Our Various Committees
We currently have four Standing Committees. If you are interested in learning more about the governance of our Club and getting your views heard, please let us know!
Breeders Advisory Committee
To contact the Breeders Advisory Committee (BAC), please click here.
Chairwoman, Dr. Megan Hilf
The ASA takes breeding seriously as the choices made in
breeding inherently effect the health and welfare of the
breed's success as a whole. Genetic diversity is essential
and our team of Breed Advisors is well equipped to give
our breeders the best advice possible in choosing a mate.
Megan Hilf is a licensed veterinarians. She brings not
only her own experience through her practices, but years
of ongoing training and education. With her input, the
committee can carefully control and assess any potential
health risks within the breeding matches. She maintains a
database of the health on all North American Stabys.
Cindy Pfister, is a dog trainer and behavior expert. Her
knowledge into the "inner thoughts" and workings of the
Staby make her an ideal candidate for evaluating
temperament. Owning a stable and mentally balanced Staby
is a high priority for our members and we stress this
aspect in shaping the pairings and in working with our
breeders during the first eight weeks of a puppy's life.
Susie Nies has a femal Staby and a NSDT. She has bred
two litters and is interested in helping others get
started. Susie is a dynamo at organizing information and
has been helping the BAC to be ready for the future!
Lee Brewer has been breeding dogs since 1989, including
her experience with Flat-Coated Retrievers and Stabyhouns.
With a solid knowledge of canine genetics, whelping,
socialization and rearing, Lee is the ultimate "mid-woof".
Breeders can always count on her breeding advice, as she
is willing to spend hours with pedigrees, studying
inbreeding coefficients, genetic disease carriers, and
conformation details to suggest the best possible matches.
Lee also travels at least annually to The Netherlands to
meet with the Dutch breeding committee, the NVSW Board,
other foreign Stabyhoun clubs, and Dutch breeders to
exchange information about the breed. She attends the
major shows and evaluations of the litters in Holland, and
personally looks at the current studs and overall
Ruth Georgia has volunteered to help with the
communication between the breeders and the new prospective
owners. We get so many emails and questions from
interested parties about our breed and Ruth is a wizard at
keeping this important area fulfilled.
Finally, our Breeders Advisors are always in close
contact with the Dutch advisors to stay on top of all new
developments in the Stabyhoun worldwide. Since 2006, our
association has been recognized by the Dutch Assocaition
for the Stabij- and Wetterhoun, the NVSW, for our careful
efforts to promote and protect this beautiful breed in all
of North America.
To contact the Communications Committee (PR), please click here.
Chairwoman, Caroline LeBel
Communication is a multi-layered process. The ASA needs
to keep our membership informed about the club activities,
new developments in the breed itself, and to also alert
the general public about the Stabyhoun. For our members,
the team prepares an annual calendar full of fun pictures
of our Stabys and three printed newsletters which keep
them entertained and informed. The website and published
articles are for members and dog lovers everywhere.
Caroline LeBel has been involved in many different
aspects of showing dogs for many years and brings her
talents to our club with new suggestions all the time. Caroline joined the ASA in 2013 with the addition
of her first Stabyhoun, Beya. In addition to owning a
Staby, Caroline has a Golden Retriever and a Border
Collie. Caroline has been an active participant in the
Companion Dog Sports Program (CDSP). She recently
finished her PACH on her Golden, Scout! Beya has some work
to do to catch up with Scout!
Barb Schlatterbeck is adept at organizing member's
stories about their Stabys and interesting articles and
photos. She and her Staby, Merlin, are an active pair.
Beth Parker joined our committee in 2017 with a great new idea for our newsletter layout. She has a handsome male named Eddie, who is ready for a girlfriend! Ladies line up!
Mary Eisenhart and Lee Brewer handle website updates.
Education and Training
To contact the Training Committee, please click here.
Chairwoman, Lori Raymond
The education and training of our Stabys is a key element
in the mental stimulation and health of the breed. This is
a sporting breed and as such these dogs will thrive when
asked to perform a task, be it basic obedience or a
challenging activity such as agility or following a scent.
Lori Raymond has been an ASA member since April 2015. She
has brought a lot of enthusiasm to the group with her
adventures in training her fun-loving Staby, Intske. They
have explored agility, barn hunt, obedience and more
together and love sharing their experiences on Facebook.
Welcome Lori to the Education and Training Committee!
Cindy Pfister's talents as a behaviorist come in handy on
this committee also. Cindy has been able to turn around
some fearful or "alpha" Stabys in to the perfect pet for
several owners and is happy to contribute her time and
resources to those in need.
Kathy joined the ASA in 2014 with her first Stabyhoun, Skylar. Kathy’s Ph.D. in education and 30 year business career prepared her well for her retirement hobby: training performance dogs and other trainers. She has taught educators, in higher education to local agility dog trainers, Curricular and Course Development using Learning Domains and Behavioral Objectives; Specific Uses of Behavior Modification techniques using Operant and Classical Conditioning; as well as Shaping and Chaining Learning techniques. She and her now retired 13 year old Springer Spaniel, Ruby Ellis competed in Agility, Free Style Canine Dance, Nose Work and recently retired from Tracking. Skylar, age 3, has participated in Obedience, Dock Diving and Rally but currently competes in USDAA, AKC and ASCA Agility. He earned his CGC and CCGC titles prior to age 1, and just earned his USDAA Novice Standard Title and his Agility Dog Versatility Title. He has earned his Agility Novice Title in ASCA.
Mary Meila is a retired Special Education Teacher and Learning Disabilities Consultant. Even during her working
years, spare time was devoted to training and competing with her dogs. Originally,
competing in Obedience and Rally, she gradually expanded into other sports as well.
Currently I train and compete in Obedience, Rally, Barn Hunt and my passion, Nosework.
Casey, her original Nosework Dog, is now retired from competition, but her two younger dogs, Sophia (All American dog) and Nico
(Staby) now compete. Sophia has earned her AKC Container Novice title and Nico recently earned two
legs toward his Container Novice title. Sophia has also earned titles in Obedience, Trick Dog, Barn Hunt
and Rally and Nico has also earned titles in Rally and Barn Hunt as well as his CGC. Both Sophia and Nico
have been acknowledged as Achiever Dogs by the AKC. In addition to competing, Mary is a certified UKC Nosework Judge and a Mentor Judge in the AKC Scent
Roger Abbey owns and trains his Stabyhoun in the field. Skyler Finn was born March 19, 2016 and the Abbeys were not looking for a hunting dog, but rather just a smart trainable medium dog with good temperament good with children and other animals. Well. they got both! Although Roger had been an avid hunter and shooter for several decades and had trained 3 Norwegian Elkhounds in basic obedience, training a Stabyhoun would be a new challenge. Roger became interested in trying his hand at upland bird hunting, so began seriously training his dog in September of 2016. The rest is history and his goal for 2018 is to tryout for the AKC Hunt test. Our association is very interested in maintaining the working aspect of our breed in every venue, so this addition for hunt training is a great addition.
To contact the Membership Committee, please click here.
Chairwoman, Page van Amson
Lee Brewer, Janine Warner, Darlene Zelazo, and Janet Hall.
The membership committee maintains a database of the
entire Stabyhoun population in North America, both members
and non-members. This data is also regularly sent to the
Netherlands Stabyhoun association to update the records
kept on the total population. Whether or not someone
wishes to join and contribute to our club, our membership
committee is there with open arms. No request for help is
turned down. They even work to rehome those "look-alike"
mixed breed rescues that resemble our pedigreed Stabys and
welcome these people to be contributing members. They
respect all dogs, pedigreed or not, and want to make sure
that we contribute money and our time towards those in
Page Van Amson has selflessly devoted her time to promote
regional gatherings of our Stabys, again members and
non-members, and to keep a current online directory for
our members who wish to reach out to each other. She
maintains our excel database for all known North American
Janine, Darlene, and Janet are newcomers this year and are assisting with
the multiple tasks of bringing members together with new puppies, welcome letters, opportunities to be ambassadors for the breed, and more.
We are grateful to have so many people helping Page to keep our members in touch with each other.