Showsight Express - July 1, 2021

LINES FROM LINDA FROM JUNIOR TO JUDGE ERIC RINGLE LIVED HIS DREAMS

BY LINDA AYERS TURNER KNORR

W hen Robin and Cindy Stansell called to tell me the sad news that our friend Eric Ringle had passed away, my mind was flooded with happy memories of him. Eric was one man who was blessed to live his dream of rising to the top in our dog world. From being a Junior at Westminster to judging there, Eric did it all. The SHOWSIGHT article that follows was written about Eric when our friendship was beginning. It tells his story and was one of his favorites. I know he would be happy for me to share it again.

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN THE JANUARY 2005 ISSUE OF SHOWSIGHT:

For decades, Eric Ringle and I have traveled the same paths. We have “been there, done that” at the same places with shared friends. But somehow, the pace surrounding our sport has kept us from getting to know each other on a personal level. Bob Maxwell was a very dear friend to our entire Roy Ayers family. When he was “Top Dog” at the American Kennel Club, I was delighted to be invited to spend the day at our New York headquarters. Wayne Cavanaugh guided me through each department, and I marveled at being “Inside the Ivory Tower.” ( ShowSight Series 1994). The pride and joy at that time was the new video production of each AKC breed. Heading up the enormous project was Eric Ringle who updated me on the lat- est technology. To my delight, they presented me with a complete set of the newly completed productions. One of my favorite show weekends is that of The Clemson Kennel Club’s back-to- back shows in June. Known for its true Southern Hospitality, I love the club members! When President Gene Hinson and Show Chairman Alan Ream told me that Eric Ringle would be on their judging panel this past June, I jumped at the opportunity to

Eric was one man who was blessed to live his dream of rising to the top in our dog world. From being a Junior at Westminster to judging there, Eric did it all.

Eric and “Higgins”.

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