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RETIRED NAVAL OFFICER TO DECIDE
BEST IN SHOW AT THE
144th ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW
 
Robert “Bob” Slay Tops Judging Panel at America’s Dog Show
 
 
New York, NY — Mr. Robert H. Slay of Cary, North Carolina has been given the most prestigious judging assignment in the sport of purebred dogs — deciding who will be the Best in Show winner at the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. Mr. Slay brings extensive experience and dog knowledge to the sport. Anchoring Westminster Week this iconic annual dog show has been held continuously in New York City since 1877.
Mr. Slay grew up in Southeastern Mississippi where his family owned a working farm and he gained respect and appreciation for several types of hunting dogs. Although he has owned several different breeds, he loved, bred and handled champion German Shepherd Dogs for many years. In 1964, while stationed in Charleston, South Carolina as an ensign in the United States Navy, he purchased his first German Shepherd Dog. She easily achieved her American Kennel Club championship and Mr. Slay was forever hooked on the sport. He was married to the late Jane Vassar “Candye” Slay and has one son and two grandchildren. 
 
Mr. Slay is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and the United States Naval Officers Candidate School. He served five years on active duty afterwards obtaining the rank of Commander in the Naval Reserves. In addition, he also attended the Yale University School of Executive Management Leadership Program. He has always been active in his community. Mr. Slay was elected to public office for three terms serving as chairman of one of the largest public-school systems in South Carolina. He chaired a United States Department of Energy Advisory Board for five years and served several years as the South Carolina State Chairman of the Morris Animal Foundation. He was also a member of the original steering committee for the AKC Museum of the Dog. In 1983, the North Carolina governor awarded his highest honor to Mr. Slay by inducting him into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society for service to his state and community.
 
Employed by the American Kennel Club for 18 years, Mr. Slay served as an Executive Field Representative and later as a Vice-President. While at the AKC he was responsible for the development and implementation of AKC's first DNA programs in support of registration and pedigrees. He retired from AKC in 2004 to resume his judging career. Mr. Slay has served as president and show chairman for several all-breed and specialty dog clubs. He was first approved to judge in 1979 and has judged extensively throughout the United States and overseas.
 
Mr. Slay judged the Westminster Herding Group in 2009 and the Working Group in 2018.This will be his eighth judging assignment at Westminster. 
 
Seven Group Judges will select their picks for the Best in Show competition over two nights at Madison Square Garden.
 
On Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 the following judges will select the group winners to advance to the Best in Show competition. Ms. Marjorie Martorella of Millstone Township, New Jersey for the Hound Group; Mrs. Doris Cozart of Denton, Texas for the Toy Group; Mr. Allen L. Odom of Denver, Colorado for the Non-Sporting Group; and Mrs. Shirley D. Limoges of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for the Herding Group.
 
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 the following judges will select the remaining three group winners to advance to Best in Show. Ms. Theresa L. Hundt of Sandy Hook, Connecticut for the Sporting Group; Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, Illinois for the Working Group; and Mr. Norman B. Kenney of Cross Roads, Texas for the Terrier Group.
 
The Best Junior Handler award will be decided on Tuesday, Feb. 11 by Junior Showmanship Finals Judge Mrs. Valerie Nunes-Atkinson of Temecula, California. This will be the 87th year the finals will be held at Madison Square Garden. The eight junior showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by judges Mrs. Sioux Forsyth-Green of Pinehurst, South Carolina and Mrs. Marianne “Tuni” Conti of Oxford, Connecticut.
 
The 7th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 will be judged by Ms. Sue Barnett of Avon, Connecticut and Ms. Lavonda L. Herring of LaGrangeville, New York. Mr. John D. Landis of Hellertown, Pennsylvania will officiate for the 5th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster.
 
All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.
 
Pending American Kennel Club approval, the judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competitions includes:
 
SPORTING BREEDS (33)
 
Mr. Kenneth E. Berg of Moraga, CA: Brittanys, German Wirehaired Pointers, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Spinoni Italiani, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.    
 
Mr. Edd E. Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels.
 
Mr. Michael Faulkner of Center Cross, VA: Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels.
 
Mrs. Souix Forsyth-Green of Pinehurst, NC: Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers,
 
Ms. Sydney LeBlanc Good of Sarasota, FL: English Setters, Irish Setters, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Vizslas.
 
Mrs. Linda Hurlebaus of Palmetto, GA: Gordon Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels.
 
Mr. Sergio Scarpellini of Gazzaniga, Italy: Lagotti Romagnoli, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
 
HOUND BREEDS (35)
 
Mrs. Gretchen Bernardi of Edwardsville, IL: Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds.
 
Mr. Edmund Dziuk of Columbia, MO: Basenjis, Basset Hounds, Beagles (both Varieties), Dachshunds (all Varieties).
 
Ms. Sydney LeBlanc Good of Sarasota, FL: Whippets.
 
Mrs. Linda Hurlebaus of Palmetto, GA: Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens, Harriers, Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens, Pharaoh Hounds, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos.
 
Dr. Eric Liebes of Peyton, CO: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, English Foxhounds, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds, Sloughis, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
 
Ms. Betty-Anne Stenmark of Grass Valley, CA: Afghan Hounds, Azawakhs, Cirnechi dell'Enta, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
 
WORKING BREEDS (30)
 
Mrs. Eva E. Berg of Moraga, CA: Doberman Pinschers, Dogues de Bordeaux, German Pinschers, Great Danes, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs.
 
Mr. Edd E. Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: Boerboels, Bullmastiffs, Mastiffs, Rottweilers.
 
Mrs. Linda Hurlebaus of Palmetto, GA: Chinooks, Giant Schnauzers, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Tibetan Mastiffs.
 
Mr. Douglas A. Johnson of Bloomington, IN: Akitas, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Black Russian Terriers, Boxers, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Neapolitan Mastiffs.
 
Dr. Eric Liebes of Peyton, CO: Alaskan Malamutes, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Cane Corsos.
 
Ms. Patti Widick Neale of Alachua, FL: Leonbergers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Saint Bernards, Samoyeds, Siberian Huskies, Standard Schnauzers.
 
TERRIER BREEDS (32)
 
Mr. Larry Adams of St. Louis, MO: Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Scottish Terriers.
 
Mrs. Connie H. Clark of Rio Del Mar, CA: Glen of Imaal Terriers, Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers.
 
Mr. John Constantine-Amodei of Jeffersonville, PA: Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
 
Ms. Betty-Anne Stenmark of Grass Valley, CA: Airedale Terriers, American Hairless Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers.
 
TOY BREEDS (23)
 
Mr. Edd E. Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: Brussels Griffons, Chihuahuas (both Varieties), Papillons, Silky Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers.
 
Mrs. Connie H. Clark of Rio Del Mar, CA: Affenpinschers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties), Japanese Chin, Toy Manchester Terriers.
 
Mr. John Constantine-Amodei of Jeffersonville, PA: Havanese, Maltese, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Shih Tzu, Toy Fox Terriers.
 
Ms. Sydney LeBlanc Good of Sarasota, FL: Chinese Cresteds, Italian Greyhounds, Miniature Pinschers.
 
Mr. Elliott B. Weiss of Novelty, OH: Pugs, Toy Poodles.
 
NON-SPORTING BREEDS (21)
 
Mrs. Eva E. Berg of Moraga, CA: Dalmatians, Keeshonden, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehunds, Schipperkes, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniels, Tibetan Terriers.
 
Mrs. Linda Hurlebaus of Palmetto, GA: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frises, Boston Terriers.
 
Mr. Douglas A. Johnson of Bloomington, IN: Bulldogs, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows, Cotons de Tulear, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldogs, Xoloitzcuintlis.
 
Mr. Elliott B. Weiss of Novelty, OH: Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles.
 
HERDING BREEDS (31)
 
Mr. Larry Adams of St. Louis, MO: Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs.
 
Mr. Michael Faulkner of Center Cross, VA: Australian Cattle Dogs, Border Collies, Canaan Dogs, Collies (both Varieties), German Shepherd Dogs, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Miniature American Shepherds, Norwegian Buhunds, Shetland Sheepdogs.
 
Dr. Eric Liebes of Peyton, CO: Beaucerons, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamasco Sheepdogs, Berger Picards.
 
Ms. Patti Widick Neale of Alachua, FL: Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Pumik, Pyrenean Shepherds, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds.
 
Mr. Elliott B. Weiss of Novelty, OH: Bouvier des Flanders, Briards, Old English Sheepdogs, Pulik.
 
 
 
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Judges for Westminster Week's Four Competitions
Hail From Across the US and Abroad
 
New York - Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, 3d., of Watertown, NY will be awarding the 141st Westminster Kennel Club's Best in Show winner. After a lifetime in the sport, this breed
er, owner and former Westminster Kennel Club Show Chairman will join an elite list of people to preside over "The World's Greatest Dog Show."
 
 
Bradley began his involvement in the sport as a teenager exhibiting and later breeding German Shorthaired Pointers, Pointers and Labrador Retrievers under the Luftnase
kennel name. He owned and handled other breeds over the years including Cairn Terriers, Whippets, Cocker Spaniels and more recently Border Terriers experiencing many wins in the ring. In 1989, he was the co-breeder of the top winning dog in the U.S., a Pointer, Ch. Luftnase Albelarm's Bee's Knees, whose record included capturing the Sporting group at the Westminster show.
 
After 20 years as an exhibitor Bradley received his American Kennel Club license to judge all of the breeds in the Sporting group, Best in Show and Junior Showmanship competitions. His dog sport role changed in 1975 when he joined the Westminster Kennel Club. He held many positions within the club including communications director but is best known for his 15-year tenure as show chairman for the iconic dog show in New York City.
 
In addition to his position managing the main event during Westminster Week, Bradley is also a founding member and Executive Director of Take the Lead a charitable organization established in 1993 to support people in the sport with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.
 
This long-standing dog breeder, owner, handler and judge is also the former president of Thomas H. Bradley, Inc., a wholesale hardware company in Watertown, NY established in 1897 by his grandfather.
 
Mr. Bradley will be selecting his winner from the seven group-winning dogs sent to his ring by a panel of group judges from across the U.S. The group judges officiating at Madison Square Garden the evening of Monday, February 13 will be Mrs. Robert D. (Polly) Smith of St. Stephens Church, VA, Hound; Mrs. Charlotte Patterson of Destin, FL, Toy; Mrs. Anne Bolus of Harrison, TN, Non-Sporting; and Dr. Robert Smith of St. Stephens Church, VA will be judging the Herding group. On Tuesday, February 14 the group judges will be Mrs. Paula Nykiel of Washington, MO, Sporting; Mr. John Ramirez of Downey, CA, Working; and Mr. Kenneth M. McDermott of Newburgh, NY will be judging the Terriers.
 
For the 84th year a Best Junior Handler will be awarded at Westminster. On Tuesday, February 14, Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL will select the winner at Madison Square Garden. The eight Junior Showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD and Mrs. Joan Savage of Banks, OR.
 
Overseeing the 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on February 11 will be Mr. Paul Moore of Welford, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom and Ms. Ann Riba of Old Mill Creek, IL.
 
Ms. Lynn F. Eggers of Grapevine, TX will determine the winner of the 2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship on Monday, February 13.
 
The judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competition held at Piers 92/94 in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, 2017 includes:
(Pending American Kennel Club approval)
 
SPORTING BREEDS (32)
 
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD: English Springer Spaniels, Lagotti Romagnolo, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels.
 
Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Brittanys, Clumber Spaniels, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Pointers, Weimaraners.
 
Mrs. Joan Savage of Banks, OR: English Setters, Field Spaniels, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.
 
Mr. Terry Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
 
Mr. Mark Threlfall of Merrimack, NH: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, Spinoni Italiani, Viszlas, Wirehaired Viszlas.
 
HOUND BREEDS (33)
 
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, Cirnechi dell'Etna, English Foxhounds, Harriers, Plott, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, Redbone Coonhounds, Sloughis, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
 
Mr. Espen Engh of 3405 Lier, Norway: Beagles (both Varieties) Dachshunds (all Varieties).
 
Mr. Age Gjentes of 3405 Lier, Norway: Borzois, Ibizan Hounds, Whippets.
 
Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL: Afghan Hounds, Bloodhounds, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: Basset Hounds.
 
Mr. James Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Basenjis, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens.
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Norwegian Elkhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
 
WORKING BREEDS (30)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Chinooks, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Leonbergers, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Siberian Huskies.
 
Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Samoyeds, Standard Schnauzers.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Cane Corsos, Giant Schnauzers, St. Bernards.
 
Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN: Boerboels, Dogues de Bordeaux, German Pinschers, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Tibetan Mastiffs.
 
Ms. Joyce Vanek of Evergreen, CO: Black Russian Terriers, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Portuguese Water Dogs.
 
TERRIER BREEDS (32)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Miniature Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
 
Ms. Julie Felten of Wauconda, IL: Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Welsh Terriers.
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Airedale Terriers, American Hairless Terrier, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Irish Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Scottish Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers.
 
Mr. Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles, CA: Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
 
TOY BREEDS (23)
 
Mr. Espen Engh of 3405 Lier, Norway: Affenpinschers, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers.
 
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Italian Greyhounds, Toy Poodles, Pugs.
 
Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Havanese, Japanese Chin, Maltese.
 
Ms. Beth Sweigart of Bowmansville, PA: Brussels Griffons, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chihuahuas (both Varieties), English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties).
 
Ms. Lee Whittier of Vancouver, WA: Chinese Cresteds, Miniature Pinschers, Papillons, Shih Tzu, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Toy Manchester Terriers.
 
NON-SPORTING BREEDS (21)
 
Mrs. Barbara Alderman of Moon Township, PA: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frises, Chow Chow, Coton De Tulears, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehunds, Schipperkes, Tibetan Spaniels.
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Bulldogs.
 
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Boston Terriers, Standard Poodles and Toy Poodles.  
 
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Dalmatians, Keeshonden.
 
Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Chinese Shar-Pei, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintlis.
 
HERDING BREEDS (31)
 
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Bouviers des Flandres.
 
Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC: Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Beaucerons, Briards, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik.
 
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: German Shepherd Dogs, Pumik.
 
Mr. James Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Border Collies, Canaan Dogs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Collies (both Varieties), Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Shetland Sheepdogs.
 
Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN: Australian Cattle Dogs, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamascos, Berger Picards, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Miniature American Shepherds, Norwegian Buhunds, Old English Sheepdogs, Pyrenean Shepherds, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds.
 
 
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About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad makes Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.orgor follow @WKCDOGS.
 


Masters Agility judges also announced
NEW YORK – The Hon. David Merriam of Bonsall, CA has been selected to judge Best In
Show at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 16-17, 2015.
Judge Merriam’s selection fits perfectly into his list of accomplishments and service in his
lifetime dedicated to the sport of dogs. He began showing dogs as a teenager, with his
primary breed the Bull Terrier. Staying active in the sport as he attended law school, he
went on to more than a half century of success in showing, breeding and judging.
He retired from the bench as a California State Trials Judge in 1993 and became active in
governance of the sport. He served for 20 years on the American Kennel Club board,
including five as chair and eight as vice chair. He has been active in a number of other
clubs, including the Bull Terrier Club of America and the Montgomery County Kennel Club.
Judge Merriam has won many honors for his accomplishments in dogs, including the
Langdon Skarda Man of the Year Award, Dogdom’s Man of the Year Award, and the Bull
Terrier Club of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
He has officiated at Westminster seven times in the past, including the Terrier Group in
1982. Although licensed to do so, Judge Merriam has never accepted an all breed Best In
Show judging assignment prior to this invitation from the Westminster Kennel Club.
Judge Merriam will head a panel of 33 judges from 14 states, Canada and Finland who will
officiate at the dog show world’s most famous and prestigious event, held at Madison
Square Garden and Piers 92/94 in New York. The panel includes four judges who have
previously judged Best In Show at Westminster, 13 who have judged Groups, and ten who
are judging for the first time at Westminster.
Group judges are Mr. Ken Murray of Island Lake, IL, Sporting; Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark
of Woodside, CA, Hound; Mrs. Theresa Hundt of Sandy Hook, CT, Working; Dr. John
Reeve-Newson of Toronto, Canada, Terrier; Mr. Elliott Weiss of Middletown, DE, Toy; Ms.
Shirley Limoges of Ottawa, Canada, Non-Sporting; and Dr. Klaus Anselm of Keswick, VA,
Herding. Mr. Michael Dougherty of Escondido, CA, will judge the Junior Showmanship
finals.
Two breeds will be eligible for Westminster for the first time in 2015: the Wirehaired Vizsla
in the Sporting Group and the Coton de Tulear in the Non-Sporting Group. The addition of
these breeds makes a total of 192 breeds and varieties in competition.
The club also announced the judges for its 2nd Masters Agility Championship at
Westminster to be held at Pier 94 on Feb. 14, the Saturday preceding the All Breed Show.
Those judges are Mr. Alan Arthur of Leander, TX and Mr. Graham Partridge of Austell,
Cornwall, UK.
Here is the entire 2015 Westminster Kennel Club judges panel and assignments
(subject to American Kennel Club approval):
SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (31):
Ms. Dyane Baldwin, Newport, PA: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers,
Flat Coated Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: Brittanys, Spinones Italiano, Vizslas, Wirehaired
Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizslas.
Ms. Marion Lyons, Hampton, NH: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
Dr. Alan Santos, New York, NY: Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels.
Mr. Mark Threlfall, Merrimack, NH: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber
Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Sussex
Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels,
Mr. Robert Vandiver, Simpsonville, SC: English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters,
Irish Red and White Setters.
Mrs. Cindy Vogels, Greenwood Village, CO: Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers,
German Wirehaired Pointers, Weimaraners.
HOUND BREEDS AND VARIETIES (31):
Ms. Gayle Bontecou, Clinton Corners, NY: Bloodhounds, Greyhounds, Harriers,
Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Petit Bassets Griffons Vendeen, Pharaoh Hounds,
Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds.
Mr. Michael Dougherty, Escondido, CA: Portuguese Podengos Pequeno, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
Ms. Sandra Frei, Woodinville, WA: Afghan Hounds, Whippets.
Ms. Jocelyne Gagne, Welland, Ontario, Canada: Borzoi, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds.
Mr. Guy Jeavons, Moffat, Ontario, Canada: Dachshunds (all varieties).
Mr. Allen Odom, Denver, CO: American English Foxhounds, American Foxhounds, Basenji, Basset Hounds, Beagles (both Varieties), Black & Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhound, English Foxhound, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
WORKING BREEDS (29):
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, German Pinschers, Neapolitan Mastiffs.
Mr. John Ramirez, Downey, CA: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Black Russian Terriers, Chinooks, Doberman Pinschers, Komondorok, Kuvaszok.
Ms. Linda Robey, High Ridge, MO: Cane Corsos, Dogues de Bordeaux.
Mr. Robert Shreve, Greeley, CO: Bullmastiffs, Giant Schnauzers, Great Pyrenees, Mastiffs, Siberian Huskies, Tibetan Mastiffs.
Mr. Robert Slay, Cary, NC: Boxers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Samoyeds, St. Bernards, Standard Schnauzers.
Ms. Satu Yla-Mononen, Kangasala, Finland: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Danes, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers.
TERRIER BREEDS AND VARIETIES (31):
Mr. David Kirkland, Sanford, NC: Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Rat Terriers.
Dr. Jerry Klein, Chicago, IL: Airedale Terriers, Australian Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Irish Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
Dr. Andrew Kramer, Leesburg, VA: Bedlington Terriers, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers.
Mrs. Rosalind Kramer, Leesburg, VA: Russell Terriers.
Mr. John Ramirez, Downey, CA: American Staffordshire Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers.
TOY BREEDS AND VARIETIES (23):
Ms. Joy Brewster, Newtown, CT: Italian Greyhounds, Toy Poodles.
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: Miniature Pinschers, Shih Tzu, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers.
Mr. David Kirkland, Sanford, NC: Affenpinschers, Chihuahuas (both Varieties).
Mrs. Rosalind Kramer, Leesburg, VA: Brussels Griffons, Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Pugs.
Mrs. Cindy Vogels, Greenwood Village, CO: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels,
Chinese Cresteds, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties), Havanese,
Japanese Chins, Maltese, Toy Manchester Terriers.
NON-SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (21):
Ms. Joy Brewster, Newtown, CT: Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles.
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: American Eskimo Dogs, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintli.
Mr. David Kirkland, Sanford, NC: Schipperkes. Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniels.
Mr. James Reynolds, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Bichons Frise, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows, Cotons de Tulear, Dalmatians, Keeshonden, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehund.
Mr. Robin Stansell, Clayton, NC: Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldogs.
HERDING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (26):
Mr. Guy Jeavons, Moffatt, Ontario, Canada: Shetland Sheepdogs.
Ms. Linda Robey, High Ridge, MO: Briards, Canaan Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, German Shepherd Dogs, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Norwegian Buhunds.
Mr. Robert Slay, Cary, NC: Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Old English Sheepdogs,
Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik, Pyrenean Shepherds, Swedish Vallhunds.
Mr. Robert Vandiver, Simpsonville, SC: Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Beauceron, Border Collies, Collies (both Varieties).
Ms. Satu Yla-Mononen, Kangasala, Finland: Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bouviers des Flandres, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs.
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP PRELIMINARIES: Ms. Joy Brewster, Newtown, CT and Mr. Robert Slay, Cary, NC.
The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all breed, benched dog show held every year at New York's Madison Square Garden. The show is America’s second longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby. For additional information, log on to www.westminsterkennelclub.org.
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