2019 AKC national championship judging panel now available



NEW YORK, NY (January 22, 2019) – The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is pleased to

announce the judging panel for the 2019 AKC National Championship to be held at the

Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, December 14 and

Sunday, December 15, 2019.


The 2019 event will showcase the top national and international canine athletes and will

also include popular attractions such as the Best Bred-by-Exhibitor competition, the AKC

National Owner-Handled Series Finals, AKC Meet the Breeds® and the NADD/AKC

Dock Diving National Championship. The show will once again take place alongside the

AKC Agility Invitational and AKC Obedience Classic, with junior events in each sport.

Heading the panel as Best in Show judge for the 2019 National Championship is Mrs.

Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC and Dr. Thomas Davies of Brimfield, MA will judge

Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show.


“We have a fabulous lineup of judges this year, and with Dorothy and Tom leading the

charge, it’s sure to be a thrilling competition,” said Show Chairman Dennis B. Sprung.


Judges for the seven variety groups and the Miscellaneous Classes at the AKC

National Championship are:

SPORTING – Mr. Carl Liepman – Flushing, MI

HOUND – Mr. Guy Jeavons – Moffat, ON

WORKING – Dr. Robert Indeglia – Narragansette, RI

TERRIER – Mrs. Rozalind Kramer – Charlottesville, VA

TOY – Mr. Ronald H. Menaker – Jupiter, FL

NON-SPORTING – Mr. David Kirkland – Sanford, NC

HERDING – Mr. James Moses – Wentzville, NC

MISCELLANEOUS CLASSES – Mr. Chuck Trotter – Caramel, CA


BEST JUNIOR HANDLER – Mrs. Victoria Seiler-Cushman – Xenia, OH

JUNIOR PRELIMS – Mr. Blake Hansen and Mrs. Cheslie Pickett-Smithey


Judges for the seven Bred-by-Exhibitor variety groups are:

SPORTING – Mrs. Paula Hartinger – Cincinnati, OH

HOUND – Ms. Patricia Trotter – Caramel, CA

WORKING – Ms. Rita Biddle – Eagle, MI

TERRIER – Mr. Bruce Schwartz – Los Angeles, CA

TOY – Miss Evalyn Gregory – Louisville, KY

NON-SPORTING – Mrs. Charlotte Patterson – Destin, FL

HERDING – Mrs. Lynette Saltzman – Westport, CT


Breed and group judges for the 2019 National Owner-Handled Series are:

BEST IN SHOW: Dr. Carmen Battaglia

SPORTING GROUP – Mr. Desmond Murphy

SPORTING BREEDS – Mr. Desmond Murphy & Mrs. Joan Savage

HOUND GROUP – Mr. Elliott Weiss

HOUND BREEDS – Mr. Elliott Weiss & Mr. Allen Odom



TOY GROUP & BREEDS – Ms. Margaret Reed


HERDING GROUP – Mrs. Cindy Stansell

HERDING BREEDS – Mrs. Cindy Stansell & Ms. Marie Ann Falconer

*Specific breed judging assignments will be available in the Premium List





Mr. Thomas Bradley Retrievers (Labrador)

Mrs. Christine Calcinari Brittanys, Lagotti Romangoli, Retrievers

(Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), American Water

Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Weimaraners,

Wirehaired Vizslas, Wirehaired Pointing


Mr. Clay Coady Pointers (German Shorthaired), Pointers

(German Wirehaired)

Mr. Michael Faulkner Spaniels (English Springer), Spinoni Italiani

Ms. Shirley Fippin Retrievers (Flat-Coated)

Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen Spaneils (Cocker – ASCOB), Spaniels

(Cocker – Black), Spaniels (Cocker – Parti

Color), Spaniels (Welsh Springer), Vizslas

Ms. Nancy Talbot Retrievers (Golden)

Mrs. Joan Savage Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, Retrievers

(Chesapeake Bay), Retrievers (Curly

Coated), Setters (English), Setters

(Gordon), Setters (Irish), Setters (Irish Red

& White), Spaniels (Clumber), Spaniels

(Field), Spaniels (Irish Water), Spaniels


Dr. Donald Sturz, Jr. Pointers, Spaniels (English Cocker)



Mr. Clay Coady Beagles (both varieties)

Mr. Michael Faulkner Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Ms. Heather Lindberg Afghan Hounds

Mr. David Miller Borzois, Cirnechi dell’Etna, Ibizan Hounds,

Irish Wolfhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds,

Otterhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Portuguese

Podengo Pequenos, Sloughis

Mr. Desmond Murphy Greyhounds

Mr. Allen Odom American English Coonhounds, Basset

Hounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds,

Bloodhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds,

Foxhound (American), Foxhound (English),

Harriers, Plott Hounds, Redbone

Coonhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds

Mrs. Cindy Scott Basenjis, Whippets

Dr. Donald Sturz, Jr. Petits Basset Griffon Vendéens, Salukis,

Scottish Deerhounds

Mr. Frederick Vogel Azawakhs, Dachshunds (all varieties),

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens



Mr. Edd Bivin Cane Corso, Doberman Pinschers, Great

Danes, Kuvaszok, Leonbergers, Samoyeds

Mr. Bob Busby Black Russian Terriers, Mastiffs,

Rottweilers, St. Bernards

Mr. Clay Coady Boxers

Ms. Marie Ann Falconer Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Siberian


Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen Giant Schnauzers, Standard Schnauzers

Mr. Roger Hartinger Bullmastiffs, Great Pyrenees, Komondorok,

Neapolitan Mastiffs, Tibetan Mastiffs

Dr. Anthony DiNardo Newfoundlands, Portuguese Water Dogs

Mrs. Beverly Vics Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Anatolian

Shepherd Dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs,

Boerboels, Chinooks, Dogues de Bordeaux,

German Pinschers



Mr. Bob Busby Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Mrs. Christine Calcinari Australian Terriers, Norwich Terriers,

Parson Russell Terriers, Russell Terriers,

Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Welsh

Terriers, West Highland White Terriers

Mr. Clay Coady Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers,

Lakeland Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Soft

Coated Wheaten Terriers, Standard

Manchester Terriers

Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen Miniature Schnauzers, Norfolk Terriers, Rat


Mr. Roger Hartinger American Hairless Terriers, Border Terriers

Mr. Desmond Murphy Bedlington Terriers, Bull Terriers (Colored),

Bull Terriers (White), Cairn Terriers, Fox

Terrier (Smooth), Fox Terrier (Wire), Irish

Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Miniature Bull


Ms. Marcy Zingler Airedale Terriers, American Staffordshire

Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers



Mr. Jeffery Bazell Brussels Griffons, Japanese Chin,

Papillons, Pekingese, Shih Tzu

Mr. Jordan Chamberlain Pomeranians, Poodles (Toy)

Mr. Clay Coady Toy Manchester Terriers

Mr. Michael Faulkner Pugs

Ms. Shirley Fippin Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Ms. Heather Lindberg Chinese Cresteds

Mr. Richard Miller Chihuahuas (both varieties), English Toy

Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby), English

Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles)

Mr. Desmond Murphy Affenpinschers, Miniature Pinschers

Mrs. Janice Pardue Italian Greyhounds

Mr. Dana Plonkey Maltese, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers,

Yorkshire Terriers

Mrs. Beverly Vics Havanese



Mr. Jeffery Bazell Schipperkes

Mr. Edd Bivin Boston Terriers, Chow Chows, Tibetan

Terriers, Xoloitzcuintli

Mr. Jordan Chamberlain Poodles (Miniature), Poodles (Standard)

Mr. Roger Hartinger American Eskimo Dogs, Chinese Shar-Pei,

Dalmatians, Finnish Spitz, Löwchen,

Norwegian Lundehunds, Tibetan Spaniels

Mr. Allen Odom Coton de Tulear

Mrs. Janice Pardue Bichon Frises, French Bulldogs

Mrs. Beverly Vics Bulldogs

Ms. Marcy Zingler Keeshonden, Lhasa Apsos, Shiba Inu



Ms. Mary Anne Brocious Berger Picards, Briards, Canaan Dogs,

Finnish Lapphunds, Miniature American

Shepherds, Old English Sheepdogs, Polish

Lowland Sheepdogs

Mrs. Roberta Davies Bearded Collies, Belgian Malinois, Belgian

Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamasco

Sheepdogs, Icelandic Sheepdogs,

Norwegian Buhunds, Pulik, Pumik,

Pyrenean Shepherds, Swedish Vallhunds

Ms. Marie Ann Falconer German Shepherd Dogs, Shetland


Mr. Guy Jeavons Border Collies, Bouviers des Flandres,

Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Pembroke Welsh


Mr. Allen Odom Australian Shepherds

Col. Joe B. Purkhiser Australian Cattle Dogs, Beaucerons, Collies

(both varieties), Entlebucher Mountain

Dogs, Spanish Water Dogs

*Panel subject to final approval.


About Best in Show judge Dorothy Collier:

Dorothy Collier, of Sapphire, North Carolina, has been active in the sport of purebred

dogs since 1968. She is best-known for her success in Komondors with many

champions, Best in Show dogs, and top producers from her Summithill Kennels. She

began judging in the early 1980s and is now licensed to judge the Working and Herding

groups and Best in Show. Mrs. Collier has judged many of the major dog shows in

America, including Best in Show at Westminster KC in 1997, and may foreign countries.

Mrs. Collier is a founding member of Take the Lead and a longtime member of the

Komondor Club of America. She is also an active member of several all-breed clubs.


About Best Bred-By-Exhibitor judge Dr. Thomas Davies:

Dr. Thomas Davies, of Brimfield, Massachusetts, was introduced to the world of

purebred dogs after his college graduation in 1967. Dr. Davies became president of the

Bearded Collie Club of America and oversaw its entrance into the AKC Stud Book. He is

an honorary lifetime member of that club and is the author of the Bearded Collie



In the mid-1980s, Dr. Davies became deeply involved in Siberian Huskies and Belgian

Sheepdogs. He and his wife, Roberta, have bred and finished many champions in all

three of their breeds. Dr. Davies judges the Herding Group, many Working breeds and

Best in Show.


He has served as president and show chairman of the Springfield, KC and is the club’s

AKC Delegate. He is the longtime show chair for Springfield and previously for the

country’s first Working Group club, the Connecticut River Working Group Association, for

which he is vice president. Dr. Davies is retired after more than 30 years in various areas

of scientific research, and product and market development.


About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the

largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the

United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport

of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and

member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a

family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog

owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKCregistered

purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including

conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt

tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC

Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more

information, visit www.akc.org.


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