Each year, The American Kennel Club recognizes and celebrates an outstanding purebred dog breeder with the Breeder of the Year Award. The award honors those breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs. At a special presentation held during the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show, a breeder, or pair of breeders, is recognized in each of the 7 Groups. At the conclusion of the presentation, one of the 7 Group recipients is chosen as the Breeder of the Year. Dr. Dana Massey, Win’Weim Weimaraners, is the AKC 2012 Sporting Group Breeder of the Year.
Dana has lived with Weimaraners since 1950 and is grateful for the mentoring she has received from Chris Grisell (Nani’s) and Judy Colan (Colsidex). Susan Line and Russ/Heidi Wagler have been very supportive over the years and are important to the success of Win’Weim!
Dana has owned and/or bred Weimaraners consistently in the Top 10--plus BIS, Top 20 Winner, WCA Hall of Fame, National Specialty BISS, BROM, and Pedigree Top producers. Additionally, Win’Weim dams/sires have won more than 23 Bests in Futurity/Maturity awards. A firm believer in the versatility of sporting dogs, she is proud that her dogs have AKC VCD1, TDX, SH with MH legs, All-Breed High in Trial in Obedience, and over 85 AKC performance titles plus several WCA Versatile Excellent designations.
Dana was committee chairperson for the WCA Hall of Fame and was Judges’ Education chair. She is a longtime member, officer and current president of the Lone Star Weimaraner Club of Dallas, a member of the Trinity Valley Weimaraner Club in Fort Worth, and served on the board of directors of Weimaraner Rescue of Texas. As vice president of the Stephenville Kennel Club of Texas, she served as show chair for several years. An AKC judge, she judges BIS, the Sporting Group, Junior Showmanship, eight working breeds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and Australian Shepherds.
Dr. Massey’s doctorate was earned from the University of Nebraska. She taught at the University of Nebraska, Bellevue University, and is currently employed at McLennan College in the Business department. Dana lives in Valley Mills, Texas with her husband Billy. Their children – Connally, Kyle, Grady, and Dane-Ann – have lived with Weimaraners all of their lives. The grandchildren – Kendall, Kolton, Dane, Dalana, and Braden – also have shared their lives with Weims.
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