Congratulations to last year's National Specialty Best of Breed GCH Stepamgar Skyfall, Breeders/Owners: James & Linda Schreffler. Agent Michelle Jones.
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 2019.
Dates: Tuesday, April 16 – Thursday, April 18
Tuesday: Regular Dog classes + Veteran Dog classes (Judge: M. Leonard)
Wednesday: Regular Bitch classes + Veteran Bitch classes (Judge: M. Leonard)
Thursday: Best of Breed + Stud Dog/Brood Bitch + Brace + National Owner Handler Series (Judge: R. Schroll)
Entries: Jim Rau Dog Shows
Judges: Dogs & Bitches - Mr. Michael Leonard
BOB and Non-Regular Classes: Mr. Robert Schroll
Mr. Michael Leonard
I am 61 years of age and have been involved in show dogs for the past 40 years, although I grew up with Dogs as my father had Gundog’s on the family farm. The breeds that I have been involved in and made up champions are: Old English Sheepdogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Japanese Spitz and Tibetan Spaniels.
I have been involved in Show Dogs since 1977 when Michael Forte and I bought an Old English Sheepdog from Stella Harte. We quickly caught the show bug and within 2 years we were showing the Old English sheepdog and Cavaliers. We set up the Kennel Prefix Leonfort and we quickly became known in Cavaliers as we won Best of Breed under Pamela Cross Stern with a ten month old puppy Ch Ronnoc Vicenzo at his first St Patricks Day Show (The Irish Crufts) in 1980. He won again the following year under Russell Roberts. Ch Ronnoc Vicenzo was the top stud dog in the breed for 6 years in a row. We made up 2 other Champions Ch Leonfort Vicenzo and Ch Vandyck Jester of Leonfort who both had wonderful show careers. I was a committee member of The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Ireland for approx. 10 years from 1980.
Under Irish Kennel Club rules and FCI, I am qualified as An All Breeds Judge.
I have judged in most European countries and further afield in Argentina, America, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Japan, Columbia, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, Hong Kong, China, Philippines, Mexico Indonesia and Thailand.
I have judged Pup of the Year Competition in Ireland in 1997 and 2007, Dog of the Year in Denmark in 1998 and Show Dog of the Year in Sweden in 2001, Champion of Champions in Prague and Estonia.
In respect of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, I first judged the Breed in Ireland in 1983 and over the years in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Japan, Argentina, Australia, Columbia, France, Estonia, Lithuania, Canada, Italy and Spain.
My most exciting appointment was in France in 2012 when I was one of six judges for the Cavalier Speciality with an entry of over 600 Cavaliers. And last year I judged Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Rough Collies at The World Dog Show in Amsterdam. Now, I am delighted and honoured to accept the assignment to judge the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club 2019 National Specialty and celebrate your club’s 25th Anniversary.