Chris Cornell, of Sequim, Washington, started in the world of dog obedience in 1976. No dog then, but his young son was visiting grandparents and a litter of English setter puppies. Queen joined the family. A wild and energetic puppy, she was enrolled in beginner obedience classes. She had a superb work ethic and Chris became very interested in obedience. She was a joy and, in 1980, became the first English setter to earn the OTCH title.
Chris has stayed with sporting dogs, training and showing English and Irish setters and Flat-coated and Labrador retrievers. Currently, he is showing Flat-coat Bree, who has earned a CDX, RE, MACH and breed championship. She is also a therapy dog. Chris has been an evaluator for Therapy Dogs International since 2003 and has taken seven dogs on many therapy visits. He is leader of a therapy dog group which currently visits 18 facilities. He supports Guide Dogs for the Blind and has taken two Lab puppies through their first year of training.
Chris started judging AKC obedience in 1984 and rally in 2005. It has developed into a fantastic hobby, meeting terrific people and going to wonderful places. He has had the honor to judge at a Gaines regional and three AKC invitationals. He never tires of officiating at trials and enjoying the thrill of handlers and their dogs reaching their goals.
He is currently Vice President and Obedience/Rally chairman for the Hurricane Ridge Kennel Club and is a member of the English Setter Association of America, English Setter Club of Phoenix, Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America, Northwest Flat-Coated Retriever Club, Kachina Kennel Club and Phoenix Field and Obedience Club.
Chris is a retired civil engineer and lives with wife, Claire, and their four dogs.