Stigt, dhr. J.H.
My name is Hans Stigt, I am 53 years old and I live with my partner Rodney and Labrador Retriever Jones in Berkel and Rodenrijs. I am extremely honoured to have been invited again to judge at the KV Rijnland international dog show in Hazerswoude in 2020. This year I will be judging two breeds from Group 8 on Saturday the 21st of March: Dutch Kooikerhondje and the Golden Retriever and I am very much looking forward to it!
It all started over 17 years ago when we bought our first yellow Labrador Retriever, Cooper, from a registered breeder in Pijnacker. He was such a sweet and lovely 8-week-old pup; I never could have dreamt that by him coming into our lives I would get to experience so many wonderful things in the cynology. Having a puppy in our house, who grew into a lovely senior, gave us the whole experience. I have learnt so much about dogs and had the privilege to know what it means to share your life with them.
When Cooper reached puberty and his ears did not ‘work’ any more, we wanted to castrate him. However, before we did that we wanted him to be judged once at a dog show. He received an ‘excellent’ with a lovely report, so we decided not to go ahead with the castration. This turned out to be a good decision, as he went on to sire 8 litters and we became involved with even more aspects in the cynology. We eventually had three Labradors, continued with training, showing, health checks, and all three became stud dogs. As we became more and more involved with the breed, I began studying and eventually took my first exam for the Labrador Retriever in 2012. I passed! Since then I have added 16 more breeds too, whom I love very much. From 2013 till 2018, with great pleasure, I was a board member of the Dutch Dog Show Judges Association.
I judge with my heart and respect is paramount in my judging; Respect for the dog and also for its handler/exhibitor. It is an honour every time that I am asked by a show organisation to judge and qualify another person’s most precious possession. I enjoy the dogs so much and I always try to show this. I want to thank the dog show organisation KV Rijnland for this year’s invitation and I hope that together we can make it a wonderful event like last year!
It will be lovely to see you all on the 21st of March 2020 in Hazerswoude. I’m very much looking forward to it!