Mrs. Paula Nykiel
MRS. PAULA NYKIEL of Washington, Missouri, came to the judging world from the ranks of the breeder/owner-handler. She has been involved with the sport of purebred dogs for over 47 years. She has bred over 50 Pointer Champions under her Sydmar banner, including the breed’s All-Time Top Producer, Ch. Sydmar the Heartless Wench. Paula owner-handled her Pointers to the #1 Ranking in 1978, 1979, and 1982. She started judging in 1990, leaving breeding and showing behind. She is approved to judge the Sporting, Working, and Hound Groups. Paula considers among her most important assignments the 31 National Specialties she has been honored to judge in several breeds. Other highlights include judging the Sporting and Working Groups at the Westminster Kennel Club. International assignments include Sweden, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Newfoundland, Italy, Columbia, and Australia. Paula is a lifetime member of the American Pointer Club, past Director, and Futurity/Maturity Chairman. A founding/lifetime member of Missouri Rhineland Kennel Club and Gateway Sporting Dog Association. This will be Mrs. Nykiel’s eighth Westminster assignment and fourth Group assignment.