Jacque Jones has always had dogs and various animals in her life. She started in an obedience training class, along with her aunt, in the mid 1950’s. She trained the family pet Airdale. After a time locally showing Morgan horses with her husband, Ray’s broken leg and her daughter, Dayne’s broken arm made a smaller animal for raising and showing a more appealing idea.
Jacque started raising and showing Miniature Poodles in confirmation and obedience in the early ‘60’s. She and Ray became AKC Obedience and Tracking judges for many years. She was also a founding member of the Parkersburg Obedience Training Club. She conducting Obedience training classes every Wednesday night. After being mentored and becoming good friends with Milo and Margaret Piersol, she conducted training seminars around the Eastern States.
Jacque bought her first griffon, an import from England, from Jerry and Elaine Rigden. Cassie did not turn out for the show ring, but the breed was now a part of the family. Next was a black rough from Jim and Sally Wheeling, Hazeldean Kennels. Dayne showed Ghilly in Junior Handling, while Jacque showed her to a C.D. obedience title and breed championship. Jacque’s aunt, Juanita Benninger, imported a red rough male, Ch. Nitsua Manikin, aka Red. Brussels Griffons were then under the Treyacres kennel prefix.
Jacque, under the mentor-ship of J.W. “Knuke” Huddleston, imported two red roughs from Mrs. J. Fletcher-Austin, Nitusa Kennels. Knuke then put her in touch with Barbara Wilde of Margidunum Kennel where she imported a red rough bitch, and later a black and tan rough male.
Treyacres has produced many Best in Show winners and Specialty winners. After 55+ years, Jacque has retired the Treyacres prefix, but still enjoys watching the dogs in the ring and mentoring with the ABGA Judges Education.