President Claire Hamilton has been involved with the Border Collie breed since 1995 and has trained and titled multiple Champions in multiple sports and venues, including several Dual Champions. She is an AKC licensed Herding Judge and AKC Breeder of Merit. In 2019, she judged herding at the prestigious Australian 5th National Border Collie Specialty in Sydney, Australia. Over the years, she has competed at sixteen Border Collie National Specialties and served as the Herding Chair of the 2013 Border Collie National Specialty. Claire served as Vice President on the 2013 – 2014 Board of Directors of the AKC Border Collie parent club. She currently serves as Treasurer of the North Georgia All Breed Herding Dog Association, of which she was a founding member in 2002.
Claire lives in Georgia on a 40- acre farm with her partner Doyle Ivie and their Border Collies and Australian Shepherds. Together, they maintain flocks of sheep and ducks and they offer all breed herding dog training lessons. They host several annual Herding events sanctioned by the American Kennel Club and the American Herding Breed Association, as well as National Specialty Herding Trials for several different herding breeds. Claire is also the owner and licensed broker of the real estate company C. Hamilton & Associates, Inc., in Athens, Georgia.
As a founding member of the Border Collie Club USA, Claire shares her vision of an inclusive dog Club run by and for its members, with fully transparent Club affairs that openly welcomes volunteers that participate in all venues. Claire believes in working collaboratively with breed fanciers to promote the Border Collie in an ethical, fun, and responsible manner.