NEW YORK, NY (December 20, 2011) – The American Kennel Club® is pleased to announce the judging panel for the 12th Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship to be held in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. The 2012 event will once again showcase the nation’s top AKC-registered and international dogs as well as the popular Best Bred-by-Exhibitor competition, AKC Meet the Breeds® and the sixth Eukanuba World Challenge. The AKC National Obedience Invitational and AKC Agility Invitational will again be held in conjunction with the 2012 event. 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. 12-14, 2012.

Heading the panel as Best in Show judge for the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is Mr. Edd E. Bivin of Fort Worth, Texas and Mrs. Patricia V. Trotter of Carmel, California will judge Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show.

Mr. Edd E. Bivin acquired his first purebred dog, a Pomeranian, at age 12. This introduced him to the sport of dogs and became the foundation of a breeding program that led to his breeding and exhibiting top-winning Poms. Additionally, he says, “My wife Irene and I enjoyed the breeding and exhibiting of Doberman Pinschers and Dachshunds during her lifetime.”

Mr. Bivin first judged toy dogs at match shows at the age of 15. He was approved to judge Pomeranians at U.S. championship point shows in 1961 and is today approved for all sporting, working, terrier, toy, and non-sporting breeds, and several herding breeds. He served for 32 years as an administrator at Texas Christian University, with 18 of those years spent as Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services.

Mrs. Patricia V. Trotter has been a true dog person since her childhood in Virginia. Her Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds are internationally famous as both show dogs and producers. They include the top sire and dam in the breed’s history and an incredible 10 breeder-owner-handled group firsts at Westminster. Her famous Ch. Vin-Melca’s Vagabond is enshrined in the AKC Museum of the Dog Hall of Fame.

Mrs. Trotter became an AKC judge in 1994, and has since judged at national specialty shows, the Westminster Kennel club dog show, the 2000 Morris & Essex Kennel Club revival, and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. She is the author of the influential book Born to Win, and her breeding column for the AKC Gazette won a 1997 Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writers Association of America. In 2004, the AKC named her Hound Group Breeder of the Year.

Mrs. Trotter is past president and show chairman of the Del Monte Kennel Club and has been a member of the Norwegian Elkhound Association of America for more than 40 years. A graduate of the college of William and Mary, with a master’s degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Mrs. Trotter spent 34 years teaching American history in Carmel, California.

Judges for each of the seven variety groups and the Miscellaneous Classes are:

SPORTING – Mr. Terry Stacy – Chapel Hill, NC
HOUND – Ms. Carla Molinari – Portugal
WORKING – Mr. Norman B. Kenney – Westford, MA
TERRIER – Ms. Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine – Ann Arbor, MI
TOY – Mr. Rey Burgos – Port Jefferson Station, NY
NON-SPORTING – Mr. Andrew Mills – Bonita, CA
HERDING – Mr. James E. Frederiksen – Knoxville, TN


BEST JUNIOR HANDLER – Mr. William P. Shelton – Pomona, CA

Judges for the seven Bred-by-Exhibitor variety groups are:

SPORTING – Mrs. Sheila DiNardo – West Hartford, CT
HOUND – Mr. Dana P. Cline – Rockford, IL
WORKING – Ms. Patricia W. Laurans – Newtown, CT
TERRIER – Mrs. Rosalind Kramer – Leesburg, VA
TOY – Mr. Timothy Catterson – New Castle, IN
NON-SPORTING – Mr. Carl E. Gomes – Bronx, NY
HERDING – Ms. Sheila Polk – Martinez, CA

Judges for the Eukanuba World Challenge are:

Eukanuba World Challenge Winner: Miguel Teixeira, Portugal
Section Judges:
• Mrs. Keke Kahn – Sarasota, FL
• Cristian Stefanescu – Romania
• Ramon Podesta – Chile
• Guy Spagnolo – Australia

SPORTING GROUP:                                                         BREED ASSIGNMENTS:

Mr. Michael Faulkner – Boykin Spaniels, Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay), Setters (Irish Red & White), Spaniels (American Water), Spaniels (Clumber)

Mrs. Wendy Willhauck Brittanys – Pointers (German Wirehaired), Pointers, Retrievers (Flat-Coated), Spaniels (English Cocker)

Mrs. Mareth Kipp Pointers  – (German Shorthaired), Spaniels (English Springer)

Mr. Guy Spagnolo  – (Australia) Retrievers (Curly-Coated), Retrievers (Labrador), Setters (English), Spaniels (Irish Water)

Mrs. Elaine Mathis –   Setters (Gordon), Spaniels (Welsh Springer), Spinoni Italiani, Vizslas, Weimaraners

Dr. Bob G. Smith Retrievers – (Golden), Setters (Irish), Spaniels (Cocker – ASCOB), Spaniels (Cocker – Black), Spaniels (Cocker – Parti Color)

Mr. Kenneth Buxton Spaniels – (Field), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons

Mr. Andrew Brace (UK) – Spaniels (Sussex)

HOUND GROUP:                                                           BREED ASSIGNMENTS:

Mrs. Gretchen Bernardi – Afghan Hounds, Borzoi, Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Deerhounds, Whippets

Mr. William Shelton – American English Coonhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Harriers, Norwegian Elkhounds, Plotts

Ms. Anne MacDonald (UK) – Basenjis, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis

Mrs. Sharon A. Dok– Basset Hounds, Beagles (Both Varieties), Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens

Mr. Andrew Brace (UK) – Bloodhounds

Mrs. Jackie Stacy Bluetick – Coonhounds, Otterhounds, Redbone Coonhounds

Ms. Carol A. Reisman – Dachshunds (All Varieties), American Foxhounds, English Foxhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Treeing Walker – Coonhounds

WORKING GROUP:                                                    BREED ASSIGNMENTS:

Mrs. Cindy Meyer – Akitas, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Mastiffs, Portuguese Water Dogs, Siberian Huskies

Mr. Andrew Brace (UK) – Alaskan Malamutes

Mr. Andrei Klishas (Russia) – Bernese Mountain Dogs, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs

Ms. Ann Ingram (Ireland) – Black Russian Terriers, Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Newfoundlands

Mr. Alfred Ferruggiaro – Cane Corso

Mrs. Wyoma Clouss – Doberman Pinschers, Giant Schnauzers, Standard Schnauzers

Mr. James Noe – Dogues de Bordeaux, Great Pyrenees, Leonbergers, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Samoyeds

Mr. Kenneth Buxton – German Pinschers

Mrs. Barbara Alderman – Great Danes

Mr. Brian Meyer – Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Rottweilers, Saint Bernards, Tibetan Mastiffs

TERRIER GROUP:                                                    BREED ASSIGNMENTS:

Mr. Alfred Ferruggiaro – Airedale Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Manchester Terriers (Standard)

Dr. Kirsi Saino (Finland) – American Staffordshire Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Russell Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, West Highland White Terriers

Mrs. Mareth Kipp – Australian Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Parson Russell Terriers

Mrs. Wyoma Clouss – Bedlington Terriers

Mr. Bruce Schwartz – Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Welsh Terriers

Mr. Andrei Klishas (Russia) – Bull Terriers (Both Varieties), Miniature Bull Terriers

Ms. Ann Ingram (Ireland) – Cesky Terriers

Mr. Robert Hutton Dandie – Dinmont Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers

Mr. Harry O’Donoghue (Ireland) – Fox Terriers (Smooth), Fox Terriers (Wire), Glen of Imaal Terriers, Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers

TOY GROUP:                                                           BREED ASSIGNMENTS:

Mrs. Keke Kahn – Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffon, Havanese, Pekingese, Yorkshire Terriers

Dr. John Ioia – Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby), Maltese, Shih Tzu

Mr. Chuck Scott – Chihuahuas (Both Varieties), Chinese Crested, English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles), Italian Greyhounds

Mr. Hiroshi Kamisato (Japan) – Japanese Chin

Mr. Alfred Ferruggiaro– Miniature Pinschers

Mrs. Jackie Stacy – Papillons

Mr. Robert Hutton – Pomeranians, Pugs

Mrs. Barbara Alderman – Poodles (Toy), Silky Terriers

Mr. Charles Trotter – Toy Fox Terriers

Mrs. Wyoma Clouss – Manchester Terriers (Toy)

NON-SPORTING GROUP:                                   BREED ASSIGNMENTS:

Mr. Richard Beauchamp – American Eskimo Dogs, Bichons Frises, Bulldogs, Dalmatians, Finnish Spitz

Mr. Robert Hutton – Boston Terriers

Mr. Hiroshi Kamisato (Japan) – Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintli

Ms. Ann Ingram (Ireland) – French Bulldogs

Mr. Charles Trotter – Keeshonden, Lowchen, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniels

Dr. John Ioia – Lhasa Apsos

Mrs. Keke Kahn – Norwegian Lundehunds

Mrs. Barbara Alderman – Poodles (Miniature), Poodles (Standard), Schipperkes

HERDING GROUP:                                             BREED ASSIGNMENTS:

Mrs. Jackie Stacy – Australian Cattle Dogs, Belgian Malinois

Mr. Kenneth Buxton – Australian Shepherds, Finnish Lapphunds, Icelandic Sheepdogs

Mr. Paul Willhauck – Bearded Collies, Collies (Rough), Collies (Smooth), German Shepherd Dogs, Shetland Sheepdogs

Mrs. Arlene Davis – Beaucerons, Border Collies, Bouviers des Flandres, Caanan Dogs, Norwegian Buhunds, Swedish Vallhunds

Dr. Robert D. Smith – Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Old English Sheepdogs, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik

Mr. Andrew Brace (UK) – Briards, Pyrenean Shepherds

Mr. William Shelton – Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Pembroke Welsh Corgis

Mr. Andrei Klishas (Russia) – Entlebucher Mountain Dogs


Mrs. Jan Swayze-Curry – Columbia, KY

Mrs. Karen Mammano – Webster, NY

The 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will mark the 12th event in AKC’s premier showcase for dogs, which is presented with Eukanuba.

The qualifying dates for the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be October 12, 2011 – October 10, 2012.


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