NEW YORK, NY (January 8, 2014) – The American Kennel Club® is pleased to announce the judging panel for the 14th Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship to be held in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.
The 2014 event will showcase the top national and international dogs and will also include popular attractions such as the Best Bred-by-Exhibitor competition, the AKC National Owner-Handled Series Final, AKC Meet the Breeds® and the eighth Eukanuba World Challenge. The AKC Agility Invitational will again be held in conjunction with the 2014 event, and the AKC Obedience Classic returns after a successful first year in 2013. The AKC Juniors Agility Competition and the AKC National Juniors Obedience Competition will continue to be held with these events in December.
The Brevard Kennel Club, the Central Florida Kennel Club and the Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay shows will precede the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship at the same site on Dec. 9-11, 2014 and a day of specialty and group shows will be held Dec. 12, 2014.
Heading the panel as Best in Show judge for the 2014 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is Mr. Ronald Menaker of Jupiter, Florida and Ms. Patricia W. Laurans of Newtown, Connecticut will judge Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show.
Mr. Ronald Menaker has been actively involved in the sport of purebred dogs for more than 40 years. He has bred and exhibited Giant Schnauzers, Bedlington Terriers, and Norfolk Terriers, owned Border Terriers, and is deeply involved in many breed and all-breed clubs, dedicating his time in various capacities. Mr. Menaker first served on the AKC Board from 1996 to 1998. Elected again in 2000, he became Vice Chairman in 2001 and served as Chairman from March 2002 to March 2012. He is the past show chairman for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and the Westminster Kennel Club show, and is an Honorary Member of The Kennel Club in England.
As a member of the Bedlington Terrier Club of America, he has held positions as President, Director, AKC Delegate, and Show Chairman. Additionally, he is a member of the Giant Schnauzer Club of America and the Border Terrier Club of America. An AKC judge since 1994, Mr. Menaker has judged at more than 200 AKC Conformation shows.
His many judging assignments have taken him across the country and around the world, including to: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela, etc. He is currently approved to judge Best in Show, all Working, Sporting, Terrier, Toy and Non-Sporting breeds, and multiple other breeds.
Ms. Patricia W. Laurans began in dogs in 1963 when she bought a pet Doberman Pinscher. The pup was spotted by prominent handler J. Monroe Stebbins, who encouraged Ms. Laurans to show the dog. She then worked as an assistant handler for Mr. Stebbins.
She began breeding and exhibiting German Wirehaired Pointers in 1970, and with the assistance of Joy Brewster, she established a line that produced many Best in Show and national-specialty winners. She has additionally owned Best in Show and national-specialty winners in several breeds under her Laurwyn kennel name.
Ms. Laurans became an AKC judge in 1980 and is approved to judge the Sporting, Hound, Working and Herding groups, and some toy and non-sporting breeds. She has judged throughout the United States and internationally, including the Herding, Working and Hound Groups and Junior Finals at Westminster. Ms. Laurans has judged at several AKC/Eukanuba National Championships, including presiding over the the Herding and Hound Groups. Ms. Laurans was a member of the AKC board of directors from 1996 to 2000. The AKC Delegate from the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America since 1980, Ms. Laurans has chaired the Delegates’ Parent Club Committee since 2000.
Judges for each of the seven variety groups and the Miscellaneous Classes are:
SPORTING – Mr. Bud McGivern, Jr. – Staten Island, New York
HOUND – Mr. Michael Dougherty – Escondido, California
WORKING – Mrs. Dorothy Collier – Riviera Beach, Florida
TERRIER – Mrs. Karen Wilson – Sperryville, Virginia
TOY – Mr. Kent Delaney – Orland Park, Illinois
NON-SPORTING – Mrs. Elaine Lessig – Clinton, New Jersey
HERDING – Mrs. Roberta Davies – Brimfield, Massachusetts
MISCELLANEOUS CLASSES & BEST IN MISCELLANEOUS CLASS – Mr. Augusto Benedicto Santos III – Philippines
BEST JUNIOR HANDLER – Ms. Helma Weeks – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JUNIOR PRELIMS – Ms. Cassandra Clark of Tustin, California and Mrs. Linda Clark of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Judges for the seven Bred-by-Exhibitor variety groups are:
SPORTING – Mrs. Anne Savory Bolus – Harrison, Tennessee
HOUND – Dr. Anne Gallant – Springfield, Tennessee
WORKING – Mrs. Joan Anselm – Keswick, Virginia
TERRIER – Mr. Robert Black – Newtown, Pennsylvania
TOY – Mrs. Peggy Lloyd – Round Top, Texas
NON-SPORTING – Mrs. Houston (Toddie) Clark – Decatur, Tennessee
HERDING – Mrs. Kathleen Steen – Alpharetta, Georgia
Judges for the Eukanuba World Challenge are:
Eukanuba World Challenge Winner: Mr. Jorgen Hindse, Denmark
Mr. Damir Skok – Croatia
Mr. Leif-Herman Wilberg – Norway
Mr. Aramis Lim – Australia
Mr. Ronnie Irving – United Kingdom
SPORTING GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Mrs. Patricia V. Trotter Spaniels (Boykin), Spaniels (Clumber), Spaniels (English Springer), Spaniels (Field), Spinoni Italiani
Ms. Bonnie Linnell Clarke Brittanys, Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), Retrievers (Chesapeake), Retrievers (Flat-Coated), Setters (Irish)
Mrs. Paula Hartinger Pointers (German Shorthaired), Pointers (German Wirehaired), Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizslas
Ms. Denny Mounce Pointers
Mr. Houston Clark Retrievers (Curly-Coated), Retrievers (Labrador), Retrievers (Golden), Setters (Gordon), Setters (Irish Red and White)
Mr. Charles Trotter Setters (English), Spaniels (American Water), Spaniels (Cocker – ASCOB), Spaniels (Cocker – Parti Color)
Ms. Theresa Hundt Spaniels (Cocker – Black), Spaniels (Welsh Springer),
Mrs. Barbara Müller (Switzerland) Spaniels (English Cocker)
Mr. Andrew Brace (UK) Spaniels (Irish Water), Spaniels (Sussex)
HOUND GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Ms. Patricia Cruz Afghan Hounds, Borzoi, Irish Wolfhounds
Dr. Robert D. Smith American English Coonhounds, Foxhounds (American), Foxhounds (English), Harriers, Otterhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos
Mr. Andrew Brace (UK) Basenjis, Beagles (Both Varieties), Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Mrs. Lisa Warren Basset Hounds, Greyhounds, Plott Hounds, Scottish Deerhounds, Whippets
Mrs. Francine Schwartz Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds
Mrs. Carol Spritzer Bluetick Coonhounds, Dachshunds (All Varieties), Redbone Coonhounds
Mrs. Catherine Bell Ibizan Hounds, Pharaoh Hounds
Mrs. Barbara Müller (Switzerland) Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens
Mr. David Miller Salukis
WORKING GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
D. Killilea (UK) Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Standard Schnauzers
Ms. Theresa Hundt Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Chinooks, Doberman Pinschers, Kuvaszok
Mr. Douglas Holloway Bernese Mountain Dogs, Cane Corso, Dogues de Bordeaux, Samoyeds, Siberian Huskies
Mr. George E. Marquis Black Russian Terriers, Boxers, German Pinschers, Rottweilers, Tibetan Mastiffs
Mrs. Helma Weeks Bullmastiffs, Mastiffs
Mr. Edward F. Lyons, Jr. Giant Schnauzers, Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Komondorok
Mr. David Cavill (UK) Leonbergers
Mrs. Catherine Bell Neapolitan Mastiffs, Portuguese Water Dogs, Saint Bernards
Mrs. Barbara Müller (Switzerland) Newfoundlands
TERRIER GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Mr. Michael Shoreman (Canada) Airedale Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Border Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers
Mr. Fred G. Ferris American Staffordshire Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Manchester Terriers (Standard), Welsh Terriers
Mr. Lowell Davis Australian Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Irish Terriers, Norfolk Terriers
Ms. Patricia Cruz Bull Terriers (Both Varieties), Miniature Bull Terriers
Mrs. Charlotte Patterson Cesky Terriers, Fox Terriers (Smooth), Fox Terriers (Wire), Glen of Imaal Terriers, Lakeland Terriers
Mrs. Lorraine Boutwell Kerry Blue Terriers, Rat Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, West Highland White Terriers
D. Killilea (UK) Miniature Schnauzers
Mr. Jon Cole Norwich Terriers
Mr. Charles Trotter Russell Terriers
TOY GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Ms. Marjorie Tuff Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffon, Havanese
Mr. James Moses Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Mr. Kari Järvinen (Finland) Chihuahuas (Both Varieties), Chinese Cresteds, Italian Greyhounds, Poodles (Toy)
Mrs. Sari Brewster Tietjen English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles), Japanese Chin, Toy Fox Terriers
Mr. Ralph Lemcke Maltese, Pomeranians, Silky Terriers, Manchester Terriers (Toy), Yorkshire Terriers
Mrs. Vicki L. Abbott Miniature Pinschers, Papillons, Pekingese, Pugs, Shih Tzu
NON-SPORTING GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Ms. Denny Mounce American Eskimo Dogs, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows, Schipperkes
Mr. David Kirkland Bichons Frises, Dalmatians, French Bulldogs, Keeshonden, Norwegian Lundehunds
Mrs. Francine Schwartz Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos
D. Killilea (UK) Bulldogs
Mrs. Sari Brewster Tietjen Cotons de Tulear, Poodles (Miniature), Poodles (Standard)
Mr. David Cavill (UK) Finnish Spitz, Shiba Inu
Mr. David Miller Löwchen, Tibetan Spaniels, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintli
HERDING GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Mr. Michael Shoreman (Canada) Australian Cattle Dogs
Mr. James Moses Australian Shepherds, Bouviers des Flandres, Briards, German Shepherd Dogs
Mrs. Barbara Müller (Switzerland) Bearded Collies
Mr. Carl Lieppman Beaucerons, Belgian Malinois, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Pulik, Shetland Sheepdogs
Mr. Jon Cole Belgian Sheepdogs, Caanan Dogs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs
Mr. David Cavill (UK) Belgian Tervuren, Border Collies
Mr. Robert J. Caswell Collies (Rough), Collies (Smooth), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Norwegian Buhunds
Mrs. Barbara Müller (Switzerland) Old English Sheepdogs
Ms. Marjorie Tuff Pyrenean Shepherds, Swedish Vallhunds
*Panel subject to final approval.
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