The AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals Best in Show honors went to GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare, a Miniature Pinscher owned by Armando Angelbello and Leah Monte and handled by Armando. The inaugural NOHS Finals Best in Show winner was crowned by judge Mrs. Sheila DiNardo.
The top 10 owner-handled dogs (plus ties) in each breed from the 2012 and 2013 qualifying years were invited to compete in the first Finals, and the 520 competitors entered came from 43 states and Canada, representing 160 different breeds.
After winning their Best of Breed competitions, the following top dogs went on to win in their respective Groups and compete for AKC National Owner-Handled Series Best in Show:
Sporting Group: GCh. Doc’s Crosswinds Absolut Ten of Acadia, a Weimaraner owned by Autumn Stewart-Zimmerman, April Stewart, Mary Ann Stewart and Duane Stewart, DVM, of Columbus, Ohio
Hound Group: GCh. DC Ableaim Que the Music MC, a Whippet owned by Gail and Jenny Boyd of Apex, N.C.
Working Group: GCh. Sunvalley’s Its As Simple As ABC, a Newfoundland owned by Brooke Beck, Karen Moore, Dee Adrian and Lou Lenner of Pierceton, Ind.
Terrier Group: GCh. Edbrios Russian Roulette, a Kerry Blue Terrier owned by Eva Marie Hansen of Mary Island, Fla.
Toy Group: GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare, a Miniature Pinscher owned by Armando Angelbello and Leah Monte of Davie, Fla.
Non-Sporting Group: GCh. Bella Ridge Imperiale Shadyharbor Mafia Campcovo CGC, a French Bulldog owned by Billy Covalucci, Jill Neidig and Lorene Schettino of East Boston, Mass.
Herding Group: GCh. Sarron Simply Complicated CGC, a Belgian Sheepdog owned by Sherri Swabb of Beavercreek, Ohio.
For full breed results and coverage of the event, visit the AKC website.
There are 95 AKC National Owner-Handled Series events currently scheduled for 2014, with more being added every day. Owner-handlers can find a local event here on the AKC website.
This information was slightly adapted from a press release from the AKC.