Comments from the Winkies® Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee for the 2013 Winkies for Annual Achievement announces the reasons for nominating this year's nominees.

By Richard G. ("Rick") Beauchamp | November 15, 2013

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Photo Brian Bengelsdorf.

The Nominating Committee for the 2013 Winkies for Annual Achievement announced their comments about this year's nominees. See why they chose this year's nominees in the Show of the Year, Judge of the Year, Best Professional Handler, Best Owner-Handler and Outstanding Breeder categories.



Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore
Del Valle Dog Club is a show rich with exhibits in the beautiful California outdoors. This show has a casual and comfortable environment with spacious rings allowing for relaxed yet keen competition.

Detroit Kennel Club
A first-class act, Detroit Kennel Club is one of the last remaining classic benched shows providing a valuable educational resource for fanciers and the public alike. Friendly, helpful club members and many special events make this show a delight.

Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon
Part of the Rose City Classic, the Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon is a very hard-working, hospitable club. A spacious venue, large rings, lots of grooming space and many educational attractions are highlights of this show.

Houston Kennel Club
Houston Kennel Club is held in the spacious, air-conditioned Reliant Center. Special and educational events abound, including an art contest for children and clinics on dog grooming and health.

Trenton Kennel Club
Trenton Kennel Club is an outdoor spring show held on manicured lawns with spacious ringside tenting and great attention to detail. Host to many specialty shows, this event is well attended by the public.



Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine
With a reputation as a great dog person and knowledgeable judge, Peggy is extremely popular on panels all around the world. A pleasure to show to, she is pleasant and relaxed in the ring with a decisiveness that is appreciated by exhibitors.

Edd Embry Bivin
Completely in charge of his ring, Edd is always respectful and enthusiastic. He expects a competent performance from his exhibitors and delivers the same to them in return. A lifelong student of dogs, Edd loves to share his accumulated knowledge.

Eugene Blake
Always having a friendly, positive attitude in the ring, Gene is a bright spot on any panel. Having spent a lifetime in the sport, he is very willing to share his extensive knowledge. Popular on top panels in the US and around the world, he is a great ambassador for the sport.

Kent Delaney
Kent excels at judging both conformation and obedience. He has a pleasant and relaxed ring manner and a sense of humor that puts everyone in his ring at ease. His keen eye for a dog and his enthusiasm make him a great asset to the sport.

Jane Forsyth
A former top professional handler, Jane has brought her vast experience back into the ring becoming one of the country's top judges. An icon of the sport for six decades, she is sought after on top panels all across the globe. Her eye and approach are beyond compare.



Will Alexander
A good dog person and a gentleman in the ring, Will shows all breeds in an expert manner. His exhibits are always clean, well groomed, well conditioned and shown to perfection. Will brings out the best assets in every dog he presents.

Valerie Nunes Atkinson
Aware of the individuality of her dogs, Valerie seems to connect with each one uniquely to bring out their best performance as a team. Her presentation seems effortless, allowing you to see the dog's best qualities. She has a great attitude in and out of the ring.

Adam Bernardin
Adam has great hands and is able to bring out each dog's best performance in the ring. His dogs are always well groomed and well conditioned. He puts forth a very professional presentation and makes an extra effort to know the finer points of each breed he shows.

Amy Rutherford
Quiet and unassuming, Amy is an artist in the ring. She is fully capable of adjusting her style to match each dog's needs. Her dogs are expertly groomed and conditioned. Always professional, she has admirable sportsmanship and camaraderie with other handlers.

Allison Sunderman
A veteran Terrier specialist, Allison is a master groomer. She is always competitive, polite and a model of good sportsmanship. Her dogs are well cared for, and their presentation stands out above the rest. Her long-standing loyal clients are a testament to her success.



Armando Angelbello
Presenting his Marlex Miniature Pinschers to numerous Best in Show and national specialty wins, Armando has been a top contender at shows around the country. Along with his excellent handling, his friendliness and good sportsmanship are an example to others.

Leon Goetz
Always a gentleman, Leon handles his Australian Shepherds at a level that makes him competitive with the top handlers. Leon has owner-handled three No. 1 Australian Shepherds and won three national specialties.

Janet Lange-Moses
Janet does an outstanding job of grooming, conditioning and showing her own Poodles. Exquisitely presenting her very competitive exhibits to Best in Specialty and Best in Show wins, Janet is always friendly and a model of good sportsmanship.

Jocelyn Mullins
Jocelyn has done an excellent job owner-handling her Protocol Doberman Pinschers in a very competitive breed. A presence in Best in Show rings and specialty shows across the country, she can even claim a Group win at Westminster.

Tonya Struble
A breeder/owner-handler of Golden Retrievers, Tonya can boast of multi-generational national specialty and Best in Show winners and a Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Tonya has had many top-ranked dogs in a very competitive breed.



Lydia Coleman Hutchinson, Wolfpit Cairn Terriers
With close to 300 homebred champions, Wolfpit Cairns have been part of the backbone of the breed for more than half a century. Contributing to breeding programs around the world, Lydia is a great mentor to the newly initiated and is always willing to educate others about her breed.

Jay Hafford and James Blanchard, Thaon Afghan Hounds
In existence for more than 35 years, Thaon Afghan Hounds can claim more than 100 champions, 23 (and still counting) BIS and more than 80 specialty wins, including four consecutive nationals with the same dog. Thaon contributes positively to many other breeding programs.

Carol Harris, Bo Bett Whippets and Italian Greyhounds
With emphasis on health and temperament, Bo Bett can boast hundreds of champions in both Whippets and Italian Greyhounds. Having top producers and providing foundation stock around the world, Bo Bett has left a mark on these breeds well beyond their legendary results in the ring.

Elaine Paquette, Quiche Bouviers des Flandres
Since its founding in 1975, the Quiche Bouvier des Flandres kennel has been known for excellence in consistent type and quality. Quiche has produced more than 100 champions, and earned eight national specialty wins and well over 200 Best in Shows in both the US and Canada.

Greg Siner, Pooles Ide Irish Water Spaniels
The Pooles Ide Irish Water Spaniels have set the standard for quality winning dogs in this breed for many years. Producing a dynasty of Best in Specialty, national specialty and Best in Show winners in a breed with a very small gene pool is quite an accomplishment.


From the November 2013 issue of Dogs in Review magazine. Purchase the November 2013 digital back issue with the DIR app or subscribe to receive 12 months of Dogs in Review magazine (print and digital versions).


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Deirdre   Blue Point, New York

1/22/2014 11:43:05 AM

Best Show - Trenton Kennel
Judge - Jane
Best Prof Handler - Will
Best Owner Handler - Janet
Outstanding Breeder - Lydia Coleman Hutchinson

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Jennifer   Leavenworth, Washington

12/9/2013 1:10:56 PM

Best show-Dog Fanciers Association of
Judge of the Year-Peggy
Best Pro handler - Allison
Best Owner handler - Tonya
Outstanding breeder -Lydia Coleman Hutchinson

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