American Kennel Club Announces Breeder of the Year by Sport

2022 Breeder of the Year by Sport


New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®) wishes to acknowledge those individuals who 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 2022 Breeder of the Year by Sport award recipients are:


  • Pointing Breed Field Events: Chet and Joanne Beckley – Vizslas
  • Retriever Field Events: Charles Hines – Labradors
  • Spaniel Field Events: Randy Bartsch – E. Springer Spaniels
  • Hound Field Events: Jamie Sexton – Dachshunds
  • Herding: Dwaine and Jan Shields – Border Collies
  • Lure Coursing: Sarah Murphy – Ibizan Hounds
  • Earthdog: Beverly Novak – Border Terriers
  • Coonhounds: Jeff Nelson – B&T Coonhounds
  • Agility: Lisa Kronz and Mary Kline – Border Collies
  • Obedience: Kelly Kosinski – Golden Retrievers
  • Rally: Joyce Norris – Border Collies
  • Tracking: Paula Cingota – 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, Executive Vice President for Sports and Events. “Their accomplishments represent the highest level of commitment to their breeds and sports.

Each recipient received a Breeder of the Year rosette mounted in a shadow box.

The American Kennel Club salutes these individuals for their dedication and success in breeding purpose-bred dogs.

  • 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 AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed 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 AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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