The Judges


We are very pleased to announce that Alf Kyme and Suzy Applegate have agreed to judge the 2017 Kingston Sheepdog Trials.
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Alf Kyme: Boise, Rossendale, Lancs, UK

One would be hard pressed to have a judge more widely experienced than Al Kyme. His assignments in the UK are far reaching but he has judged in North America over twenty times. Through his fifty year involvement with all facets of sheep dogs, he has successfully competed, bred sheep dogs and trained them. He won the English National in 2012, with Sally.

Among his many judging accomplishments, he has judged the English National, the International, the World Trials in Ireland, The World Trials in in Penrith (UL), The Sonoma Wine Country Trials three times. Zamora, Kingston Sheep Dog Trials twice. He judged the US National Finals in Sturgis South Dakota. Welcome back to Kingston Alf!

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Suzy Applegate: Plymouth, California, United States


Suzy Applegate is no stranger to the sheep dog community. She is a two time USBCHA National Nursery Champion, with her home bred and trained Buzz, and his son Gus. She won the Meeker Classic in 2010 with Buzz and was third at the US National Finals, Carbondale Colorado, in 2011, a run which also garnered her the best Double Lift Award. Before Buzz took her to so many wins, she ran his ancestors, Hap and Bet, to much success. A breeder, trainer, and handler, Suzy is an important player in all facets of the sheepdog world. In the National Finals in which she participated, she made the final day in all but two. She was a finalist at Soldier Hollow with two dogs twice and another a third time. We welcome her on her first trip to Kingston!