|The No. 1 Owner-Handler and Being Remembered
Success as an owner-handler requires tremendous dedication and an exceptional dog. Beginning this year, the AKC Owner-Handler Series offers those determined exhibitors who qualify a chance to compete amongst peers at select events nationwide. Today, Senior Editor Christi McDonald talks with Barbara McNeill, currently ranked Number 1 in the series with her German Shorthaired Pointer GCh. Fieldfines Pure Gold CGC TDI. Learn the secrets to success that have brought the pair to the top, and discover how nothing can ever take the place of hard work and a solid pedigree.
“How do you want to be remembered?” This is the question Master Blogger Billy Wheeler asks his readers in The Back Story. From the revered all-breed judge to the most celebrated professional handler, every individual who supports the dog show community leaves a lasting impression on the people who know him or her. In the always-competitive conformation ring, how you’re remembered depends largely on how you played the game – win or lose.
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An Owner-Handler Who’s Living Her Dreams
By Christi McDonald
The American Kennel Club announced last December that, “to celebrate the dedication and enthusiasm of owner-handler exhibitors,” it would implement a new program called the AKC Owner-Handler Series, which began in January 2012.
The stated purpose of this new offering is “to showcase quality dogs at a series of special competitions offered at dog shows across the country,” where owner-handlers compete against their peers. At designated shows around the country, points – having nothing to do with championship points – are awarded to owner-handlers for Best of Breed, the four Group placements and Best in Show. more
How Do You Want to Be Remembered?
By Billy Wheeler
A couple of years ago, I was having lunch with a group of owners and handlers, all of whom were campaigning dogs in the Top 100 Dogs All Breeds. All were hoping to get their dogs higher in the rankings. I asked if anyone could name the top five dogs from the previous year. Not one could name all five. While I write a lot about the top-ranked dogs, I could understand why many exhibitors are focused elsewhere.
What accomplishments do you remember, year to year? I think most people remember who won the Westminster Kennel Club show. I admit I don’t know anyone in the dog game who wouldn’t see a Westminster BIS as the pinnacle of their career in dogs. more