2022 National Show & Convention · Topeka, Kansas
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2022 Schedule of Events

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Friday Sep 30
9:00 AM Chapter Club WAE Grass at hotel
6:30 PM Obedience C Match Convention Center
2:00 PM Agility Fun Match (will start after ring is set up) Arena
3:00 PM Set up Decorations Convention Center
Saturday Oct 01
8:00 AM-12:00 PM Regional Sweepstakes Convention Center
1:30 PM Regional Conformation Convention Center
9:00 AM Regional Obedience / Rally Trials #1 Convention Center
8:30 AM-5:00 PM Regional Agility Trial #1 Arena
Sunday Oct 02
8:00 AM Regional Conformation Convention Center
12:00 PM-5:00 PM Heart Clinic River/Bison
8:30 AM-5:00 PM Regional Agility Trial #2 Arena
8:00 AM Regional Obedience / Rally Trials #2 Convention Center
7:00 PM Welcome Party Convention Center Foyer
Monday Oct 03
10:00 AM-1:00 PM Obedience C Match Convention Center
2:00 PM-4:00 PM Annual Meeting Emerald Ballroom I and II
11:30 AM-1:00 PM Board Meeting Amber
1:00 PM-2:00 PM Meet and Greet New Members Emerald Ballroom
8:00 AM-1:00 PM National WAE (Working Aptitude Evaluation) Grass at hotel
1:00 PM DPCA Registration Convention Center
8:00 AM-6:00 PM Heart Clinic River/Bison
8:00 AM-1:30 PM National Agility Trial Arena
10:30 AM-11:30 AM Chapter Club Meeting Shawnee
5:15 PM-6:30 PM Winetasting Fundraiser- Take the Lead in honor of Gwen DeMilta-Check in at 4:45;event starts 5:15 Emerald Ballroom III
6:30 PM NOHS Recognition Convention Center
5:00 PM Top 20 Conformation handlers meeting Convention Center
7:00 PM Top 20 Conformation Convention Center
4:00 PM ROM Committee Meeting Amber
Tuesday Oct 04
12:00 PM-1:00 PM Board Meeting Amber
9:00 AM National Obedience / Rally Convention Center
8:00 AM-6:00 PM Heart Clinic River/Bison
7:00 PM Top 20 Agility Arena
9:00 AM-4:00 PM National Seminar Day
9:00 AM-11:30 AM Care of the Neonate (Dr Andrea Hesser): The First 24 Hours/The First Week Shawnee
9:00 AM-11:30 AM A backstage pass on Frozen Semen (Dr Andrea Hesser) Shawnee
9:00 AM-11:30 AM SAR Presentation/Demo (Diane Linstrom) Wheat
9:00 AM-11:30 AM Handling Clinic (Colleen Nicholson): Setting Up Your Dog/Moving Your Dog/Showing Your Dog’s Mouth Conformation ring
11:45 AM-12:45 PM After crop ear care (Drs Backues/LaPorte): Lunch Available to Attendees Shawnee
11:45 AM-12:45 PM Current Trends in Legislation (ACK GR Jacob Hupp): Lunch Available to Attendees Wheat
1:00 PM-3:00 PM Canine First Aid (Mona Fasth DVM) Shawnee
1:00 PM-4:00 PM SAR Hands on assessment (Diane Linstrom) Outdoors
1:00 PM-4:00 PM Handling Clinic (Colleen Nicholson): What to do when things go wrong/How to help a puppy that isn’t comfortable in the ring/Visualization/Grooming your Doberman for the Ring with Karin Fox Conformation ring
3:00 PM-4:00 PM Canine Behavior the Science on Birth to Adolescence (Lore I Haug DVM) Shawnee
Wednesday Oct 05
4:30 PM-5:30 PM Board Meeting Amber
8:00 AM National Futurity/Maturity Convention Center
8:00 AM-12:00 PM Heart Clinic River/Bison
4:00 PM International Reception Pioneer Room
7:00 PM Top 20 Obedience Convention Center
Thursday Oct 06
11:45 AM-12:45 PM Board Meeting Amber
8:00 AM National Conformation – All dog classes Convention Center
8:00 AM-2:00 PM Juniors Bake Sale Juniors Booth
2:15 PM National Owner Handled Sweepstakes Convention Center
5:00 PM Mentor Meeting Homestead Room
Friday Oct 07
12:00 PM-1:00 PM Board Meeting Amber
8:00 AM National Conformation – All bitch classes Convention Center
After bitch judging Junior Jamboree and Pizza Party Convention Center
Noon-6:00 PM Judges Education Seminar Shawnee
3:00 PM Set up for Fundraiser Banquet Sunflower Ballroom
6:00 PM DPCA Health/Rescue Fundraiser Sunflower Ballroom
Saturday Oct 08
8:00 AM National Conformation – Intersex, Non-regular Classes, Junior Showmanship Convention Center Convention Center
During lunch break Juniors Top 20 Convention Center
8:00 AM Judges Education ring side mentoring Convention Center



Hotel Topeka  (formerly Capital Plaza Hotel)

$129.00 a night $151 tax inclusive.
Single or double occupancy.
Dogs must be crated when alone in the guest rooms.
No expens in guest rooms.
Plastic must be placed under all dog crates.
One Night Deposit Due at time of Booking, $129. Deposit is refundable until July 1, 2022. After September 1, 2022 3 night penalty for cancellation ($387 total).
No more than 2 Reservations per Guest, additional reservations will be cancelled

$50.00 Non-Refundable Pet Fee for Rooms With Pets – 4 Dog Max

To make a reservation, please contact Hotel Topeka Directly at Toll-free: 800.579.7937 | Local: 785.431.7200

Please ask for the DPCA rate when calling.

RV Parking

Traveling to Topeka, KS


Kansas City International Airport (1hr. 15min. from Host Hotel)

Address: Kansas City, MO 64153

Code: MCI

Municipality: Kansas City

Serves: Kansas City metropolitan area (Kansas City, Missouri / Kansas City, Kansas)

Phone: (816) 243-5237


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Car Rentals:

Avis Car Rental
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Enterprise Rent-A-Car
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Closes 11:30PM

Alamo Rent A Car
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Open ⋅ Closes 2AM

Cortex Transportation Company
Vehicle Type Round Trip Cost
Sedan $340.00, plus gratuity
SUV $360.00, plus gratuity
Transit Van $400.00, plus gratuity

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Judging Panel

Regional Conformation

Sweeps- Colleen Kelso Nicholson
Dogs- George Marquis
Bitches- Estelle Corr
Intersex- Judith Brown

National Conformation

Futurity & Maturity – Cindy Lane Smith
Owner Handled Sweeps – Hiroko Lee
Dogs- Nancy Christensen
Bitches- Harry “Butch” Schulman
Intersex- Alisa Brotherhood

Agility, Obedience, and Rally

Regional Agility Trials – Oksana Syrkin

National Agility Trial – Dan Faulkner

Regional Obedience and Rally Trials – Marina Pavlovsky & Robert Burgin

National Obedience and Rally Trials – Rick Garvin

Meet The Judges

Regional Sweeps – Colleen Nicholson

Colleen would like to thank everyone who voted for her and for this wonderful opportunity to judge the Sweepstakes at our 2022 Regional!
She has been involved in showing and breeding Dobermans since she joined our DPCA Club in 1982. She has won Winners Dog, Winners Bitch and many Awards of Merit at our Nationals both for clients and Breeder/Owner/ Handler. She has also won Grand Prize Futurity in 2015 with a client’s Bitch, GCH. Abadie Hearts Afire and then in 2019 with a Bitch she Bred/Co-owns , Ch. Kelview’s You’re So Vain ,which she considers quite an honor and a Breeders Dream! Her highlight of Breeding and showing Dobermans has been winning BOB at 2001 National as a Co-Breeder/Co-Owner of CH. Nova’s Zolara V. Kelview and winning BOB at 2009 National handling CH. Triadel’s After Tomorrow. Along with her passion for our Breed, Colleen has been head instructor for the past 3 years putting on our Exhibitor Handling seminar at our National Seminar Day. She is a JEC mentor and now the Chair for our Handler/ Breeder sub Committee of the JEC. Colleen was also awarded the Good Sportsmanship Award from DPCA in 2021. Along with Breeding/ Owning/ Handling , she loves bringing new people into our breed in hopes they too can find the same passion she has found with Dobermans! She has judged our prestigious TOP 20 event twice and has had the privilege of breeding/co-breeding/handling many Top 20 Dobermans as well as other breeds to their Championships. Together with her sister Cindy Kelso, they breed Dobermans under the Kelview prefix.

Regional Dogs – George Marquis


Regional Bitches – Estelle Corr

Estelle has been involved in the sport of pure breeds dogs since 1990, when she purchased her first show dog. She has been a DPCA member since 1992 and is a long-time member of the LIDPC, including holding multiple offices within that chapter club. At present, she is serving as the Vice President of the LIDPC. She started judging as of 2012 and is currently working on her license for additional working breeds.
Estelle has been exhibiting Dobermans in conformation over 30 years. Under the KALORA prefix, she has bred 50 AKC champions to date and numerous BISS Winners, Group Winners, DPCA AOM Winners, BOS at Westminster KC and many other prestigious winners, including several outside of the USA. She is also the breeder of 2022 Mexican Doberman National Specialty BOB winner. Notably, Estelle is also a DPCA APEX Award breeder, a ROM accumulative breeder, and the proud breeder of over 20 AKC Advanced Performance titled dogs. She is deeply honored to be the breeder of over 60 Longevity certified dogs, 38 Bred for Longevity 1 dogs, and 14 Bred for Longevity 2 dogs.
Estelle resides on Long Island, NY, with her husband, Keith, and their daughter, Alora. She retired from Metlife over 20 years ago. Outside of the dog world, Estelle leads a busy and active life, helping her husband run their landscaping business and flip real estate investment homes. Estelle also shares her love of horses with her daughter, entering the horse show world when Alora was just five years of age. She says, “My first love are horses and I have enjoyed every crazy action-packed moment of being a horse show mom! This role comes with a multitude of jobs including official horse groom, professional horse hauler, ringside boot shiner, and cheerleader (just to name a few).”
Her family’s love and support of her dog hobby has allowed her to be successful as a breeder. She notes, “I am excited to have been invited to judge at the 2022 DPCA Regional and I am looking forward to my assignment. Thank you to all the DPCA members that voted for me.”

Regional Intersex & Junior Showmanship – Judith Brown

I am honored to be judging the DPCA Regional Specialty. I have a long history with the DPCA, serving 20+ years on the Board of Directors as President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and multi-term Director. I served many years on the Show Coordinating Committee, helping to plan many National Specialties. Dobermans have been part of my life for 52 years. I am a Lifetime Achievement recipient, an AKC Outstanding Sportsman and last but not least, the recipient of the Pat Doniere “Good Guy Award”.

National Futurity & Maturity – Cindy Lane Smith

Cynthia Lane-Smith was born in Northern California, lived a number of years in Southern California before moving to the Midwest in 1991. She has bred Best in Show winners in three different breeds spanning three different groups. She is the proud breeder of the All Time Top Winning Rhodesian Ridgeback in the history of the breed. Among the accomplishments in the same breed were National winners, futurity winners, multiple group winners and at least three top ten representatives. In Pointers she is fortunate to have co-breed Multiple National winners, Best in Show Winners, #1 rated Pointers and numerous top five Pointers. Of particular note the only male Pointer she ever kept is on the all time top producing list as are at least two of her brood bitches. She was lucky to own BIS/BISS Ch. Marjetta Reatta of Kintyre from puppyhood to death. Not only a top winner but top producer as well. It is one thing to be a top winner but a waste if you cannot carry on that gene pool to the following generations. In Dobermans she has also accomplished multiple breeder/owner/handler Best in Show winners, multiple group winners, National Award of Merit winners and notable producers with Jagerdobes founder Paul Croley. They along with Debbie Owen were fortunate enough to breed the 2021 #1 Doberman (all breeds) with more BIS win than any other Doberman that year. Breeding dogs that are representative of their breeds is a great honor. It requires so much thought and dedication to each standard, health issues and a temperament that will allow companions to have life long homes. A salute to each breeder here exhibiting; you are the backbone to the industry of purebred dogs.

National Owner Handled Sweeps – Hiroko Lee

It is an honor to be selected by the membership to judge National Owner Handler sweeps at the DPCA National.

My husband, Skip, and I purchased our first Dobe in 1979 and have adored the breed ever since. With limited breeding (total eleven litters) we have owned or bred 42 champions. All were owner/handled. A majority were obedience titled and 13 earned ROM.

I have been a member of the Doberman Pinscher Club of Hawaii for over 40 years and DPCA since 1986. I have attended every national, except two, since 1986.

National Dogs – Nancy Christensen

Above all, a humble and sincere thank you to the DPCA and the membership who allowed me the great honor of judging this National Specialty. To be elected by the membership to judge at a National is the greatest honor for a breeder judge.

My first Doberman came into my heart and home in the summer of 1974, I have never been without at least one Doberman since that time.

With my Dobermans, I have competed and titled in many areas of performance- AKC obedience to UD/OTCH points, agility titles and Schutzhund to ScH3. Dobermans of my breeding have been titled and competitive in conformation, tracking, flyball, agility, obedience, dancing, nosework and Schutzhund. I have been extremely proud of the Renejade dogs who have certified and been used in SAR.

My current Doberman is AKC/UKC CH Von Luka the Doppler Effect CD ROM CGC TKN, Dora, who resides with me as head of security.

I have served on a number of DPCA committees, currently on the Top 20 Agility committee, and served on the DPCA Board from 2006 to 2010.

I was approved by AKC in February 2006 as a Doberman judge. It has been a great honor to judge at the DPCA National Specialty in 2009 and 2017, the 2009 Top 20 and Pre-National show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 2013 Queensland Dobermann Specialty in Brisbane, Australia, a Regional Specialty in Calgary, Alberta Canada in 2014, as well as specialties and shows across the USA. My greatest enjoyment of judging is simply being privileged to see and touch all the beautiful Dobermans! I love them all and hate to have to choose just one!

National Bitches – Harry “Butch” Schulman

Butch has been a member of DPCA since 1986. His focus has always been on his family, military service, and professional career. He grew up in the sport of purebred dogs. His parents had top-winning Collies, Lhasa Apsos, and Doberman Pinschers. Butch fell in love with the Doberman Pinscher breed through his mother, Dorothy Schulman’s dogs and the many Dobermans he admired in his mentor, Charlie Cooper’s string of dogs. Butch started handling in Junior Showmanship and regular classes at age 10. He handled his parents’ Collie bitch to Best of Opposite Sex at the 1972 Collie Club of America National Specialty when he was 12 years old. Butch handled many dogs growing up including but not limited to Collies, Doberman Pinschers, Old English Sheepdogs, West Highland White Terriers, German Shepherds, and the top-winning Bullmastiff, Ch. Mr. U’s Music Man, who won the Working Group at the Westminster Kennel Club while Butch was deployed with the U.S. Air Force to support military operations in the Persian Gulf. Butch has only bred one Doberman Pinscher litter, but his primary focus was on his Collies. He has been a member of the Collie Club of America for 30 years, served as a District Director on their Board, 2001 National Specialty Show Treasurer, 2016 National Specialty Show Co-Chair, 2022 National Specialty Facilities & Grounds Chair, and two terms as their Ethics Committee Chair. He spearheaded a successful Take the Lead event in 2016 contiguous to the Louisville Dog Show Cluster. Butch has bred numerous Collie champions under the Strathmoor prefix including National Specialty winners, Top 10, Group and BISS winning dogs. He currently judges three Groups (Working, Herding, Sporting), 26 Terrier breeds, 5 Non-Sporting breeds, Best in Show, Juniors, and Miscellaneous. Butch has judged many National and Regional Specialty shows including but not limited to the 2013 Collie Club of Japan National, 2013 Shetland Sheepdog Club of Japan National, 2014 Doberman Pinscher Club of America Regional, 2017 Berger Picard Club of America National, 2017 Canaan Dog Club of America National, 2018 American Bouvier des Flandres Club Regional, 2018 Giant Schnauzer Club of America Regional, 2019 Collie Club of America National, 2019 Belgian Sheepdog Club of America Regional, 2019 Collie Club of Germany National, and the 2021 Old English Sheepdog Club of America National. Butch is a veteran of the United States Air Force with 23 years of service to our country, and a graduate of Air Command & Staff College and Air War College. He served as a Vice Commander, Operations Director, and Executive Officer in many leadership roles within the Air Force from Aeromedical Evacuation to the Medical Center Group Command level. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after numerous deployments during his military career. Butch has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Louisville and a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Policy from George Washington University. He currently works as the Vice Chairman and Executive Director for the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Louisville, where he was selected as Employee of the Year for the School of Medicine in 2019. Butch and his wife Robin have four grown children (two sons and two daughters) and one granddaughter, who are all their pride and joy. Butch said, “I feel honored and privileged to be selected to judge bitches at the 2022 DPCA National Specialty. It is a dream of a lifetime which has now come true.”

National Intersex – Alisa Brotherhood

Alisa Brotherhood has bred and owned Dobermans for over 35 years and has bred 80+ Champions under the Touchstone kennel name. She worked as a professional handler showing primarily Dobermans as well as finishing a number of other breeds. Alisa has limitedly bred Whippets and is a Breeder of Merit in Dobermans as well as Whippets. Alisa was approved to Judge Dobermans and All Breed Junior Showmanship in 2018 and she is currently licensed for 12 additional breeds.
Alisa has judged at the Doberman Pinscher Club of America National several times judging Futurity, Top 20 and Regional Sweepstakes.
She has been active in several dog clubs, including five years on the Board of DPCA and Chapter Club Secretary. She is very active in the DPC of Houston since 1976 and has held most every office, more than once. She’s currently a member of Travis County Kennel Club and Texas Working Dog Association.
Alisa resides in Lago Vista, Texas with her husband John and 4 Dobermans and 1, 13 year old crusty Whippet. Still breeding on a limited basis and actively showing in conformation and other performance venues such as dock diving, Nosework, and Coursing.
I’m deeply honored and humbled to be chosen to judge Intersex at this year’s National. I’d like to sincerely thank the Membership for giving me the opportunity to judge the breed that I’ve been lucky enough to share my life with all these years.

Regional Agility – Oksana Syrkin

National Agility – Dan Faulkner

I live in Knoxville, Tennessee with wife Brenda and Dobies Niki and Livi, both agility dogs; Niki a retired agility champion, and Livi actively campaigning. I am a retired Electrical Engineer having spent my working career in Nuclear Power Plants and Brenda is a retired Interior Designer.. Brenda and I are now traveling the country quite a bit in an RV with the dogs and my favorite guitar. I have been an AKC Agility Judge since 2010 and have judged over 300 agility trials including a DPCA National and a DPCA Top Twenty. I’m honored to be able to judge the wonderful Teams attending the DPCA 2022 National and Agility TT.

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Sponsor Packages and Donations


Health & Rescue Dinner

Please join us at the Friday Night Fundraiser for Rescue and Health. This is the major for fundraiser of the year for both the Health and Rescue Committees.

Sponsor Packages

Sponsor packages are available for purchase. Choose the one that fits your budget!  They are selling out quickly!

Photo Display

These 24×36 photo enlargements will be displayed throughout the convention area.


Consider a donation that fits your budget

Chapter Club Sponsorship

Thank you to all of our Sponsors! Your support makes the National a success!


Grand Sponsors

Mary Helene Brown, MD

AlCher and TMAC Dobermans

Mike and Jill Parker

Gabby Hanna, Sharon Marinelli, Sharjet Dobermans

Karen Evans Mundy and Alan Brewster

Robyn Sparks, Brock Saul, Notori Dobermans

Crosswind Dobermans

Betty Clark, Natalia Davydova

Diana Sparagna, Francis Sparagna, Catherine Eiswerth

Champion Sponsors

Ed and Lynda Palsat, Baystar Dobermans

Chris and Linda Hinkle

Linda Vinson,  Rockhill Dobermans

Blake and Kristi Simmons, Resolute Dobermans

Gallant-Ciden Dobermans,  Mona Fasth DVM and Cynthia Huckfeldt

Fallon, Corey and Deaglan Houser

Skip and Hiroko Lee

Major Sponsors

Lynn Eggers, Foxhall

Martha Ward

Skip and Joyce Thielen

Prima Dobermans, Shayna Sitton

Kimberly Wolfe, Wolfe Electric Company

Karen Miller, Professional Fiduciary, Cardinal Dobermans

Lita Milstead Brannon

John and Helia Driscoll, Protea Kennel

Friends of the National

Ron Huber, Re/Max Alliance Realty

Dorette Warms


Desert Valley Doberman Pinscher Club

Doberman Pinscher Club of Dallas

Doberman Pinscher Club of Detroit

Doberman Pinscher Club of Houston

Doberman Pinscher Club of the Rocky Mountain Area

Puget Sound Doberman Pinscher Club



Doberman Pinscher Club of Charlotte

Doberman Pinscher Club of Greater Des Moines

Doberman Pinscher Club of Northern California

Miami Valley Doberman Pinscher Club

Wine Tasting Event Sponsors

Lita Brannan
The Goldfein Family
Cheryl Green
Theresa Hundt & Nancy Bosley
Mary Klein
Vicki Seiler-Cushman
Nancy Troyer
Ester & Sam Urso
Ann Wulbrecht


Logo Apparel

Logo Chair

Reserved Seating

Wine Tasting



These vendors will be attending the National. Please support them at the show and visit them online! Click on their name to either visit their website or send them an email.

(to have a link to your website, send an email to DPCAWebMaster@dpca.org)

Alba Medical Cardiac Holter Monitors
Animal Accents Silver Jewelry, Fun Mache statues & accessories for You dog.
Animal Medical Bags First aid bags, Bloat kits, Micochips, First aid refills
Blissful Dog Boutique Specialty Boutique, Cooling coats & other handmade fabric products, jewelry, bling collars, magnets, unique breed specific treasures
Cali’s Collar Collection Panties, Collars, leads, coats
Canine Cool Wear Dog coats, purpose panties & bait
Cedar Knoll Bronze Art
DD Diagnostics Stand alone Diagnostic testing units
Doberman Network Breed Magazine
Doc Jackie Dog conditioning & performance, exercise physiology
Earth Moves Vibershield Wellness jewelry for people and pets in beautiful sterling silver.
Etched Memory Personalized 3d engraved gifts, trophies & memorials
Fuzzywumpets Collars, leads, toys, treats, beds,pads
Gear to Go Leashes, collars, toys, signs, decals & tshirts
Genesis K9 Reproduction Semen collection, blood draws for OFA Thyroid & offering OFA Dentition
Indek Chiropractic Canine Chiropractic
K9 Engraving Onsite laser engraving business specializing in the customization of products for pets. Metal, glass, leather wood, stone and granite Many products to personalize.
Keeper Collars Training collars, leads & toys
Lularoe Ladies Clothing – Skirts, dresses, tops, cardigans, blazers, leggings and much more.
Originals By Omar Beautiful 14k gold and sterling silver Doberman jewelry.
Pampered Pooch Couture Panties, belly bands, fleece wrap coats, chains, show leads, leashes, bait bags, hats, accessories.
Pawty Express Fresh bait meat and products, Pet Pawties, specialty doggy cakes, treats, gifts and much more. 
Too Chic Wearable Dog Art, High quality t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other apparel adorned with original works of art
Ugly Mutt Pets Handmade natural cotton and parachute cotton toys and Leashes and leads.
Witchwynds Designs Custom clothing, car vinyl decals

Top 20

T20 Chair

T20 NOHS Chair

T20 Agility Finalist Shirt

T20 Logo Merch

T20 Rosette

T20 Catalog

T20 Finalist Submission

National Owner Handler Series

The NOHS Recognition event recognizes the achievement of DPCA member-handlers participating in the AKC NOHS.  This is an annual event held at the DPCA National.

Date:  Monday, October 3, 2022

Time: 6:30 pm

Location:  Convention Center Conformation Ring

Eligibility: The handler of the dog must be a DPCA member as the recognition is for the achievement of the dog-handler pair.

Must rank in the top 20 of the AKC NOHS standings for 2022.

Eligibility for this event is determined by the AKC 2022 standings through July 31.

The member handler will be notified by email in early July of the event and that they may qualify pending final standings as of July 31.

There is a 2-week delay between the posting of results on the AKC website and events, so DPCA members should know by about August 15 if they are in the top 20.

Each member-handler in attendance will receive a commemorative catalog with the dog’s photo and short bio as well as a customized rosette.  Alexandra Bullock will send the email notifications and collect your photo and bio.  Alexandra can be reached on poesiadobermans@gmail.com



Grounds and RV Parking Jim Lauver
Webmaster Michelle Kramer
Registration Libby Hargrove
Welcome Party Catherine Eiswerth
H&R Fundraiser Catherine Eiswerth
Catalog Cover and Ads Susan Hurrell
Obedience and Rally Chair Karen Fuss
Agility Chair Carol Moore
Trophies Jan Stephenson
Apparel Linda Zaeske
Decorations vacant
Cardio Clinic Beverly Purswell, DVM
Health Seminar Stephanie Rudich
Judges Education Vicki Seiler-Cushman
Breeders Education Alisa Brotherhood, Sharon Duval and Ann White
Top 20 Agility Carol Moore
Top 20 Conformation Lisa Burroff-Denmark
Top 20 Obedience Cindy Bohnert
Event Chair/Show Chair Ann Wulbrecht
Convention Chair Jan Stephenson
Convention Treasurer Linda Zaeske

Seminar Information


FRIDAY-October 7th Noon: SEMINAR: DPCA Judges Educational committee will present the History, Temperament, Type, Head, Structure and Gait using computer presentations with live dog demonstrations along with panel discussions.

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Presentation of quality dogs for examination and evaluation to begin immediately following seminar.

SATURDAY-October 8th: Ringside Mentoring during Best of Breed by parent club approved mentors. Additional ringside mentoring will be provided throughout the week’s events beginning October 5th with advance notification.  Please contact Vicki Seiler-Cushman at seilerva@yahoo.com if you would like a mentoring session prior to Saturday.

*Both Seminar and Hands-on Workshop must be attended to qualify for a completion certificate.

No Charge for all AKC Judges

You must register in advance to receive Seminar Materials.

To register and pay online, please visit the DPCA website at https://dpca.org/product/judges-education-seminar/

If you have a question, please contact: Vicki Seiler-Cushman- Seminar Coordinator-seilerva@yahoo.com



Dr. Hesser’s Presentation

Dr. Andrea Hesser is a boarded theriogenologist that practices in small animal and repro practice in North Texas and Oklahoma. She also stands as a veterinary consultant in small animal reproduction and genetics internationally for other veterinarians needing support on cases. In addition to assisting clients and veterinarians, she is also involved in the Oklahoma State University 4th year curriculum, and teaches students on canine reproductive, neonatal, and genetic topics. Her other professional interest is focused on stud dog preservation and frozen semen storage for Zoetis and Genesis Canine Reproduction. Dr. Hesser has been published in textbooks regarding canine neonatal care and emergencies, and has also spoken to clients and veterinarians about various topics in canine therio and neonatology. She is also a passionate member of the AKC dog community, especially conformation shows. She spends much of her free time showing both client and personal dogs, and dabbles in other sports such as lure coursing, dock diving, and agility.



“Neonatal Care– The Newborn’s First 24 Hours”

This seminar will delve into best husbandry practices and techniques to maximize survival and wellness of newborn puppies. We will discuss both husbandry and diseases most common during this period. As breeders, tips and tricks at home and recognizing concerns early are key to preventing loss of newborns that may be struggling immediately after birth.


“Neonatal Care– The First Few Weeks”

This seminar will discuss problems in development and growth, after the first 24 hours of life. We will discuss neonatal emergencies that may be appreciated more commonly once puppies and dam have settled in. This seminar will help give you some tools to use at home to recognize early warning signs, as well as help you to manage more serious diseases such as canine herpesvirus and failure to thrive syndromes.


“Ice Ice Baby– A Backstage Pass to Your Frozen Semen Appointment”

This seminar will give you a look at exactly how frozen semen is assessed and packaged for use. When at a freeze appointment, many clients will see the evaluation, and then get a phone call with results. We want to show you the whole process, as well as help you understand exactly what you get out of your appointment.

Dr. Haug’s Presentation

 Title:   Canine Behavior: The Science on Birth to Adolescence

 This lecture will cover genetic and environmental influences that affect neurobiology and behavior starting in utero.  Developmental stages will be covered with heavy emphasis on the socialization period through adolescence.

  • perinatal influences on development of the brain and the HPA axis (stress response system) including the role of the gut microbiome
  • Socialization period in puppies (when, what, how)
  • neurobiology of adolescence and how it impacts behavior and learning



Dr. Haug graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She did a one year rotating internship at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine before returning to Houston in a general practice.  Dr. Haug worked in general medicine and emergency medicine until 1999 when she returned to Texas A & M to complete a residency and Master’s degree in Behavioral Medicine.  After her residency, she remained on faculty at TAMU running the Animal Behavior Service until 2007 when she returned to the Houston area to work in a private referral practice doing exclusively behavioral medicine.  Dr. Haug currently sees behavior cases in a variety of species at Texas Veterinary Behavior Services in Sugar Land, Texas.

She is a past President of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.  Dr. Haug has a special interest in neurobiology, learning principles, and pharmacology.

Dr. Haug is a frequent speaker at veterinary and behavior conferences and writes for several industry publications.  She also has authored chapters in a number of animal behavior textbooks.

Dr. Haug began showing Doberman Pinschers in 1980 and actively competed in obedience and conformation for many years.   She also has experience with agility and tracking.   She is an active equestrian and currently shares her home with her husband, a pit bull mix dog, and an Arabian gelding.