2013 AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards

The awards honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of purebred dogs on a national level.

The recipients were selected from votes cast by AKC member clubs for nominees in the categories of Conformation, Companion Events and Performance.

The three recipients will receive engraved Revere bowls on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at the  AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando,  Fla.

The 2013 recipients are:

Conformation: Patricia Craige Trotter of Carmel, California

Pat registered her first litter of Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds in 1951 and her most recent litter this year. Her program has produced the Top Sire and Dam as well as the top winners in the breed’s history. Vin-Melca Elkhounds have won 10 Hound Group firsts at Westminster, all owner-handled.

Pat has served as show chairman for the Tidewater Kennel Club, past-president and show chairman of the Del Monte Kennel Club and contributing member of the Norwegian Elkhound Association of America and the Nashville Kennel Club and has won many honors throughout the dog world, all while working as a full-time teacher.

Pat judged the 2009 Westminster Hound Group and will judge the 2012 Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Two Vin-Melca Elkhounds won BBE AKC/Eukanuba Hound Groups (2008, 2010) and a third BBE AKC/Eukanuba Group winner was Vin-Melca sired.

Companion Events: Sharon Redmer of Whitmore Lake, MI

Sharon began training her first dog, an All-American shelter rescue, with the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club in 1970. Sharon has pursued two passions: being the very best AKC judge she can be and breeding beautiful Belgian Tervuren with the character to compete in every venue.
Even judging 50 AKC shows a year, Sharon finds time to mentor new and hopeful obedience judges. Exhibitors in her ring find a judge with a welcoming smile and encouragement. Sharon’s philosophy is simple: “Kindness is never wasted.”

Performance: Jean Dieden, DVM of Clinton, Washington

Jean has been involved in AKC Performance events with her Hathor Farm Wirehaired Dachshunds since 1992.  They have earned 12 Field Championships (11 of them Dual) and over 50 “Absolute Winner” awards, including three national specialty trial wins. She has been competing at dog shows, obedience trials and tracking tests for  40 years.

Dr. Dieden started in AKC Earthdog at its inception. A founding officer of the Puget Sound Earthdog Club and longtime president of the Cascade Dachshund Club, she is credited for gaining CDC’s licensing status for Dachshund Field Trials and Earthdog Tests. Dr. Dieden has enjoyed being a field trial judge for 12 years and an Earthdog judge for 16 years, enjoying judging throughout the country, including 11 classes at DCA national events.

To learn more about the awards, click here.

For information on the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, click here.  

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