Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
For the second year,
the American Kennel Club honored three individuals - Anna Katherine Nicholas,
Robert T. Self, Sr., and Ray Trimble - for their many years of devotion
to the sport of purebred dogs on a national level. Their contributions have
benefited many fanciers participating in the three categories of conformation,
obedience or performance. The American Kennel Club Lifetime Achievement
Awards were presented by Al Cheauré, President and CEO of the kennel
club, during AKC's Open House held on February 13th and each recipient received
an engraved sterling silver bowl to commemorate the occasion. Their names
will also be engraved on a perpetual revere bowl that is on display in AKC's
library at 260 Madison Avenue, New York, New York.
The winners were nominated and elected by AKC member clubs throughout the country who voted for individuals in three categories: conformation, obedience and performance.
Conformation - Anna K. Nicholas - Author of more than 80 popular technical
books about dogs and former columnist in leading dog magazines since the 1930's.
Miss Nicholas was twice winner of the Gaines Fido Award as Dogdom's Woman of the
Year, the Kennel Review "Winkie," and the Ken-L Ration Hall of Fame Award. She
has been a member and officer of the American Pomeranian Club, the Pekingese Club
of America, the Skye Terrier Club of America, the New York Boxer Club, and an
honorary member of the Queensboro Kennel Club. She was a multi-group judge prior
to her retirement from judging in September 1999.
Obedience - Robert T. Self, Sr. - Founder of the obedience newspaper, Front
and Finish, author of four books on obedience training. Mr. Self conducted over
175 clinics, participated in many AKC judging seminars, served on advisory committees
for obedience, tracking, agility, and Canine Good Citizen®. He was the recipient
of the first Richard d'Ambrisi Award for outstanding service to obedience, and
the Gaines Fido Award in Obedience.
Performance - Ray Trimble - Co-founder of the Greater St. Louis Brittany
Club, charter member of the Illinois Brittany Championship Association, member
and officer of the Illinois Brittany Club, Illinois Brittany Champ Association,
Rend Lake Sportsmen's Club, and Rend Lake Field Trial Club. The epitome of the
amateur handler and trainer, Mr. Trimble received the Field Trial Clubs of Illinois
distinguished Service Award in 1998, and he is one of the only two living individuals
elected to the Brittany Hall of Fame.
Perpetual Bowl that will be on display in the library.
AKC President/CEO holds the mike while Anna Katherine Nicholas, recepient
of the Conformation Lifetime Achievement award addresses the audience.
Recipient of the Obedience Lifetime Achievement award, Robert T.Self, Sr.
Recipient of the Performance Lifetime Achievement award, Ray Trimble.