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AKC/Eukanuba National Championship 2013 Judging Panel Released

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

Section Judges:
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.
The 2013 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will mark the 13th event in AKC’s premier showcase for dogs, which is presented with Eukanuba.

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