MR. ALLEN L. ODOM of Denver, Colorado was born and raised in rural Georgia, where hunting with packs of hounds was an Odom family tradition. He discovered the show ring when he helped an aunt exhibit her Boston Terriers at a 1965 Tennessee match. Mr. Odom has been involved in several breeds, but he's best known as a breeder-exhibitor of Whippets for more than 25 years. During his long partnership with Phil Hedges, Mr. Odom bred six generations of top Whippets in show and field, under the Phil-Allen prefix.
Mr. Odom was an AKC Executive Field Representative for 17 years from 1995 to 2012. He was approved to judge in 1991 and currently judges the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups and Best in Show. This is his second judging assignment at the Westminster.