Thousands of competitors vie for title of National Champion

  • Thursday, December 12, 2013

Several Charleston area dog owners and their pets will be competing in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Florida this weekenf, including Mary Sudzina – Dalmatian (Int’l CH/ Am GCH CH Planett’s Stella Nova), owned by Mike and Mary Sudzina. PHOTO PROVIDED

On Dec. 14-15, the best of the best in the sport of purebred dogs will flock to Orlando, Fla., to strut their stuff at the prestigious AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. The Charleston Kennel Club has several members will be among the contenders.

• Dee Langley - Papillon

• Ricki Silveria – Siberian Husky (GCH Topaz Southern Morning Mist)

• Missy Springer – Owner/Handler Series, Australian shepherds (GCH Sunnyrain Winter Classic CGC RN), owned by Melissa Springer, Heather Moyer and Michael Brown

• Dawn Wiseman-Adams – Irish Wolfhound

• Mary Sudzina – Dalmatian (Int’l CH/ Am GCH CH Planett’s Stella Nova), owned by Mike and Mary Sudzina

• Sylvia Arrowwood – will be stewarding in Conformation, Obedience and Rally Events (Stewarding is assisting the judges in their rings).

They will compete against the top show dogs in the country and some of the finest specimens from around the world. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is the largest prize money dog show in the world, with cash and prizes awarded totaling more than $225,000.

Like other hardworking athletes, dogs at AKC shows must face several levels of competition before reaching the top, beginning with competition in their breed class, then moving on to group and best in show.

In addition to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, some of the nation’s top agility and obedience dogs will compete in the AKC Agility Invitational and first-ever AKC Obedience Classic. Other unique events include the Eukanuba World Challenge, where dogs from 40 countries compete for worldwide bragging rights, and Celebrate Dogs, the nation’s largest canine extravaganza with AKC Meet the Breeds, Dock Dogs and a doggie shopping mall.

The breed judging for all 190 breeds and varieties will be available in its entirety as streaming video, while all evening group and best in show judging will be aired live from the show floor, all accessible from www.akc.org. For more information about the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, please visit www.akc.org/aenc.

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