Judges Education & Public Education
The Cesky Terrier is a rare breed in the United States. What isn't so rare is the volume of information available for judges, exhibitors and potential owners of this wonderful breed. The AKC Parent Breed Club, ACTFA, The American Cesky Terrier Fanciers Association, INC. is the official American source for the Cesky Terrier. We work closely with breeders all over the world to bring fanciers of the breed accurate and up to date information about this special breed.
ACTFA education is divided into seven regions each with a certified Parent Club mentor as director and additional Parent Club assistant mentors to assist anyone seeking information. We strongly urge judges and interested parties to seek out only Parent Club Certified Mentors to receive accurate information on our breed. Our Board Approved regional directors are listed below:
Judge's Education/Public Education Chairman: Bob Comer
Bob is a founding member of ACTFA and a past president. He has owned and handled Ceskys since 2004. If you are a member of ACTFA and wish to participate in MEET THE BREEDS or are an ACTFA member with the necessary AKC qualifications and want to be a Parent Club mentor, please contact Bob.
He can be reached at 260-781-4618
Midwest: Gregg Bridge - Chase
Gregg and his wife, ACTFA Board Treasure Sandy, are Cesky breeders and travel yearly to the birthplace of the Cesky Terrier- The Czech Republic, to participate in the National Specialty called Cesky Days. They are members of the National Cesky Terrier Breeders Club and are extremely knowledgeable in Cesky history and European Cesky Culture. Gregg mentors those in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.
He can be reached at 309-230-8511
South: Glenn Dorsey
Glen is our resident expert on genetics and Cesky development as well as the ACTFA Historian. He can trace any Cesky Terrier back to its roots and present a clear understanding of Cesky creator Frantisek Horak's ideal pack friendly hunting dog. He tutors in the states of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Maryland.
He can be reached at 540-239-6636
Southwest: Nick Fletcher
Many know Nick and wife, Doreen, Board Director, as long time owners, breeders and handlers of Kerry Blues and now Cesky Terriers. With his Cesky, Nick has won BOB at the prestigious Crufts Dog Show in England and in 2018 won his third consecutive Best of Breed at Montgomery County Kennel Club All Terrier Show. With just under 50 years in conformation, Nick is an excellent mentor in the Cesky Standard. Nick mentors in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana and Arkansas.
He can be reached at 817-400-8178
Mountain States: Elizabeth Luebbers and Becky Goodwin
Both ladies are ACTFA Board Directors and both have extensive experience in multiple breeds other than Cesky Terriers. Both have trained and handled Cesky champions and are well qualified instructors on the merits of the breed. They teach in the states of Colorado, Nebraska,Kansas, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.
Liz can be reached at 303-758-0024
Becky can be reached at 913-558-4845
Eastern: Barbara and Lonny Hopler
Barbara Hopler is the present ACTFA President and along with her husband, Lonny, mentor and conduct Education in the Northeastern United States. Barbara has been involved with the Cesky in America for over 29 years and has shown and breed Ceskys under the prefix Sambarbs. Lonny has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Parent Club for many years, always actively involved with and supporting ACTFA. Barbara and Lonny's motto has always been "For The Love of The Breed"
Barbara and Lonny can be reached at: 973-586-3033
Northeast; Brian Meindle
Brian is a professional handler with over 20 years experience training, managing, and showing multiple breeds. His daughter, Erika, is an assitant handler having caught the conformation bug from her father. Brian presents a unique perspective on the Cesky Standard as only a professional handler can. If you live in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersy, Rhode Island, Delaware, or Pennsylvania, Brian will be happy to assist you.
He can be reached at 631-848-6561