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LOCATION

Old York Kennel is situated on 4 acres, close to the Delaware River. We are a few minutes south of the state capitol, Trenton and about 30 minutes north of Center City Philadelphia. We are convienent to routes 295, 195 and 130; midway between exits 5 and 6 on the New Jersey Tpke.

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ABOUT
SUSAN NELSON SMYTH

My family has always owned hounds! My maternal grandfather was a founding member of the Garden State Beagle Club in Marlton, NJ. As early as I can remember, I attended field trials with my grandparents.

For my 19th birthday I was given a black & tan, standard dachshund. She was a delight to train and show (juniors). She was Best Puppy in Match at her first match show. What a thrilling way for me to be introduced to the show world!

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After getting married, we purchased Champion Boomerang's Show Off, a beautiful example of the Beaujangel bloodlines (Arizona). His structure, movement, health and personality made 'Sal' the foundation sire of Old York Basset Hounds. In 1985, Joy Brewster, our handler, showed 'Sal' who was ranked, that year, in the top ten basset hounds! Since that year, many bassets have finished their AKC Championship under the prefix 'Old York'.

During the 1980's we were introduced to the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. We attended the 'Super Match' in Allentown, PA to see 'Alexander' win! He was the most adorable PBGV puppy! We were able to contact the MacKenzies in England, Wakelyn's Kennel, and purchase/import the 42nd PBGV into the US, 'Bridget'. The following year we imported 'Topaz' from the same kennel. 'Topaz' was the first PBGV bitch to complete her championship after PBGVs were AKC recognized! These two beautiful girls were the beginning of "Avocat/Old York PBGVs. Since the 1980's, many PBGVs have completed their AKC championship under these two prefixes.

We also owned and showed Champion Voton's Obsession (of the famous Majenkir borzoi linage), several Irish Setters (Darriabar x Trivelda linage, and several AKC champion beagles (Cejay Lee's x Jo Hill linage).

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Our farm has also been home to many show horses: a palomino Missouri Fox Trotter, a palomino Tennessee Walker, 2 quarter horses, an appaloosa, In addition to a thoroughbred race horse and a standarbred mare that is ranked in the top 10 all-time pacers in the US.

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Education

  • Rutgers University-N.C.A.T.E. Elementary Education Teacher, grades Kindergarten through 8, 1976
  • Rowan University:
  • M.A.-Student Personnel Services, 1976
  • Principal/Supervisor Certified, 1978
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant Certification, 2001
  • Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician, 2009
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    Professional/Club Affiliations:

    • I am a member of the Mid NJ PBGV Club. I enjoy judging many of their hunts at the Delsea Beagle Club, in Elmer, NJ.
    • I am a past president, vice president and secretary of the Burlington County Kennel Club, based in Moorestown, NJ.
    • I am a member of the PBGV Club of America. I am currently the Chair Person for Public Education and assist with Judges Education. I developed the PBGVCA Breeders Code of Ethics/Best Practices. I, also, served as trophy chair for Nationals in Rhode Island.
    • I am serving as a Board Member for the PBGV Health and Rescue Foundation. I am currently Policy and Procedure Chair.
    • I am a member of the Basset Hound Club of America. I am currently Chair Person for Public Education and have been appointed a member of the Judges Education Committee (1 of 5 appointees).
    • I am past president and current secretary for Berkshire Valley Basset Hound Club. I am also their Show Chair.
    • I am an AKC licensed judge for basset hounds, PBGVs, beagles, dachshunds, borzois, Norwegian Elkhounds, Chinese Crested, Boston Terriers and juniors. I have been honored by being nominated to judge at both the BHCA Nationals and the PBGVCA Nationals. I judged PBGV sweeps classes in Tucson, Az., in 2009, and judged 172 basset hounds in Gettysburg, Pa. at the BVBHC Regional held the week of BHCA Nationals, in 2007.
    • I am a member of the Delaware Valley Chinese Crested Club.
    • I enjoy attending judges' education seminars for AKC recognized breeds throughout the US, in addition to seminars focused on canine nutrition, breeding, genetics/research. I have had the honor of being mentored by Pat Craig Trotter and assist with distribution of the Basset Hound University materials with Claudia Orlandi.
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