Our Judge



Mr. Garry Newton

Richmond, Texas


I have been involved with the sport of pure-bred dogs since the 70’s. Although my first show dogs were Great Danes, which I brought back from England from my overseas military service, I am best known for my involvement with sighthounds, and more specifically Salukis. I first showed under the kennel name S’Dawn, but after marrying my wife, Dr. Judith A. Newton, we combined our kennels under the name of Solari, named after the first Saluki that we owned together.

We have successfully and bred and exhibited Salukis since the 1980’s. Our Salukis have excelled in the conformation ring, obedience, lure coursing, and junior showmanship.

I have owned and /or bred Afghan Hounds, Salukis, Ibizan Hounds, Greyhounds, Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen, Borzois, and Great Danes, as well as a Golden Retriever, Italian Greyhound, a Toy Fox Terrier, and a Parson Russell Terrier.

I have been involved in the sport of lure coursing since the 1970’s, both as a participant, as a judge and lure operator. I served on the first AKC (American Kennel Club) advisory panel for lure coursing when AKC first started lure coursing.

I am currently approved by the American Kennel Club to judge both conformation (Hound, Herding and Working Groups, Junior Showmanship, and Best in Show) and lure coursing.

I have been honored to judge throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, Korea, Germany, Japan, and China. I have also been honored to judge multiple local as well as national specialties.

In my non-canine professional life, I am a Director of Nursing/Registered Nurse and an internationally known canine sculptor, working in both bronze and stone. I am also a published author of a fictional novel.