Mr. Frank T. Sabella
Frank T. Sabella, of Wellington, Florida, was one of the most sought-after professional handlers of his time, known especially for his flair with Poodles and other coated breeds. Mr. Sabella’s handling career culminated in 1973, when he guided Standard Poodle Ch. Acadia Command Performance to a Westminster BIS. Mr. Sabella’s grace and showmanship in the ring can no doubt be attributed to his success as a professional dancer. His career included a stint with the New York City Ballet and touring with his own troupe.
Approved to judge all terriers, hounds, toys, and non-sporting breeds, and several breeds from the remaining groups, his assignments have taken him "around the world. Mr. Sabella has judged Westminster several times, including Best in Show in 1990, and at four previous AKC/Eukanuba shows.
Among the books authored by Mr. Sabella is a highly influential dog-handling manual. Honors include Kennel Review Male Handler of the Year and Gaines FIDO Dog Man of the Year.