Judges Biographies

Best in Show

Constance 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 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 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 down."

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 Retriever Club.

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 Charles Spaniels.

Sporting Group

Robert 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.

Hound Group

Dr. 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.

Working Group

Helen 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 valuing life."

Terrier Group

David 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 Kennel Club.

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."

Toy Group

William 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 and abroad.

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.

Non-Sporting Group

Dr. 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 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!"

Herding Group

Dorothy 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 other breeds.

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.

Breed Judges

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.

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.

Richard 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.

Peggy 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 winner.

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 seminars.

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.

Luc 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 in Show.

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.

Donald 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."

Lee 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 part of."

Outside the ring, Mrs. Canalizo is a silversmith and an abstract artist who loves classical music and gardening.

Richard 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 nationwide.

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."

Jon 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.

W. 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."

Ralph 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 breeds.

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.

Dr. 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!"

Melbourne 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 judges.

Marcia 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.

Paula 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 judging seminars.

"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."

Dr. 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 (1995).

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.

Dr. 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 tournament.

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."

Patricia 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 Lead foundation.

Ms. Laurans is a retired guidance counselor and an avid gardener.

J. 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.

Eileen Pimlott, of Cupertino, California, attended her first dog show in 1948 as a teenager in England and began exhibiting Pembroke Welsh Corgis soon after.

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.

Colonel 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. Wow!"

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."

Dr. Lee Anthony Reasin, of Austin, Texas, was born into the world of dogs. "My grandparents, mother, aunts and uncles, all were in dogs," he recalls.

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.

Gloria 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 executive.

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."

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 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.

Francine 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 Great Dane.

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 Judges Workshop.

Mrs. Schwartz is especially proud of her work in developing a nationwide network of rescue volunteers for the Great Dane Club of America.

Patricia 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.