Joan S. Colbourn - CKC Judge

Joan S. Colbourn

5481 Richmond Rd.
Nepean/Ottawa, Ontario
K2R 1G4

Tel.: 613-591-6228


Licensed to Judge: Licensed to Judge all of Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
and First Half of Group 2 - Hounds

Approved for Permit Assignments: Second Half of Group 2 - Hounds

Years in Judging: Since early 1990's

Judged Where: USA and Canada

Years in Breeding: Since 1961

Years in Showing: Since 1944

Breeds Bred: Irish Setters

Breeds Exhibited: Many of the Sporting Group.

Breeder Experience:

Breeding program has emphasized the marvellous personality and intelligence of Irish Setters. Worked and working with them in Obedience, Field, Agility and have had four generations of I.S. working as Assistance Animals in a therapeutic setting in Hospitals.

Show/Exhibiting Experience:

Over the years have shown dogs in most parts of the country.

Judging Experience:

Enjoy judging and the challenge of learning about different breeds and their characteristics. Have judged from coast to coast in both Canda and the United States. Have just returned from repeat assignment judging an Irish Setter Specialty in New England....with a few years between the assignments.

Other Experience/Qualifications:

Have worked with the Ottawa Kennel Club and others in executive capacity, from Diirector to President to Show Secretary (5 years). Most recently, for three years, have been Chair of the Show of Shows. Am a freelance writer on animal/biological subjects. A contributor to Dogs in Canada for many years along with other canine related publications in USA and Canada and sometimes in the UK. Have organized and taught the Dogs — A Hobby or Profession Course at Algonquin College. Have frequently presented a lecture on Structure of the Dog. Was a founding member of GOALL. Group of Learned Lady Dog Breeders..who brought new and current researchers and research to interested dog breeders in the Ottawa Valley (11 years).


  • CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) Life Member
  • OVASA (Ottawa Valley All-Setter Association) Founding Member
  • CAPPDT (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers)
  • CDJA (Canadian Dog Judges Association)
  • HABAC (Human-Animal Bond Association of Canada)
  • SCJA (Senior Dog Judges' Association)
  • OVPDJ (Ottawa Valley Pointing Dog Club)