Committee of the Eurasier Society UK
Elected at the AGM, May 2017
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.
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.