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Meet the Winkies Awards Nominating Committee

Kim Booth

Williamson, Mich.

This is Kim Booth’s fifth yr of service as a everlasting member of the nominating committee for the Winkies for Annual Achievement. Kim is a third-generation canine one that received his first present canine in 1967, a Smooth Fox Terrier, from his grandfather Dr. Frank Booth. Dr. Booth was a veterinarian, a Wire Fox Terrier breeder and an AKC all-breed decide. Kim’s father, Martin Booth, bred Smooths and was the founding father of Booth Photography, the flourishing present pictures enterprise. Kim joined his father in the enterprise in 1978, and Booth Photography now works practically 200 reveals per yr, together with a lot of the nation’s most outstanding occasions. Today, Booth photographs will be discovered on pages and covers of nearly each canine journal printed.

In addition to Smooth Fox Terriers, Kim has been concerned with Borzoi, and he and his spouse, Angela, have loved nice success with their Flashpoint Papillons, attaining Group, Best in Show and Specialty Best in Show wins.


David Fitzpatrick

East Berlin, Pa.

David Fitzpatrick was born in Wilmington, Del., and started working with knowledgeable handler in 1970 whereas nonetheless in highschool. As knowledgeable hander, he has specialised in Toy breeds and has himself bred 41 Pekingese champions, of which 10 are Best in Show winners and 12 are Group winners. He has additionally bred 15 Maltese champions. Two of them are Best in Show winners, and 4 are Group winners.

David has proven a lot of the top-winning Pekingese in America. For seven years he has dealt with the No. 1 Toy canine in the nation and in 2005 dealt with Pekingese Ch. Yakee If Only to Top Dog all breeds. In 2012 he dealt with Ch. Palacegarden Malachy to Best in Show at the Westminster KC present. Although occupationally ineligible to guage in America, David has loved judging at championship reveals in the United Kingdom.

David was awarded the Dogs in Review journal Winkie for Annual Achievement for Best Professional Handler in 2006. In 2009 he was acknowledged by the American Kennel Club as the Toy Group Breeder of the Year, in addition to Mentor of the Year from the Pekingese Association.


Dennis McCoy

Apex, N.C.

Dennis McCoy loved an exceptional profession as knowledgeable handler that included dealing with many all-breed and specialty Best in Show winners. He received greater than 500 Best in Shows as a handler and confirmed the top-winning Poodle and the top-winning Dalmatian in breed historical past.

Dennis received seven Groups at Westminster, together with 5 consecutive Non-Sporting Groups from 1996 to 2000, and was Best in Show at Westminster in 1991 with Ch. Whisperwind On a Carousel. With his accomplice, Randy Garren, their dealing with and breeding kennel, Randenn, completed greater than 1,000 champions. They have co-bred seven generations of champion Standard Poodles, together with the 2009 Westminster Non-Sporting Group winner and top-winning black Poodle of all time, all varieties, Ch. Randenn Tristar Affirmation.

Dennis retired from dealing with and started his judging profession in 2000, and judges all Toy, Non-Sporting and Terrier breeds and Best in Show. He can also be the present president of Poodle Club of America. Dennis has judged quite a few assignments in international nations and judged the Toy Group at Westminster in 2013.


Richard Meen, MD, D. Psych. CRCP

Toronto, Ontario

Richard Meen turned actively concerned with purebred canines in 1965 with the buy of his first Afghan Hound. He then went on to breed and exhibit Borzoi, Skye Terriers, Harriers, Italian Greyhounds, French Bulldogs, Old English Sheepdogs, Scottish Deerhounds and Doberman Pinschers underneath the prefix Kishniga.

Dr. Meen has owner-handled his canines to many Best in Shows and Specialty Best in Shows in Canada and the United States. He steered Ch. Kishniga’s Desert Song, a Borzoi, to the prestigious No. 1 spot all breeds in Canada in 1977.

He is previous president and chairman of the Board of the Canadian Kennel Club. He is president of the Ontario Sighthound Association, and a member of the Credit Valley Kennel and Obedience Club, Santa Barbara Kennel Club and the prestigious Morris and Essex Kennel Club. He has judged in Australia, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom, US (together with Westminster KC) and Canada.

He can also be a founding member of Borzoi Canada and Skye Canada. He lives in Canada and practices psychiatry in Toronto, Ontario.


Allen Odom

Denver, Colo.

Allen Odom began exhibiting Boston Terriers in 1965. His deep appreciation for all breeds led him to personal or present quite a lot of breeds over the years. His ardour for Whippets led to his breeding and exhibiting them for greater than 25 years. He bred six generations of champions. 

In 1995 he joined the American Kennel Club’s Executive Field Representative workers. He retired in 2012. At this time he judges all Hounds and 6 different breeds.

Allen considers the Executive Field Representative place he held the most intense academic alternative in the sport. Traveling to 1000’s of occasions, observing excellent canines at nationwide specialties, regional specialties and all-breed reveals was a uncommon benefit for him.

Those who know Allen properly discover him a person of his phrase and see him as an individual who appears to be like for the deeds, not simply the phrases.


Jeffrey Pepper

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Jeffrey Pepper has judged all-breed and specialty reveals in the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Here at residence he has judged many prestigious reveals, together with Westminster, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and lots of nationwide specialties.

He is the breeder of greater than 65 Golden Retriever and 55 Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen AKC champions. He has been judging since 1985 and is accepted by the AKC to guage all Sporting and Hound breeds and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

He is at the moment president of the Palm Beach County Dog Fanciers Association, founder and present Treasurer of Take the Lead, and previous president of the Dog Judges Association of America and PBGV Club of America.

Jeffrey is a famous creator of a number of books on canines, together with the award-winning The Golden Retriever: An Authoritative Look at the Breed’s Past, Present, and Future.


Scott Sommer

Houston, Texas

Scott Sommer has been concerned in purebred canines for nearly a complete lifetime. His dad and mom bred Smooth Fox Terriers and Scott confirmed his first canine at the age of 5 years outdated. From then on, he was hooked! Every weekend that he was ready, he was at a canine present aiding Bob and Jane Forsyth or Ted Young, Jr.

When he was simply previous 15 years outdated, Scott moved to Texas to work for Michael and Patti Kemp. He was their assistant for 15 years the place he gained an amazing quantity of information about grooming, exhibiting and conditioning present canines.

Scott has now been knowledgeable canine handler for greater than 18 years and resides in Houston, Texas. Scott feels extraordinarily lucky in his profession to have proven the Bichon FrisŽ Ch. Special Times Just Right (‘JR’) to No. 1 canine all breeds. Scott twice received Best in Show at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — as soon as with JR after which with Sussex Spaniel Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee (‘Stump’). Over the years, Scott went on to win 4 Group Firsts and extra placements at Westminster Kennel Club.

He received the Nature’s Recipe Award for the Terrier Group in 1998 with the Lakeland Terrier Ch. Char-Dar’s Red Label and once more received the award in 2000 with JR for the Non-Sporting Group. He additionally received the Dogs in Review Winkie Award for many Sporting Group wins with Stump.

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