Life de­voted to an­i­mals

It’s a dream ca­reer where you get to work with dogs

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

SHOW DOG JUDG­ING: Born in Bushy Park at the Der­went Val­ley in Tas­ma­nia, Jane Ar­matys had a yearn­ing to be in­volved with an­i­mals and be­gan breed­ing and ex­hibit­ing qual­ity show dogs and pets.

It all started with the weekly tele­vi­sion hit show Lassie that in­spired her idea of get­ting a col­lie.

“We would al­ways watch Lassie, it used to be on TV in black and white but I couldn’t have any un­til I got mar­ried,” Ar­matys said.

“Soon af­ter get­ting mar­ried I bought a whole lot of dogs and the peo­ple I bought them from said ‘oh you’ll have to show it, it’s a re­ally good show one’.”

De­spite be­ing a show judge for the past 30 years, fate took a dif­fer­ent turn ear­lier on.

“I stud­ied and worked, went to univer­sity and stud­ied ge­ol­ogy and loved it,” Ar­matys said.

“I couldn’t work any more as a ge­ol­o­gist be­cause they ran out of money then be­gan work in the com­mon­wealth govern­ment.

“As soon as I was 32 I be­gan at­tend­ing shows with my now ex- hus­band. I thought how good it was.”

Her show judg­ing ca­reer be­gan soon af­ter in 1990.

“It isn’t an easy job judg­ing the an­i­mals, you’ve got a stan­dard for each breed,” Ar­matys said.

“It’s like a blue­print, you’ve got a stan­dard with the dog’s pic­ture there and you’ve got all the parts of the body and what it’s got to be like.

“It tells you the shape of the eyes, the shape of the head, ear sets and like, col­lies should in­stantly ap­peal as a dog of great

beauty. Well, if it’s got mean squinty eyes, that’s not beau­ti­ful.”

As well as show judg­ing, Ar­matys men­tors dog own­ers from all across the world.

“I’m men­tor­ing this girl in In­dia and she sends me all the pho­tos and I tell her what needs to be done to the dogs,” she said.

“She’s re­ally ex­cited be­cause later on this year she’ll get to meet me be­cause I’ve been men­tor­ing her for ages.

“I’m cur­rently in charge of judges train­ing for the whole Wide Bay area so I train all the trainee judges.”

“I live by my­self now and I’ve got the dogs and I talk to the dogs, I talk to the birds and I have a scrub turkey which I’ve trained, it’s a pet now.”

There is a pro­ce­dure on judg­ing the win­ner.

“You come up to the dog and firstly you go over the teeth and check the teeth and you feel the shape of the head and the side of the head,” Ar­matys said.

“You then feel the ears, then you move around to the side and you have to feel where the shoul­der bones are and you feel for an an­gle and then you come back, and feel the rib cage.

“How I used to teach my trainees, ‘imag­ine that’s the front dog’s legs, and that’s the up­per leg, if you have a nice an­gu­la­tion in the front you’ve got good reach’.”

“There’s al­ways dif­fer­ent things you have to learn for each breed, you just have to fol­low the fea­tures so there’s a lot to learn.”

She said show dog judg­ing was a “dream ca­reer”.

“I love dogs and my hobby is one that lets me see many beau­ti­ful dogs and meet so many lovely peo­ple,” Ar­matys said.

“Af­ter 17 years of ex­ams and train­ing I be­came an In­ter­na­tional All Breeds Judge.

“I moved to Queens­land in 2003, I judge all over Aus­tralia and over­seas, from New Zealand, the Philip­pines, Thai­land, USA, Canada and have ap­point­ments in China and Ja­pan this year.”

Ar­matys will be at the Mun­dub­bera Show on Satur­day.

❝ I love dogs and my hobby is one that lets me see many beau­ti­ful dogs and meet so many lovely peo­ple. — Jane Ar­matys

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

PAS­SION FOR JUDG­ING: Jane Ar­matys and her dog Puff at the Eidsvold show at the week­end.

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