Working Group Judge Norman B. Kenney
Group One: GCHG Lagniappe’s From The Mountains To
The Bayou (Giant Schnauzer)
Group Two: GCHP Vanderbilt ‘N Printemp’s Lucky Strike
Group Three: GCHP Castleguard Spiritridge Magical Sebec FDC TT RATS CGCA CGCU (Cane Corso)
Group Four: GCHS Ederra’s Glacier The Power Of Mo’Ne
- Can you describe your reaction to receiving an invitation to judge the Working Group at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin?
Norman B. Kenney: It’s always an honor to be asked to judge at the AKC National Championship. I’ve judged breeds there many times. I think this was the second or third time that I’ve judged a Group.Very exciting!
- What does it mean to judge a Group at the only all-breed show organized directly by the American Kennel Club?
Norman B. Kenney: It’s a tremendous honor knowing that AKC chose you to represent the Working Group, to be seen by the entire fancy.
- In your opinion, how does this show differ from other AKC events?
Norman B. Kenney: This is really the only conformation show the AKC puts on. It promotes purebred dogs to all.
- What were you thinking or feeling moments before you stepped into the center of the Working Group ring?
Norman B. Kenney: The excitement is palpable, with the music and lights for your entry into the arena.
- Was there a heightened energy coming from the dog and handler teams? Did you feel the energy of the spectators?
Norman B. Kenney: You can sense the excitement from the exhibitors. Many are very nervous, and I try to make small talk to ease some of their apprehension and nervousness.
- How challenging was this assignment? Can you share your selection process?
Norman B. Kenney: Although this was an extremely great lineup of dogs, I have been judging for 40-plus years. Once the sorting process begins, it’s business as usual.
- Do you have a word or two about your Group winner? About the dogs that placed?
Norman B. Kenney: The Group winner was the Giant Schnauzer; an extremely good dog that possesses excellent breed type. He was “spot on” during the show; groomed and presented to perfection. My other placements, the Samoyed, the Cane Corso, and the Kuvasz were high quality and were also presented well.
- A dog show of this magnitude is a monumental undertaking. Is there anything you’d like to say on behalf of the AKC and the show’s sponsors?
Norman B. Kenney: Although I do not speak for the AKC or the sponsors, everything—from the beginning to the end—was first class.
- Are there specific ways in which this show furthers the cause of purebred dogs?
Norman B. Kenney: I think that allowing the audience to experience the excitement and competitiveness furthers the sport of dogs.
- Now that it’s over, what are your thoughts on the 2021 show year? What about the year ahead?
Norman B. Kenney: The 2021 National Championship was a wonderful event. Everything was first class. I’m sure that future events will continue to entertain and educate the fancy.