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AKC Announces Recipients of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards

(Wednesday, September 21, 2011)

The American Kennel Club® (AKC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 AKC® Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jean Fournier (Conformation), Patricia Scully (Companion Events) and Robert Fleury (Performance). The three recipients will receive engraved Revere bowls on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the AKC Delegates luncheon held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida. A sterling silver Tiffany and Co. bowl, engraved with the names of all recipients past and present, is on permanent display at 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 from votes cast by AKC member clubs for nominees in the categories of Conformation, Companion Events and Performance.

The 2012 recipients are:

Jean Fournier

Conformation: Jean Fournier of Calhoun, Georgia
Jean acquired her first Siberian Husky in 1968. Her Toko Siberians have won Best in Show, national specialties and many group placements.

An experienced sled-dog driver, Jean and her champion team won the Siberian Husky Club of America’s coveted Working/Showing Trophy in 1973. Other parent club honors include the Peggy Grant Memorial Trophy for Good Sportsmanship and Honorary Lifetime Membership. She served as her club’s President, Secretary, Board member and chaired numerous committees.

Jean is approved to judge the Sporting, Working, Herding, Non-Sporting and Toy Groups, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show. She has judged over 75 national and local specialty shows in all approved groups, including 30 countries. Jean has judged four Siberian Husky Club of America national specialties, four Westminster Kennel Club shows, four AKC/Eukanuba National Championships and three World Dog Shows.

An award-winning writer and editor, Mrs. Fournier has contributed to three published books on Siberians, and to most of the country’s top dog magazines. Her definitive CD Rom on the Siberian Husky was nominated by the Dog Writer’s Association of America.

Jean is a past President of the Dog Judges Association of America and presently serves on the board of the American Dog Show Judges Association. She has received Lifetime Memberships from the Farmington Valley Kennel Club (CT) and the Connecticut River Working Group Club of which she is a founding member.

Patricia Scully

Companion Events: Patricia Scully of Suffern, New York
Pat has been active in the Sport and Pug breed for 50 years and has finished Pugs in Obedience and Conformation in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, and Mexico. She is also a licensed judge for Obedience and Rally. Pat has served as the AKC Delegate for the Obedience Training Club of Hawaii for 26 years and is currently serving her fourth 4-year term on the AKC Board of Directors.

Pat is a former member of the AKC Delegates Coordinating Committee; and former Chairman of AKC Delegates Committee for Obedience, Tracking, and Agility. Her Board of Director Committees include Ad Hoc for Judges Development, Appeals, Audit, Business, Clubs & Events, Pension and Public Relations & Public Affairs. She is Board liaison for the Delegate Committees of Herding, Earth Dog & Coursing; Field Trial & Hunting Test Events; and Obedience, Tracking & Agility, and was a member of the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Obedience Advisory Committees and 2006 Rally Advisory Committee.

Leadership positions and honors include former Director, President, National Show Chairman, and Honorary Lifetime & Hall of Fame Member of Pug Dog Club of America; Director, President, and Obedience Chairman of Tuxedo Park Kennel Club; Honorary Lifetime Member of K-9 Obedience Training Club of Essex County, NJ; Former Director, Obedience Chairman, and Honorary Lifetime Member of Ramapo Kennel Club; the 1988 winner of Richard H. D’Ambrisi Obedience Award; and three-time recipient of the Gaines Sportsmanship Award.

As an equestrian, Pat won local qualifying classes to ride at the finals of the prestigious American Horse Show Association Hunter Seat Medal in Harrisburg, PA and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay horsemanship class at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. Pat is a graduate of Cornell University, and worked as a research cardiovascular pharmacologist for Pfizer.

Bob Fleury

Performance: Robert Fleury of North Stonington, Connecticut
Bob has been involved in the Brittany world and a member of the American Brittany Club (ABC) since the early 1970s. Under the Birch Hill banner, he has bred, trained, and competed Brittanys for over 35 years. He has won 35 Field Championships and over 700 placements. His judging assignments include National Championship stakes for Brittanys, German Shorthairs, Vizslas and Weimaraners, as well as many pointer and setter championships.

For nine years, Bob served as an ABC East Coast Director. Presently, he is chairman of the ABC Magazine Committee, a position he previously held for 12 years. He served on the Board of Flaherty Field Trial Association for 30 years and was instrumental in creating a fund-raising yearbook program which is now in its 20th year.

Bob served for three years on the Connecticut Governor’s Citizen Advisory Council, representing the state’s bird dog clubs, as well as on the committee for planning and running two of the Purina Top Shooting Dog Awards. He has shared his knowledge by being a reporter for field events and a contributing author in a variety of publications.

Bob has received numerous awards which include the Gaines Sportsmanship; Life Membership in ABC; Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame; Leadership Award-Association of New England Field Trial Clubs; the Life Patron Award-National Bird Dog Association; and most recently the American Brittany Club’s Hall of Fame for People.

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