Lifetime Achievement Awards Nominees 2006
The AKC Lifetime Achievement Awards honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of purebred dogs on a national level. The recipients are selected by votes cast by AKC member clubs for nominees in the categories of Conformation, Companion Events, and Performance.
The awards, engraved Tiffany and Co. sterling silver bowls, will be presented to the recipients on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at the AKC Delegates luncheon being held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, Florida. A larger version of the Tiffany and Co. bowl, engraved with the names of all recipients past and present, is on permanent display at the headquarters of The American Kennel Club in New York City.
The AKC is proud to announce the recipients of the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Awards, as selected by member clubs in recognition of their dedication to the fancy:
Dr. Harry Smith, of Durham, North Carolina, began his involvement in dogs after his return from World War II. He joined his father in breeding Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, showing them exclusively in retriever trials. In the early 1950s, he acquired a Westminster Toy Group winning Pug from the Soderberg kennel that became the foundation for the small kennel that Harry established in Southern Ohio.
Initially, Harry's dog world activities centered around Southern Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. He owned the first black Pug to win the Pug Dog Club of America Futurity, and was the co-founder of the Pug Club of Greater Cincinnati. His activity in the Pug Dog Club of America increased over the years, and he served as the club's AKC Delegate for 10 years.
Harry began judging Pugs in 1966. He steadily pursued his judging career, adding his seventh Group, the Hound Group, in 1999, making Harry an AKC all-breed judge in that same year. Harry has judged on five continents, with judging highlights that include the Toy Group at Westminster, the Non-Sporting Group at the 2001 AKC/Eukanuba American Dog Classic, Best Bred-By-Exhibitor Toy Group at the 2005 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, and all Groups and Best in Show at the Welsh Kennel Club Show.
Rosalie Alvarez, of Los Altos Hills, California, became involved with Obedience in 1957 when she started training Dobermans. She has taken ten of her Dobermans to Utility and Tracking degrees and competed the first Doberman in the United States to obtain the UDT Sch 111 degree. Rosalie has numerous Highs in Trial to her credit, including two at the Doberman National.
In addition to Obedience, she has trained for tracking, flyball, agility, protection, and scent work for bomb and narcotics detection. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department recognized her with a citation for developing and training their canine unit.
To dispel the myth of the vicious Doberman, Rosalie founded the Doberman Drill Team, which toured the United States and Canada for almost 30 years. With astounding demonstrations of Obedience and Agility, they visited hospitals and gave public performances including two half-time shows for the San Francisco 49ers.
Rosalie is an AKC judge of all Obedience classes and holds active membership in Santa Clara Valley Kennel Club and the Northern California AKC Obedience Association. In addition, she is the training director of Town and Country and Deep Peninsula Dog Training Clubs. Rosalie has helped to organize and present four AKC Obedience seminars and judged the AKC Obedience Invitational in 2001.
Marshall (Pete) Simonds, of Morrisville, Vermont began his life with Labradors in 1952. Working retrievers and competing in retriever field trials have always been of special interest. Pete is an active member for 5 retriever clubs including the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc., for which he served as director and officer. He has judged retriever trials for over 40 years and has served as president and treasurer for the National Retriever Club. Pete also served more than 20 years as the chair of the subcommittee on Rules of the Retriever Advisory Council.
His immersion in Labradors led him to the larger world of purebred dogs. Pete served as a Delegate to the AKC for over a decade and chairman of the Delegates Committee on Field Trials and Hunting Tests from its inception. Pete has also served as a Director of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and had a major role in the planning and development of the Canine Health Information Center.
Pete has trained and handled Labradors across the country and has been fortunate to have owned more than a dozen Field Champions and Amateur Field Champions. He has owned and hunted Brittanys, Pointers and English Setters. He was the owner of the winning Brittany at the American Brittany Club National Gun Dog Championship in 2002.