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Judy Klepp

Judy Klepp
AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award 2010

Judy Klepp has devoted a lifetime to the sport of purebred dogs. From the onset of her involvement she has shown a sincere compassion for the dogs as well as her fellow exhibitors. Judy always congratulates the winners and also manages to keep smiling, regardless of her designated award.

Initially, Judy began her dog activities in the field of obedience during the late 1950's. Shortly afterward she also began showing in the conformation ring. Her breed at this point in time was the Collie. As she gained experience and became a proficient exhibitor, she began instructing obedience classes and helping youngsters in a 4-H program. In fact, Linda Pitts was one of her former 4-H students. Although Judy no longer has a 4-H group, she still continues to instruct obedience classes and encourages her students to train their dogs in a helpful, positive manner.

In the early 1970's Judy purchased her first Cocker Spaniels. At this time Shirley Miller of Isle-View Cockers had decided to close her kennel. She offered Judy some of her quality breeding stock and hence, Judy Klepp, Richmond 2010JayWyck Cockers came into existence. Since that time, Judy's JayWyck Cockers have produced champions in all three varieties. Included among them are group and specialty Best of Breed winners, as well as an ASC Best in Futurity winner. Judy also continues to train her dogs in obedience and has attained a great many obedience and agility titles with her Cockers. All this, on top of producing over 60 home bred champions!

After purchasing her initial Cocker Spaniels, Judy joined the Niagara Cocker Spaniel Club and the American Spaniel Club. Judy has been a devoted member of both clubs and has served the clubs in many capacities over the years. Currently, she is the vice-president of the Niagara Cocker Spaniel Club and is also the trophy chairman for its specialty show. Judy's artistic talent can always be noted on the trophies. Many hours of devotion go into this task which she completes happily. Judy also belongs to the Western Lakes Training Club and the K.C. of Niagara Falls. Her many club duties keep her constantly busy, but she always attends to her duties in a positive, congenial manner.

When Judy attends shows, you can always count on her to bring along home cooked meals and wonderful tasty treats, which she shares with all of her fellow exhibitors. She possesses a pleasant attitude and extols well wishes to all participants. Win or lose, you can always depend on Judy to smile at the dog shows.

The AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

The AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

In the American Kennel Club’s ongoing efforts to recognize and celebrate its volunteer club members, The AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award program was established in 2006 to provide each member club with an AKC Medallion to award to one of its own on a yearly basis.

This award honors those individuals who deserve special recognition because they have made a difference in the sport of purebred dogs, embodied the AKC Code of Sportsmanship, and have been an active and valued member of an AKC member club.

The ASC Board adopted the following guidelines for our Club.

ASC Nomination Guidelines and Process

  • Any ASC member in good standing is eligible for nomination.
  • The award will be presented annually at the National Specialty Show
  • Nominations will be accepted by E-mail, Fax, or Postal Mail to the club secretary.
  • All nominations must be received by a date to be determined by the Secretary.
  • Nominations must include the name of the person being nominated, and a brief summary, no more than one page describing how the nominee has made a difference in the sport of purebred dogs, embodied the AKC Code of Sportsmanship, and been an active and valued member of The American Spaniel Club.
  • Nominations received will be evaluated by a committee made up of the Zone Directors.

The winner will be chosen by majority vote of the committee.

If there is an individual you believe should be honored with this award, send your nomination to the ASC Secretary.

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