2006 AKC/Eukanuba Classic
TAMPA FLORIDA'S TOP WINNERS
dateline - January 14 & 15, 2006 at the Tampa Convention Center, the Best Bred-by-Exhibitor went to Sandra D'Andrea handling the Malamute co-owned with Sharon Weston and M & P Peel. The $15,000 cash prize was part of the two-day competition televised live from Tampa, Fla. The Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show judge was Mr. Robert S. Forsyth of Pinehurst, NC.
CH Nanuke’s Snoklassic No Boundaries of Lockport, NY, owned/bred by Sandra D’Andrea (tonight’s handler), W. Corr and M & P Peel, commonly known as “Costello” earned a grand total of more than $80,000. Costello and Sandy won the $50,000 Best In Show prize and the title of AKC/Eukanuba National Champion, and other awards, travel, and cash en route to Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show
Sporting – CH SZIKRA'S DAN D. LION, a Viszla, owners/breeders: Pat & Sosanna & Alessandra Folz & Ellen Fitzkee & J Yllanes.
Hound – CH SEASPELL'S POINT CABRIA JC, a Whippet, owners/breeders: Polly Clement & Karen Roberson & Judith Britton.
Working – CH NANUKE'S SNOKLASSIC NO BOUNDARIE, an Alaskan Malamute, owners/breeders: Sandra D''Andrea, Sharon Weston & M & P Peel.
Terrier – CH KEMOSABE BROXDEN HIGH BUTTON SHOES, a Smooth Fox Terrier, owners/breeders: Stacy Turner, Sam Cotton, Amy Rodrigues, Ana Lucia Baldan
Toy – CH SANDCASTLE'S SIMPLISTIC, a Pug, owners/breeders: HM Anderson & M Mitrano, M Penney & D Huffman, Michelle Anderson & E Noakes.
Non-Sporting – CH SHERADIN WHEN SPIRITS TALK ROMX HOF, a Schipperke, owners/breeders: Diane & Sherwood Harris.
Herding – CH CALL ME IN ESSENCE DE BOEF, a Bouvier des Flandres owner/breeder: Maria H Monroe.
“The Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show award represents the ultimate prize for the owner/breeder/handler,” said Show Chairman Ron Menaker. “We are proud to be able to honor these breeders for their dedication and years of breeding and their valuable contribution to the sport of purebred dogs.”
AKC BREEDER OF THE YEAR AWARD
In case you missed the broadcast, the AKC Breeder of the Year Award went to Dave and Peggy Helming of Flemington, N.J. The Helmings began their breeding program in 1968 under the Pouch Cove prefix. Since that time, they have bred and/or owned approximately 300 champions, many of whom are National Specialty, Working Group and Best in Show winners. Ch. Darbydale’s All Rise Pouch Cove (Josh), who was awarded Best in Show at the 2004 Westminster Kennel Club show, is the breed’s all-time top-winning show dog. Eighteen Pouch Cove dogs have earned the Newfoundland Club of America’s (NCA) Versatile Newfoundland title by obtaining their AKC Championship, AKC Obedience title, NCA Water Rescue Dog and NCA Draft Dog titles. The Helmings have devoted years of service to the NCA and are life-time members of the club. They are both AKC approved judges.
The annual award honors those breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.
"Dedicated breeders are crucial to the sport of purebred dogs, as they have the responsibility to preserve each breed’s unique heritage," said Ron Menaker, AKC's Chairman of the Board. "The Breeder of the Year Awards allow us to honor those who have worked to uphold standards of excellence in producing quality purebred dogs and shared their knowledge with newcomers, creating the next generation of dog fanciers.”
One honoree is chosen from each of the seven groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding. From those seven, one Group winner is selected as “AKC Breeder of the Year” during the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, which was held this year in Tampa, Fla.
All seven Group honorees were presented with medallions during the show on January 14, 2006. AKC Breeder of the Year recipients, Dave and Peggy Helming, will be honored with a commission from a canine portraitist to memorialize a prominent dog from their kennel. Their name will be inscribed on a perpetual trophy on permanent display at the AKC headquarters in New York City.
The honorees from the six remaining Groups were:
AKC National Obedience Invitational
The 2006 AKC National Obedience Invitational Champion is OTCH Chaseabout's Dances With Lions UDX6 JH MX AXJ, a Labrador Retriever, owned by Renate Van Allen of Littleton, Colorado.
AKC National Agility Championship
Five agility dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the five height categories – were crowned champions at the event, which brought together nearly 700 talented dogs from across the country.
Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24" respectively) were:
* MACH8 Pinpaps Jonquil of Skipnlena, Papillon, owner Robin Kletke, Margate, FL
* Strathspey Sapphire Rock-It AX, MXJ, Shetland Sheepdog, owner Barb Davis, McLean, VA
* MACH3 Sliderock's Solar Power, Australian Shepherd, owner Elicia Calhoun, Woodlands, TX
* MACH Contact Point Thinks Quick HSAs, Border Collie, owner Kate Moureaux, Camarillo, CA.
* MACH4 Wildfires Precious Metal, Border Collie, owner Gerry Brown, Manor, TX.