Specialty Shows 2021 Judges

James Moses


James A. Moses has been involved with dogs all his life. Although his mother bred Miniature Poodles, Jim’s first dog was a German Shepherd given to him by his father for his ninth birthday. Jim finished his first champion by the age of 13 and by 19, handled the number one dog all breeds in Canada. Jim has handled dogs to over 1000 best in shows. His more notable wins include the AKC Centennial show and The Westminster Kennel Club with Jane Firestone’s CH Covy Tucker Hill’s Manhattan. Jim has handled four dogs in the prestigious “100 BIS Club” including the number one dog of all time, CH Altana’s Mystique. Jim and Mystique won 275 BIS and 30 BISS. In the past decade, Jim has been the top herding group winner with several bitches he has bred under the Kaleef prefix. In 1999, Jim was inducted into the Dog Show Hall of Fame. Jim’s handling talent has not been limited to only German Shepherds. His National Specialty winners also include Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Chinese Cresteds. He has won best in shows with a variety of other breeds including Irish Wolfhounds, Great Danes, Belgian Sheepdogs, Brittany Spaniels, Afghans, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Miniature Poodles to name a few. Jim’s love of dogs and the sport has been the focus of his adult life. He has always been available to his peers as a source of advice and encouragement. Jim is also an avid sportsman and outdoorsman and is enjoying balancing breeding, judging and retirement. Jim is now approved to Judge BIS, Toy, Non-Sporting, Working, Sporting, Terriers, and Herding Groups.

Carla Mathies

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I’m a second generation dog show exhibitor & breeder.  My parents Ramona & Carl Cantrell bred Cockers & Dachshunds under the prefix of “Seenar” in northern California.  They also were all-breed handlers from the mid 1960’s to the early 80’s.  So the “world of dog shows” came naturally to me!  I finished my first Wire Dachshund champion by age 8 & finished my own Cocker by age 10.  After high school, I took a break from dog shows to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in business from CSU Sacramento.  I did eventually follow my parent’s footsteps & became an all-breed professional handler.  I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1994 & started handling with Bill Mathies.  After getting married in 1998, Bill & I decided to “retire” from dog handling to operate our own photo lab business.  The following year I applied for my AKC judging license.  I’m currently licensed to judge the entire Sporting Group, Dachshunds, Cavaliers & Junior Showmanship.   I’m a Lifetime member of the American Spaniel Club & a long time member of the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club.  I’ve served as a judge’s mentor for both Parent Clubs & I’m currently serving on the ACKCSC Judges Education Committee.  I have judged multiple specialties of various breeds here in the USA and Canada, including the ASC Flushing Spaniel show & at the ASC Cocker National. 

In addition to judging, I exhibit my own “Creekside” Cavaliers here in the Pacific Northwest.  I had the thrill of winning an all-breed Best in Show on one of my 1st home-bred Cavalier males named GCH CH Creekside Just For Keeps back in 2008, truly a breeder’s dream come true!  I also bred an ACKCSC Register of Merit bitch named GCH CH Creekside Pick Me-Pick Me!…and one of her bitch offspring that I co-bred/co-owned won a Best in Show, a Reserve Best in Show & multiple Group Firsts. Other Creekside offspring through the years are multiple specialty & group winners as well. Due to work & family constraints, I have bred a very limited number of litters over the past 15 years but feel blessed with our success in the ring & mentorship from other Cavalier breeders willing to share their knowledge too.  I was so delighted to receive the invite to judge at the CKCSC of Central AZ specialty and thank you most sincerely for the opportunity to appreciate your Cavaliers!