This is Kim Booth’s fifth year of service as a permanent member of the nominating committee for the Winkies for Annual Achievement. Kim is a third-generation dog person who got his first show dog 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 judge. Kim’s father, Martin Booth, bred Smooths and was the founder of Booth Photography, the flourishing show photography business. Kim joined his father in the business in 1978, and Booth Photography now works nearly 200 shows per year, including many of the country’s most prominent events. Today, Booth photos can be found on pages and covers of virtually every dog magazine published.
In addition to Smooth Fox Terriers, Kim has been involved with Borzoi, and he and his wife, Angela, have enjoyed great success with their Flashpoint Papillons, achieving Group, Best in Show and Specialty Best in Show wins.
East Berlin, Pa.
David Fitzpatrick was born in Wilmington, Del., and began working with a professional handler in 1970 while still in high school. As a professional hander, he has specialized 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 also bred 15 Maltese champions. Two of them are Best in Show winners, and four are Group winners.
David has shown many of the top-winning Pekingese in America. For seven years he has handled the No. 1 Toy dog in the country and in 2005 handled Pekingese Ch. Yakee If Only to Top Dog all breeds. In 2012 he handled Ch. Palacegarden Malachy to Best in Show at the Westminster KC show. Although occupationally ineligible to judge in America, David has enjoyed judging at championship shows in the United Kingdom.
David was awarded the Dogs in Review magazine Winkie for Annual Achievement for Best Professional Handler in 2006. In 2009 he was recognized by the American Kennel Club as the Toy Group Breeder of the Year, as well as Mentor of the Year from the Pekingese Association.
Dennis McCoy enjoyed a phenomenal career as a professional handler that included handling many all-breed and specialty Best in Show winners. He won more than 500 Best in Shows as a handler and showed the top-winning Poodle and the top-winning Dalmatian in breed history.
Dennis won seven Groups at Westminster, including five 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 partner, Randy Garren, their handling and breeding kennel, Randenn, finished more than 1,000 champions. They have co-bred seven generations of champion Standard Poodles, including the 2009 Westminster Non-Sporting Group winner and top-winning black Poodle of all time, all varieties, Ch. Randenn Tristar Affirmation.
Dennis retired from handling and began his judging career in 2000, and judges all Toy, Non-Sporting and Terrier breeds and Best in Show. He is also the current president of Poodle Club of America. Dennis has judged numerous assignments in foreign countries and judged the Toy Group at Westminster in 2013.
Richard Meen, MD, D. Psych. CRCP
Richard Meen became actively involved with purebred dogs in 1965 with the purchase 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 under the prefix Kishniga.
Dr. Meen has owner-handled his dogs 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 past 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 (including Westminster KC) and Canada.
He is also a founding member of Borzoi Canada and Skye Canada. He lives in Canada and practices psychiatry in Toronto, Ontario.
Allen Odom started exhibiting Boston Terriers in 1965. His deep appreciation for all breeds led him to own or show a variety of breeds over the years. His passion for Whippets led to his breeding and showing them for more than 25 years. He bred six generations of champions.
In 1995 he joined the American Kennel Club’s Executive Field Representative staff. He retired in 2012. At this time he judges all Hounds and six other breeds.
Allen considers the Executive Field Representative position he held the most intense educational opportunity in the sport. Traveling to thousands of events, observing outstanding dogs at national specialties, regional specialties and all-breed shows was a rare advantage for him.
Those who know Allen well find him a man of his word and see him as a person who looks for the deeds, not just the words.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Jeffrey Pepper has judged all-breed and specialty shows 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 home he has judged many prestigious shows, including Westminster, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and many national specialties.
He is the breeder of more than 65 Golden Retriever and 55 Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen AKC champions. He has been judging since 1985 and is approved by the AKC to judge all Sporting and Hound breeds and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
He is currently president of the Palm Beach County Dog Fanciers Association, founder and current Treasurer of Take the Lead, and past president of the Dog Judges Association of America and PBGV Club of America.
Jeffrey is a noted author of several books on dogs, including the award-winning The Golden Retriever: An Authoritative Look at the Breed’s Past, Present, and Future.
Scott Sommer has been involved in purebred dogs for almost an entire lifetime. His parents bred Smooth Fox Terriers and Scott showed his first dog at the age of 5 years old. From then on, he was hooked! Every weekend that he was able, he was at a dog show assisting Bob and Jane Forsyth or Ted Young, Jr.
When he was just past 15 years old, Scott moved to Texas to work for Michael and Patti Kemp. He was their assistant for 15 years where he gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about grooming, showing and conditioning show dogs.
Scott has now been a professional dog handler for more than 18 years and resides in Houston, Texas. Scott feels extremely fortunate in his career to have shown the Bichon FrisŽ Ch. Special Times Just Right (‘JR’) to No. 1 dog all breeds. Scott twice won Best in Show at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — once with JR and then with Sussex Spaniel Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee (‘Stump’). Over the years, Scott went on to win four Group Firsts and additional placements at Westminster Kennel Club.
He won the Nature’s Recipe Award for the Terrier Group in 1998 with the Lakeland Terrier Ch. Char-Dar’s Red Label and again won the award in 2000 with JR for the Non-Sporting Group. He also won the Dogs in Review Winkie Award for most Sporting Group wins with Stump.