New York, NY– The American Kennel Club (AKC®) wishes to acknowledge those individuals that have excelled at breeding dogs that have proven to be outstanding in AKC sports.  The commitment to preserve, protect and improve a breed represents the very essence of the AKC.  The AKC Breeder of the Year by Sport award is given to those who have dedicated themselves to improving the health, temperament and performance of dogs in a given sport. 

The 2015 Breeder of the Year by Sport award recipients are:

Pointing Breed Field Events Mark & Cheryl Brent, GA GSPs

Retriever Field Events Dr. Mary Tatum Labradors

Spaniel Field Events Rumi & Mike Schroeder, WI English Cockers

Hound Field Events Gary Brown, KY Beagles

Herding Molly Wisecarver, AZ Border Collies

Lure Coursing Laurie Soutar, Canada Greyhounds

Earthdog Teri Beverly, FL Border Terriers

Coonhounds Cecil Carlee, AL B&T Coonhounds

Agility Michelle Weese, OK Border Collies

Obedience Jackie Mertens, FL Golden Retrievers

Rally Judy & David Guaraldo, FL Shelties

Tracking Karla Niessing, WI Rottweiler

“Knowledgeable breeders are critical to the continued success of canine sports.  These breeders have shown a long-term dedication to enhancing breed instincts and breeding sound dogs with good temperaments,” said Doug Ljungren, Vice President for Sports