The American Kennel Club has announced the judging panel for the 2015 AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals (NOHS), which will be held in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) week. Breed and Group judging will be held Friday, December 11, 2015, with Best in Show to be selected in the main ring on Saturday evening, December 12.
Mrs. Murrel Purkhiser of San Antonio, Texas, heads the panel as Best in Show judge for the 2015 AKC NOHS Finals.
Judges for each of the seven variety Groups and all breeds within the Group are:
SPORTING: Mr. William R. Russell – Milton, Wash.
HOUND: Ms. Helene Nietsch – Newtown, Conn.
WORKING: Dr. Robert A. Indeglia – Narragansett, R.I.
TERRIER: Ms. Carole A. Beattie – Sarasota, Fla.
TOY: Mrs. Susan St. John Brown – Lebanon, Ohio
NON-SPORTING: Ms. Betty Leininger – Frisco, Texas
HERDING: Mr. Rick Gschwender – Nampa, Idaho
Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex will be awarded in each breed, and Reserve Best Owner-Handled in Show will be selected for the first time this year.
The AKC National Owner-Handled Series will also be offered at the Space Coast Kennel Club, Brevard Kennel Club and Central Florida Kennel Club shows December 8-10, as well as several specialty shows on Friday, December 11.
Dogs ranked in the top 10 (plus ties) of their breed at the end of the 2015 qualifying period (October 9, 2014 – October 7, 2015) will be invited to compete in the AKC NOHS Finals. The Finals premium list will be available in September when the overall AKC/Eukanuba National Championship information is published, and Finals qualifiers will be sent full details about the event and notified about how to enter in late October.