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The National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals took place on December 16 in Orlando, FL, as part of the AKC National Championship, Presented by Royal Canin. This year, 874 dogs competed, narrowed down into Best in Groups and then Best in Show at the NOHS Finals. The top 10 owner-handled dogs in each breed were invited to compete in the finals, with a total of 209 breeds and varieties represented.

After owner-handled dogs were chosen in each breed group, the top dog was awarded Best in Show by Mr. Dennis B. Sprung. This year, two Junior Handlers took home not only Best in Show, but also Reserve Best in Show. This is the first time that two Juniors have been awarded NOHS Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show.

NOHS Best in Show

In the 2023 National Owner-Handled Series Finals, Best in Show was awarded to Junior Handler, 14-year-old Adam Kucera. Kucera owned and handled Irish Setter “Stryker” GCHB CH Kinloch So There!. Stryker was bred by Patty and Mike Fanelli.

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NOHS Reserve Best in Show

The 2023 National Owner-Handled Series Finals Reserve Best in Show was also awarded to a Junior Handler: 15-year-old Savanna Michalak. Michalak won with her owned and handled Australian Shepherd, “Hawk” GCHS CH Serendipity Collinswood Kestrel CGCA CGCU TKN ATT. Hawk was bred by Clare Cox, Terri K. Collins, and Erin Aufox.

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NOHS Group Winners

Herding Group

Call Name: Hawk

Registered Name: GCHS CH Serendipity Collinswood Kestrel CGCA CGCU TKN ATT

Breed: Australian Shepherd

Owned By: Savanna Michalak

Bred By: Clare Cox, Terri K Collins, and Erin Aufox

Hound Group

Call Name: Hazel

Registered Name: GCH CH Sobers Hazelyn

Breed: Greyhound

Owned By: Armando Sobrado, W Santiago, and Bitte Ahrens

Bred By: Bitte Ahrens

Non-Sporting Group

Call Name: Piper

Registered Name: GCHP CH Paintabull I’m the Pied Piper CGC TKN

Breed: Bulldog

Owned By: Phyllis Portera

Bred By: Phyllis Portera and Greg Rodgers

Sporting Group

Call Name: Stryker

Registered Name: GCHB CH Kinloch So There!

Breed: Irish Setter

Owned By: Linda Layfield & Adam Kucera

Bred By: Patty and Mike Fanelli

Terrier Group

Call Name: Frankie

Registered Name: GCHB CH Grabo Frankie Goes To Magor

Breed: Bull Terrier

Owned By: Sarah Byzewski

Bred By: Grace S. Thomas and Robert K Thomas

Toy Group

Call Name: Zeke

Registered Name: GCHS CH Landd Shooting Star

Breed: Papillon

Ownered By: Deedy and Larry Sorenson, and Paige Fink

Bred By: Linda Knight

Working Group

Call Name: Hugo

Registered Name: GCHG CH Ridgetop’N Marconian’s Aventador ATT

Breed: Bullmastiff

Owned By: Olga Contant & Ronie Whittall & Galina Taylor

Bred By: Olga Contant, Rene A Contant, Galina Taylor