Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients


The American Kennel Club (AKC®) honored recipients of the AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards at the annual Delegates Meeting Luncheon, in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. The winners received an engraved silver bowl. A larger Tiffany and Co. bowl, engraved with the names of all recipients past and present, will remain on permanent display at the AKC Headquarters in New York City.

The AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards were created to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of purebred dogs on a national level. The recipients were selected by votes cast by AKC member clubs for nominees in each of the following categories: Conformation, Companion Events and Performance.

2014 Recipients

Conformation: Pat Hastings of Aloha, Oregon

Pat Hastings

Pat Hastings has been involved in the dog world since 1959. She began her career as an owner-handler, moved into breeding, and then teamed up with her late husband, E.R. "Bob" Hastings, in professional handling.

Nearly 30 years ago, Pat and Bob began researching canine structure in order to help breeders more accurately evaluate litters to determine the best lifestyle choice for each puppy. Pat has evaluated over 25,000 puppies, always taking time to discuss her findings and teach about canine structure. Her expertise is respected by show and performance people alike.

She began judging for AKC in 1991. Besides judging at countless all-breed shows, she has been honored to judge many Nationals, both here and abroad, including the Doberman Pinscher Club of America's National three times, a club that honored Pat and Bob with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Along the way, Pat has chaired local shows, National Specialties, and a major benefit for "Take the Lead."

As a highly respected educator in the dog world, Pat has always endeavored to teach by example, to approach all aspects of the Sport with respect, common sense, and personal integrity.

Pat has presented seminars for 25 years around the world to all aspects of the sport and has authored three best-selling books, produced a popular DVD and has written numerous articles for a variety of publications.

She is a great believer in the value of mentoring and has worked with novices and new judges providing information, moral support, and encouragement.

Companion Events: Lynn Eggers of Grapevine, Texas

Lynn Eggers

Lynn Eggers began her career in dogs in 1961 with a miniature Poodle who became her first obedience Utility dog. She subsequently owned and trained her first Doberman Pinscher, who became 1967's top-winning Doberman in the country.

Thus began her long passion for the sport of dogs. Lynn began judging obedience in 1968 and has continued her love of the sport for 45 years. A judge of all levels of obedience and rally who has judged in virtually every state in the United States, Lynn loves to judge. She believes that today's obedience dogs are far superior to those of the past, due to better training methods and positive reinforcement.

Lynn has bred Doberman Pinschers for 43 years under the kennel name "Foxhall." She is very proud to have bred and owned the first AKC-champion Doberman bitch with a Schutzhund 3 title.

A member of the board of the Doberman Pinscher Club of Dallas, and a longtime member Doberman Pinscher Club of America, Lynn stays very involved in the sport. Lynn is very proud of her role as board member of Take the Lead.

Lynn has always felt a calling to encourage each exhibitor and to praise their efforts in training their dogs. She says it is important in our society to encourage everyone to do basic training with their dogs. Lynn has been known to say to exhibitors, "Dogs do not wind up in rescue when they have someone who takes the time to train them, so I congratulate each of you here today for your accomplishment."

Performance: Dr. Ray Calkins of Wilsonville, Oregon

Ray Calkins

Dr. Ray Calkins received his degree in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University and purchased Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic in 1976.

Ray handled his first German Wirehaired Pointer to a red ribbon in a puppy stake in 1975. Since then, 10 "Cascade" GWPs, all owner-trained and --handled, have earned field championships; three are dual champions, eight are master hunters, and two hold NAVHDA Utility ratings. Four Cascade dogs hold nine National Field Championships. Cascade sires are the number-one and -two producers of GWP field champions, and others carry Cascade dogs in their pedigrees.

Ray has been a member of the GWPCA since 1974 and served on the board of directors for 10 years. He was Field Futurity chairman for 12 years, a member of the GWP Field Trial Advisory Board from 1985--2000, represented the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America at the AKC Field Trial Advisory Board from 1986 until 1999, and is currently the GWPCA president.

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2013 Recipients

Conformation: Patricia Craige Trotter

Patricia Craige Trotter

Pat registered her first litter of Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds in 1951 and her most recent litter this year. Her program has produced the Top Sire and Dam as well as the top winners in the breed's history. Vin-Melca Elkhounds have won 10 Hound Group firsts at Westminster, all owner-handled.

When Ch. Vin-Melca's Vagabond became Top Dog All Breeds in 1970, he was the first amateur-handled dog to achieve that honor. Pat has had Top 10 All-Breed status on 10 occasions while working as a full-time teacher. Pat has served as show chairman for the Tidewater Kennel Club, past-president and show chairman of the Del Monte Kennel Club and contributing member of the Norwegian Elkhound Association of America and the Nashville Kennel Club.

In 1952 Pat won the Gaines Girl Show Dog Fancier of the Year. She won numerous Winkie Awards including Breeder and Owner-Handler of the Year (repeatedly) and AKC Hound Group Breeder of the Year in 2004. Other honors include the Quaker Oats (now ProPlan) Hall of Fame and two Fido awards as Dog Woman of the Year and Dog Writer of the Year. As an AKC Gazette Better Breeding columnist, she won a 1997 Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America.

Pat judged the 2009 Westminster Hound Group and will judge the 2012 Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Two Vin-Melca Elkhounds won BBE AKC/Eukanuba Hound Groups (2008, 2010) and a third BBE AKC/Eukanuba Group winner was Vin-Melca sired.

Companion Events: Sharon Redmer

Sharon Redmer

Sharon began training her first dog, an All-American shelter rescue, with the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club in 1970. Her first Belgian Tervuren, acquired in 1972, became a multi-High-in-Trial UDT. For over 30 years, Sharon has pursued two passions: being the very best AKC judge she can be and breeding beautiful Belgian Tervuren with the character to compete in every venue.

Over 150 of her "StarBright" bred Tervuren have earned CHs, GCHs, OTCHs, MACHs, HTCHs, and CTs plus many obedience, agility, herding and tracking titles, Group and Specialty wins, High-in-Trials and perfect 200 scores.

Even judging 50 AKC shows a year, Sharon finds time to mentor new and hopeful obedience judges. Exhibitors in her ring find a judge with a welcoming smile and encouragement. Sharon's philosophy is simple: "Kindness is never wasted."

A judge of the Herding Group, Poodles, Dobermans, Rally and Juniors, Sharon has officiated at past AKC National Obedience Invitationals including the inaugural Juniors' competition in 2011. She has judged Nationals for her Belgian breeds (multiple times) and specialties on four continents.

An Honorary Life member of the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club and the Ann Arbor Kennel Club, Sharon has served the American Belgian Tervuren Club as President and AKC Delegate, and is a popular seminar presenter on judging the Tervuren. Sharon recently retired as the director for community outreach services at the University of Michigan Health System.

Performance: Jean Dieden, DVM

Jean Dieden, DVM

Dr. Dieden has been involved in AKC Performance events with her Hathor Farm Wirehaired Dachshunds since 1992. They have earned 12 Field Championships (11 of them Dual) and over 50 "Absolute Winner" awards, including three national specialty trial wins. She has been competing at dog shows, obedience trials and tracking tests for forty years.

She has had three dogs ranked in the DCA annual "Top 20" awards and one (TC M'I Spy of Hathor Farm SW VCD1 RN OA AXJ NAP OJP OF JE) with over 1000 points is among the top 10 lifetime point earners.

Dr. Dieden has served on the DCA's Trial Advisory Committee/Performance Events Committee for ten years, the last seven serving as chairman. This committee has been responsible for several successful AKC rule and procedural change proposals also adopted by the other hound events.

Dr. Dieden started in AKC Earthdog at its inception. Her dogs have earned over 300 qualifying scores, including 160 Master tests. She has held over eighty tests at her home, Hathor Farm on Whidbey Island. A founding officer of the Puget Sound Earthdog Club and longtime president of the Cascade Dachshund Club she is credited for gaining CDC's licensing status for Dachshund Field Trials and Earthdog Tests.

Dr. Dieden has enjoyed being a field trial judge for 12 years and an Earthdog judge for 16 years, enjoying judging throughout the country, including eleven classes at DCA national events.

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