The American Kennel Club Announces Breeder of the Year by Sport Winners

December 30, 2016

The American Kennel Club, the leading advocate for dogs, is acknowledging 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 2016 Breeder of the Year by Sport award recipients are:

Pointing Breed Field Events            Albert and Cynthia Cropek                              Brittanys

Retriever Field Events                     Mitchel and Margot Brown                               Labradors

Spaniel Field Events                               Kevin Battistoni                                            Springers

Hound Field Events                        Wayne and Marty Parker                                     Beagles

Herding                                                    Kathy Greenwood                                      Belgian Malinois

Lure Coursing                                           Mary Childs                                               Borzoi/Whippets

Earthdog                                                    Dawn Martin                                                  Westies

Coonhounds                                              Mike Crockett                                           B&T Coonhounds

Agility                                                          Nina Plail                                                      Shelties

Obedience                                            David and Judy Guaraldo                                Shelties

Rally                                                         Gayle Watkins                                            Golden Retrievers

Tracking                                                   Cynthia Nauer                                               Labradors


“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, 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.

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