Judges’ Education is a critical component of the KCA’s mandate to promote and protect the Kuvasz. Judges’ Education Seminars and ringside mentoring provide face-to-face education for those seeking to judge or learn about the Breed.
These documents contain additional information about the Judges’ Education Guidelines and the KCA Judges’ Education Council.
Council Chairperson, Agi Hejja
Kennel Name: Starhaven
Gum Spring, VA
Agi is a member of the Kuvasz Club of America since 1972 and numerous other Kuvasz clubs. She has served as President, Vice President, and Newsletter Editor of American Kuvasz Association. She also served as a Board Member of the KCA. Agi is a willing educator and has mentored many Kuvasz breeders. She is a breeder and exhibitor of Kuvasz since 1970. Currently she owns 5 Kuvasz, and has bred 25 Kuvasz litters. To her credit, she has bred and/or owned 45 AKC Champions. She is a member of Kuvasz Club of America Judges Education Committee since 1989 and is a mentor of new AKC Kuvasz Judges. Agi judged the 2016 National Specialty and numerous Sweepstakes. She was Chairperson for the 2007 Kuvasz National Specialty. She is also a member of the Leonberger Club of America since 1990. She raised, trained and shown many Leonbergers to their Club champion titles and AKC Champion titles. She is also the chair of the LCA Judges Education Committee and was instrumental in writing the AKC standard for the breed. Agi is an AKC judge and judges both of her breeds and Junior Showmanship.
East Region, Robin Miller
Kennel Name: Rebel Ridge
Robin has been in Kuvasz since 1992. She is an active conformation exhibitor, and owner and/or breeder of many top-ranking Champion and Grand Champion, multiple group winning/group placing Kuvasz and 2007 KCA National Specialty Winner. Current KCA positions: Board Member, Health Committee Member, Judges Education Committee Member. Past KCA positions: Three-term KCA board member, Public Education Committee, Rescue Committee and Awards Committee. KCA Specialty Auction chair 2001, 2012 and 2013. Co-Recipient of KCA Service Award 2001.
Midwest Region, Sue Riippa
Kennel Name: Mauna Kea
Battle Creek, MI
Sue started in Golden Retrievers in 1980 (kennel name Ridgepond) and got her first Kuvasz in 1986. She has been an active exhibitor off and on since 1987 and has bred/owned two multiple BIS Kuvasz and national specialty winners in 2001 and 2003, one of which also became the top agility Kuvasz.
Sue has bred 20 litters and finished 10+ champions. She has been a member of the KCA since 1986 and has served as President, Vice President, Judges Education Coordinator and National Specialty Coordinator. Currently she is serving as chairperson of the National Specialty Committee Policy Review Committee.
She is also a member in good standing of the Battle Creek Kennel Club as well as the Golden Retriever Club of America. Sue had the honor of judging sweepstakes at the Oklahoma Kuvasz National Specialty show.
Midwest Region, Kathy Ringering
Kennel Name: Double Ring
Kathy has been a member of the Kuvasz Club of America since the early 1990s and acquired her first Kuvasz in 1989. She breeds under the kennel name of Double Ring Kuvasz with her husband, Chuck and Budagyongye Kuvasz with Elizabeth Kondor. Their breeding program has produced over 50 AKC champions and over 35 performance titles, multiple group winning & group placing Kuvasz including the first Kuvasz to place in the Working Group at the AKC/Eukanuba Classic Invitational. She is the first breeder owner to earn a TD on a Kuvasz. Her current positions include Judges’ Education Council, Health Committee and Kuvasz Quarterly contributor. She is past President and Board member of the KCA and has served as chairman and committee member on several other KCA committees. She is a past recipient of the KCA Service Award. She and her husband have worked in rescue for over 25 years helping to find homes for any Kuvasz in need regardless of breeder affiliation. Kathy is also involved on a local level with an all-breed club.
West Region, Maria Arechaederra
Kennel Name: Ederra Kuvasz
Maria has been a member of the KCA since 1990 and has served in various capacities including but not limited to two term President, board member, VP as well as Judges’ Education, Constitution, breed standard, National Specialty chairman, Gazette Columnist and AKC Delegate. Maria breeds under the “Ederra” prefix and has produced many champions including multiple Best in Show, National Specialty and Westminster winners.
West Region, Tricia Ginther
Kennel Name: Szep Tars
Tricia has been training and showing dogs since 1984, Kuvasz since 1988 although dogs have been a part of her life since birth. She started showing in the 4-H system, and then added AKC Jr. Showmanship, performance events and conformation to her activities. Tricia volunteered for over 13 years as a 4-H club leader as well as for 4-H county & state events (i.e. judging competitions, educational clinics and fairs.) She now participates in many events with her Kuvasz including conformation, agility, rally, obedience, and coursing. She is especially proud of her breeder / owner / handled Grand Champions, group placers, and top ranked specials, many of whom have performance titles as well. Tricia has been an active member of the KCA since 2000 and has served on several committees as well as the board of directors.