MRS. VALERIE NUNES-ATKINSON of Temecula, California is a second-generation breeder of German Shorthaired Pointers under the prefix of VJK. She’s been involved in conformation since she was 8-years-old, showing a pup from her father’s first litter. Her Junior Showmanship career culminated with Best Junior Handler at Westminster in 1981. For the past 25 years, she has been a professional handler and breeder, having won numerous Bests in Show and National Specialty wins in many breeds.
In 2014, she and co-breeder Yvonne Hassler-Deterding, using the prefix VJK-MYST for their German Shorthaired Pointers, won AKC’s Sporting Group Breeder of the Year. As a breeder she most notably co-bred/owned and handled the 2016 Westminster Best in Show winner CJ. She also co-owned Carlee, the 2005 Westminster Best in Show winner, both German Shorthaired Pointers. This is her first judging assignment at Westminster.