Regular and Non-Regular Class competition at the ACKCSC National Specialty spans three exciting days. Beautiful dogs, exciting competition, gorgeous rosettes and prizes are just a few of the things awaiting you in 2018. Congratulations to last year's National Specialty Best of Breed, Best Owner Handled, and Best Veterans, GCH Kimark Turn It Up at Nordic Hills (pictured). Bred by Kim & Mark Baillie, and owned by Kim & Jason Maret.
Dates: Tuesday, April 17 – Thursday, April 19
Tuesday: Regular Dog classes + Veteran Dog classes
Wednesday: Regular Bitch classes + Veteran Bitch classes
Thursday: Best of Breed + Stud Dog/Brood Bitch + Brace + National Owner Handler Series
Judge: Shirley “Charlie” Fippin
“Having grown up on the family farm, I don’t remember ever living without dogs and horses. My father trained dogs for field work and trained problem horses. He also ran and maintained a pack of coonhounds. Some of my earliest memories involve playing with puppies and following the hounds. My first AKC champion was an Irish Wolfhound, finished (owner-handled) in 1974.
My husband and I fell in love with Cavaliers more than 25 years ago when a good friend got one for her daughter. The sweet little tri color bitch stayed with us for a few days--and we were hooked! My husband and I struggle for room on the sofa with at least one Cavalier of each color. I currently have an active Cavalier breeding program (Athercroft) with my good friend, Claire Parker.
I bred Golden Retrievers, including a #1 Golden and several specialty and group winners; but, later concentrated on breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Flat-coated Retrievers under the kennel prefix “Athercroft”. In those two breeds, there have been more than 150 Athercroft champions, including National Specialty Best of Breed winners, 6 generations of group winners, the first Flat-coat to place in the group at the Westminster Kennel Club show, and the first Flat-coat to win an all-breed Best in Show in the USA.
I now divide my dog activities between playing with and showing my dogs, breeding Cavaliers, and judging at AKC conformation shows. Being invited to judge the National Specialty is a huge honor. I am very aware of the great responsibility of such an assignment.