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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, wishes to acknowledge those individuals who have excelled at breeding dogs that have proven to be outstanding in AKC sports.  The AKC Breeder of the Year by Sport Award is given to those who have dedicated themselves to improving the health, temperament and performance of dogs in a given sport.

The 2018 Breeder of the Year by Sport award recipients are:

Pointing Breed Field Events James and Sarah Messer GSP
Retriever Field Events Michael Beadle Labradors
Spaniel Field Events David L. Morse Springers
Hound Field Events Gloria LaTour Dachshunds
Herding Joyce Norris Border Collies
Lure Coursing Shannon Lyons Whippets
Earthdog Wayne and Joyce Kirn Border Terriers
Coonhounds Steven Gambel B&T Coonhounds
Agility Dr. Patricia Princehouse Pyrenean Shepherds
Obedience Glenda Manucy Golden Retreivers
Rally Ronnie Bizer Golden Retrievers
Tracking Gayle Watkins Golden Retrievers

“Knowledgeable breeders are critical to the continued success of canine sports.  These breeders have shown a long-term dedication to enhancing breed instincts and breeding sound dogs with good temperaments,” said Doug Ljungren, Executive Vice President for Sports and Events. “Their accomplishments represent the highest level of commitment to their breeds and sports.”

Each recipient received a Breeder of the Year rosette mounted in a shadow box.

The American Kennel Club salutes these individuals for their dedication and success in breeding purpose-bred dogs.