Carol Sazama


Since becoming a member of ATCA in 1975, Carol worked to grow our Parent Breed Club in nearly every office, including President (2 separate terms), Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Director, as well as serving as Delegate to the AKC.  She has also served on many committees, including Newsletter Editor, Breed Standard Revision, Specialty Chair and Show Committee, Historian, and Judges Education. 

Like many ATCA members, Carol learned about the Australian Terrier and the sport of purebred dogs, about Clubs and club operations, through the mentorship of knowledgeable, conscientious and skillful “dog people”. In 1975, ATCA was the first dog club she knew.

Carol was a member of all-breed kennel clubs in Oklahoma (Town and Country KC), New Jersey (Burlington County KC, where she served as President as well as Show Treasurer and all-around show committee member).  Carol has been a Board member of the Flatirons Kennel Club as well as the Assistant Show chair and a member of this club. She learned how to steward as a member of the Oklahoma Stewards Club. Carol is a member and past Director of the Raritan Valley Australian Terrier Club, and a member of the Colorado Australian Terrier Club.

Carol's Aussies continue to bring joy to other breeders and owners.  At home her dogs were hardy, versatile, and loving companions from their youth right through their elder years

Barb Curtis

Barbera Curtis was a military wife until she and Ken and the children moved to Colorado.  Because they lived in military housing and moved around a lot, she looked for a smallish, active dog and found the Australian Terrier.


Barb became a master dog trainer and one of our breed’s most successful competitors.  At that time there were very few Australian Terriers competing in events other than in Conformation, which Barb also did successfully.  Only Obedience and Tracking titles were available to our breed in the early years, followed by Earthdog, Agility, and then Rally. Barb and her Aussies were successful at advanced levels in these venues. 


Barb was active in her local obedience club for many years, and she became one of the first AKC Rally judges.  Some of her breed accomplishments and “firsts” have not been equaled since, such as competing at the AKC Invitational in both Rally and Agility with the same dog in the same year and acquiring all of the AKC titles available to our breed at the time on one of her dogs. 


She was always there for others, as a mentor, by being the first to encourage those new to dog sports and always ready to congratulate a successful competitor, and by simply being a good friend and a good listener. 


She was a leader as well, serving as ATCA President, as President of the Australian Terrier Club of Colorado, as well as holding other positions as club officer, and with her longstanding personal commitment to helping our breed, founded Australian Terrier Rescue and became its first President also.


Ida Ellen Weinstock

Ida Ellen and her sister, Alice, first became members of ATCA in the early 1960's. Later they resigned either in 1972 or 1973 and renewed their membership again in 1981. Their first Aussie, Venetia was acquired in 1963 and it was shortly after that they joined ATCA which began in 1957 (first recorded minutes). In 1966 their import CH Redberry Comrade "Laddie" was shown at Montgomery Kennel Club.

Ida Ellen – wrote "David and Golith" for the 50th Anniversary of the ATCA. The article is very informative regarding the early years and the people involved in the establishment of the breed in America. In 1981 she was instrumental in the formation of the Raritan Valley Australian Terrier Club which is still in existence today.

Ida Ellen has judged several sweepstakes and was the first to judge the ATCA Futurity in 2014. She was instrumental in updating the breed standard. She has been a speaker at several National Education Days regarding our breed standard. Ida Ellen has also served on the Board of Directors for several years. She is and has been active in judges' education.

Ida Ellen has mentored many people in the breed. She is always willing to help people understand what an Aussie should look like and how it should also be able to perform its job. Ida Ellen is a lady that has dedicated most of her life to the Australian Terrier and to the Australian Terrier Club of America.

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Mary Mead

Mary was eleven when she bought her first show dog, an Irish setter named Molly.  Molly was a free- thinking, non-apologetic bundle of energy who was very bad about running away and not coming when called so Mary and her Dad joined the Milwaukee Irish setter club and started training Molly in obedience.  The kind people in the club took them on as a project and Molly obtained a CD.  That was Mary’s introduction to show people.  She has had at least one Irish setter for 50 years because “the breed has her heart.”


Mary met her first Aussie while managing a training kennel where boarding, obedience and field training were done.  A gentleman left his Aussie for boarding, then added training so the dog would get more attention while he was gone.  This dog was a joy, smart and quick and enjoyed learning.  He had an air about him as if he were smiling and knew it all already.


Her first Aussie was purchased from Dr. Rosamond Hathaway.  Tasmanian Terror Victoria became a champion at a time when there were few Aussies in Colorado and many of her points were earned in “combined sexes” classes.  Majors required travel.


Raymond Bay, a dear friend and terrier breeder and handler, taught Mary a great deal about how to put down a terrier coat. This was in the 70’s when not a lot of grooming was done on Aussies.  Together they developed a style.  About that time she saw Christopher Tobin who was groomed along the same lines.  Mary became quite expert at grooming and was often consulted by locals for help. 


Tasmanian Terror bitches were wonderful mothers.  They cleaned, fed, and nurtured the pups, and some of them actually potty trained them by rushing puppies outside in the morning and not allowing them to potty on the porch.  They allowed other bitches to sit with them and she had one male who liked to sit in the box when the puppies were asleep.


Mary taught training classes, mentored people new to Aussies and showed other peoples’ dogs.  She encouraged others to learn to groom and show their own dogs.  Nothing is as much fun as walking into a ring with your own dog.  Her most memorable win was at Montgomery where she won the 1992 ATCA National with Ch. Tasmanian Terror Windwalker (Baxter) who she bred, trained and groomed.   Many friends were there to make the win extra special.

Mary loves a dog with an “own the world” attitude.  Irish and Australian Terriers fit the bill.  Irish have a devil may care attitude and Aussies a more business-like attitude.  They have both filled her life with joy.

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Sydney Butcher

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Margaret Reignier

Ann Ridneour

Sandra Weigle

Sharon Adams
Sharon L. Adams, 61, passed away Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. Sharon was born Mar. 8, 1949A graduate of Harding HS, OKC, she was a longtime state employee. Sharon was a member and instructor for the OKC Obedience Training Club and the Australian Terrier Club in which she was very active. She fostered and trained many Rescue aussies.

Katherine Barnes
Dr Katharine Barnes, along with her husband Dr Eugene Barnes, acquired their first Australian Terrier and established Sprite Lea Kennels in the 60’s.  Katharine said from the day they saw their first Aussie they were hooked! Katharine and Gene enjoyed many years of breeding and exhibiting dogs that they had imported and bred. Through the years they had numerous top winning dogs that had an impact on the breed. 

Many of the top winning dogs, past and present, have Sprite Lea Kennels represented in their pedigrees.

In October of 1970, Katharine imported Australian Ch Taralee for Fame just after winning his Australian championship. He finished in the U.S. in four shows without defeat and then swept to his championship in Canada also without defeat. Winning his championships in 3 countries in less than 6 months! Katharine referred to “Fame” as their founding “father” due to his superb breeding record.


The Barnes previous import, Ch Taralee Sekelutu, was also among the top stud dogs but was best known for his Best in Show wins, including the first Best in Show in the United States. 


Sprite Lea Kennels went on to produce a Best in Show winner, Ch Sprite Lea Nevil v. Knockland and sire another Best in Show winner, Ch Jeralen’s Christopher Tobin. Through the years they produced hundreds of home bred champions and many top winning dogs.  This evidenced through the many Sprite Lea dogs represented on the ROM lists.

In later years, Katharine’s interests turned to obedience and in her 80’s have managed to finish a UD on an Australian Terrier. Dr Katharine Barnes remained a friend to the breed through her entire life.  She will be missed by all who knew her.