This program is to sanction judges’ education seminars, create and disseminate seminar materials and train presenters.

Lorene Vickers-Smith has been “in dogs” all her life. Her parents and paternal grandparents bred and showed Boston Terriers. Lorene established the Wisselwood line of Pugs in 1964 and added Brussels Griffons about 30 years ago. She has been dedicated to establishing and improving the black color in both of her breeds.

Lorene became an AKC judge in 1980. She is licensed to judge the Toy Group, BIS, and part of Non Sporting. She is Judges’ Education Chairman for the American Brussels Griffon Assoc., and Chairs the Illustrated Standard Committee for ABGA. She is a life member and past director of the Pug Dog Club of America and also served on their Ethics Committee, Judges’ Education Committee and Chaired the Pug Illustrated Standard Committee . She was long time President of the National Brussels Griffon Club. She founded the Mid Michigan Pug Club in 1979. She has judged Brussels Griffon and Pug Specialties in this country, Australia and France, along with other brachycephalic breed specialities in Europe and Russia. Lorene has long been considered an expert in brachycephalic head types, presenting many comparison studies to Judges Groups over the last 25 years.
Lorene is past President & Show Chair of Ingham County K.C. and is a member of both her breed clubs in England.

When Lorene is not devoted to judges education, her time is divided between public education and breed rescue.

Mrs. Lorene Vickers-Smith AKC judge#3954
Wisselwood, Reg
AKC Breeder of Merit

ABGA Mentor Criteria
*Continuous 10 year membership in ABGA
*12 years experience in both breeding, exhibiting /or judging Brussels Griffon in conformation
*Personally bred and raised five or more litters of Brussels Griffons on applicant’s premises
*Personally have bred 10 or more Brussels Griffon Champions from litters whelped on applicant’s premises (whether or not owned or handled by applicant at time of Championship)
*Completed 2 Brussels Griffon judging assignments at AKC sanctioned matches, sweepstakes, futurities and/or non-regular classes.
*Viewed the Brussels Griffon AKC video
*Attended the ABGA Judges Education Seminar at the National (not roving) .
If an applicant does not meet all criteria above or is denied by the ABGA Board of Directors, one year must elapse from the Board date before submitting another application. Submission of this application does not guarantee approval.
Contact a member of ABGA Judges Education committee for application.


2020 Sanctioned ABGA Mentor List

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