Maria Cecilia Martinez V. With Kennel name of Southernwind is a retired certified Mounted Police Forces Trainer and Advisor. She is licensed by the Federation Canofilia of Puerto Rico (member of the FCI) and certified to judge all breeds. And Temperament Test FCI Judge.
As a Canine judge, she has judged in numerous countries, included: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Puerto Rico and USA, where she started judging AKC shows (approved for all breeds and Best in Show in AKC Shows).
In 1972 registered her first breed, Doberman Pinschers, her passion for the breed originated since childhood and bred a couple of Litters which many of them became FCPR Champions and Best in Show as well as recognized as Best PR Bred Awards All of her dogs had been owner handled.
In 1974 with the support of a highly renown German Shepherd breeder Mr. Joseph Palacios and Mr. Luis Maldonado, started handling and co-breeding German Shepherds were she started her breeding program and showed with great success were under her Kennel name “Southernwind” has been highly recognized. Having acquired awards of Top Breeder under the FCPR recognition.
In 1979 started breeding and showing Labrador Retrievers with much determination, with the selection and exhibition of these dogs, under the mentoring of well known breeder and Specialist Judge Mrs. Dianne Beckett (Kimvalley Labradors) from Springfield Kennels in Middleburg Virginia.
First importer of Belgian Malinois into PR in 1974 and is responsible for the promotion of the breed in the Show and Working world
Founder of the first Doberman Pinscher Club in PR and past President and member of the German Shepherd Club of PR, she also started the first PR Schutzhund Club. In 1980
All the while she worked as handler for several breeds including Rottweiler, Dobermans, Labrador Retrievers, Afghan Hounds, and many other breeds
She has owned, breed and show numerous dogs within the breeds she bred throughout the years and Many of these have become champions in different Countries. Some of them are Best in Show, Best in Specialty Show and Group winners. Her Dog, Labrador Retriever, CH. Beechcoft Study Top Secret has won many Breed Best in Shows and, Specialty Best in Shows and many group first and placements. As well won the prestigious Westminster Labrador Retriever BOB twice, and the Potomac Specialty.
Currently is retired after working for the Mounted Police department for the last 18 years. Now partially living in Brooksville, Florida and San Juan Puerto Rico.