Marsha Hall Brown / Author
Marsha Hall Brown won her first Children’s Handling Class at Willimantic, Connecticut and continued in the sport of dogs as breeder, exhibitor, and licensed all-breed handler, judge, dog writer and breed educator. With her father, Comdr. Thomas W. Hall and other family members, Marsha established Stone Gables Kennels in Greenville, Rhode Island.
The Hall family produced fifty English Setter champions, many of which provided the foundation for other kennels. Named Show Dog Fancier of the Year and listed in Who’s Who in Dogs, Marsha later became Juniors’ Editor for Popular Dogs Magazine, breed columnist for the American Kennel Gazette, author of The Junior Showmanship Handbook, and a contributing editor for Dog News. Her most recent book, The Essence of Setters was named Breed Book of the Year 2002 by the Dog Writers Association of America winning the Maxwell Gold Medal.
Co-founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Judges Workshop, vice president and education coordinator for the English Setter Association of America, Marsha also served on the American Kennel Club Junior Showmanship Rules Committee. A judge since 1967, she is now approved to judge Sporting and Hound breeds, Junior Showmanship, and Best in Show. Her assignments have included many national specialties, The Westminster Kennel Club ’03 and ’11, The Sydney Royal, and shows in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Marsha, a graduate of California State Universities at Hayward and Fullerton, is a retired college professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in Orange County, California. Married to her high school sweetheart, she has three children and four grandchildren and lives in Murrieta, California with frequent “escapes” to the Island of Nantucket.