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Freddie always had a three different judges. A dog
story to tell. He wasn’t a joke moved from one ring to the
teller like his contemporary, next. It aimed at being an
handler Alan Levine, educational event with three
who began nearly every very different perspectives.
conversation with a joke. No, The other two judges were
Fred’s stories were always Mme. Rompleman of The
centered on the dogs and dog Netherlands and Donald
people. You could learn a lot Booxbaum an AKC judge
about the dog sport culture Working (later a Herding)
just by spending a show Breeds judge. Fred had
weekend hanging around handled many Briards and
Fred. Fred was also active Mr. Booxbaum had judged
in the Professional Handlers a large number of them over
Association for many years, the years, thus they were
sometimes manning the PHA chosen for this event.
booth at the Garden. Fred enjoyed his day
At one New England in the Ring but he never gave
show, Fred’s friend and up his handling to become a
fellow handler, Ken Rayner Above Photo: 2000 Briard National Judge, judge as many older handlers
Sr. was attacked by a Michele Billings awards Best in Specialty to have done. He was far more
Bullmastiff at ringside. Fred Ch Le Lascar Galant de l’Heureux CD, bred & co- comfortable on the dog’s
was in a nearby ring showing owned by Theresa Lee. Phil McNelis is the trophy right side in the ring than
Nestor. He put Nestor in a presenter. being in the center of the ring
down stay, ran to help Ken making placements.
who was badly mauled by Below: Handler, Fred Olson wins a Group 1st One of the
the dog. Ken is a small wiry in the old Working Group with Ch Pythias Chez heartbreaks of getting older
guy and the dog bit into his Phydeau, owned by Ken & Cece Collins and bred is seeing people who were a
kidney along with other bite by Mary Lou Tingley. part of your life pass away.
injuries. Fred pulled the My mother used to say death
dog off Ken, holding it until comes in threes, and the
it calmed down. Ken was three losses the dog world
taken to a nearby hospital. suffered this fall seemed to
Fred returned to his ring follow that old adage.
where Nestor was snoozing It’ll be a heck of a
awaiting his return. Judging dog show if those who’ve
had ceased during the dog crossed the Rainbow Bridge
attack but the show picked ahead of us put on a show
up where it left off. Ken with Skip and Mike judging,
recovered from his injuries and Freddie on the other end
and can be seen at shows in of the lead with Nestor or
PA occasionally. Hugo in that great Briard dog
In 1983, the BCA show ring in the sky. They’ll
held a unique event. It didn’t all be smiling, and about that
really have a name, but came time, Alan Levine will step
to be known as the Three in and say, “Did you hear the
Ring Circus. It was based one about the Dog Handler
on evaluating dogs `a la who didn’t know.....?”
rassemblements, but with

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