Ameraucana Breeders Club Lifetime Achivement Award
The idea for the “Ameraucana Breeders Award” was conceived by Don Cable and instituted, in 2001, at the ABC National Meet in Galax, VA. At that
time the club President decided on which member would receive the honor each year. Mike Gilbert was the president and chose John Blehm to receive the first award,
but before Mike presented it he was surprisingly presented with the first ABC Breeders Award, dated 2000. The award has been renamed Lifetime Achievement Award and
a member has been honored with it each year since then.
Although there is no written criteria, the recipient is generally a member that has been in the club for ten or more years. Many have been breeders that have
developed and/or improved varieties of Ameraucana, have served as officers in the club, published articles promoting the breed and club, traveled extensively
to ABC sanctioned meets to exhibit Ameraucanas, donated financially to the club, and the list goes on.