Committee of the Eurasier Society UK
Elected at the AGM, May 2017
Annelie has been Chairperson of the EKW, the oldest and largest Eurasier Club in Germany, for more than 12 years. She is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable Eurasier-people world-wide and has written the only textbook on Eurasiers ‘Eurasier Heute’.
Chairperson and Breed Health Coordinator
Brigitte’s interest in dogs deepened during her studies in biology in her native Austria. In her search for the ideal companion dog, she encountered the Eurasier in the 1980-ies, and has never looked back! She now owns three Eurasiers, one being the only German Eurasier in the UK (who is a junior champion in her ‘homeland’), her daughter, and most recently an import from Canada. She has in the process found many like-minded friends all over the world. Since co-founding the Eurasier Society UK and promoting a valuable, strict Code of Ethics, health concerns have been at the forefront of her dog-related as well as her professional work. Because of her expertise in this field, she was elected on to the Health Committee of the International Federation for Eurasier Breeding (IFEZ) in 2012. Her canine interests range from health, behaviour/training, agility, to breeding and showing.
Having headed UK Eurasier Rescue for many years, as well as having edited the ESUK Newsletter, she currently focuses on her role as Chairperson and Health Coordinator, representing the UK at IFEZ, as well as writing the Breed Notes for Facebook. In 2015 she qualified as a Eurasier judge and frequently organizes breed seminars for conformation judges as well as interested owners. She has dedicated over 10 years of her life to helping ESUK flourish, having held the role of Chairperson since its inception and has always valued, as well as appreciated, working with like-minded Eurasier enthusiasts. She loves to help wherever help is needed!
Husband Bryan found the Eurasier breed in his quest for a family companion and the Bickfords took their pup to the AGM and seminar with Annelie Feder in 2008. Totally new to the pedigree dog world Ruth and Kodi trained with a Ringcraft club in Eversley and began showing in Import Register classes with great success
Ruth became Secretary in 2010 and in 2013 Chair of the ESUK Judges Sub-committee. She has helped with seven of the nine Breed seminars held to date. In 2017 she arranged the Society’s first Open Breed show under the wing of Paul Clayton our Show Manager.
Eurasier adventures have opened-up new horizons including trips to the Netherlands, France, Germany and Italy! Ruth, true to her name, is loyal; she values knowledge, honesty and trustworthiness.
Hailing from the Darchen Tibetan Mastiff kennel Caroline is an experienced breeder whose first litter of pups was AI with semen from Germany. She travelled to Europe twice to use overseas sires and bred the first Tibetan Mastiff CC winner. Her introduction to Eurasiers came in the early days of the breed in the UK.
“I saw an ad in Dog World from Carol Davis Tonge asking for anyone interested in Eurasiers to contact her, I looked them up. I liked the temperament, variety of colours and size. The rest as they say is history”
Caroline subsequently imported Roxy into the country in 2002 a bitch from Chevaloupsgreg & Tasha a year later from the Niou Tchouang Kennel. Roxy was never bred from due to health concerns but lived out her days as a family pet. Tasha had two Eurasier litters the first in 2008 which included the Top Dog winner 2011 & 2013 Darchen Smokey Quartz. Caroline currently has two Eurasiers, Freya and Danni and is planning Danni’s second litter soon.
After joining the Society in 2009, Caroline served on the committee from May 2010 for two years, holding the vice-Chair office from May 2011. ESUK will benefit from her return as she also previously held a committee position with the Tibetan Mastiff Club.
John joined the society after being bedazzled by a mischievously handsome young eurasier pup (initially named “BIG RON”) who became known as “Theo” (TheodoRON), and became a committee member along with his wife in 2016 after volunteering at ESUK events, including Discover DOGs at London’s excel, our AGM’s and Open Dog Show.
John has spent the majority of his career working in the Central Government sector delivering services to fellow civil servants and in turn to the general public. His public service experience has culminated in his present position as a senior executive officer for the Ministry of Justice within their property team, delivering estates services to 7 government departments.
“Since joining the committee I have played an active role in engagement at committee meetings, and am pursuing reviews of KC & ESUK rules, guidance and codes of conduct and ethics, and have recommended technological innovations that will make the running of our society more flexible and efficient.”
Maria has worked in the caring profession throughout her career. Qualified as a registered nurse she worked in both acute hospital and community environments for 20 years. With a passion for studying, Maria took a brave decision to change direction and return to university as a mature student. Here she retrained as a midwife and earned her degree. Maria now works as a midwife in one of the busiest maternity units in the country, providing care often in high risk situations. In stressful conditions she can be relied upon to keep a level head and is naturally empathetic.
To fulfil a long-held desire for a family dog much research was undertaken prior to the arrival of Theo. Once engaged with the calm and soothing nature of the Eurasier breed it was almost inevitable that Maria wanted to become more involved and learn as much as possible about these beautiful and sensitive dogs. They have captured her heart.
After helping at various functions, she joined the committee alongside husband John. Maria has just produced a fabulous first newsletter for the Society in Dec 2017.
Beverley has spent her previous life in public service. Thirty years of committed, stressful work taking her to places that most people don’t really want to be, engaging with people on a daily basis and thirty years of seeing the best and the worst of humanity.
On a brighter note it involved many years of foreign travel to destinations that most people don’t get to visit and seeing a wider perspective on the world and its people.
As a result of my former life I am compassionate and caring and truly believe that animals can substantially enhance our lives for the better.
I want to bring my compassion to the world of dog rescue and in the last few years I have been involved in rehoming dogs from Dubai. Having engaged with rescue work and being the owner of a three year old Eurasier bitch called Cara, (I post in her name, a hang up from my previous life!) I realised I wanted to be a part of ESUK rescue and so a couple of years ago volunteered my help to the then rescue coordinator. Soon I found myself helping with the odd rescue here and there.
Before I knew it the reins were being handed over and I found myself the new ESUK rescue coordinator and offering to serve on the committee.
So I’m definitely the newbie, only having been co-opted on in November 2017.
Much to learn in the world of Eurasiers, but much to give in world experience.