AKC Announces the Winners of the 2020 Breeder of the Year by Sport Awards

AKC Announces the Winners of the 2020 Breeder of the Year by Sport Awards


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 2020 Breeder of the Year by Sport award recipients are:

Pointing Breed Field Events Fred Ryan German Shorthaired Pointers
Retriever Field Events Carole Robison Labradors
Spaniel Field Events Richard Krueger Spaniels
Hound Field Events Wayne Wilson & Barbara Arm Beagles
Herding John Holman Border Collies
Lure Coursing Katie Belz Ibizan Hound
Earthdog Dawn Watters Dachshunds
Coonhounds Dr. Joe Burkett III Treeing Walker Coonhounds
Agility Susan Bintliff Shetland Sheepdogs
Obedience Gayle Watkins Golden Retrievers
Rally Barbara Biewer & Michael Book Golden Retrievers
Tracking Lew Olson Rottweilers


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 www.akc.org. 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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