AUTHORS Luke Ian - Australia

NAME: Ian Luke  - Australia
STATE: - Australia

TITLE: what details do you look at (consider/observe) when judging a malamute? (Specialist Judge point of view)

Ian Luke - AustraliaBIOGRAPHY: I’ve been involved in Malamutes since around 1990, receiving my first Malamute bitch as wedding present for my first marriage.
Since then, I’ve been involved in showing, breeding and working Malamutes, having succeeded in putting conformation titles on many of my dogs, and working titles on almost all of them.
Over the years I’ve been involved in a number of all breeds kennel clubs, as well as the Alaskan Malamute Club, Victoria Inc., the oldest and largest breed Club in Australia. My involvement has extended to extended periods of service on the Committee of Management, initially in the main administrative role of Secretary and later as President for over ten years, making me the longest serving President in that Club’s history. I currently serve as President and Publicity & Education. In 2010 I was honoured by the members of that Club with Life Membership, becoming only the third person in that Club’s history to be so rewarded.
I’ve served pure bred dog administration at State level through service on a number of Committee’s and currently serve as State Representative on the Australian National Kennel Council’s Sledding Committee, working on bringing the AMCV’s Working Dog Program into National recognition, and raising the WTD, WPD and WWPD titles to the same level as a conformation and obedience title, hopefully to be in effect in 2013.
I obtained my first licence to judge in 2001 and am now licenced to judge the Australian National Kennel Council’s “Utility Group”, approximately 32 breeds, at Championship level, and the “Non Sporting Group” at non Championship level. I’ve judged through out Australia, and have been fortunate enough to have been invited to judge in the US at Group level, and Specialties for Siberian Huskies (another breed I own), and Malamutes in New Zealand.
I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed success at Specialty level, firstly with BISS Ch Kataku Hurricane Wilfred WTD WPD WWPD WWPDX ROA, then with BISS Ch Darksky Forget Me Not WTD WPD ROA, and then with RUBISS Kataku Mystical Dawn., a young bitch I’m currently exploring Obedience with.
In recent years I’ve been fortunate enough to have had success in the short distance sprint racing that is the Australian Sledding Scene, regularly finishing in the top ten 2 and 3 dog teams in fields which include Alaskan and Siberian Husky teams, and lead the weightpull competitions using the same dogs as in my sprinting teams, with 1 dog, Wilfred, being crowned “Weight Pull Dog Of The Year” twice by the AMCV.
I’ve recently published my first novel, Frozen Below, which has been very well received, and am working on the sequal.