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Airedale Judith Averis 1947 - 2014

Saredon Ch Gallery 1
Saredon Ch Gallery 2



I have always said that as you go through life you meet a lot of people. Some become friends, many remain acquaintances and with the rest it's just 'nodding terms' and sometimes an occasional conversation.

My Friend Judith Averis. I first met Judith a long time ago when they lived on the A5 'Watling Street'. She and her Partner Dave Scawthorn were residing with her Late father and Mother, Les and Gladys Atkinson. They always made you most welcome whenever you went there. Selling a dog to Dave and Judith would always give you a fair price for your animal.

The saying "Mild mannered and Gentle" summed Judith up. I never saw her flustered or heard her bad mouth anyone. She was a good woman. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have known her.

Judith was one of five children, her siblings being Gloria (Deceased), Pamela (Deceased), Frank and John.

It was Judith and Dave's ambition to have a Champion Terrier in all 26 breeds. They didn't achieve this as far as I'm aware, but they made up a substantial amount of Champions along the way.

Looking back at their show career, I know that one of Judith's proudest moments - following in her Father's footsteps 35 years later - was at Crufts in 1998 When the late Leslie Page walked her to the Best In Show Podium. Her face is a picture of Happiness. This is the First time that Father and Daughter have won the BIS award at Crufts.

Judith Wrote:

" My father Les Atkinson was a professional handler so I have been involved with dogs all my life.

I had passed [the exams] to go onto Art College but I was hooked on the world of dogs and decided to work with my father after leaving school and on his retirement from handling I started to breed and show my own dogs.

The first dog that I exhibited was my mothers Yorkshire Terrier and I won a Best in Show with him.

My first Champion was an Airedale Terrier and they are still my favourite breed and I hold the male breed record with Champion Saredon Handyman. I have bred and owned over a hundred Champions in Airedale’s, Dandie Dinmont, Irish, Kerry Blue, Lakeland, Manchester, Norfolk, Skye, Smooth & Wire Fox, West Highland White, Welsh terrier and a Rough Collie.

I have judged in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Russia, Hungary, and U.S.A. I am President of The Welsh Terrier Association.

Over the years I have taught many of today’s young handlers and watch their success with pride, my finest hour was winning Best in Show at Crufts’s with my Welsh Terrier Supreme Champion Saredon Forever Young, owned jointly with my partner David Scawthorn.

I could not ask any more from the world of dogs than to judge The Terrier Group at Crufts. "


Funeral details for Judy are:

12 o’clock, Monday 13th October 2014 at
St James The Great Church (Idlicote Church)
CV36 5DT

Judy has requested casual clothing and no flowers.
Donatons to Macmillan fund.
All are invited to the gathering following the service at
Halford Hotel/Pub
Fosse Way
CV36 5BN




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