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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.