no fewer than nine ‘Royal’ Best in Group (Group 1st) awards. Add to that impressive accomplishment numerous Best in Specialty and Best in National Specialties with at least 10 different dogs under judges from all over the world spanning four decades.
Although best known for her Irish Setters, Carrie has been involved in several other breeds, most notably Curly Coated Retrievers with her partner Kevin ‘Kunzulu’ Chamberlain. Together, they’ve had tremendous success with CCRs and have also owned a Best in Show winning Papillon. Carrie has also owned a Golden Retriever, Welsh Springer Spaniel and a Cairn Terrier. Her longtime friendship with the great Terrier breeder Robert ‘Craigend’ Bartram saw Carrie thrive under Robert’s mentorship and prodigious knowledge of all Terriers, Cairns and Borders in particular.
Since qualifying as a Gundog (Sporting) judge in 2000, Carrie continued and expanded her knowledge of purebred dogs and is now an ANKC and FCI ‘All Breeds’ judge. Acknowledged as a scholar of breed standards, she enjoys the learning challenge and growing as a judge. She regularly officiates throughout Australia and New Zealand, and has also judged in America, England and Europe. Some highlights of her judging career include Irish Setter specialties, English and Gordon Setter specialties, as well as Papillon, Cairn Terrier, Border Terrier and Hungarian Vizsla specialties.
Carrie is currently Secretary of the Irish Setter Association of NSW and past President of the ISANSW and the ACT Setter and Spaniel Society. Her active involvement in judges’ training as the Gundog Group Coordinator for Dogs ACT gives her the opportunity to give back to the dog world through mentoring and presenting breed lectures and seminars. Carrie also enjoys stewarding nearly as much as judging, but her number one passion is the Irish Setter.