"Leslee Valente Memorial Trophy"
For Excellence in Obedience
Leslee's introduction into the sport of dogs began like many others,
she found her way to the Ramapo's doorstep in September 1980 with a
bright but hyperactive Border Collie puppy.
Obedience training was the last resort.
By the end of a beginner session she had a path headed towards
obedience competition. Her early successes with Sybil was followed
by many dual-ring, owner handled Standard Poodles and
Flat Coated Retrievers, who then introduced her to AKC hunt tests.
A dedicated volunteer who could not comprehend the word "No",
Leslee worked for local specialty clubs and held numerous
positions for Ramapo including Corresponding Secretary,
Assistant Obedience Trophy Chair, and Assistant Obedience Trial Chair.
The Little Falls Legion Hall is the product of Leslee's personal
campaign to find the club a new training facility after a five year lull.
We still owe her our thanks for her successful quest.
Leslee's true passion and zeal have yet to be matched and she is sorely
missed by all those who were touched by her spark.
This award is given to the RKC member who handled the dog with the
highest average scores in AKC Novice A or B in the previous
calendar year. Minimum of three scores required. All qualifying
scores count. Winner to retain custody of the award for the year.
THIS YEAR (2008)
THE AWARD GOES TO ELAINE BARONE AND HER SIBERIAN HUSKY
SIBERLINK’S HUNTER AT TWO RIVERS aka "HUNTER"
WITH AN AVERAGE SCORE OF 192.6 AND A SPECIALTY HIT.
2006 - Lorraine Fennemore
2004 - Vivian Bregman
2003 - Betty McDonnell
2002 - Ruth Henningsen
2001 - Betty McDonnell
2000 - Patty Valente
1999 - Sue Cone
1998 - Betty McDonnell
1997 - Linda J. Lovstad
1996 - Betty McDonnell
1995 - Betty McDonnell