NEW YORK, NY (January 14, 2013) – The American Kennel Club® is pleased to announce the judging panel for the 13th Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship to be held in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
The 2013 event, which will cover nearly one million square feet of the Orange County Convention Center, will once again showcase the nation’s top AKC-registered and international dogs in an open show format. Popular attractions such as the Best Bred-by-Exhibitor competition, AKC Meet the Breeds® and the seventh Eukanuba World Challenge will also return, and 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. 11-13, 2013.
New for 2013 will be the inaugural AKC National Owner-Handler Series (NOHS) end-of-year competition. Dogs that finish ranked in the top ten (plus ties) for their breed for the 2012 or 2013 qualifying years will be invited to compete in the competition.
The AKC Agility Invitational will again be held in conjunction with the 2013 event, along with a new obedience competition – the AKC Obedience Classic. The new competition will crown the top dogs for the year in the Novice, Open and Utility classes. The AKC Juniors Agility Competition and the AKC National Juniors Obedience Competition will continue to be held with these events in December.
Heading the panel as Best in Show judge for the 2013 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is Mrs. Barbara Alderman of Moon Township, Pennsylvania and Dr. Anthony DiNardo of West Hartford, Connecticut will judge Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show.
Mrs. Barbara Alderman bought her first dog, a pet Afghan Hound, in 1959. After attending a few shows, she was hooked on dogs. Her success in the breed as a breeder, owner or handler included many champions, including the youngest Afghan Hound Champion of the day and Top All Breed and Specialty Best in Show winners. She subsequently enjoyed a distinguished career as an AKC-licensed all-breed handler. Mrs. Alderman is an AKC all-breed judge filling her fifth AKC/Eukanuba assignment this year. She has been a member of the Western Pennsylvania Kennel Association since 1959, and is a member of the Fort Lauderdale Dog Club.
Dr. Anthony DiNardo began exhibiting dogs in 1970 with a Great Dane he bought for his children. Pursuing a limited breeding program, Dr. DiNardo has produced a record-setting Doberman Pinscher that was number-one dog in the breed from 1982 to 1985. He has bred or owned 12 different Best in Show winning Dobermans, winners of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America’s Top 20 and the breed’s national specialty show. Dr. DiNardo became an AKC judge in 1980 and is approved for all sporting, hound, working, toy, and non-sporting breeds, as well as a few terrier and herding breeds. He includes among his judging highlights the DPCA nationals, the Rottweiler Club of America’s Top 20, the Toy Group at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and judging Best of the Best in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. DiNardo is the founder and president of the Connecticut River Working Group Association, the first AKC working-dog member club. He is the president of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, a!
nd a member of the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard.
Judges for each of the seven variety groups and the Miscellaneous Classes are:
SPORTING – Ms. Bonnie Threlfall – Cary, NC HOUND – Mr. Frank Sabella – Tampa, FL WORKING – Mrs. Michelle Billings – Ft. Lauderdale, FL TERRIER – Mr. Clay Coady – Paradise Valley, AZ TOY – Mr. Luc Boileau – Burlington, WI NON-SPORTING – Mrs. Jane Forsyth – Pinehurst, NC HERDING – Mr. Robert Slay – Cary, NC MISCELLANEOUS CLASSES & BEST IN MISCELLANEOUS CLASS – Mr. Roberto Velez-Pico – Puerto Rico
BEST JUNIOR HANDLER – Mrs. Mary Ann Alston – Ocean Pines, MD
Judges for the seven Bred-by-Exhibitor variety groups are:
SPORTING – Mrs. Cindy Vogels – Greenwood Village, CO HOUND – Mrs. Gayle Bontecou – Clinton Corners, NY WORKING – Mrs. Paula Nykiel – Washington, MO TERRIER – Mr. Roger Hartinger – Cincinnati, OH TOY – Mrs. Helen Winski Stein – Chapel Hill, NC NON-SPORTING – Mr. Dennis McCoy – Apex, NC HERDING – Ms. Minna-Liisa Koltes – Ennice, NC
Judges for the Eukanuba World Challenge are:
Eukanuba World Challenge Winner: Mr. Miguel Martinez, Argentina
Mr. Andras Korozs – Hungary
Mr. Gerard Jipping – Netherlands
Mr. Zvi Kupferberg – Israel
Mr. Peter Green – Bowmansville, PA
SPORTING GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Ms. Linda More Boykin Spaniels, Retrievers (Curly-Coated), Retrievers (Labrador), Spaniels (American Water)
Mr. Ronald Spritzer Brittanys, Spaniels (Field), Spaniels (Sussex), Vizslas, Weimaraners
Mr. Elliott Weiss Pointers (German Shorthaired), Pointers, Retrievers (Chesapeake), Spaniels (Clumber), Spaniels (English Cocker)
Mr. Laurent Pichard (Switzerland) Pointers (German Wirehaired), Setters (English), Spaniels (Cocker – ASCOB), Spaniels (Cocker – Black), Spaniels (Cocker – Parti Color)
Mr. Douglas Johnson Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), Retrievers (Flat-Coated), Setters (Gordon), Setters (Irish), Spaniels (English Springer)
Mr. Patricio Muza (Argentina) Retriever (Golden)
Mr. Claudio DeGiuliani (Italy) Setters (Irish Red and White), Spinoni Italiani
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston Spaniels (Irish Water), Spaniels (Welsh Springer), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
HOUND GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Dr. Robert Indeglia Afghan Hounds, Basset Hounds, Greyhounds, Harriers, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis
Mrs. Polly Smith American English Coonhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Plott Hounds, Redbone Coonhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Mr. Robert Stein Basenjis, Bloodhounds, Foxhounds (American), Foxhounds (English), Scottish Deerhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds, Whippets
Mr. Rafael DeSantiago (Puerto Rico) Beagles (Both Varieties), Borzoi, Irish Wolfhounds
Mr. Gareth Morgan Dachshunds (All Varieties), Ibizan Hounds, Otterhounds
Ms. Linda More Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens
Dr. Robert Smith Portuguese Podengo Pequenos
WORKING GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Dr. Thomas Davies Akitas
Col. Joe Purkheiser Alaskan Malamutes, Black Russian Terriers, Great Pyrenees, Portuguese Water Dogs, Samoyeds
Mrs. Judy Harrington Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Mastiffs, Saint Bernards
Mr. Steve Gladstone Bernese Mountain Dogs, Giant Schnauzers
Mr. Claudio DeGiuliani (Italy) Cane Corso, Dogues de Bordeaux, Neapolitan Mastiffs
Dr. Robert Smith Chinooks
Mr. Vincent O’Brien (Ireland) Doberman Pinschers, Leonbergers, Standard Schnauzers
Mrs. Marjorie Martorella German Pinschers, Great Danes, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Newfoundlands
Mrs. Charlotte McGowan Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Tibetan Mastiffs
Mr. David Powers Rottweilers
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston Siberian Huskies
TERRIER GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Mr. Desmond Murphy Airedale Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Skye Terriers, Manchester Terriers (Standard)
Mr. Norm Patton American Staffordshire Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
Ms. Beth Sweigart Australian Terriers, Bull Terriers (Both Varieties), Fox Terriers (Smooth), Fox Terriers (Wire), Sealyham Terriers
Mr. Hans Van Den Berg (Holland) Bedlington Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Scottish Terriers
Mr. Randy Garren Border Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Welsh Terriers
Mr. Peter Green Cairn Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, West Highland White Terriers
Mr. Vincent O’Brien (Ireland) Glen of Imaal Terriers, Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers
Dr. Robert Smith Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers
TOY GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Mr. Ken McDermott Affenpinschers,
Mr. Michael Dachel Brussels Griffon, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chinese Cresteds, Pekingese, Manchester Terriers (Toy)
Mr. Hans Van Den Berg (Holland) Chihuahuas (Both Varieties)
Mr. Chuck Winslow English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles), Japanese Chin, Poodles (Toy)
Mr. Adrian Landarte (Uruguay) Havanese, Italian Greyhounds, Miniature Pinschers, Pugs, Yorkshire Terriers
Mr. Patricio Muza (Argentina) Maltese, Shih Tzu
Mrs. Charlotte McGowan Papillons, Pomeranians
Mr. Randy Garren Silky Terriers
Mrs. Shirley Limoges Toy Fox Terriers
NON-SPORTING GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Ms. Judi Daniels American Eskimo Dogs, Bichons Frises, Bulldogs, Finnish Spitz, Lowchen
Mr. Ken McDermott Boston Terriers, Dalmatians, French Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos
Mr. Patricio Muza (Argentina) Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows
Mr. Hans Van Den Berg (Holland) Keeshonden
Mrs. Shirley Limoges Norwegian Lundehunds, Shiba Inu, Xoloitzcuintli
Mr. Chuck Winslow Poodles (Miniature), Poodles (Standard)
Mr. Randy Garren Schipperkes
Mr. Norm Patton Tibetan Spaniels, Tibetan Terriers
HERDING GROUP: BREED ASSIGNMENTS:
Dr. Thomas Davies Australian Cattle Dogs, Border Collies, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, German Shepherd Dogs
Mr. David Powers Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Belgian Tervuren, Old English Sheepdogs
Mr. Jorge Nallem (Uruguay) Beaucerons, Caanan Dogs, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Icelandic Sheepdogs
Mr. Steve Hall Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Bouviers des Flandres, Briards, Norwegian Buhunds, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs
Mr. Steve Gladstone Collies (Rough), Collies (Smooth), Shetland Sheepdogs
Mrs. Shirley Limoges Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Swedish Vallhunds
Mr. Rafael DeSantiago (Puerto Rico) Pulik
Mrs. Charlotte McGowan Pyrenean Shepherds
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP PRELIMINARY JUDGES:
Ms. Rindi Gaudet – Summerville, SC
Mrs. Linda E. Walawander – Fulton, NY
*Panel subject to final approval.
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