The LRCP Celebrates The Memory of

Constance M. Barton

Charter Member, The Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac, Inc.

(March 11, 1925 - October 17, 2013)


constance BartonConstance M. Barton of Middleburg, Virginia began in the Sport of Purebred Dogs in the early 1950s, exhibiting Doberman Pinschers in conformation and obedience.

By the 1960s, Connie was managing Elizabeth (Mrs. Robert V) Clark’s legendary Springfield Kennels. During her tenure at Springfield, where she concentrated mainly on Labrador Retrievers, the facility became the largest showing and breeding kennel in the United States.

The head study in Potomac’s logo is the beautiful yellow bitch Ch. Springfield Miss Willing. Connie was a Founding Member of LRCP.

After 11 years at Springfield, the AKC invited Mrs. Barton to become the second female field-representative in the organization’s history. She served in the field for sixteen years before applying to judge and at the time of her passing she was approved to judge the Sporting, Hound, Working and Terrier Groups, as well as Best in Show and Junior Showmanship. Connie had the esteemed honor of judging Best in Show at the 2002 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and the Working Group at Westminster in 2008. Her last assignment was at the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac Specialty in April 2008.

Mrs. Barton’s enormous and commanding presence, impeccably correct demeanor, handsome good looks and her extensive, deep rooted knowledge of Dogs made her one of the all-time “Great Ladies” in the Sport of Purebred Dogs.

The Board of Directors of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac are very proud and extremely pleased to dedicate our 39th Annual Specialty Show to Constance M. Barton.