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AKC Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Finalists

(Wednesday, June 27, 2012)

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is pleased to announce the nominees for the annual Lifetime Achievement Awards. Finalists are based on nominations by member clubs. A winner from the three finalists in each category - Conformation, Companion Events, and Performance - will be voted on by member clubs, with voting ending on September 14, 2012. There will be a special awards presentation held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida in December 2012.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards were established by the American Kennel Club in 1998 to honor and celebrate those whose years of hard work and dedication have significantly impacted the world of purebred dog sports on a national level.

This year’s nominees are:

Conformation

  • Peter Green of Bowmansville, Pennsylvania got his start showing Welsh and Wire Fox Terriers at his uncle’s famous Felstead Kennel in Wales. Peter has handled dogs to Best in Show at most of the major shows in the United States and is one of two people to win Best in Show at Crufts and Westminster. He is now an AKC-approved multi-group judge.
  • Ed Sledzik of Reston, Virginia has exhibited Lhasa Apsos, Tibetan Spaniels, Skye Terriers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, with a Lhasa he bred going on to become a multiple Best in Show winner. Ed has served as delegate for the American Lhasa Apso Club for 30 years and has held many other club officer positions locally and nationally. He began judging in 1975.
  • Patricia Craige Trotter of Carmel, California has bred her Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds since 1951, winning 10 Hound Group firsts at Westminster, all owner-handled, among many other awards. Pat was honored as AKC Hound Group Breeder of the Year in 2004 and will judge the 2012 Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

Companion Events

  • Susan (Suzi) B. Bluford of Carmel, California has participated with her dogs in conformation, obedience, rally, tracking, retriever field work, agility, therapy work, and canine nose work. She strongly believes in giving back to the community that supports dog sports, and has worked tirelessly in many capacities, including as a multi-sport judge and a show, obedience and agility trial chairperson.
  • Sharon Redmer of Whitmore Lake, Michigan began training her first dog, an All American shelter dog, in 1970. Since then, more than 150 of her "StarBright" Belgian Tervurens have successfully earned titles in conformation, obedience, agility, herding and tracking. A judge, Sharon has officiated at past AKC National Obedience Invitationals. She is an Honorary Life member of several clubs and has served her parent club as President and AKC Delegate.
  • Robert Squires of Webster, New York entered the world of obedience in 1966, earning a UD title on his German Shepherd Dog, and later serving as a judge and as training director for several clubs. He is a former AKC Director of Obedience where he conducted tracking and obedience seminars across the country. After leaving AKC in 1998, he returned to judging.

Performance

  • Jean Dieden, DVM of Clinton, Washington has been involved in AKC Performance events with her Hathor Farm Wirehaired Dachshunds since 1992 and has competed at dog shows, obedience trials and tracking tests for forty years. Jean has held more than eighty Earthdog trials at her home. She judges field trials and Earthdog throughout the country.
  • Dana Jensen of McKinney, Texas has competed in AKC Sighthound events since 1982, with breeds including Salukis, Italian Greyhounds (IGs) and Whippets. She has been a fervent promoter, chair, secretary, judge and host of lure coursing events. Dana has chaired and clerked National and Invitational events and organized and hosted AKC judges seminars.
  • Leida Jones of Lady Lake, Florida has been involved in herding and stock dog training for 29 years with her Australian Shepherds and Border Collies. She has served on three Herding Advisory Committees and became an AKC Herding judge in 1991. Leida and her husband host trials at their facility in Florida and help other herding enthusiasts train their dogs.

More info about the nominees and the Lifetime Achievement Awards.