List of Judges
Best in Show
Michele L. Billings, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is a native Floridian who grew up in a family of dog and horse fanciers. “My family always believed that I would end up going to the dogs,” Mrs. Billings, known as “Mike” to her friends, told the AKC in 1998, “and I happily fulfilled their prophecy.”
Mrs. Billings established Kings Creek Kennels, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, in 1952. The facility gained a reputation for high-quality Beagles and German Shepherd Dogs. She was also one of the busiest and successful professional handlers of her generation. Mrs. Billings trained, conditioned, and handled all breeds until retiring from handling in 1970.
Mrs. Billings founded the German Shepherd Dog Club of Atlanta and served as its first president from 1955 to 1959. She began judging in 1972 and is now one of eleven female all-breed judges in the country. She has officiated at major shows all over the world, including Best in Show at Westminster in 1988 and the Sporting Group at the first AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in 2001. She judges approximately ten national specialties a year.
Among the many honors bestowed upon Mrs. Billings are the 1983 Gaines Fido Woman of the Year Award, the 1986 Kennel Review Judge of the Year Award, and induction into the New York Sports Museum Hall of Fame and the Nature’s Recipe (formerly Quaker Oats) Hall of Fame. She is esteemed by colleagues for her energetic dedication to the sport, and for her deep and abiding love of purebred dogs.
“Mike doesn’t believe in doing anything halfway,” says her friend Anne Rogers Clark. “What’s so special about her is that she puts 110 percent of herself into everything she does, including dogs.”
Marjorie Martorella, of Englishtown, New Jersey, got her start in dogs in 1966, when she purchased an Irish Setter. She soon after became involved in obedience training and in 1967 entered her first show at the Kenilworth Kennel Club of Connecticut.
Ms. Martorella has produced over 125 Pointer champions and 10 English Cocker Spaniel champions. She capped her run as the nation’s top Pointer breeder in 1986, when Ch. Marjetta’s National Acclaim went Best in Show at Westminster.
In 1981, Ms. Martorella was approved to judge Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, and Vizslas. She now judges all sporting and hound breeds, the Working Group, Bichons Frises, Dalmatians, and French Bulldogs. This year Ms. Martorella makes her debut as an AKC/Eukanuba National Championship judge. Career highlights include judging Pointers at the AKC Centennial Show, Best in Show at Louisville and the Atlanta Kennel Club, as well as numerous national breed shows.
Ms. Martorella serves as president and show chairman of the New Brunswick Kennel Club and is member of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America. She is founding member and past president of the Pointer Club of Central New Jersey, and has served as president of the American Pointer Club. Ms. Martorella is a retired junior high-school Spanish teacher.
W. Everett Dean, Jr., of Richmond, Virginia, was born in Savannah, Georgia, where he began his long association with Cocker Spaniels. In his time as a breeder, he finished some fifteen Cocker champions.
He worked in the FBI’s Savannah office until 1955, when he became a professional handler. In his handling career he guided many Cockers (among other breeds) to championships, including Mrs. Arthur Benhoff’s Ch. Artru Hot Rod, with whom he won Best in Show at the 1958 and 1959 American Spaniel Club shows.
Mr. Dean was approved as an AKC judge of Cockers in 1976, and now judges all but the Terrier and Herding groups. Long one of the busiest judges on the circuit, he has officiated at Westminster several times (including Best in Show in 2002, when he selected the Miniature Poodle Ch. Surrey Spice Girl) and at the 2002 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Mr. Dean has been an active member of the Savannah Kennel Club, the Cocker Spaniel Club of Savannah, the Charleston Kennel Club, and the Virginia Kennel Club, and is a life member of the American Spaniel Club. He has organized and taught at seminars, and has been a panelist at more than thirty AKC hands-on testing events in several breeds.
Although Mr. Dean has enjoyed many pastimes—baseball, bowling, tennis, fishing, bridge, and the breeding of tropical fish and birds—he admits, “Judging dog shows is my thing. I love it! Finding that very special dog makes my day.”
Robert Stein, of Henderson, Nevada, became interested in showing in 1955, when he acquired his first Afghan Hound. A year later, after he acquired his foundation bitch, he founded his Charaj Kennels. Mr. Stein has had an excellent breeding and showing career, marked with many champions, and specialty and group winners. In 1970, he had the top-producing Afghan bitch in the nation. In addition to Afghans, Mr. Stein has also owned and bred Salukis.
Mr. Stein judges all breeds. Assignments have brought him to almost every state in the union, and to, among other places, Japan, Finland, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and Israel. Career highlights include the Hound and Working groups at Westminster, the Afghan Hound Club of America specialty (three times), the Saluki Club of America national specialty, and the World Dog Show.
Mr. Stein serves as treasurer of the Dog Judges Association of America and is an honorary member of the Dayton Kennel Club. He has served on the Afghan Hound Club of America’s board of directors, has been president, show chairman, and treasurer of the Afghan Hound Club of Southwestern Ohio, and has served the Daytona Kennel Club as president, show chairman, and AKC Delegate. A retired architect and real estate developer, he resides in Nevada with Helen, Beanie Sue (a champion Chinese Crested), and three champion Afghans.
Betty-Anne Stenmark, of Woodside, California, bought her first dog, a Saint Bernard, in 1967. She had no idea the Saint was from well-bred imported Swiss stock until a fellow obedience-class student urged Mrs. Stenmark to exhibit the dog in the breed ring. She began to show Saint Bernards in 1968, whelped her first litter in 1970, and finished a few. Mrs. Stenmark ultimately made her name in Dandie Dinmont Terriers, which she began to breed in 1976. Since then, there have been many King’s Mountain champions.
In 1978, Mrs. Stenmark was approved to judge Saint Bernards, and she now judges fifteen sporting breeds, the Hound and Terrier groups, both Corgis, Best in Show, and Junior Showmanship.
In response to the first animal rights–inspired anti-breeding legislation in 1990, Mr. and Mrs. Stenmark founded the Responsible Dog Breeders Club of San Mateo County. She considers it their greatest accomplishment in the sport. The legislative fight lead to the creation of still-active AKC departments and the rewriting of laws that would have crippled the sport of dogs. Mrs. Stenmark has also written breed books, and articles for the AKC.
Mrs. Stenmark has dedicated a lot of time over the years to clubs. She serves, along with her husband, as club officer and show chairman of the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore. She is a member of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America and has served as president, show chairman, judges’ education chairman, and on various committees. Mrs. Stenmark has recently been appointed as a member of the AKC Southwestern Trial Board.
When not breeding or judging, Mrs. Stenmark spends her time as a volunteer coordinator for the City of Palo Alto’s Animal Shelter.
Enrique Filippini, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, began in dogs thirty years ago as a breeder-exhibitor of Boxers. He has had great success in South America and Europe, and his kennel has yielded many champions and BIS dogs of various breeds. With several of his Alba’s Imperial Shih Tzu, Mr. Filippini won Best Dog of the Year, Best Breeder, and Best Exhibitor (all breeds) honors in Argentina an unprecedented four times.
In 1984, Mr. Filippini began judging toy breeds and advanced to all-breed judge in 1988. He has judged at international, national, regional, and specialty shows. The Federation Cinológica Argentina and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognize Mr. Filippini as a Best in Show judge.
Mr. Filippini recently retired from exhibiting in deference to his crowded judging schedule. His international assignments range from Japan to Mexico, and he has judged multiple times at the World Dog Show and the American and Caribbean Championship Dog Show. In 2005, Mr. Filippini looks forward to assignments in Italy, Colombia, Nicaragua, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Thailand, Iceland, Sweden, the United States, and the World Dog Show in Argentina.
Maxine V. Beam, of Roanoke, Texas, was a professional all-breed handler for almost 30 years before retiring in 1972. Ms. Beam handled three Poodles to win the Quaker Oats Ken-L Award, in 1956 with the Toy Ch. Blakeen Ding Ding, who was also top all-breeds Best in Show that year; in 1957 with Miniature Am./Can. Ch. Adastra Magic Fame, who was retired with 53 Bests in Show; and in 1963 with Miniature Am./Eng./Can./Mex. Ch. Montmarte Marie Nina.
Ms. Beam handled Ch. Rockmont’s Glamour, who won all three awards for the bitch given by the American Boxer Club in 1954, winning most awards in breeds, groups and Best in Show; the Best in Show German Shepherd Dog Ch. Royal Rogue of Long Worth; the Cairns Ch. Milbryan McGillicuddy and Ch. Caithness Colonel; Lhasa Apso Ch. Kicos Kula La; and many other great champions.
Ms. Beam is approved to judge Sporting, Working, Terrier, Toy and Non-Sporting groups. She has previously judged twice at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, at Westminster, and at many other shows throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Abroad, she has worked at two of Australia’s largest shows, Sydney and Melbourne Royal, and in Canada, Mexico, and Cape Town, South Africa.
Eileen Pimlott, of Cupertino, California, grew up in a household with dogs in her native England. Her father bred coursing Greyhounds and the family always had a housedog, usually a fox terrier. In 1949, Mrs. Pimlott became involved in showing Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Together, Mrs. Pimlott and her late husband had great success as breeders and exhibitors.
Breeding Pembrokes and Smooth Fox Terriers on a limited basis, they produced more than 20 champions. Mrs. Pimlott’s career highlights include breeding and showing Halmor Hi-Fi to his Junior Warrant and winning Best of Breed with him at the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America regional specialty, and showing English champion Maracas Mixmaster to Best in Show.
Mrs. Pimlott was approved to judge Pembroke Welsh Corgis in 1964 and has since added the Hound, Terrier and Herding groups. Mrs. Pimlott’s judging highlights include assignments at the first AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, Westminster, and national specialties.
A member of the Santa Clara Valley Kennel Club, Mrs. Pimlott has served as show chairman, a role she also filled for the Golden Gate Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers and the Fox Terrier Club of Northern California. Mrs. Pimlott has had several Corgi articles published and has spoken at seminars. She says her greatest accomplishment in the sport is “when I find a good young dog and see it go on to a successful show career.”
When not judging, Mrs. Pimlott enjoys golfing and gardening, and spoiling her three Norfolk Terriers.
Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show
Jane Kamp Forsyth, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, began her career in dogs at a very early age. Her mother bred and showed Boxers and Airedales, and young Jane Kamp showed her first homebred Airedale to Best in Obedience at Boston sixty-six years ago. As a teenager she managed and handled dogs for Elblac Kennels (Dobermans), Grafmar Kennels (German Shepherd Dogs) and Dorick Kennels (Boxers). When she became a professional handler, she went into partnership with George Pusey, in Holliston, Massachusetts. Together, they were America’s top breeders of Boxers for three years.
She later joined forces with, and eventually married, Robert S. Forsyth. The Forsyths soon became dogdom’s most famous husband-and-wife team of handlers.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth have handled Best in Show winners at Westminster, the only married couple to do so, and they are the only winners of the Ken-L-Biskit Couple of the Year Award. The Forsyths are the authors of the award-winning A Guide to Successful Dog Showing, long considered an essential text on the subject.
Mrs. Forsyth was named the Kennel Review Handler of the Year three times, which earned her a place in the Hall of Fame. She has won three Gaines Awards, including Woman of the Year, and was inducted into the American Boxer Club Hall of Fame in 2001.
After forty-three years of handling, Mrs. Forsyth retired in 1981 to become a judge. She now judges all breeds in the United States, as well as all breeds for the FCI. She has judged in England, Finland, Sweden, South America, Puerto Rico, Canada, Italy, and Mexico. Mrs. Forsyth was honored to judge at the inaugural AKC Invitational in 2001.
Between speaking engagements and judging assignments, Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth try to squeeze in as many rounds of golf as possible.
Bred by Exhibitor Sporting
Polly D. Smith, of St. Stephens Church, Virginia, began showing as a child with Jade, a Chow Chow that was her “closest friend and best buddy.” In 1963 Mrs. Smith and her husband, all-breed judge Dr. Robert Smith, acquired their first American Foxhound, which took several Bests in Show. The Smiths went on to breed three generations of homebred BIS hounds and five generations of group winners, all breeder-owner-handled.
She and Dr. Smith co-authored a book on American Foxhounds and have given seminars on the breed.
Mrs. Smith became an AKC judge of Beagles and American Foxhounds in 1978 and currently judges the Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, and Herding groups, as well as several breeds in the remaining groups. She counts among the highlights of her career assignments at Australia’s Hunter Valley Hound Show, and at the Philadelphia, International Kennel Club of Chicago, Westchester, Tuxedo, and Del Monte kennel club shows.
She has held important posts at several clubs, and was a founding member of the Nashville Obedience Club, the Brandon Kennel Club, and the Middle Peninsula Kennel Club.
She says, “I hope one of my accomplishments in the sport is to make the family with a pet find that showing and obedience can be a fun way to spend an afternoon or weekend.”
Her interests outside the ring include gardening, cooking, golf, and her two grandchildren.
Bred by Exhibitor Hound
James G. Reynolds, of Nepean, Ontario, has been involved in the sport of dogs since 1956. As a teenager, he was a breeder-exhibitor of Boston Terriers but soon moved to Scottish Terriers. His Renaldo Kennel housed five Canadian Best in Show winners and produced more than thirty Canadian champions and fifteen AKC champions. He has also shown Cairn Terriers and English Cocker Spaniels, and his housedogs have included Irish Wolfhounds, a Great Dane, and an Irish Setter.
A dog show judge since 1967, Mr. Reynolds is approved for all breeds by the AKC and the Canadian Kennel Club. He has officiated at many of the biggest and most prestigious dog shows on five continents.
On the American show circuit, Mr. Reynolds has worked several Westminster assignments and is one of the few judges to twice preside over the Best in Show ring at Montgomery County. He has judged at several of America’s largest venues, including Santa Barbara, Louisville, Chicago, Detroit, Old Dominion, Houston, and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. In 2004, Mr. Reynolds was Best in Show judge at Ladies’ Kennel Association (England) show.
Mr. Reynolds is a retired superintendent of schools in a system of some 49,000 students. His wife, Marcia, is a retired secondary-school principal. They have three grown children.
Bred by Exhibitor Working
Anne Rogers Clark, of Greenwood, Delaware, is a second-generation dog woman. Her mother was Olga Hone Rogers, a well-known breeder of Wire Fox Terriers, English Cocker Spaniels, and Poodles. Mrs. Clark became a licensed handler in 1950. In her career as a breeder-exhibitor-handler, Mrs. Clark has had three dogs go Best in Show at Westminster; bred three Westminster group-winning Poodles; and, along with her husband, James Edward Clark, had Whippets that won Best Brace in Show at the Garden, proudly handled by Mr. Clark.
Mr. and Mrs. Clark bred top-ranked Norfolk Terriers and Miniature Poodles under the Surrey kennel name, and Whippets and Standard Poodles under the Rimskittle banner. Mrs. Clark retired from handling in 1965 and is now an all-breed judge.
Mrs. Clark has worked national specialties too numerous to mention and has judged on five continents. She awarded Best in Show at the 1978 Westminster show and judged the Hound Group at the first AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Mrs. Clark is past president of the Poodle Club of America and the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America.
The many awards won by Mrs. Clark include Handler of the Year, the Mark Morris Lifetime Award, and Dog Writer of the Year. She is a regular columnist for the AKC Gazette and is the co-author of the International Encyclopedia of Dogs. Her latest book is Annie on Dogs!
Bred by Exhibitor Terrier
Dr. Sam Draper, of Monroe, New York, showed his first dog, a Cairn Terrier, in 1939 under legendary judge Alva Rosenberg. After serving in the Army during World War II, he began his long association with Chow Chows.
Dr. Draper co-owned Ch. Eastward Liontamer of Elster, a top-winning Chow who went on to sire thirty-two champions. With partner Desmond Murphy, Dr. Draper has since co-owned and exhibited several multiple Best in Show winners under the Liontamer banner. They have written extensively and given seminars on the fine points of Chows. Dr. Draper is the co-author of two comprehensive books on the breed: The Book of the Chow Chow and The World of the Chow Chow.
He was approved to judge Chows in 1971 and now judges the Non-Sporting, Toy, and Terrier groups, and several sporting breeds. Dr. Draper judged the Non-Sporting Group at the 2002 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
The longtime AKC delegate from the Chow Chow Club and judge of the 1986 national specialty, Dr. Draper has also served the Westchester, Tuxedo, Saw Mill River, and Westbury kennel clubs in key roles.
Bred by Exhibitor Toy
Dr. Harry Smith, of Durham, North Carolina, can’t remember a time in his childhood when there wasn’t a dog around. He grew up around retrievers and water dogs, thanks to his father’s love of duck hunting. Dr. Smith entered the sport of dogs owner-handling a Pug, and has since bred and shown several champions in the breed.
In 1966, Dr. Smith was approved to judge Pugs and today judges all AKC breeds. Assignments have included the Toy Group at Westminster and the Non-Sporting Group at the first AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. International bookings have taken him to Wales (all groups and Best in Show at the Welsh Kennel Club show), Japan, Brazil, Thailand, and other exotic locales.
As an active member of the Pug Dog Club of America, Dr. Smith served as president and AKC delegate for 10 years. He has served as the AKC delegate for the Troy New York Kennel Club for five years. Dr. Smith has been a member of the Durham Kennel Club, serving as show chairman and the breed instructor at weekly handling classes, and is co-founder of the Pug Dog Club of Greater Cincinnati.
Dr. Smith has a master’s degree and a doctorate in mathematics and has written an important book on the subject. When not traveling to shows, Dr. Smith enjoys needlepoint art, specializing in dogs. Some of his best work has been exhibited at the AKC offices.
Bred by Exhibitor Non-Sporting
Frank T. Sabella, of West Palm Beach, Florida, began in dogs with a Standard Poodle in 1953 and by 1955 had finished his first champion and group winner.
By the early 1960s this native New Yorker was one of the most sought-after professional handlers of his time, known especially for his flair with Poodles and other coated breeds. Mr. Sabella’s handling career culminated in 1973, when he guided Standard Poodle Ch. Acadia Command Performance to a Westminster Best in Show. Mr. Sabella’s grace and showmanship in the ring can no doubt be attributed to his training as a professional dancer. His career included a stint with the New York City Ballet and touring with his own troupe.
Mr. Sabella is approved to judge all terriers, hounds, toys, and non-sporting breeds, and several breeds from the remaining groups. His assignments have taken him around the world. He was Best in Show judge at the 2003 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and at the 1990 Westminster show.
Among the books authored by Mr. Sabella is a highly influential dog-handling manual. His many awards include Kennel Review’s Male Handler of the Year and Gaines FIDO Dog Man of the Year.
For several years Mr. Sabella owned and operated one of Los Angeles’s most prestigious florist establishments.
Bred by Exhibitor Herding
Steven D. Gladstone, of Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, sits on the AKC Board of Directors. He and his wife, Marieann, have bred and shown Cardigan Welsh Corgis under the Aragorn prefix since 1974. They have been particularly successful with their blue merle lines, but have bred dogs of most Cardigan colors. Aragorn dogs have earned more than 100 AKC titles in nearly every aspect of the sport in which a Cardigan can compete.
One of their most cherished memories was winning BOB at the 1984 AKC Centennial Show in Philadelphia under noted Cardigan fancier Dr. Ed McGough. The Gladstones have also owned Norwegian Elkhounds, German Shepherd Dogs, and Australian Shepherds.
Mr. Gladstone began judging match shows in the late 1970s and was approved to judge Cardigans in 1988. He has since added the Herding and Working groups and five hound breeds. Judging trips have included assignments in New Zealand, England, Canada, and Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Mr. Gladstone has been AKC delegate from the Reno Kennel Club since 1999. Mr. and Mrs. Gladstone are members of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America, and each has served on the club’s board of directors. They are also longtime members of the Pocono Mountain Kennel Club and the Penn Ridge Kennel Club.
Barbara Dempsey Alderman, of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, bought her first dog, a pet Afghan Hound, in 1959. After attending a few shows, she was totally hooked on dogs. Mrs. Alderman bred a few litters and at one point had the youngest bitch to finish, at 9 months. She was also an AKC-licensed all-breed handler.
In 1988, Mrs. Alderman applied for and was granted her license to judge. She now judges the Sporting, Hound, Working, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups and is applying for some of the terriers. She was a breed judge at the 2001 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Mrs. Alderman has been a member of the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association since 1959, as well as a member of the Fort Lauderdale Dog Club. She was an early member of the Midwest Afghan Hound Club, where she did publicity work and published newsletters.
Dr. Klaus Anselm, of Denver, Colorado, was born and reared in Germany and came to the United States in 1962 to continue his medical training. He practiced gastroenterology until his retirement in 1999.
Dogs have been an important part of life for Dr. Anselm and his wife, Joan, also a distinguished dog show judge. He bred and exhibited Giant Schnauzers for more than 20 years and has shown Dachshunds, Scottish Deerhounds, and an Airedale Terrier, Pointer, and Bull Terrier.
Dr. Anselm has been an officer and AKC delegate for the Giant Schnauzer Club of America, and later became an officer, show chairman, and delegate for his local all-breed club.
Dr. Anselm began judging in 1982. He is approved for the Working and Sporting groups, and some herding breeds. He has judged major shows in this country as well as in Australia, South Africa, and England. Career highlights include judging the Working Group at the 2001 Westminster show and his two previous AKC/Eukanuba National Championship assignments.
Constance M. Barton, of Middleburg, Virginia, began in the sport of dogs in the early 1950s, exhibiting Doberman Pinschers in conformation and obedience. In the years before seminars, breed forums, and other educational tools were available, Mrs. Barton says her formative years in dogs were “more or less, a trial-and-error experience.”
By the 1960s, Mrs. Barton was managing Elizabeth Clark’s legendary Springfield Kennels. During her tenure at Springfield, where she concentrated mainly on Labrador Retrievers, the facility became the largest showing and breeding kennel in the United States.
After eleven years at Springfield, the AKC invited Mrs. Barton to become the second female field-representative in the organization’s history. She served in the field for sixteen years before applying to judge. She is now approved for the Sporting, Hound, and Working groups, as well as Best in Show and Junior Showmanship. Mrs. Barton had the honor of judging Best in Show at the 2002 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. She is a founding member of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac and the Middleburg Kennel Club.
Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia, of Roswell, Georgia, is a member of the American Kennel Club Board of Directors. He was instrumental in the development of the AKC DNA program and is president of the AKC Companion Animal Recovery organization.
Dr. Battaglia is the son of first-generation Sicilian immigrants. He attended Florida State University on a football scholarship and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in criminology, and doctorates in criminology and sociology. Most of his studies were focused on animal research.
In 1960, he and his wife, Nancy, established the Van Cleve line of German Shepherd Dogs. He has since bred and managed top dogs in the breed, finishing several himself. He proudly notes that many of his winners have come from the American-Bred class and from futurity and maturity shows, “where competition is among the best breeders.”
Dr. Battaglia’s breeding and research has led to a number of influential books and articles. He is the author of Breeding Better Dogs, now in its fifth printing, and The Proper Care of German Shepherds. He has published his findings in the AKC Gazette, Dog News, Dog World, and in leading journals abroad.
Dr. Battaglia is a popular judge of herding and working breeds, one of the few who has presided at German Shepherd national specialties in America, Canada, and Mexico. He has judged national specialties in several other breeds and has judged at three of the four AKC/Eukanuba National Championships.
Dr. Battaglia is a sought-after speaker on the seminar circuit and has been a guest on many television and radio programs.
Michael Canalizo, of Oldsmar, Florida, began his career in purebred dogs as a child, when his parents purchased their first Grandeur Afghan Hound in 1961. He began showing in 1963 and went on to breeder-owner-handle five generations of Kandahara champions. He became the manager-handler for Roger Rechler’s Grandeur Kennels in 1977. He has finished over 100 champions, resulting in 300 all-breed Bests in Show and more than 1,000 group wins. He had the number-one Afghan Hounds for ten consecutive years.
Mr. Canalizo judges all hound breeds, 22 additional breeds spanning four groups, and Junior Showmanship.
As a founding member of the Empire Specialty Association, Mr. Canalizo was its first show chair and vice president for twelve years. He has served the Afghan Hound Club of America as breeders’ education chairman.
Mr. Canalizo developed the “Show Dogs Road to Success” seminar for entry-level exhibitors. He says he is “most proud to be considered a person who appreciated the lessons taught by others and is willing to carry on that premise.”
After 40 years of breeding, owning, and handling, Mr. Canalizo has “retired” to Florida, only to continue juggling his judging assignments and a busy career in real estate.
Ellen Mac Neille Charles, of Washington, D.C., grew up with dogs. As a little girl she loved going to shows and helping her mother, all-breed judge Adelaide Riggs, in the ring. In 1950, she finished her first champion, a Dalmatian. It was in the 1970s, after she was married, that Mrs. Charles began breeding and showing champion Pulik and Bichons Frises. She won the breed at Westminster with her first Bichon, and the national specialty with another dog of her breeding.
Mrs. Charles is approved to judge Pulik, Bichons, Poodles, and Lhasa Apsos. She has judged Pulik and Bichons at Westminster, and both rings had large entries. “It’s always rewarding to have good choices,” says Mrs. Charles. This is her first time judging the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Mrs. Charles is a member of the Puli Club of America, the Bichon Frise Club of America, and the Mid-Atlantic Stewards Association. She is president of the Hillwood Museum and Garden and vice president of Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens. In what little free time she has, Mrs. Charles enjoys collecting antiques, traveling, and horseracing.
Arlene A. Czech, of Naples, Florida, has been breeding and showing Papillons for more than fifty years. She owned the first Mexican champion Papillon and the top obedience dog of 1964.
In 1967, Miss Czech was approved to judge Papillons and now judges all toy, non-sporting, and herding breeds. She has judged at Westminster and this year makes her judging debut at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Her assignments have taken her to six continents.
Miss Czech is a thirteen-year AKC delegate from the Papillon Club of America, of which she is an honorary life member. She has been a board member of the Greater Naples Dog Club for fifteen years. Miss Czech teaches basic obedience classes, visits nursing homes with her dogs, and is a longtime columnist for Show Sight magazine.
Now retired, Miss Czech taught ninth-grade science to mentally and emotionally handicapped children. She was honored by the National Science Teacher Association for designing a "Practical Science" course.
Roberta Davies, of Brimfield, Massachusetts, was born and grew up in New York City. Mrs. Davies began her show-ring career in 1970 when she got her first show Siberian. Belgian Sheepdogs were added as a second breed in the mid-’70s. She was able to combine her love of canines with gainful employment when she became “kennel mistress” for the renowned University of Connecticut wolf-pack behavioral studies.
With her husband, Tom Davies, she has bred and exhibited Siberians, Belgians, and Beardies, finishing many champions in each. She is proud to have finished many championships from the Bred-by-Exhibitor class.
Mrs. Davies was show secretary of the 1992 Siberian Husky Club of America national and show chairman for local Siberian specialties. She has been an officer or board member in several all-breed clubs, including Springfield, South Windsor, Putnam, and Taconic Hills. Mrs. Davies is a board member and a founding member of the Connecticut River Working Group Association.
Mrs. Davies began judging Siberians and Belgian Sheepdogs in 1992. She has judged several regional specialties, including the 2001 SHCA national, and has judged as far afield as South America. She is approved to judge the Working Group and eleven herding breeds.
Mrs. Davies is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked in the fashion industry for several years.
Sheila DiNardo, of West Hartford, Connecticut, was led into the world of dogs by two Great Danes that she and her husband, noted judge Dr. Anthony DiNardo, bought for companionship for their children. The DiNardos initially bred and produced several Great Dane champions before switching to Doberman Pinschers.
The DiNardos' breeding line has produced the most red Dobermans to win Best in Show, totaling almost fifty. The highlight of Mrs. DiNardo's showing career came when her home-bred Doberman, Ch. Eagles Devil “D”, won the breed’s national specialty.
Mrs. DiNardo judges the entire Working Group and eight sporting breeds. Her greatest thrill in judging was twice judging the Doberman national specialty.
Along with Anthony and Jean Fournier, Mrs. DiNardo is a founder of the Connecticut River Working Group Association, the only AKC-licensed working-dog club. She is also a member of and was at one time the recording secretary of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America. Mrs. DiNardo has led Doberman seminars at national specialties and at Judges Association clubs throughout New England. She says her greatest accomplishment has been “raising four wonderful children who were brought up to be compassionate and loving people who love animals, dogs most certainly.”
Espen Engh, of Oslo, Norway, received his first Greyhound at age 4, and at 9 was exhibiting his first show dog, Int. Ch. Jet Commander, to an international championship. Dr. Engh began breeding dogs in 1975, and in 2001 and 2003 he owned, bred, and handled Norway’s top dog, all breeds.
Dr. Engh’s Jet Greyhounds have produced 132 homebred champions, more than 400 champion titles in 39 countries worldwide, more than 30 BIS winners, and a spectacular seven consecutive generations of BIS-winning bitches. Dr. Engh considers the establishment and continuation of this line to be his most important contribution to the sport.
Dr. Engh is approved to judge all sighthounds and has judged in 47 countries at hundreds of events, including several FCI World, European, American, and Asian shows, Crufts, more than 100 prestigious specialties, and the Skokloster in Sweden, the world’s largest sighthound specialty. He has authored chapters for books on sighthounds and has lectured on breed histories and standards. Dr. Engh is a veterinarian and heads the Department for Animal Welfare in the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.
Jean Fournier, of Calhoun, Georgia, acquired her first Siberian Husky as birthday present from her husband in 1968.
Her Toko line of Siberians has won many Bests in Show, national specialties, and group placings. As a result of Mrs. Fournier’s experience as a sled-dog driver, she was awarded the Siberian Husky Club of America’s Working-Showing Trophy, as well as the Peggy Grant Memorial Trophy for Good Sportsmanship.
Mrs. Fournier is approved to judge all Sporting, Working, Herding, Non-Sporting, and Toy groups, Junior Showmanship, and Best in Show. She has judged over 75 national and local specialty shows in all groups. Mrs. Fournier’s international assignments have taken her to more than 25 countries. She has judged three Siberian Husky Club of America national specialties, four Westminster Kennel Club shows, the AKC Centennial Show, two World Dog Shows, and the Herding Group at the first AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
An award-winning writer and editor, Mrs. Fournier has been a contributor to the Complete Siberian Husky and The Siberian Husky books, and has written articles for most of the country’s top dog magazines.
Among her many important club positions, Mrs. Fournier is a founding member, and honorary life member, of the Connecticut Working Group Association.
Roger Hartinger, of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been involved with dogs since early childhood, his family having had a German Shepherd Dog and a Wire Fox Terrier. While at college, he obtained a Great Dane, a breed he continued to own after marriage.
Mr. Hartinger first bred and exhibited Standard Schnauzers, most of which he finished to championships, and later bred Lakeland Terriers. He began exhibiting in 1965, and both he and his wife, Paula, were AKC Licensed Handlers.
Mr. Hartinger is one of America’s most respected all-breed judges. He ranks his Working Group assignments at the first two AKC/Eukanuba shows among the highlights of his judging career.
Mr. Hartinger is a life member of the Clermont County and Cincinnati kennel clubs and has served both as president and show chairman. He is a board member of the Dog Judges Association of America and a founding member of the OKI Dog Judges Workshop. Mr. Hartinger has held memberships in many other clubs, including the American Miniature Schnauzer Club, the Buckeye Associated Specialty Clubs (past president), and the Standard Schnauzer Club of America (past president and show chairman).
Mr. Hartinger was an AKC delegate for fifteen years, serving as chairman of the nominating committee among other committee appointments.
Finally, Mr. Hartinger thanks his wife of 48 years and judging partner, Paula, for having a profound influence on his life.
W. Ronald “Ronnie” Irving, of Brandbury, England, is Chairman of The Kennel Club in London.
A third-generation breeder of Border Terriers, Mr. Irving finished his first British champion in 1966. His wife, Kate, is also from a family of distinguished Border Terrier fanciers, who exhibit under the Dandyhow banner. Together, the families are responsible for more than 50 U.K. champion Borders and three U.K. Dandie Dinmont champions. As an exhibitor, Mr. Irving’s greatest achievement was handling U.K. Ch. Dandyhow Scotsman to Reserve Best Terrier at Crufts in 1982. In addition to showing and breeding Dandyhow dogs, Mr. Irving bred several champion Border Terriers in his own name. The Irvings currently own seven Dandyhow champions.
Mr. Irving is approved to judge at U.K. championship shows Best in Show, the Terrier Group, Boxers, Saint Bernards, Bearded Collies, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Briards, and Norwegian Elkhounds. He has had the honor of twice judging the Terrier Group at Crufts and the U.K. National Terrier Club Best in Show in 1988. Other plum assignments include the Border Terrier Club of America national specialty (twice), the Montgomery County show (several times), and Westminster. 2005 marks Mr. Irving’s judging debut at the AKC/Eukanuba National Invitational.
Mr. Irving has been dedicated to various clubs, in both the United Kingdom and the United States. He held several key positions, including secretary and then chairman of the Border Terrier Club in the United Kingdom. The Kennel Club elected Mr. Irving to its General Committee in 1994; he was later elected Chairman. He considers this, along with breeding several U.K. champion Border Terriers and writing two books on dogs, to be his greatest accomplishments in the sport.
David Kirkland, of Sanford, North Carolina, always wanted a purebred dog as a child. After meeting much resistance, he finally convinced his parents and in 1973 got his first purebred, a Miniature Schnauzer. He trained and showed the dog in obedience before moving to conformation, where he made his name as a breeder-owner-handler of Miniature Schnauzers under the Daland banner.
Mr. Kirkland has finished many Miniature Schnauzers, including group and specialty winners, and has owned a multi-group- and BIS-winning Sealyham Terrier. Recently, in partnership with Stephen Roman, he has bred champion Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Japanese Chin under the Rokirk prefix.
In 1994, Mr. Kirkland was approved to judge Standard and Miniature Schnauzers, Sealyham Terriers, and Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers and is now approved to judge all terriers and toys, Bulldogs, Poodles, the working Schnauzers, Junior Showmanship, and Best in Show. He has judged the national specialties of Cairn Terriers, Welsh Terriers, and all three Schnauzer breeds. He has also been awarded green stars in Ireland and championship tickets in England.
Mr. Kirkland is a longtime member of the American Miniature Schnauzer Club and the New Brunswick Kennel Club and has served both clubs in key roles. For many years he served as judges’ education coordinator for the American Miniature Schnauzer Club and is now one of their approved presenters. He also serves as corresponding Secretary of the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club.
After 27 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Kirkland has retired and focuses mainly on his interests in the dog fancy.
Phyllis Laventhall-Wolfish, of Toronto, Canada, was born in London into a family of dog enthusiasts involved in Pomeranians, English Cockers, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She apprenticed at the Hawkridge Kennels in Knightsbridge and was exhibiting at English dog shows by the early 1940s.
Ms. Laventhall-Wolfish immigrated to Canada in 1953 and began to import Toy and Miniature Poodles. She attended shows extensively in Canada and the United States with top-winning Miniature and Toy Poodles under the Ma Griffe prefix. She has also bred and shown champion Whippets, and has handled Dobermans and Lhasa Apsos.
In 1989, The Kennel Club (England) approved Ms. Laventhall-Wolfish to judge Standard and Toy Poodles and Shih Tzu. Since then, Ms. Laventhall-Wolfish has had the opportunity to judge all over the world, including the United States, New Zealand, Trinidad, and extensively in Asia and South America. She has had the honor of judging the Melbourne Royal, the Westchester Kennel Club, the International Kennel Club of Chicago, the Finnish Kennel Club shows, and the Swedish Kennel Club’s five Summer Shows. 2005 is shaping up to be a busy year for Ms. Laventhall-Wolfish: She is making her AKC/Eukanuba National Championship judging debut and then is off to a Poodle specialty, a Dalmatian specialty, the International Kennel Club of Chicago show, and an assignment in Sydney, Australia.
Ms. Laventhall-Wolfish has written for Dogs in Canada, Sight Hound Magazine, and Poodle Review.
Marilyn Mayfield, of Camarillo, California, has been involved in the sport of dogs since the mid-1960s. She has owned and shown herding and toy dogs in both breed and obedience. As an owner-handler, she has put championship titles on more then seventy Old English Sheepdogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Mrs. Mayfield’s dogs have many obedience titles, Register of Merit titles, and Bests in Show.
Mrs. Mayfield judges all herding and miscellaneous breeds, eight toy breeds, and Best in Show and Junior Showmanship. Her assignments have taken her to the far corners of the earth: Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Mexico, Finland, Japan, and England.
Mrs. Mayfield is the president of the Burbank Kennel Club and a director of the AKC Museum of the Dog. She studied business at Cambridge University and theater arts at UCLA. Mrs. Mayfield has appeared in many commercials, on a soap opera, and in movies.
Dennis McCoy, of Apex, North Carolina, began in the sport in 1969 and soon established himself as one of the top handlers of his generation.
His ring achievements include handling the winners of the Chinese Crested, Poodle, and Dalmatian national specialties in the same year and handling the number-one dog in the country (1998-99), Standard Poodle Ch. Lakecove's That's My Boy. This great Poodle, under Mr. McCoy's guidance, went on to become the top-winning dog in breed history and the Non-Sporting Group's top winner of all time.
Mr. McCoy also handled the all-time top Dalmatian, Ch. Spotlight's Spectular. He handled dogs to seven consecutive Westminster Non-Sporting Group wins at Westminster, and went BIS at the Garden in 1991 with Standard Poodle Ch. Whisperwind on a Carousel.
Mr. McCoy retired from handling at the peak of his career and became a judge of all toy dogs and the Toy Group. He has since added the Non-Sporting Group and several terriers. Judging assignments have taken him to Europe, Asia, and South America.
Mr. McCoy is a member of the Poodle Club of America and the Raleigh Kennel Club, and has bred more than 30 champions.
Dr. Bernard E. “Bud” McGivern Jr., of Staten Island, New York, began in the sport of dogs at 18, when his parents began breeding and exhibiting Miniature and Toy Poodles. As a cheerleader at the University of Notre Dame, he was in charge of the two Irish Terrier mascots for football games and quickly learned how to care for the terrier coat.
He and his wife, Diane, purchased their first Vizsla in 1963. They have since bred twenty-six litters of Vizslas and finished thirty-two bench champions, one Vizsla dual champion, and two German Shorthaired Pointer field champions.
Dr. McGivern is approved to judge all sporting and non-sporting breeds. He has judged at Westminster twelve times, judging the Sporting Group in 1983 and 1997. He has had many international assignments and has judged most sporting-breed national specialties, some twice. Dr. McGivern is also a field trial judge.
He is past president of the Staten Island Kennel Club and is the club’s AKC delegate. Dr. McGivern is a member and governor of both the Westminster and Westchester kennel clubs, and was the founder and president of the Vizsla Club of Northern New Jersey and the Vizsla Club of Greater New York. He was a director and first AKC delegate from the Vizsla Club of America.
Dr. McGivern is a retired oral surgeon and university professor. He is an avid gardener and golfer.
Hon. David C. Merriam, of Bonsall, California, is a past Chairman of the Board of the American Kennel Club and now serves as AKC Vice Chairman. He is the AKC delegate from the Duluth Kennel Club.
Mr. Merriam is a longtime fancier of Bull Terriers, having acquired his first in 1952. As a breeder-exhibitor, he finished numerous champions, and won several all-breed Bests in Show and breed specialties.
Mr. Merriam has served in top positions for several dog clubs. He was president of the Bull Terrier Club of America, the Golden State Bull Terrier Club, and the Riverside Kennel Club, where he also served as show chairman for fourteen years.
Mr. Merriam judges all terriers. He has twice judged the Terrier Group at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, twice at Montgomery County, and at Westminster. In England, he has judged Bullies at Crufts and at the Bull Terrier Club’s Regent Trophy Show.
Mr. Merriam has won many awards during his years of distinguished service to the sport. Among the most prestigious are Gaines Man of the Year (1996), the 2003 Langdon Skarda Award, and the Bull Terrier Club of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Before his retirement, Mr. Merriam worked in private legal practice, served as a deputy district attorney, and spent twenty years as a trial court judge.
Denny Mounce, of Round Top, Texas, began obedience work in 1954 with a Westie her parents bought for her. In 1970, she showed a German Shepherd Dog in obedience, and by 1972 she was showing German Shorthaired and Wirehaired Pointers in the breed ring.
As a professional handler, Ms. Mounce finished more than 1,000 dogs for herself and clients, and won Bests in Show in all seven groups. She has had the distinction of being a three-time Iams Top Female Handler of the Year and is the only female handler in the Kennel Review Hall of Fame.
Ms. Mounce has bred more than 100 champion mini wirehaired Dachshunds, including the top-producing mini wire bitch of all time. She has bred the only two black and tan mini wires to win Best in Show. Ms. Mounce judges all terriers, toys, and non-sporting dogs, most hounds, Samoyeds, the three pointers, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
As a member of the Houston Kennel Club for thirty years, Ms. Mounce has held every committee position and served as secretary for seven years. She is president of the Bluebonnet Kennel Club.
Ms. Mounce breeds and shows miniature horses and has produced four world champions.
Elizabeth Muthard, of Bristow, Virginia, began in purebred dogs at an early age, when her mother was showing Standard Poodles. As a young adult she was given a Siberian Husky puppy, thus beginning her interest in both obedience and conformation.
Ms. Muthard first bred Siberian Huskies on a limited basis, and had her own sled team as well. In addition to Huskies, she has bred and handled Standard Poodles, Otterhounds, Labrador Retrievers, and, eventually, thanks to Charlie Olvis, Old English Sheepdogs. She bred Best in Show and/or specialty winners in four of the five breeds with which she was involved. Ms. Muthard apprenticed with top sporting-dog handlers and later had the opportunity to show many other breeds as well during the years she was a professional handler before beginning her judging career.
Winning a national specialty with a dog she bred is her greatest accomplishment, but “being the crowd favorite in the group at Westminster, and placing in that group,” remains Ms. Muthard’s greatest thrill.
In addition to her original breeds, Ms. Muthard judges all sporting and toy breeds, about half of the Non-Sporting Group, Junior Showmanship, and Best in Show. She is always honored when asked to judge, but believes that “judging my own breed’s national is the ultimate assignment.”
Ms. Muthard has been a member of the Allentown Dog Training Club, the Siberian Husky Club of Delaware Valley, the Lehigh Valley Kennel Club, and the Siberian Husky, Otterhound, and Old English Sheepdog national breed clubs, having served these organizations in a variety of key roles. “I am truly fortunate to have been able to spend my adult life enjoying our sport and to have met wonderful people through our common bond: our love for dogs.”
Richard S. Orseno, of New Lenox, Illinois, began attending AKC dog shows with his wife in the 1950s, hoping to find “his breed.” Upon choosing Boxers, Mr. Orseno began exhibiting and later became an all-breed professional handler, winning numerous Bests in Show in multiple groups.
After breeding champion Boxers, Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, and Beagles, Mr. Orseno rounded out his extensive participation in the dog world by obtaining his judging license in 1997. He is approved to judge the Working Group, the majority of the Sporting Group, Poodles, and German Shepherd Dogs.
Mr. Orseno’s judging career has taken him to several high-profile shows, including the International Kennel Club of Chicago and this, his first AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Mr. Orseno is past president and board member of Clearwater Kennel Club, where he had the privilege of forming the renowned Florida Classic Park and Florida Classic Cluster I and II with other Florida clubs. He remains active in a number of clubs and study groups, and is vice president of the Stone City Kennel Club.
Mr. Orseno was director of operations for the Metra Commuter Railroad in Chicago before his recent retirement. He devotes his life outside the ring to his family.
Jose Luis Payro, DVM, of Mexico City, is president of the Mexican Kennel Club. He got his start in purebred dogs when his parents bought him a male and a female Doberman Pinscher as his fifteenth birthday present. Dr. Payro began exhibiting in 1968, and by 1975 he had bred Mexico’s Dog of the Year. Dr. Payro has bred and shown Dobermans, Afghan Hounds, and Great Danes, finishing more then 60 Mexican champions.
Dr. Payro was approved to judge Afghans, Dobermans and Great Danes in 1970, and was eventually approved to judge all breeds under FCI rules. He has judged at the World Dog show many times and last year judged at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Dr. Payro has judged all over the world and enjoys meeting friends from everywhere.
As a founder of the Breeders Club, Dr. Payro has served on its board of directors since 1997. He is also the founder of the Veterinarians Club.
Dr. Payro is a veterinarian who operates his own clinic and teaches veterinary medicine. In 2000, he was honored by his peers with the Veterinarian of the Year Award.
Dr. Gerard C. Penta, of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, became involved with dogs after purchasing his first Scottish Terrier in the 1960s. He bred and exhibited Scotties under the Penbriar name, finishing both American and Canadian champions. A memorable experience as a breeder-handler-owner was taking a Group I win from the classes, over America’s top-winning terrier. The feat was then repeated in Canada.
Dr. Penta has been an AKC judge for more than thirty years, judging all terrier, non-sporting, and working breeds, some sporting breeds, and Best in Show. He has officiated at shows on three continents and has had the privilege of judging many national and regional specialty shows.
Dr. Penta’s judging assignments have given him plenty of television “face time”: He judged Louisville’s first televised Terrier Group and various shows for the Animal Planet’s Eukanuba Tournament of Champions, and was even featured in an Animal Planet sidebar piece.
Dr. Penta played a key role in developing AKC judges’ education programs.
A retired university professor, Dr. Penta is president of the American Dog Show Judges and director of the ADSJ Advanced Institute.
David Powers, of Sylmar, California, always had dogs as a child. But it wasn’t until when his house was burglarized in the late 1960s that he got into the dog show world. After a police officer advised him to “get a gun or get a dog,” he opted for the latter, bought a Puli, and thus his career began.
Mr. Powers showed for the first time in 1971, at the Puli Club of America national specialty. He has since bred mainly Pulik and Norwich Terriers and, to a lesser extent, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Dachshunds, and Alaskan Malamutes.
Mr. Powers judges 32 breeds across six breed groups. Mr. Powers’ assignments have taken him around the world. In Sydney, he judged Best in Show at the 2002 Australian Challenge Cup for Dog of the Year. He has also worked the Puli Club of America's national specialty and the Norwich and Norfolk Terrier Club of America's national specialty.
Mr. Powers is past president of the Los Encinos Kennel Club, which he now serves as AKC delegate, and has frequently served as show chairman. He is show chairman of the Santa Barbara Kennel Club.
Dr. Robert D. Smith, of St. Stephens Church, Virginia, is a past member of the AKC Board of Directors. He began in the sport in 1960 exhibiting German Shepherd Dogs. But when his wife, Polly, bought him an American Foxhound puppy, the course of his life changed forever.
Dr. and Mrs. Smith together bred three generations of Best in Show American Foxhounds and five generations of group winners. They have given Foxhound seminars, and Dr. Smith has written extensively on the breed.
As an owner-handler, Dr. Smith had the top-winning American Foxhound for seven consecutive years and is a three-time Owner-Handler of the Year nominee.
Dr. Smith is a respected all-breed judge who has judged at the 2002 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (Hound Group), Westminster, and International Kennel Club of Chicago shows. He has held every conceivable office in dog clubs “from Tennessee to Michigan to Mississippi to Alabama to Virginia,” including all-breed, obedience, group, and specialty clubs.
Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in political science and taught college for twelve years. He then developed and ran statewide small-business assistance programs in Virginia and Mississippi.
Ferelith Somerfield, of Kent, England, follows in the footsteps of her mother and aunts, who had been showing dogs under the Oudenarde name before she was born. Mrs. Somerfield’s first dog was a Dalmatian, but Cairn Terriers became her true love. She has bred or shown many Cairns with success, along with Irish Terriers, Boxers, a Dalmatian, and English Setters.
Mrs. Somerfield began judging Cairns in 1963 and is now approved for 125 breeds in the United Kingdom. Career highlights include judging Best in Show at Crufts, BIS at the Australian Sydney Royal, Perth Royal, and Hobart Royal shows, four Cairn specialties in America, and the World Dog Show. She is particularly proud of having been elected by breed club members to judge specialties, including the Cocker Spaniel Club’s Centenary Championship and the Old English Sheepdog Club’s Centenary Championship in the United Kingdom.
Mrs. Somerfield has authored a book on Mrs. Florence Nagle, the famed breeder of Irish Wolfhounds and Irish Setters, and has edited an encyclopedia of dogs. For many years she was the editor of the British Dog World.
Roy Stenmark, of Woodside, California, bought his first dog, a Beagle, as a family pet in 1962 and began exhibiting two years later. He has since owned, bred, and exhibited Saint Bernards, Lhaso Apsos, Salukis, and Dandie Dinmont Terriers.
In 1974, Mr. Stenmark met his wife, Betty-Anne, while judging his first assignment. He calls this without doubt the highlight of his in-ring career. He was approved to judge Saint Bernards in 1973 and now judges the Working, Non-Sporting and Hound groups, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Australian Shepherds, Briards and Bouviers des Flandres.
A 24-year member of the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore, Mr. Stenmark has served the club as show chairman, assistant show chairman, and treasurer. He is the founder and a past president of the Skyline Dog Fanciers of San Mateo County and is now vice president and show chairman. He is a member of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America.
Mr. Stenmark has taken part in helping the dog world outside the ring. He served on a task force to review the San Mateo County Breeding Ban Ordinance and helped write the majority report to the County Board of Supervisors, creating a workable environment for all parties involved.
Mr. Stenmark is a retired general engineering and building contractor. In his free time he enjoys working in his garden.
Charles Trotter, of Nashville, Tennessee, began his career in dogs in 1958 as a handler, graduating to zone representative of the Professional Handlers Association for a number of years.
He retired from handling in the late 1970s and began judging soon thereafter. Mr. Trotter now judges all breed groups except terriers. At the 1997 Westminster show, the dog he selected as the Working Group winner went on to Best in Show.
Mr. Trotter, well known for his knowledge of canine movement and anatomical structure, credits his background in German Shepherd Dogs to the development of his theories of proper conformation. Mr. Trotter has been a member of the Nashville Kennel Club for almost 40 years. He is club president and sits on its board of directors.
Since his marriage to Patricia Craige in 1994, Mr. Trotter’s household has expanded to include his wife’s celebrated Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds. The Trotters enjoy a variety of sporting and social activities in addition to their involvement in the dog world. The Trotter family includes a son, a daughter, and two grandsons, with whom Mr. Trotter spends cherished family time.
Cindy Vogels, of Greenwood Village, Colorado, has bred more than 100 champion Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, and champion Norfolk, Kerry Blue, and Welsh terriers, and Brittanys. These include Best in Show, specialty Best in Show, and group winners, and top producers, including the top terrier dam of all time.
Mrs. Vogels judges all terriers, fifteen sporting breeds, and Junior Showmanship. Career judging highlights include Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Norfolk Terrier national specialties, and the Westminster Kennel Club Show.
Mrs. Vogels is a past president of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America and now serves as the club’s AKC delegate. She is secretary and show chair for the Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club.
One of America’s leading writers on canine subjects, Mrs. Vogels is a winner of the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Medallion for her AKC Gazette “Better Breeding” column. She sits on the boards of the AKC Canine Health Foundation and Take the Lead, and feels that “both these organizations are fundamental to the well-being of the sport.”
Mrs. Vogels raises and shows champion Morgan horses.
Joe C. Walton, of Santa Ana, California, and his wife, Roberta, bought their first purebred dog, a red smooth mini Dachshund, in the 1960s. But it wasn’t until the 1970s, after acquiring a Shih Tzu that they began to show.
Mr. Walton has bred, owned, or finished more than 70 dogs, including Shih Tzu, Chihuahuas, a Pug, and a Maltese. A high point of his career was the breeder-owner-handled Ch. Shen Wah’s Turn It Loose, ROM, a BIS Shih Tzu who had over a hundred breed wins, fifteen group firsts, and many specialty wins.
Mr. Walton was first approved to judge Shih Tzu in 1987 and now judges the Toy, Non-Sporting, and Hound groups, six terrier breeds, Best in Show, and Junior Showmanship. Judging career highlights include assignments at Westminster, the American Shih Tzu national specialty, and, of course, this year’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. He has also judged Shih Tzu specialties in Europe and Australia.
Mr. Walton has been a member, officer, or board member of the American Shih Tzu Club and the Chihuahua Club of America. He is a founding member and past president of the Toy Dog Breeders Association of Southern California and was a longtime show chairman for the Santa Ana Valley Kennel Club.
Casandra Clark, of Santa Ana, California, is, at 20 years old, the youngest judge at this year’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Her first dog, a Siberian Husky, was a gift from her grandparents.
At 13, Miss Clark won Best Junior at both Westminster and the World Dog Show in 1997, and in the same year became the youngest person in breed history to win a Best in Show. She has won multiple specialty Bests in Show.
During her fourteen years of showing dogs, Miss Clark has bred and owned eleven champions, four Best in Show winners, and four specialty Best in Show winners. She was approved to judge Junior Showmanship in 2004. In her free time, Miss Clark enjoys golf. She is working toward a degree in business.
Carol E. Rappaport-Fish, of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, was born into a family of Bedlington Terrier breeders and first showed in Germany at age 4. Her achievements in the ring, including a breed win at Westminster as a teenager, a blossoming judging career, and a successful breeding program in Bedlingtons have grown to encompass all facets of the dog world.
Ms. Rappaport-Fish has bred 17 champion Bedlingtons to date in partnership with her mother, Nancy J. Rappaport (BTCA Breeder of Distinction), under the Starcastle name. They have bred numerous top specials and an up-and-coming top producer.
Ms. Rappaport-Fish was licensed to judge Junior Showmanship in 1997 and has had the honor of judging Juniors at the combined setter specialties held the week before Westminster. She is a member of BTCA, the Vizsla Club of America, and the Vizsla rescue program.
Best Junior Handler
Robert S. Forsyth, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, born into a dog show family, has been in the sport since 1933. He apprenticed under Henry Stoecker and Charles Hamilton, and spent three years in the Marine Corps First War Dog Platoon.
Upon his return from the service, Mr. Forsyth managed the famed Seafern and Mardomere kennels before founding his own facility in 1949. He later joined forces with, and eventually married, Jane Kamp. The Forsyths soon became dogdom’s most famous husband-and-wife team of handlers.
Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth have handled Best in Show winners at Westminster, the only married couple to do so, and they are the only winners of the Ken-L-Biskit Couple of the Year Award. The Forsyths are the authors of the award-winning Guide to Successful Dog Showing, long considered an essential text on the subject.
Mr. Forsyth has won the Kennel Review handlers award and is a two-time winner of the Gaines Handler of the Year Award. He has bred Pointers for forty years, producing approximately twenty-five champions.
Mr. Forsyth has judged at every important venue in the United States and, as an FCI “all-rounder” judge since 1981, has had assignments in Australia, Italy, Japan, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Mexico, and several South American countries. He judged the Sporting Group at the 2002 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
Louise Botko, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, got her start in dogs when she and her husband decided to get a Miniature Schnauzer puppy in 1981. In 1982, she began showing in obedience and has since trained four Miniature Schnauzers to their Utility titles, one earning a UDX.
Mrs. Botko’s first judging assignment came in 1993. She was approved to judge all classes by 1997, and has recently applied to judge AKC Rally.
Mrs. Botko has instructed classes at the Bloomington Obedience Training Club. Although her judging schedule has limited her involvement in clubs, she has held the position of secretary and board member of the Twin Cities Miniature Schnauzer Club.
A professional educator, Mrs. Botko makes elementary school classroom visits to teach children the importance of responsible pet-ownership. Her dogs accompany her and demonstrate obedience exercises. She says, “Meeting with young children and talking about the importance of caring for their pets is a most rewarding experience.”
Mr. Curtis M. Cunnignham, of Torrance, California, got his start in obedience in 1972, when he bought his daughter a Shetland Sheepdog. After she started obedience training, it wasn’t long before the whole family was training and showing.
In 1987, Mr. Cunningham got his approval to judge obedience, which he judges through the Utility class. Though he enjoys every judging assignment, he feels that working at the 2005 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be an unequalled experience: “It is a great high for me when a dog and an exhibitor are in my ring, they both do well, and I was the judge who got to witness it.”
Mr. Cunningham has been an officer or board member of several obedience and specialty dog clubs. In addition to chairing obedience trials, he and his wife have assisted in the planning, preparation, and operation of several Gaines regionals and classics. They have also chaired a Gaines regional in Southern California.
After twenty-seven years in financial management with Northrop Corporation, Mr. Cunningham is now retired.
Lynn Eggers, of Grapevine, Texas, obtained her first dog, a Miniature Poodle, in 1959 as a gift from her husband. She began obedience work in 1963, achieving a UD with her Poodle, and in 1968 had the top-winning Doberman Pinscher. In the 1970s, she began breeding Dobermans, producing many champions under her Foxhall kennel name. She says her greatest satisfaction as a breeder has come from the many wonderful people to whom she has sold puppies: “One of those puppies becomes their ‘forever dog.’ ”
Mrs. Eggers judges Novice, Open, and Utility obedience. She judges nationwide, encountering some of the best working dogs in the world. She particularly enjoys working with novice handlers, who represent the future of the sport.
Mrs. Eggers is a member of the Ft. Worth Kennel Club, the Ft. Worth Dog Training Club, the Doberman Pinscher Club of Dallas, and the Doberman Pinscher Club of America. She is treasurer of the Doberman Rescue of North Texas, and has taught seminars and obedience classes.
Donald A. Levinson, of Alexandria, Virginia, got his start in training with a Doberman Pinscher in 1973. After signing up for a training class, he saw how much both he and the dog enjoyed it, and decided to continue.
Mr. Levinson says his greatest achievement in the ring was finishing his Doberman to both her breed championship and Utility title. Although a small-scale breeder, he has produced a breed champion and several obedience-titled dogs.
Mr. Levinson has served as treasurer and is currently president of the Mount Vernon Dog Training Club (MVDTC). He has also served as president of the Potomac Valley Doberman Pinscher Club.
Mr. Levinson was approved to judge obedience in 1985 and now judges Novice, Open, and Utility. Among his career highlights is judging the 1997 AKC National Obedience Invitational.
Mr. Levinson owes his career to Jack Ward, past president of the MVDTC and former AKC Board chairman. “His help and encouragement have made me the judge I am today,” says Mr. Levinson.
Diane J. Propst, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, acquired her first purebred dog, a Scottish Terrier, in 1960. She began showing him in obedience in 1962 and continued until he received his UD. Eleven of her dogs have earned eleven CDX titles, five UDs, four TDs, two UDXs, an OTCH, and a breed championship.
An AKC obedience judge since 1970, Mrs. Propst is approved for all classes. She feels privileged to judge some of the finest dogs in the country. Her favorite part of being a judge is “meeting so many wonderful people who also share my interest in dogs.”
Taking an active part in many clubs, Mrs. Propst has served as president and vice president of the Westside Dog Training Club, and vice president of the Northwest Obedience Club of Suburban Chicago. She is a lifetime member of both clubs, as well as the Fox Valley Dog Training Club. Mrs. Probst is a member of the Springfield Missouri Dog Training Club and has taught classes for all of her clubs.
Now that she and her husband are retired, Mrs. Propst enjoys spending time gardening, boating, and traveling.
Sharon Ann Redmer, of Whitmore Lake, Michigan, got her start in dogs in 1968, when she and her husband adopted a mixed-breed puppy from the local humane society. They decided to take him to obedience class, and it is there that they found their niche in purebred dogs. They acquired their first Belgian Tervuren in 1971.
Mrs. Redmer has owned, bred, raised, trained, and exhibited Tervuren in obedience, tracking, and conformation under the StarBright banner. She has finished over 70 conformation champions, including the very first tracking champion in any of the three Belgian herding breeds.
Mrs. Redmer judges all obedience classes, Junior Showmanship, the three Belgian herders, and rough and smooth Collies. Career highlights include judging at the 1996 AKC Invitational Obedience Championships, judging breed and obedience at national specialties for all three Belgian herders, and assignments in France, England, Australia, and Canada.
Mrs. Redmer has served the American Belgian Tervuren Club as president for three terms, AKC delegate for ten years, vice president, national specialty chair, and numerous board positions. She serves as the obedience chair for the Ann Arbor Kennel Club and is a lifetime member of the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club.
Daniel Dege, of Eagan, Minnesota, served for six years as senior AKC agility field representative and has coached the AKC/USA Agility World Team, which has won three gold and three silver medals.
Mr. Dege began competing in agility in 1989 and counts among his career highlights a second-place finish at the Vienna Cup, in Austria. He has handled a Border Collie, Keeshond, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in agility and obedience trials.
A judge since 1997, Mr. Dege is approved to work all levels of agility and points to his work at the World Dog Show, in Mexico City, as the highlight of his judging career. He participated in the first-ever AKC agility judges seminar and has taught every continuing-education clinic for the AKC. In 2003 he judged the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Mr. Dege is a founding member of the Minnesota Agility Club and has served the club as trial chairman.
When not judging and coaching agility, Mr. Dege is a registered architect with the firm of Finn Daniels Architects. He wishes to thank his wife, Linda, “for her continued patience and support.”
Kera Holm, of Fresno, California, fell in love with Shetland Sheepdogs 10 years ago and has loved everything about them since. Around eight years ago, Mrs. Holm began showing her Shelties in agility. She has since put MX and MXJ titles on some puppies and is going for a MACH.
As an agility judge, she enjoys the moments when dog and handler are “in the zone” and both smiling during a run. Mrs. Holm is a member of the Canine Agility Team in Fresno.
Mrs. Holm feels that learning how to train a dog to be a successful agility competitor is her finest accomplishment. She is thankful that her husband and son are so supportive of her travel-intensive schedule.
Adrienne Lynch, of Decatur, Illinois, bought her first show dog in 1986, after graduating from college. Influenced by her older sister, an English Springer Spaniel exhibitor, Ms. Lynch showed her first Doberman Pinscher, Ch. Kyjurs Jumpin Jack, ROM, in conformation and obedience.
In 1993, Ms. Lynch competed in her first agility trial. An ardent supporter of the sport, she says her greatest achievement came at the 2003 World Agility Championship, but not as a competitor: She cheered on the American team dressed as the Statue of Liberty!
Ms. Lynch was a participant in the first AKC agility judging clinic in 1994 and has been judging since. She is approved to judge agility trials at all levels and judged at the National Agility Championships in 1999 and 2001 and is scheduled to judge the event again in 2005. Ms. Lynch also judged the 2004 World Team Invitational tryouts. She is a current or past member of several specialty and all-breed clubs, and has held the positions of secretary and vice president.
Ms. Lynch is a partner in a consulting engineering firm. A true outdoorswoman, her outside interests include whitewater rafting, flying, camping, golfing, and horseback riding.
Joan Mullen, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, joined an obedience club with her Labrador Retriever in 1988. She became an active member of the club, serving as an officer and a board member. She showed three dogs to their UD.
It wasn’t until 1990 that Ms. Mullen discovered agility. She attended numerous seminars and read every book she could find to learn about the sport. Her love for training and showing resulted in her dog Dancer earning first place in rounds one and two (24-inch division) at the 1996 AKC Agility Nationals and was second overall in the division at the 1997 Nationals.
After retiring Dancer due to an injury, Ms. Mullen became an agility judge in 1999 as her way of keeping in touch with the sport that she has come to love. In addition to judging and teaching agility classes, she is training a Malinois. She says her new dog has “taught me even more about this ever-changing sport.”
When not on the agility course, Ms. Mullen works at a large Milwaukee cancer center as a radiation therapist.