This page is dedicated to members of the Somerset Hills Kennel Club who have achieved distinction in the world of canines


Shown here receiving an appreciation award in 2017 for over 40 years of dedicated service to Somerset Hills Kennel Club



Ann Lettis

Ann Lettis, President of the Responsible Dog Owners Association of New York (RDOA), and Delegate for the Grand River Kennel Club (OH) was presented last week with the Walter Bebout Memorial Award for Leadership in Canine Legislation at the AKC Delegates meeting held in New Jersey.

Ms. Lettis, a long-time owner, breeder, and exhibitor of Staffordshire Bull Terriers, first got involved in legislation in 1987, when New York City Mayor Ed Koch had the NYC Board of Health institute a breed-specific ban on “pit bulls”. 

Lettis and the Responsible Dog Owners Association of New York (an AKC state federation) have worked with the AKC GR team on numerous aspects of legislation in New York, and especially the New York City area.  RPOA’s accomplishments over the past 30 years have included working with counties and cities throughout New York (with a focus on the New York City area) on opposing dog limit laws, unwarranted breeder restrictions, and breed-specific proposals.  RDOA continues to monitor legislation and networks with members to garner support or opposition whenever needed on local or state canine legislation. 

“Ann has spent countless hours over the years working to develop personal relationships with key legislators in New York City and the State of New York, and to educate them about the fancy, and responsible dog owners,” said Sheila Goffe, Vice President, AKC Government Relations.  “She has also generously given her time to kennel clubs in New York and New Jersey to teach them about how to get involved in canine legislation and recruit community involvement on important issues.”

Named for Walter Bebout, the late Director of the AKC Government Relations Department, the “Bebout Award” recognizes federations and dog owner/breeder organizations that have been actively involved in educating legislators about responsible dog ownership issues and have worked to preserve the rights of responsible owners and breeders. 



Billie McFadden






Somerset Hills Kennel Club wishes to pay tribute to Billie McFadden for her many accomplishments and achievements during her over-thirty years of membership in our club.  Billie served as President, Vice-President, Director, Delegate, Education Chairman and as Show Chairman numerous times, just to name a few of the ways she served the club.  

Breeding Boxers under the “Beaumont” prefix, in the late 80’s Billie was asked to write a book about the breed that she not simply loved, but adored. The New Boxer was published in 1989.

Billie was a longtime member of the New Jersey Boxer Club and a lifetime member of the American Boxer Club. She was the recipient of the American Kennel Club’s Good Sportsmanship Award in 1992 and the following year she received the ABC Larry Downey Award.

Billie was approved to judge Boxers in 1991 and later the majority of the Working Group, and she judged worldwide.  But no assignment was as meaningful to her as the American Boxer Club National in the late 1980’s, held in her home state of New Jersey.

Always of the belief that newcomers to dog ownership need guidance, in 1975 Billie created the Dog Owners Educational League.  This group of experienced dog owners visited schools, libraries, hospitals and nursing homes, and organized fun matches geared toward those interested in showing for the first time. Longtime exhibitors may recall seeing her DOEL booth set up at local dog shows, the tables piled high with flyers that addressed anything and everything one could ask about dogs.

For decades Billie was President of Dog Fanciers, Inc., which held luncheons throughout each year at the famous Sardi’s restaurant, where she always provided   a speaker on various interesting topics. Many will recall the wonderful Wednesday luncheons following Westminster.  Hundreds attended these events, all interested in hearing the Group judges discuss their placements and, of course, the thoughts of the BIS judge.  But no one drew more attention than the Best In Show winner as the attending media snapped pictures and people stopped eating for a chance to pet and often kiss the four-legged star.  The highlight was Mr. Sardi himself bringing that beloved canine its lunch on a silver platter.

Somerset Hills Kennel Club has benefited greatly from Billie’s efforts and dedication. We extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to her for her many years of service to the club and to the canine fancy.

Hazel Wichman


2011 AKC® Breeder of the Year Award
Honoring breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.

Barbara (Bobbie) J Wood – Anbara Lhasa Apsos


Bobbie was given her first Lhasa Apso in 1968 and fell in love with this delightful little breed. At that time, her career in theater offered no time for dog activities. However, in 1970 a career change to television offered the opportunity to breed a litter and the whole new world of dogs became a passion.

 As a member of the American Lhasa Apso Club since 1968, the desire to produce quality dogs became a priority to Bobbie.  She became a Register of Merit Breeder in 1980 and to date has bred more than 85 champions, 8 Grand Futurity winners and  3 Obedience and Rally titlists most of them owner/handled. As a breeder, some of my outstanding dogs include MBIS, MBISS Am. Can. Ch. Anbara's Hobgoblin, ROM - top Lhasa Apso 1980 & 1981 and winner of 5 All-Breed Best in Shows, BIS Ch. Anbara-Rimar Grin 'N Bear It, ROM, a top winner and producer, and BIS, BISS Ch. Anbara-Rimar Mary Puppins, CGC, who was always owner handled to top wins including an All-Breed Best in Show, 14 Specialty Best in Shows and at age 11 years was Best in Show at the ALAC National Specialty from the Veterans Class. More recently, Multiple Group, MBISS Ch. Anbara Alasara Smart Aleck, CDX, RE won the ALAC National Specialty in 2001. He also was High in Trial at the National in 2006 & 2008 making him the only Lhasa in the history of the breed to win in both awards.

Bobbie has also been very active in the American Lhasa Apso Club for the past 25 years and has served on the Board of Directors for many years. She has chaired the Obedience Committee, the Yearbook Committee, the National Specialty Trophy Committee, the Awards Committee, and is a past President. She was also on the Judges Education Committee and the Breed Standard Committee, charged with the task of formulating the Illustrated Guide to the Lhasa Apso Standard. She is currently editor of “The Lhasa Bulletin”, ALAC’s breed publication.

She began judging Lhasa Apsos in 1981 and is now approved to judge the Toy Group, the Non-Sporting Group, 9 Terrier breeds, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show. In 1988, she had the honor of judging the American Lhasa Apso Club National Specialty in Denver, Colorado.  She has also judged Lhasa Apso Specialties in England (2), Denmark (2), Norway(3) and Australia.

She is a charter member of the Non-Sporting Group Club of the Garden State and is currently the President. She is active in 3 All-Breed kennel clubs, shows in Conformation, Obedience and Rally and enjoys stewarding at local shows. Retired now, she is a 4 time Emmy Award winning Sound Effects Artist.


2005 AKC® Breeder of the Year Award
Honoring breeders who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.

The recipients of the 2005 AKC Breeder of the Year Award, Dave and Peggy Helming of Flemington, N.J., were honored on the live national broadcast of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on Saturday, January 14.


Dave and Peggy Helming - Pouch Cove Kennels

Credit: Mary Bloom ©AKC

"Dedicated breeders are crucial to the sport of purebred dogs, as they have the responsibility to preserve each breed's unique heritage," said Ron Menaker, AKC's Chairman of the Board. "The Breeder of the Year Awards allow us to honor those who have worked to uphold standards of excellence in producing quality purebred dogs and shared their knowledge with newcomers, creating the next generation of dog fanciers."

The 2005 AKC Breeder of the Year, representing the Working Group, was Dave and Peggy Helming of Pouch Cove Newfoundlands. From Flemington, NJ, the Helmings began their breeding program in 1968 under the Pouch Cove prefix. Since that time, they have bred and/or owned approximately 300 champions, many of whom are National Specialty, Working Group and Best in Show winners. Ch. Darbydale's All Rise Pouch Cove (Josh), who was awarded Best in Show at the 2004 Westminster Kennel Club show, is the breed's all-time top-winning show dog. Eighteen Pouch Cove dogs have earned the Newfoundland Club of America's (NCA) Versatile Newfoundland title by obtaining their AKC Championship, AKC Obedience title, NCA Water Rescue Dog and NCA Draft Dog titles. The Helmings have devoted years of service to the NCA and are life-time members of the club. They are both AKC approved judges.



2002 AKC® Breeder of the Year Award

WORKING: Peggy & Dave Helming, Newfoundlands, Pouch Cove Kennel, Flemington, New Jersey


Peggy and Dave Helming have truly done it all in their breed. Since establishing their kennel in 1968, they have bred and/or owned about 225 champions, many national specialty and all-breed Best in Show winners in the USA and around the world. Thirty-six of their dogs have achieved Newfoundland Club of America Register of Merit status. Their dogs have also been successful in Obedience and Working events, and 14 have earned their NCA Versatility titles in obtaining AKC championship, NCA Water Rescue, and NCA Draft Dog titles. They have spent a combined 24 years on the Board of Directors for the parent club, and are members and officers of a number of all-breed clubs.