Award Presented at AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
Barbara Miller of Glen Head, NY was honored with the 2007 AKC Breeder of the Year Award at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on Saturday, December 1, 2007. The annual award honors those breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.
“We are proud to honor Barbara's dedication to the preservation of Norfolk Terriers by presenting her with this award,” said AKC Chairman of the Board Ron Menaker. “It is a true testament to her positive influences on the breed as well as her numerous contributions to the sport of purebred dogs in general.”
Each year, one honoree is chosen from each of the seven groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding. From those seven, one Group winner is selected as “AKC Breeder of the Year” during the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, which was again held this year in Long Beach, CA on December 1 and 2. The show will be simulcast on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel on Saturday, February 2 from 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT).
Barbara Miller of Max-Well Kennel calls her breed, “the little dog at the end of the terrier line.” However, throughout the years she has often found her Norfolks at the front of the line. Her dogs have won numerous all-breed Bests in Show and her breeding program has produced many champions.
Over the years, she has been very active in the breed's parent club, holding various offices and committee positions, including serving as the AKC Gazette columnist for the club. She has been a member of the Long Island Kennel Club for more than 20 years, and is currently president and show chairman.
As the 2007 AKC Breeder of the Year recipient, Barbara will be honored with a commission from a canine portraitist to memorialize a prominent dog from her kennel. Her name will be inscribed on a perpetual trophy on permanent display at the AKC headquarters in New York City.
All seven Group honorees were presented with medallions during the show on December 1, 2007. Group winners included:
- SPORTING: Beverley & Adrian Wanjon – Santa Clarita, CA, Russet Leather Vizslas
- HOUND: Stanley D. Petter, Jr. – Lexington, KY, Hewly Greyhounds
- WORKING: Jean & Wayne Boyd – Brookeville, MD, Rivergroves Great Pyrenees
- TOY: Glynette Cass – Davie, FL, Wesglyn Maltese
- NON-SPORTING: Mikki Demers – Conroe, TX, Kimik Tibetan Terriers
- HERDING: Anne Bowes – Duxbury, MA, Heronsway Pembroke Welsh Corgis