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Press Release from AKC
For Immediate Release

Date:          September 3, 2013

Contact:     AKC Co       mail         communications@akc.org



New York, NY- In an ongoing campaign to recognize the hard work and commitment of breeders dedicated to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs, the American Kennel Club announced today the seven group recipients of the 2013 AKC Breeder of the Year Award.

“The AKC Breeder of the Year Award celebrates several of AKC’s most distinguished breeders and we’re proud to recognize seven outstanding breeding programs as the 2013 Group finalists,” said Michael Canalizo, AKC/Eukanuba national Championship Event Manager.  “These breeders all strive to produce dogs useful in both form and function, with impeccable health and temperament.  We’re delighted to spotlight them as the “best of the best” of purebred dog breeders.”

A breeder is chosen from each of the seven groups:  Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding.  The individual group recipients will receive a medallion in recognition of their achievements on Sunday, December15, 2013 at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, FL.  At the end of the presentation the 2013 AKC Breeder of the Year will be announced.  Additionally, a canine portraitist will be commissioned to commemorate a prominent dog from the Breeder of the Year’s kennel, and their name will be added to the perpetual trophy and plaque on permanent display at the AKC headquarters in New York City.

The group winners are:

Sporting: Randy, Anne Marie and Peter Kubacz, Ramblin’Red Irish Setters

Hound:   Janet and Linda Souza and Jamie Souza Bartlett, Limerick Irish Wolfhounds

Working: Joe and Tootie Longo, Longo Great Danes

Terrier:  Winifred Stout, Quissex Smooth Fox Terriers

Toy:        Armando and Xio Angelbello, Marlex Miniature Pinschers

Non-Sporting:  Michael and Linda Brantley, Dreamland Chow Chows
Herding: Don and Leslie Jeszewski, Highcroft Collies
Below is the Bio AKC included on Highcroft Collies Win!
We are Truly Honored

         Nestled on a 35 acre wooded estate, just 25 minutes west of downtown Minneapolis, the kennel of   Highcroft Collies was established in 1981, by Leslie and her husband Donald Jeszewski.   Leslie has been a documented member of the Collie Club of America, and Collie Club of Minnesota since her childhood in 1963, when she began in collies at the young age of twelve years old.  Since that time, through their combined efforts, Leslie and Don have either bred or finished AKC championship titles on over 300 collies.  The American Kennel Club registered kennel prefix   “Highcroft” is now recognized,  not only Nationally, but Internationally, as well, by serious collie breeders and fanciers around the world, with Highcroft Collies residing in various parts of countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia,   and Australia.

To date,  not only having many National winners over the years,  Leslie and Don owned the #1 Top Winning Rough Collie in the UNITED STATES in 2004, whom owner-handled, not only went Best of Breed at Westminster that year (over 13 rough specials), but also won the Collie Club of America National Specialty Show.  That dog’s name was Ch. Highcroft Lode-Ark’s Legend ROM,   four- time CCA Award of Merit winner whose photo was chosen by the parent club, to be the visual representation of the Collie Standard for the newly revised AKC Dog Book .   Moreover,  Leslie and Don have been four- time recipients of the CCA Presidential Award for Breeder of the Year, having had the ALL-TIME TOP WINNING OWNER-HANDLED COLLIE IN THE HISTORY OF THE BREED IN GROUP AND BEST IN SHOW WINS;   breeders of the only father/son BIS dogs; and breeders of more All-Breed BEST IN SHOW collies in the history of the breed. 

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