NEW YORK, NY (August 4, 2014) – The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is pleased to announce the judging panel for the 2014 AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals (NOHS), held in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) events. Breed and group judging will be held Friday, December 12th, 2014, with Best in Show decided in the main ring on Saturday evening, December 13th.

Heading the panel as Best in Show judge for the AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals is Mrs. Charlotte P. Patterson of Destin, Florida.

Judges for each of the seven variety groups and all breeds within the group are:

SPORTING – Mr. Jeffrey G. Pepper – Boynton Beach, Florida
HOUND – Mrs. Sari Brewster Tietjen – Rhinebeck, New York
WORKING – Ms. Marcia P. Tucker – Leesburg, Florida
TERRIER – Mrs. Geraldine C. Kelly – Nokomis, Florida
TOY – Mrs. Anne Savory Bolus – Harrison, Tennessee
NON-SPORTING – Mrs. Linda Tilka – Madeira Beach, Florida
HERDING – Mrs. Patricia V. Trotter – Carmel, California

The premium list for the AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals will be available in September when the overall AENC information is published. In late October, qualifying participants will be sent full details about the event and notified about how to enter. Both Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex will be awarded in each breed at the Finals this year.

Dogs ranked in the top ten (plus ties) of their breed at the end of the 2014 qualifying period are invited to compete in the 2014 NOHS Final. Rankings are compiled based on the AKC National Owner-Handled Series Point Schedule for Best of Breed, Group, and Best in Show placements. Rankings are available on the AKC website.

The AKC National Owner-Handled Series will also be offered at the Space Coast Kennel Club, Brevard Kennel Club and Central Florida Kennel Club shows December 9th-11th as well as several specialty shows on Friday, December 12th.