The Heinrich Essig Award is the LCA’s highest honor. It is named after the man that tradition holds created the Leonberger breed in 1846; Heinrich Essig, a town counselor in the town of Leonberg, in what is modern day Germany. Originally presented to the LCA’s founders in 1994, the Heinrich Essig Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the club sustained over the course of many years. This award comes with a life-long LCA membership.

1994
In Appreciation and Recognition of the Highest Order for Devotion to the Breed and for Founding and Working to Maintain the Leonberger Club America.
Melanie Brown
Kerry Campbell
Mary Decher
Reiner Decher
Sylvia Kaufmann
Manfred Kaufmann
Yves Parent
Waltraut Zieher

1996
In Appreciation and Recognition of the Highest Order for Devotion to the Leonberger Breed and to The Leonberger Club America.
Jim Stuteville
Marlene Stuteville

1997
In Appreciation and Recognition of the Highest Order for Devotion and Exemplary Service to the Breed on Two Continents and for Working to Maintain the Leonberger Club of America.
Caroline Bliss-Isberg

1999
In Recognition and Appreciation of the Highest Order for Devotion and Exemplary Service to the Breed and to the Education of Leonberger Owners all over the World.
Guido Perosino

2000
In Appreciation and Recognition of the Highest Order for Devotion to the Leonberger Breed and to The Leonberger Club America.
Carol Lewis

2001
In Appreciation and Recognition of the Highest Order for Devotion to the Leonberger Breed and to The Leonberger Club America.
Glen Ferguson

2003
In Appreciation and Recognition of the Highest Order for Devotion to the Breed and for
Creating, Organizing, and Energizing * LEO RESCUE *
Linda Mullins-Spirio
Martha Kalina

2006
With love, gratitude, and recognition of the Highest Order for devotion to the Leonberger Breed, the Leonberger Club of America, and for creating and maintaining the Leonberger Therapy Award Program.
John McRae
With love, gratitude, and recognition of the Highest Order for a lifetime of giving tirelessly to the Leonberger Breed and for being the behind-the-scenes guiding light of the Leonberger Club of America in the field of Leonberger health.
Ute Jung

2007
With love, gratitude, and recognition of the Highest Order for devotion to the Leonberger Breed, the Leonberger Club of America, and for dedication to excellence in the areas of breeding and health.
Carin Shadwick
With love, gratitude, and recognition of the Highest Order for devotion to the Leonberger Breed and to the Leonberger Club of America in the areas of breed origins and health-science research.
Geeske Joel

2010
For holding the LCA family together during challenging times while upholding our democratic processes.
Beth O’Connor

2014
For perseverance and excellence in guiding and managing the LCA’s technology and on-line presence.
Sharon Betts

2015
For excellence and diligence in ensuring the financial health of the Leonberger Club of America, and dedication to the ideal of Great Dogs, Great People.
Bill Wilson

2016
For sustained perseverance and excellence over many years working to raise awareness and educate Leo owners about important health issues affecting the breed.
Ann Rogers

2017
The Heinrich Essig Award is presented to Caryl Thompson, with love, gratitude, and recognition of the Highest Order for years of dedication and excellence in presenting to the world through skillful graphic design a beautiful face of the breed and the club.
Caryl Thompson