Best in Show
M. Barton, of Middleburg, Virginia, has been involved in the sport
of dogs for 50 years.
She began in the sport in the early 1950s, exhibiting Doberman Pinschers
in conformation and obedience competition. In the years before seminars,
breed forums, and other educational tools were available, Mrs. Barton
says her formative years in the sport were "more or less, a trial-and-error
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 her to become the second
woman field representative in the organization's history. Mrs. Barton
served as a field rep for sixteen years before becoming a judge. She is
approved to judge the Sporting, Hound, and Working groups, as well as
Best in Show and Junior Showmanship. Of her Best in Show assignment at
the event, she says, "I feel as though I'm representing all
the judges in the country, and I don't want to let them or the AKC
Mrs. Barton is a founding member of the Labrador Retriever Club of the
Potomac and the Middleburg Kennel Club, and is a life member of the Labrador
Mrs. Barton enjoys several hobbies, including needlepoint. A sample of
her work is on permanent display at AKC headquarters in New York. A dog
fancier to her fingertips, the license plate on her Lexus reads: CMB-AKC.
Mrs. Barton's daughter, Deborah Ayer, is a breeder of Cavalier King
S. Forsyth, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, was born into a dog-show
family and has been in the sport since 1933. He apprenticed under Henry
Stoeker and Charles Hamilton, and spent a three-year hitch 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, and the Forsyths 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. Also, 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.
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
thirty years, producing approximately twenty-five champions.
As a judge, Mr. Forsyth has worked at every important venue in the United
States and has also judged in Australia, Japan, Finland, Sweden, Canada,
Mexico, and several South American countries. He has been a Federation
Cynologique Internationale "all-rounder" judge since 1981.
Between their busy judging schedules and speaking engagements, Mr. and
Mrs. Forsyth try to squeeze in as many rounds of golf as possible.
Robert D. Smith, of St. Stephens Church, Virginia, began exhibiting
dogs in 1960. His first breed was German Shepherd Dogs, but his career
was changed forever when his wife, Polly, bought him an American Foxhound
puppy as a gift. 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 nominee for Owner-Handler
of the Year.
He was approved to judge Foxhounds and Beagles in 1970 and became an all-breed
judge in 1996. Asked to name some highlights of his distinguished judging
career, Dr. Smith mentions assignments at the Westminster and International
shows, as well as several overseas events, but insists that "every
weekend is a highlight because I enjoy every assignment."
Dr. Smith 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. He is a former member of the American
Kennel Club Board of Directors.
Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in political science and taught at the college
level for twelve years. He then developed and ran statewide small-business
assistance programs in Virginia and Mississippi.
Lee James, of Littleton, Colorado, began exhibiting Dalmatians in
1952 but is best known for her long association with Poodles. With her
husband, Howard, she has bred, owned, and handled several champions, including
Ch. Alee What Price a Dream, one of the most influential sires in recent
Poodle history. She has been an officer for several dogs clubs and is
currently president of the Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club.
Mrs. James began judging obedience in 1958. By 1974 she was approved to
judge all obedience classes, the Non-Sporting Group, the Toy Group, and
several working breeds. That same year, she resigned from judging to join
the AKC field staff, becoming one of only two woman field representatives
at the time. Mrs. James retired from the field staff in 1991 and resumed
judging, eventually becoming an all-breed judge. Career highlights include
judging the Toy Group at the 2002 Westminster show, Best in Show assignments
at the International and Golden Gates shows, and judging Standard Poodles
at the Poodle Club of America specialty show in 1972.
Mrs. James is no stranger to readers of the AKC GAZETTE: She has written
articles for the magazine, participated in the 2002 GAZETTE Judges Forum,
and was the subject of a feature-length profile in the May 2002 issue.
She has been a presenter at the AKC Judges Institutes.
All five of the Jameses' children grew up participating the sport
of dogs. "They are all better people because they were raised in
the sport," she says. "The dogs taught them a huge lesson in
C. Merriam, of Bonsall, California, is a past Chairman of the Board
of the American Kennel Club and currently serves as AKC Vice Chairman.
Although as a boy he obedience-trained a Collie under Bill Koehler, Mr.
Merriam says, "My first and only real show breed is the Bull Terrier."
He won a California specialty show in 1953 with his first Bull Terrier
and has since won "a few Bests in Show, several national specialties,
and for two or three years I had the top-winning Bull Terrier in the country."
Several dog clubs have benefited from Mr. Merriam's wisdom: He has
served as president of the Golden State Bull Terrier Club and the Bull
Terrier Club of America, and as president and show chairman for the Riverside
Mr. Merriam became a judge of Bull Terriers in 1967 and is currently approved
to judge all terriers. He was twice the Best in Show judge at the Montgomery
County show and has judged the Terrier Group at Westminster. Other career
highlights include judging Bull Terriers at the Regent Trophy and Crufts
shows in England, and being named Gaines Man of the Year for 1996.
During his legal career, Mr. Merriam worked in private practice, served
as a deputy district attorney, and spent twenty years as a trial-court
judge. Now retired from the law, dog-related activities take up most of
Mr. Merriam's days, but he still finds time for reading, gardening,
travel, writing, and "a little sculpting."
Bergum, of Ventura, California, is a past member of the American Kennel
Club Board of Directors.
Mr. Bergum began exhibiting Pekingese in the early 1950s. He proudly gives
credit to his late wife, Elaine, for the success of their small-scale
dog-breeding program. "Anything I have achieved in the sport was
the result of marrying a lady with the Midas touch," says Bergum.
"Considering the small number of dogs involved, her success was miraculous."
Mr. Bergum was approved to judge Pekingese and Pugs in 1961 and has since
added the Toy, Hound, Terrier, and Non-Sporting groups, as well as several
breeds from the remaining groups. He has judged at major venues at home
A life member of the Ventura County Dog Fanciers, Mr. Bergum is a past
president and AKC delegate of the club and was its show chair for 32 years
during the heyday of the famous Ventura-Santa Barbara weekend of
dog shows. He was the founding president of the Pekingese Club of Arizona,
a past member of the Pekingese Club of America's board of governors,
and past president and show chairman of the Sahuaro State Kennel Club.
During his term on the AKC board of directors, Mr. Bergum introduced the
concept of "back-to-back" shows and rekindled interest in the
then-dormant "group show." Both ideas were approved by the board
and are now integral parts of the modern show scene.
Sam Draper, of Monroe, New York, showed his first dog, a Cairn Terrier,
in 1939 under the 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 32 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
He was approved to judge Chows in 1971 and currently judges the Non-Sporting,
Toy, and Terrier groups, and several sporting breeds.
The longtime AKC delegate from the Chow Chow Club and judge of the club's
1986 national specialty, Dr. Draper has also served the Westchester, Tuxedo,
Saw Mill, and Westbury kennel clubs in several meaningful roles.
Dr. Draper holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has for several
years been a respected and much-beloved educator at SUNY Rockland Community
College, where the honors program he founded has become a national model.
He is a devotee of opera, theater, literature, and modern art. When reminding
his students of the importance of a well-rounded education, he likes to
cite G.K. Chesterton's maxim: "Only one thing is necessary for
a fulfilled happy life-everything!"
O. Hutchinson, of Westbrook, Connecticut, the daughter of Dachshund
breeder Nancy Onthank, was born into the sport of dogs. As the breeder
of well over a hundred Dachshund champions in all coats and both sizes,
Mrs. Hutchinson has kept her mother's Rose Farm kennel name alive
and well. In addition to her famous Dachshunds, she has owned several
An AKC judge since 1973, Mrs. Hutchinson is approved to judge all breeds.
She has judged in forty-six of the continental United States, Alaska,
Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and thirteen foreign countries. Of her six Westminster
assignments, she recalls her judging of the Hound Group in 1995 as her
most memorable moment on the famous green carpet.
Mrs. Hutchinson is a life member of the Dachshund Club of America and
has served the club as a board member and AKC delegate. She is also a
longtime member of the Greenwich Kennel Club and spent nearly twenty years
as the club's chairman.
The Complete Dachshund, published by Howell Books in 1998, was co-written
by Mrs. Hutchinson and her husband, Bruce. The Hutchinsons have two daughters
and six grandchildren. Between judging assignments, Mrs. Hutchinson enjoys
skiing and sailing.
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
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.
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 Caring for the German. He has published his findings
in the AKC Gazette, Dog News, Dog World, and in leading journals abroad.
He is a popular judge of herding and working breeds, one of the few who
has presided at a German Shepherd national specialty in America, Canada,
and Mexico. He has judged national specialties in several other breeds.
Dr. Battaglia is a sought-after speaker on the seminar circuit and has
been a guest on many television and radio programs.
Bauer, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, proudly refers to himself as "an
honest-to-goodness, dyed-in-the-wool, native New Yorker," being born,
bred, and educated in Manhattan.
Mr. Bauer began his career in the early 1950s, obedience-training a Boxer.
His next obedience dog, Papillon Admiral of Mariposa (Shadrock), went
on to become one of the great toy dogs of all time in obedience competition.
After his return from military service, Mr. Bauer began a long association
with Poodles. He spent ten years in the employ of Anne Rogers Clark at
the fabled Surrey Kennels in Mahopac, New York. With partner Blair Prentice,
he acquired the facility and operated under the Curzon kennel name.
In 1965, he went Best in Show at his first two assignments as a professional
handler, at the Twin Brooks and Old Dominion kennel club shows. Until
his retirement from handling in 1991, Mr. Bauer guided some of the greatest
Poodles of his time to major wins. He took the Toy Group at the 1974 Westminster
show and won Best of Breed at the Poodles Club of America's national
specialty four times, one of only two professional handlers to ever do
so. He was named Handler of the Year in 1980.
An AKC judge since 1991, he is approved for the Hound, Terrier, Toy, and
Non-Sporting groups, and several other breeds from the remaining groups.
Mr. Bauer has officiated at three Westminster shows, including a Toy Group
assignment. He still considers Westminster his "hometown show"
and hasn't missed one in forty-nine years.
Beisel-McIwaine, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, acquired her first show dog,
an Old English Sheepdog, soon after her high-school graduation. It was
as an assistant to George Ward in the mid-1970s that she began her association
with terriers, particularly Wire Fox Terriers.
She was a professional handler by 1980, when she married Cairn Terrier
breeder Sandy McIwaine. Their Foxairn Kennels have "finished a multitude
of Cairns and fifteen homebred Wires." Foxairn has twice produced
the number-one Cairn in the country, one of whom was a two-time national-specialty
Ms. Beisel-McIwaine has judged national specialties for Cairns, Sealyham
Terriers, and Wires at Montgomery County, presided over the Terrier Group
at the Great Western show, and has judged at Westminster. She counts among
her ring highlights judging 198 Cairns at an open show in England. "It
is a thrill to judge at the AKC Invitational this year," she says.
"I've been truly blessed with many prestigious assignments."
Ms. Beisel-McIwaine is a member of the American Fox Terrier Club and serves
on the judges' education committee of the Cairn Terrier Club of America.
She is a board member of the Terrier Club of Michigan and the Wire Fox
Terrier Club of Central States, and is vice president of the Cairn Terrier
Club of Greater Detroit. She has presented Cairns at many educational
Other interests include downhill skiing, Bible study, and rooting for
her three teenage sons at sporting events. A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin,
she is an avid Packers fan.
Boileau, of Burlington, Wisconsin, inherited his interest in animals
from his father, who kept hunting-dogs. When he was old enough to care
for them, he was given his own dogs-a Poodle and Whippet. At the
age of sixteen he began breeding and showing Whippets, and was associated
with the breed for many years.
Mr. Boileau was for decades one of the busiest and most successful professional
handlers on the circuit. He began his handling career in his native Canada,
came to America to manage and show dogs for Ed Jenner at Knollard Farm,
and, he says, "I'm still here!" The names of the champions
he bred and handled while at Knollard would be "too many to list."
His professional handling career culminated at the 1990 Westminster show,
when he took Best in Show with Ch. Wendessa Crown Prince. He handled the
great Pekingese champion to eighty-six group firsts and thirty-four Bests
Approved to judge the Toy Group in 1990, Mr. Boileau is now approved to
judge the Hound and Non-Sporting groups as well. He is a two-time Westminster
breed judge and has conducted Pekingese judges' seminars.
Mr. Boileau is president of the Wheaton Kennel Club and is a twenty-five-year
member of the Pekingese Club of America. He is the recipient of a Quaker
Oats Top Toy Dog award.
Away from the dog-show ring, he is an accomplished breeder-exhibitor of
Hackney ponies with many champions to his credit.
M. Booxbaum, of Jensen Beach, Florida, began exhibiting Great Danes
in 1946. He is responsible for many champions in the breed, including
the top-winning Dane of 1973 and the top-producing stud dog of 1967. He
has also bred Boxers that were "sold or given to good pet homes and
were never shown."
Mr. Booxbaum was first approved to judge Great Danes in 1951, and today
judges the Working, Herding, and Sporting groups, plus Affenpinschers,
Japanese Chin, and Pugs. He is a popular judge at major venues across
the country, having judged numerous national-specialty shows and at the
1984 American Kennel Club Centennial show in Philadelphia. "It is
the challenge of judging that affords me the most pleasure," he says.
Mr. Booxbaum is president of the Palm Beach County Dog Fanciers and is
past president of the Great Dane Club of America, having served in that
capacity for five terms. He is a past four-term president of the Boxer
Club of Long Island and served the Tri-Cities Kennel Club as its AKC delegate
for twelve years.
In 1990, as attorney for Westbury, New York, Mr. Booxbaum wrote a number
of "dog ordinances" that were enacted by the town and copied
by many municipalities throughout the U.S. His magazine articles have
earned him the Dog Writers Association of America's Maxwell Medallion.
Now retired from the law, Mr. Booxbaum says with characteristic good humor:
"I have become a beach bum and a bridge bum, and maintain my respectability
by judging dog shows."
Canalizo, of Palm Harbor, Florida, was born into a "dog family."
She began showing and breeding Afghan Hounds in 1961 and got into Salukis
shortly thereafter with her husband, Jim, and their three children.
"During the heyday of the Afghan in the 1960s and '70s,"
says Mrs. Canalizo, "I finished six generations of typey, correct-moving
Afghans that did a moderate amount of group and specialty-show winning-ample
rewards for a hobby breeder of that era. I finished many champions in
the days of thirty-eight dogs for a major!" Her Afghan bloodlines
were behind many champions of future generations.
Mrs. Canalizo was first approved to judge Afghan Hounds in 1976 and now
judges all hound, working, and herding breeds, half of the sporting breeds,
and Poodles. She has written extensively on the sighthounds and has taught
at many seminars.
She has held "just about every position in many clubs, both all-breed
and specialty." She is a member of the Ladies Kennel Association,
the Morris & Essex Kennel Club, and the Sun Coast Afghan Hound Club.
Asked what she feels is her greatest accomplishment in the sport, Mrs.
Canalizo replies: "Longevity! That, and a faithful adherence to the
principals and demands that keep our world of dogs and dog shows the wonderful,
special arena that my family and I have been fortunate enough to be a
Outside the ring, Mrs. Canalizo is a silversmith and an abstract artist
who loves classical music and gardening.
M. Chashoudian, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has never made a living
outside of dogs, except for a hitch in the army during the Korean War
and a nine-month stint with the Forest Service soon after.
He began in the sport as a teenager in 1945. He exhibited an Airedale
in conformation and obedience, eventually winning a large Airedale specialty
under legendary judge Alva Rosenberg. He went on to win more than 500
all-breed Bests in Show, including three times at Santa Barbara, Montgomery
County, and Westminster's 100th anniversary show. Mr. Chashoudian
has bred many champions in a variety of terrier breeds. His Ch. Sylair
Special Edition is the top Wire Fox Terrier sire in breed history, producing
ninety AKC champions.
After more than thirty years as one of the country's leading breeder-handlers,
Mr. Chasoudian became a judge in 1982 and is now approved to judge all
groups but Working and Herding. He is a fixture on the seminar circuit,
and his monthly column in Canine Chronicle magazine is read by fanciers
Among the innumerable honors bestowed upon Mr. Chasoudian are Top Dog
Handler of the Year (1975); "about six Quaker Oats Awards";
and three Top Show Dog of the Year awards, each won with a different breed.
Passionate about art as well as dogs, he is a respected sculptor in bronze
of purebred champions.
"I believe judges are the architects of the breeds," he says.
"What judges put up, people breed to."
R. Cole, of Nashville, Tennessee, comes from a dog-show family and
grew up among a wide variety of breeds. He eventually developed a primary
interest in Bull Terriers and Bedlington Terriers, breeds in which he
had great success in both "producing good-quality puppies and achieving
many wins at shows in the U.S. and Canada." At various times Mr.
Cole has also owned or shown West Highland White Terriers, Shih Tzu, Smooth
Fox Terriers, and Greyhounds.
He is approved to judge the Sporting, Hound, Working, and Terrier groups.
Always in demand, Mr. Cole has judged on six continents since his career
began in 1971. He has officiated at America's most prestigious venues,
including multiple Westminster assignments, and is a board member of the
American Dog Show Judges.
Mr. Cole has served in high office for several specialty and all-breed
clubs, including president and founding member of the Kopper Valley Shi
Tsu Club; president of the Group IV Terrier Association of Utah for fourteen
years; and president, treasurer, board member, show chairman, and committee
member, at various times, for the Dog Fanciers of Oregon, the Intermountain
Kennel Club, and the Bonneville Basin Kennel Association.
He has written articles, conducted breed seminars, and has appeared on
television to discuss breeds and dog-related issues. In whatever time
he can find away from the show ring, Mr. Cole enjoys golfing, restoring
houses, walking, and reading.
Everett Dean, Jr., of Richmond, Virginia, was born in Savannah, Georgia,
where he began his lifelong association with Cocker Spaniels. In his time
as a breeder, he finished some fifteen Cocker champions.
He worked in the Federal Bureau of Investigation'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
Benhoff's Ch. Artru Hot Rod, with whom he won Best in Show at the
American Spaniel Club shows in 1958 and 1959.
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 the Westminster show several times:
breed assignments; the 1996 Sporting Group; and Best in Show in 2002,
when he selected the miniature Poodle Ch. Surrey Spice Girl.
He 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. Mr. Dean 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."
Del Deo, of Palm Beach, Florida, bred and exhibited German Shepherd
Dogs before beginning his long and successful association with Pointers.
Breeding and exhibiting is a family affair in the Del Deo household. Along
with his wife, Blanche, and their four children, Mr. Del Deo has bred
many Pointer champions, mostly owner-handled.
Their line produced five Best in Show Pointers "in the first generation
or so" and numerous Pointers who have distinguished themselves at
national specialty shows. They have also bred champions in wirehaired
Dachshunds and Wire Fox Terriers.
At the end of his long list of show-ring highlights, Mr. Del Deo adds,
"Last, but certainly not least, seeing our daughter Katherine in
the Junior Showmanship finals at Westminster."
Mr. Del Deo has been an AKC judge since 1968. He has judged the Sporting
Group at two Westminster shows, worked the 2000 Morris & Essex revival,
and has officiated at national specialty shows for virtually all the sporting
He is past president of the American Pointer Club and the longtime AKC
delegate from the Orange Empire Dog Club. Mr. Del Deo says he has served
these and several other clubs in every capacity, "from president
to parking cars at shows."
Mr. Del Deo is a Navy veteran of World War II. A graduate of Princeton
University and Rutgers Law School, he is a retired senior partner in Gibbons,
Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, one of the largest firms in
the state of New Jersey.
Anthony D. DiNardo, of West Hartford, Connecticut, began exhibiting
dogs in 1970. "We purchased a family Great Dane for the children,"
he says, "and he turned out to be a successful dog in the ring."
Pursuing a limited breeding program, Dr. DiNardo produced a record-setting
Doberman Pinscher that was number-one dog in the breed from 1982 to 1985.
He has also bred winners of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America's
Top 20 and the breed's national specialty show.
Dr. DiNardo became an AKC judge in 1980 and is approved for all hound,
working, non-sporting breeds, many sporting breeds, and various toy and
herding breeds. He includes among his judging highlights the DPCA nationals,
the Rottweiler Club of America's Top 20, and judging Best of Best
in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Dr. DiNardo is the founder and past president of the Connecticut River
Working Group Association, the first AKC working-dog member club. A past
president of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, he is now the club's
AKC delegate and is proud to have "contributed to many changes at
the DPCA." He is also a member of the Rottweiler Club of America
and the First Company Governor's Footguard.
He is the husband of Shelia DiNardo, an AKC judge of working and sporting
breeds. They have five children, all of whom grew up in the sport of dogs.
"I took up the sport to provide my family with a hobby we could all
participate in together," says Dr. DiNardo. "It worked!"
T. L. Downing, of Timonium, Maryland, is one of dogdom's most
distinguished citizens. "You can say I grew up in a dog kennel,"
says Mr. Downing of his boyhood in Maryland, where his parents operated
the famed Holly-Lodge Kennels. He began breeding and exhibiting dogs for
the family kennel in the early 1930s. Holly-Lodge produced and exhibited
the first American-bred Pekingese to win an all-breed Best in Show, and
was responsible for some of the first big winners in Pugs.
Mr. Downing became an AKC judge in 1938 and has been an all-breed judge
since 1969. He has judged in all fifty states and in virtually every foreign
country where dog shows are held. Just a few highlights of his judging
career: twenty-one Westminster assignments, including six of the seven
groups and Best in Show; Best in Show at the World's Fair Show in
Seattle; all groups and Best in Show at the Australian Bi-Centenary; and
Best in Show at the Morris & Essex revival in 2000.
He has served as secretary and treasurer of the Monumental City Kennel
Club, president and show chairman of the Baltimore County Kennel Club,
and president and show chairman of the Catonsville Kennel Club.
Mr. Downing was named Dogdom's Man of the Year (1995) and is a recipient
of the American Kennel Club Lifetime Achievement Award. He practiced law
in Maryland for fifty-seven years and was president of a construction
company from 1980 to 2002. For the last ten years Mr. Downing has, at
the behest of the AKC, taught legal and business fundamentals to his fellow
A. Foy, of Danbury, Connecticut, began exhibiting dogs in 1946 with
a Kerry Blue Terrier acquired from the kennel of Ed "Pop" Sayres.
But it was through her close association with Beagles that Mrs. Foy became
a formidable presence on the dog-show scene.
Never a breeder on a large scale, she describes herself "more an
exhibitor than a breeder." She cites the multiple Best in Show-winning
fifteen-inch Beagle Ch. Kings Creek Triple Threat as perhaps her greatest
achievement in the show ring, but she has exhibited many other Best in
Show and group-winning Beagles.
First approved to judge Beagles and Dachshunds in 1976, Mrs. Foy now judges
all hound, working, terrier, toy, and herding breeds, as well as several
sporting and non-sporting breeds.
She has served as show chairman of the Naugatuck Valley Kennel Club since
1995 and is also the club's secretary. For ten years she was show
chairman for the Southern New York Beagle Club and is a past show chairman
of for the American Beagle Club. Mrs. Foy runs the Connecticut Dog Judges
Symposium and has presented Beagles in a variety of educational venues.
A prolific writer, she has published books on Basset Hounds, Dachshunds,
Fox Terriers, and, of course, Beagles. Her popular "Dog People of
the Past" column in Dog News has established Mrs. Foy as an important
chronicler of the American dog fancy.
Hartinger, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is half of one of dogdom's best-known
husband-and-wife teams. "When I first met my husband, Roger, it was
predestined that I would become involved in purebred dogs," she says.
"When we were dating, we went to dog shows and kennels. Many times
our chaperone on dates was Roger's Great Dane!"
The Hartingers began breeding and exhibiting dogs in the early 1960s-first
Basset Hounds, then Standard Schnauzers, and most recently Lakeland Terriers.
They finished several Standard Schnauzer champions and have mentored other
exhibitors. Mrs. Hartinger was a professional handler of note, guiding
many dogs to championships.
An AKC judge with more than twenty-five years' experience, Mrs. Hartinger's
major assignments have been "just too many to single out a few,"
but she refers to her debut at this year's AKC/Eukanuba Invitational
as "a true highlight." She is approved for Standard Schnauzers,
and all groups but the Working.
Mrs. Hartinger is past president of both the Standard Schnauzer and Miniature
Schnauzer clubs of Cincinnati. She has served as show chairman for the
Standard Schnauzer Club of America national-specialty show, the Clermont
County Kennel Club, and the Standard Schnauzer Club of Cincinnati. She
is show secretary of the Cincinnati Kennel Club and coordinator of the
OKI Judges Workshop, and is a much-in-demand instructor at breeding and
"My life outside the ring is spent mostly with family," she
says. "I take great pride in my children and grandchildren, and my
many years with Roger."
Jacklyn E. Hungerland, of Sacramento, California, is a retired member
of the American Kennel Club Board of Directors and the first woman elected
to that body. She began in dogs as a girl, obedience-training a Dachshund.
A dedicated breeder-exhibitor of several breeds, she is best known for
her success in Poodles. Her Ch. De Russy Lollypop was America's top-winning
dog, all breeds, for 1969. Approved to judge Poodles in 1965, Dr. Hungerland
now judges the Sporting, Non-Sporting, Hound, and Toy groups. She has
judged all of the major venues, including Best in Show at Westminster
Dr. Hungerland is founder and president of the Dog Fanciers Fund, a charitable
organization established to meet the needs of all fanciers.
A prolific and respected writer, her most recent book is The Miniature
Pinscher: Reigning King of Toys. She has contributed scholarly articles
to the AKC Gazette, Popular Dogs, Dog World, Kennel Review, and the Poodle
Review, and is a columnist for Dog News.
Dr. Hungerland is a clinical psychologist, retired from private practice.
She received her master's degree from Chapman College and a doctorate
from U.S. International, San Diego. She has two grown children and is
a proud great-grandmother.
Alvin W. Krause, of Henderson, Nevada, says, "As a boy growing
up in eastern Colorado, we always had dogs around. We had many Greyhounds
and some mixed breeds."
He began exhibiting Miniature Schnauzers in 1960 and produced numerous
home-bred champions. Dr. Krause has also bred champion Labrador Retrievers,
German Shorthaired Pointers, Miniature Pinschers, and Greyhounds. Among
his most memorable achievements in dogs, he cites breeding a racing Greyhound
that was one of eight finalists to compete in a national invitational
Dr. Krause was approved to judge Miniature Schnauzers in the mid-1970s
and is now approved to judge all but the Toy and Herding groups. He has
run show rings all over the world and counts his Westminster and AKC/Eukanuba
Invitational assignments as career highlights.
A longtime member of the Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club, Dr. Krause was
the club's treasurer for ten years and has served on many committees.
He and his wife, Bettie, founded the Colorado Judges Workshop. The Krauses
were active in that organization until they moved to Nevada in 1991.
Dr. Krause graduated from the Colorado State School of Veterinary Medicine
in 1960. Away from the show ring, he enjoys golfing, fishing, and "having
fun in general."
W. Laurans, of Newtown, Connecticut, began in dogs in 1963, when she
bought a Doberman Pinscher as a house pet. The pup was spotted by prominent
fancier J. Monroe Stebbins, who encouraged Ms. Laurans to show the dog.
She then worked as an assistant handler for Mr. Stebbins.
As a breeder of German Wirehaired Pointers she established, with the assistance
of Jon Brewster, a line that produced many Best in Show and national-specialty
winners. She has additionally owned Best in Show and national-specialty
winners in several breeds.
She became an AKC judge in 1980 and is approved to judge the Sporting,
Hound, Working, and Herding groups, as well as Standard and Toy Manchester
Terriers. Ms. Laurans has judged the Herding Group and the Junior Finals
at Westminster. A longtime advocate and supporter of the AKC Junior Showmanship
program, she is "very pleased to be judging Best Junior at the Invitational."
Ms. Laurans was a member of the American Kennel Club board of directors
from 1996 to 2000, in which time she chaired the board committee that
created the Breeders Education curriculum. The AKC delegate from the German
Wirehaired Pointer Club of America since 1980, Ms. Laurans chairs the
delegates' Parent Club committee, which will coordinate the first
AKC Parent Club Conference. She is a founding director of the Take the
Ms. Laurans is a retired guidance counselor and an avid gardener.
Council Parker, of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, acquired his first Great
Dane in 1953 and by mid-decade was hooked on showing. During the next
fifteen years, there were fifty-seven champions that he had either owned
or bred. He was the owner of Ch. Honey Hollow Rameses, who, when his championship
was finished in 1955, was America's first black Dane champion in
thirty-eight years. He also had success with Salukis and Irish Wolfhounds.
Along the way, Mr. Parker found time to breed Thoroughbred horses, including
two stake winners and several stakes-placed horses.
He discontinued his showing and breeding activities in 1970 upon his approval
to judge. Mr. Parker judges all sporting, hound, and herding breeds in
the United States.
His judging résumé has a distinctly international flavor.
In Denmark, he has judged the prestigious Newfoundland Gold Cup show,
the Dansk Beagle show, and several specialty shows. Mr. Parker is a four-time
judge of Mexico's Working Dog Specialty Show, and has judged Best
in Show throughout Scandinavia and in Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Brazil,
Argentina, Peru, and Uruguay. He cites judging Best in Show at the Harrisburg
show as his most exciting moment in an American ring.
Mr. Parker's background as a Certified Public Accountant makes him
a valuable asset to the dog clubs to which he belongs: He was treasurer
for the Philadelphia Kennel Club and the Chester Valley Kennel Club, and
has served on the boards of both clubs.
Pimlott, of Cupertino, California, attended her first dog show in
1948 as a teenager in England and began exhibiting Pembroke Welsh Corgis
Among the highlights of her career as an exhibitor, she is proudest of
going Best of Breed at a regional national specialty with her home-bred
Ch. Halmor Hi-Fi. "He did a lot of winning as a puppy in England,"
she recalls, "and was a top winner and producer in this country."
Mrs. Pimlott was approved to judge Pembroke Welsh Corgis in 1964 and now
judges the Hound, Working, and Herding groups, and several terriers. She
has judged at Westminster and enjoys judging abroad.
Mrs. Pimlott has served on the boards of the Golden Gate Pembroke Welsh
Corgi Fanciers, the Fox Terrier Club of Northern California, and the Santa
Clara Valley Kennel Club. She is the author of several articles on breeding
and other dog-related topics.
Asked to list her most important accomplishments in the sport, she responds:
"I think my most important accomplishment is having exhibitors respect
my decisions. They may not agree with them, but they can appreciate why
I did what I did!"
Mrs. Pimlott enjoys reading, gardening, playing golf ("not very well"),
and Italian opera. From 1979 to 1992 she was volunteer president of the
Santa Clara Valley Humane Society.
Joe B. Purkhiser, of San Antonio, Texas, is one of America's
leading names in Fox Terriers. He and his wife, Murrel, began exhibiting
Smooth Fox Terriers in 1965.
Their record includes two breed wins at Westminster, many specialty Bests
in Show, and four all-breed Bests in Show. "But," says Colonel
Purkhiser, "the tops was winning the breed at the Montgomery County
show with our dog and having his daughter go Best of Opposite Sex to him.
Approved to judge Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs in 1977, Colonel Purkhiser
now judges the Hound, Terrier, and Herding groups, as well as nine working
breeds and Toy Manchester Terriers. He rates judging Smooth Fox Terriers
at Montgomery County among his memorable moments in the ring.
Colonel Purkhiser has held numerous positions "from top to bottom"
in specialty and all-breed clubs, including terms as president, show chair,
and board member. During his six-plus years as judges' education
chairman for the Smooth Fox Terrier Club, the committee devised a breed
presentation considered a model of its kind, and published an illustrated
standard for both Smooth and Wirehaired Fox Terriers. The Purkhisers have
edited several publications for the Collie Club of America.
The Colonel is a retired Air Force officer. He was Director of Operations
for the Air Force Worldwide Reconnaissance and Airborne Command Post Operations,
and retired as Defense Attaché in Yugoslavia.
"Our four sons and their families continue to make us proud,"
says Colonel Purkhiser. "It has been a wonderful life."
Lee Anthony Reasin, of Austin, Texas, was born into the world of dogs.
"My grandparents, mother, aunts and uncles, all were in dogs,"
Dr. Reasin began as a breeder-exhibitor in the years immediately following
the Second World War. The first dogs he bred on his own were Miniature
Pinschers, followed by Shetland Sheepdogs, then Skye Terriers. He went
on to finish champions in all three breeds. He continued as an active
breeder through the 1980s.
Dr. Reasin's first judging assignment came at Glendale, California,
in 1945. First approved to judge Shetland Sheepdogs and Miniature Pinschers,
he is now approved to judge all breeds. He has judged at every major venue
on the American show circuit. At the 2000 Morris & Essex Kennel Club
show, he was honored by the American Kennel Club for his fifty-five years
of service as an AKC-approved judge.
A member of the Dog Fanciers of Ventura County, Dr. Reasin served the
club for five years as president and has also served as assistant show
chairman. Other club affiliations have included the Skye Terrier Club
of America, the American Shetland Sheepdog Association, and the Southern
California Shetland Sheepdog Club.
In his rare idle moments, Dr. Reasin is an opera buff who collects first
editions of mystery novels.
R. Reese, of Beverly Hills, California, has been a dog lover since
childhood and began in the ring after her marriage in 1964 to Nat, a steel
Mrs. Reese was the owner-exhibitor of dogs from three different breeds
that were Top Dog of the Year: a Greyhound, Great Dane, and Bouvier des
Flandres. Each of these dogs won their respective groups at Westminster,
the Greyhound twice. Says Mrs. Reese: "I am proud to say that, in
spite of a very limited breeding program, each dog stamped the ensuing
get with breed type, movement, and temperament of the highest order."
Approved to judge Borzoi in 1987, Mrs. Reese now judges all hound breeds,
Pointers, Irish Setters, and Doberman Pinschers. She has judged the Hound
Group at Westminster, the Borzoi national, the Greyhound national, and
specialty shows both here and abroad for several other breeds.
An active club member, Mrs. Reese has "served in positions too numerous
to list here, from president to committee chair, and everything in between."
The president of the Western Sighthound Club, she has been the club's
AKC delegate for more that ten years and is secretary of the delegates'
All-Breed Clubs committee.
When asked about her life outside the ring, she replies, "What life
outside the ring? Oh, yes: We've had three children, and have six
grandchildren, and a great-grandson." The Reeses are collectors of
dog art, which is "prominent throughout our home, a constant reminder
of where our interests, and our hearts, lie."
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 American Kennel Club 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's famous terrier show. He has judged
at several of America's largest venues, including Santa Barbara,
Louisville, Chicago, Detroit, Old Dominion, and Houston. He comes to the
AKC/Eukanuba Invitational from Sweden's big end-of-year show, Hundfest,
where he judged the terriers.
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.
W. Schwartz, of Lake Forest, Illinois, though not of a "show
family," grew up in a house full of purebred dogs. She began her
dog career in the late 1960s after she was married, first showing a black
Mrs. Schwartz bred the first American-bred Dane to finish American, Canadian,
Mexican, World, and International championships. She is proud of having
bred Danes that lived ten to thirteen years at a time when the breed's
average life expectancy was seven years.
She became an AKC judge of Great Danes in 1980 and is currently approved
to judge the Hound, Herding, and Working groups and several non-sporting
breeds. Among her judging highlights she includes her first Best in Show
and judging the Great Dane Club of America Futurity National. Mrs. Schwartz
has been invited to judge in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina,
Venezuela, and Israel. She considers her assignment at the AKC/Eukanuba
Invitational a true career highlight.
She has served as president of the Park Shore Kennel Club, been on the
International Kennel Club's show committee, sat on the boards of
directors of the Great Dane Club of America, the Chain O' Lakes Kennel
Club, and the Lake Shore Great Dane Club. She has run the Chicago-Milwaukee
Mrs. Schwartz is especially proud of her work in developing a nationwide
network of rescue volunteers for the Great Dane Club of America.
Craige Trotter, of Antioch, Tennessee, has been a true "dog person"
since her childhood in Virginia. Her Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds are
internationally famous as both show dogs and producers. They include the
top sire and dam in the breed's history and an incredible ten group
firsts at Westminster. Her famous Ch. Vin-Melca's Vagabond is enshrined
in the AKC Museum of the Dog Hall of Fame.
In 1953, Mrs. Trotter won the Gaines Research Center's Girl Show
Dog Fancier of the Year award. She has since won fourteen Kennel Review
Breeder of the Year and Owner-Handler of the Year awards, is a member
of the Quaker Oats (now Nature's Recipe) Hall of Fame, and has won
two Fido Awards-as Dog Woman of the Year (1991) and as Dog Writer
of the Year (1998).
Mrs. Trotter became an AKC judge in 1994, and has since judged several
national specialty shows, the 1999 Westminster show, and the 2000 Morris
& Essex revival.
She is the author of the influential book Born to Win, and her breeding
column for the AKC Gazette won a 1997 Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writers
Association of America.
Mrs. Trotter is past president and show chairman of the Del Monte Kennel
Club and has been a member of the Norwegian Elkhound Association of America
for more than forty years.
A graduate of the college of William and Mary, with a master's degree
from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Mrs. Trotter is
a retired teacher of American history.