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With the Dog Days of Summer near, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania

Offers Early Booking Special as it ‘Paw’pares for the 2019 Westminster Dog Show

October 2018. (New York City, NY)—Recognized as the host hotel for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show,New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is off and running as they begin planning for another successful year of hosting all canine hopefuls taking part in the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show taking place on February 11th and 12th, 2019. As a Westminster Gold Star Partner, the World’s Most ‘Pup-ular’ Hotel will once again be offering exclusive services and amenities that make it the ‘Top Dog’ of hotels.

To help dog show competitors get a jump on bookings, the Hotel is offering a limited time ‘Dog Days of Summer’ Offer – guests that book by July 31st for next years Dog Show dates can save up to 50% off (non-refundable, non-cancellable, advance purchase required). This exclusive Dog Show special can be booked through hotelpenn.com.

The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and important Best In Show will be held at Madison Square Garden, directly across the street from Hotel Pennsylvania. Only the Breed judging and benching will take place at Piers 92/94. The Westminster Kennel Club has arranged exclusive shuttle buses to transport exhibitors, guests and spectators directly from Hotel Pennsylvania to Piers 92/94 throughout each day – visit www.hotelpenn.com for details.

“It’s never too early to get ready for the Westminster Dog Show, and we look forward to welcoming all Westminster VIP’s (Very Important Pooches) to New York,” said Gene Nicotra, General Manager/All Dogs’ Best Friend at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania. “Our ‘paw’fect location and exclusive ‘paw’menities are a treat for Westminster hopefuls and fans alike.”

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is the only hotel for Westminster competitors and they know it. From hosting ‘pup’tual Westminster wedding ceremonies to the annual star-studded Pet Fashion Show, the ‘Five-Paw’ hotel always goes the extra mile. To prepare for this special event, the hotel is setting up a variety of exclusive onsite events and amenities to coincide with the Show exclusively for guests, including:

- The exclusive Room To Groom S’paw’, the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York, which offers canines everything they need to get ready for the Show: bathing tubs, dog grooming area, exercise/fitness area, and an in-house relieving area.

- Direct shuttle bus service exclusively for Dog Show exhibitors and spectators from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 each day (courtesy of Westminster).

- A welcome package and treats for Westminster guests.

- Exclusive Progressive Dog Club events.

- The 2019 New York Pet Fashion Show.

- A live three-hour radio broadcast of Talkin’ Pets with Jon Patch.

- Our exclusive on-site Doggie Concierge will be attending to all canine requirements (such as ‘pup’arazzi interviews and hotel tours).

…and so much more! Visit www.hotelpenn.com for full details.

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is offering unbeatable room rates and packages for Westminster guests. Guests that book a 2019 WKC Dog Show stay in advance will enjoy savings of up to 50% off plus perks for their dog. Regular Dog Show rates start at $149 (non-refundable) for two adults and up to 4 dogs (includes potty area access) and $129 without pets (non-refundable). To stay at the host hotel where all the Westminster Dog Show action happens, contact 212-736-5000 (locally), 800-223-8585 (toll-free) or visit www.hotelpenn.com today.

Westminster is the oldest, continuous sporting event in America, with the exception of the Kentucky Derby. The Dog Show is the most prestigious of National Dog Shows and has been held every year despite power shortages, hazardous weather conditions, economic depressions and World Wars.

About New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania

Since 1919, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania has been host to millions of visitors to Manhattan, more than any other hotel in the world. The hotel is one of only two hotels in Manhattan to earn the prestigious ENERGY STAR award, which exemplifies superior energy performance and efficiency. With 1,700 rooms and over 90,000 square feet of function and adjacent exhibit space, the hotel’s location on 7th Avenue at 33rd Street is conveniently located to the Midtown business district and within walking distance to many of Manhattan’s famed tourist attractions, including Times Square, the Theater District and the Empire State Building. Directly across from Penn Station and with most major subway lines within one block makes getting to and around Manhattan exceptionally easy. Reservations can be made on-line at www.hotelpenn.com or by calling 212-736-5000 or toll-free at 800-223-8585. The World’s Most Popular Hotel is a registered trademark of New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.


 
Judging Panel Announced for Westminster Week's
Four Competitions Held in New York City
 
New York, N.Y. - Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark of Woodside, California has been chosen to select the Best in Show winner at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which will take place Feb. 12-13, 2018. Mrs. Stenmark is a breeder, owner, and long-time dog club officer. She will join the elite list of judges who have presided over best in show at Westminster, "America's Dog Show."
 
Mrs. Stenmark has dedicated a lifetime to the sport of dogs as an exhibitor, breeder, canine advocate, judge and dog club show chairman. In 1967, she exhibited a Saint Bernard at her first dog show in Vancouver, British Columbia. After breeding Saint Bernards and Salukis, she was charmed by the unique qualities of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and for the past 41 years, she has continued in that breed under the King's Mtn. prefix.
 
In 1977, Mrs. Stenmark earned her AKC-license to judge Saint Bernards. Currently she is licensed to judge all breeds in the Sporting, Hound, and Terrier groups, 12 breeds from the Working group, Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Pembroke Welsh Corgis from the Herding group, and Best in Show.
 
In 1980, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore, California, which has since grown to attract one of the largest entries on the West Coast. Mrs. Stenmark recently retired as show chairman of the Del Valle Dog Club, after serving in that capacity for 70 consecutive events.
 
As a purebred dog advocate, in 1990 Mrs. Stenmark co-founded Responsible Dog Breeders of San Mateo County. The group successfully overturned restrictive breeding legislation and was later granted American Kennel Club (AKC) club recognition as Skyline Dog Fanciers.
 
In addition to her all-breed dog club involvement, Mrs. Stenmark has held many other positions including President of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America, board member of the San Mateo County Fair board, board member of Take the Lead, and long-time member of the AKC Trial Board.
 
Her judging career includes receiving the prestigious Dogs in Review Winkie® award, based on voting by her peers, as Judge of the Year in 2011. This is her 11th assignment at Westminster. She previously judged the Hound group in 1998 and 2015 and the Terrier group in 2008.
 
Professionally, Mrs. Stenmark was a partner in the firm Stenmark Metal Specialties, with her late husband, Roy. The firm specialized in seismic motion systems.  In later years, she was the volunteer coordinator at Palo Alto Animal Services. Now retired, Mrs. Stenmark lives with her husband, Ben, along with four Dandie Dinmont Terriers.    
 
Mrs. Stenmark will be awarding the Best in Show ribbon to one of the seven group-winning dogs sent to her by a panel of esteemed group judges. The group judging held at Madison Square Garden the evening of Monday, Feb. 12th will be officiated by Mr. Jeffrey G. Pepper of Boynton Beach, Florida for the Hound group; Mr. David J. Kirkland of Sanford, North Carolina for the Toy group; Ms. Mary A. Miller of Lexington, Kentucky for the Non-Sporting group; and Mr. Robert L. Vandiver of Simpsonville, South Carolina, for the Herding group.
 
On Tuesday, Feb. 13th the group judges will be Ms. Elizabeth Sweigart of Bowmansville, Pennsylvania for the Sporting group; Mr. Robert H. Slay of Cary, North Carolina for the Working group; and Mrs. Rosalind Kramer of Leesburg, Virginia for the Terrier group.
 
For the 85th year, a Best Junior Handler will be awarded at Westminster. On Tuesday, Feb. 13th Mr. Clifford W. Steele of Carmel, New York. will select the winner at Madison Square Garden. The eight junior showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by Mr. Ken J. Murray of Island Lake, Illinois, and Ms. Gretchen K. Schultz of Bethel Island, California.
 
Presiding over the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 10th will be Mr. Don Farage of Bartlett, Tennessee and Mr. David Powell of Auzielle, Occitanie, France.
 
Mr. John Cox of Shoreline, Washington will determine the winner of the 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 12th.
 
All daytime preliminary breed and junior showmanship judging, agility and obedience competitions will be held at Piers 92 and 94 on the West Side of Manhattan. The group, best in show and junior showmanship finals judging will be held at Madison Square Garden in the evening. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.
 
The judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competitions held at Piers 92/94 in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12 and 13, 2018 includes:
(Pending American Kennel Club approval)
 
SPORTING BREEDS (32)
 
Mr. Paul Campanella of East Hampton, NY: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
 
Mr. Stephen Dainard of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels.
 
Ms. Pluis Davern of Royal Oaks, CA: Flat-Coated Retrievers, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizslas.
 
Mr. Robert D. Ennis of Blasdell, NY: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Pointers, Lagotti Romagnolo, Welsh Springer Spaniels.
 
Ms. Gretchen K. Schultz of Bethel Island, CA: English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters.
 
Mrs. Faye Strauss of Kent, Wash.: Brittanys, Spinoni Italiani.
 
HOUND BREEDS (33) 
 
Mr. Johan Beccera-Hernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico: Borzois, Greyhounds, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds, Sloughis, Whippets.
 
Mr. Edd Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: Dachshunds (all Varieties).
 
Mrs. Pamela Bruce of Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Basenjis, Basset Hounds, Beagles (both Varieties), Harriers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
 
Ms. Linda C. More of Cary, NC: American English Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Cirnechi dell'Etna, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos.
 
Mr. Ken Murray of Island Lake, IL: American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, English Foxhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
 
Mrs. Abbe Shaw of Santa Barbara, CA: Afghan Hounds.
 
WORKING BREEDS (30)
 
Mr. Johan Beccera-Hernandez of San Juan, Puerto Rico: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Boxers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Tibetan Mastiffs.
 
Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Bullmastiffs.
 
Mr. Milan Lint of New York, NY: Newfoundlands, Portuguese Water Dogs.
 
Dr. Elliott L. More of Deerfield, NH: Rottweilers, Saint Bernards, Samoyeds, Siberian Huskies.
 
Mr. Ken Murray of Island Lake, IL: Cane Corsos, Chinooks, Dogues de Bordeaux, German Pinschers, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Leonbergers, Standard Schnauzers.
 
Mrs. Faye Strauss of Kent, WA: Black Russian Terriers, Boerboels, Doberman Pinschers, Giant Schnauzers, Great Pyrenees.
 
TERRIER BREEDS (32)
 
Mr. Edd Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: American Hairless Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers.
 
Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ: Airedale Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers.
 
Mrs. Betty McDonnell of Mahwah, NJ: Norwich Terriers.
 
Ms. Linda C. More of Cary, NC: Glen of Imaal Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.
 
Mr. Michael Shoreman of Phelpston, Ontario, Canada: Border Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
 
Mrs. Rosemary Shoreman of Phelpston, Ontario, Canada: Miniature Bull Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
 
TOY BREEDS (23)
 
Mr. Robert D. Ennis of Blasdell, NY: Chihuahuas (both Varieties), Chinese Cresteds, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties), Shih Tzu, Toy Manchester Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers.
 
Mr. Randy Garren of Apex, NC: Miniature Pinschers, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Toy Poodles.
 
Mr. Michael Shoreman of Phelpston, Ontario, Canada: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Papillons, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers.
 
Mrs. Rosemary Shoreman of Phelpston, Ontario, Canada: Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffons, Havanese, Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Pugs.
 
NON-SPORTING BREEDS (21)
 
Mr. Edd Bivin of Fort Worth, TX: French Bulldogs.
 
Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ: Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos.
 
Mr. Randy Garren of Apex, NC: Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows, Lowchen, Miniature Poodles, Norwegian Lundehunds, Schipperkes, Shiba Inu, Standard Poodles.
 
Mr. Dennis McCoy of Apex, NC: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frises, Boston Terriers, Keeshonden, Tibetan Terriers, Tibetan Spaniels, Xoloitzcuintlis.
 
Mr. Michael Shoreman of Phelpston, Ontario, Canada: Coton De Tulears, Dalmatians, Finnish Spitz.
 
HERDING BREEDS (31)
 
Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ: Bouviers des Flandres, German Shepherd Dogs.
 
Mr. Thomas Coen of Great Barrington, MA: Berger Picards, Border Collies, Briards, Canaan Dogs, Collies (both Varieties), Shetland Sheepdogs.
 
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Australian Cattle Dogs, Bearded Collies, Bergamascos, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Pulik, Pumik, Pyrenean Shepherds, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds.
 
Ms. Janina Laurin of Danbury, CT: Australian Shepherds, Beaucerons, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs.
 
Ms. Linda C. More of Cary, NC: Icelandic Sheepdogs, Miniature American Shepherds, Norwegian Buhunds.
 
Mrs. Faye Strauss of Kent, WA: Old English Sheepdogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgis.
 
 
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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 make Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.org or follow @WKCDOGS.
 
About Purina Pro Plan - Purina Pro Plan is proud to be the food of choice for 10 of the past 11 Westminster Best in Show winners and 98 of the top 100 AKC All-Breed Champions.* With more than 400 on staff scientists, veterinarians and nutritionists, it is our goal to provide dogs with the nutrition they need to be their absolute best, to help keep them energetic and resilient, and to maintain an ideal body condition, healthy skin and a stunning coat. Because being the best he can be means something different for every dog, our wide range of dry and wet foods and snacks, sold exclusively at pet specialty stores, can be found in 80+ formulas across four specialized categories, formulated for a dog's unique needs. For more information, visit www.proplan.com or follow @ProPlan on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine or Google+. The brand is manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare, which promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestle Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestle S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.
*The handler or owner of these champions may have received Pro Plan dog food as Purina ambassadors.
 
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Gail Miller Bisher is the director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club.

Bisher has been a media professional for many years and has had life-long involvement in canine sport, getting her start in the sport in Junior Showmanship, where she once won second place at Westminster. She is an AKC-licensed conformation judge and a Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

"As the new ‘face' of the Westminster Kennel Club, I look forward to continuing a legacy of quality and prestige while increasing our brand’s presence and audience size," she said.

"It’s an honor to return to the Westminster in this capacity. It’s an exciting time of transition for this historic organization and I plan to do as any dog handler does: access, improve where needed, and practice teamwork. I believe in the leadership’s vision and I’m eager to start executing it."

To learn more, visit the Westminster Kennel Club website.

 

In 1876, the members of the Westminster Club, then primarily a shooting organization, commissioned one of its early officials, George deForest Grant, to send to England for a Pointer which the members could use for breeding purposes.

He received a photograph of a dog named Don which had won his bench championship in England, through show triumphs at Shifnal, Oswestry, Birmingham, Swansea and Llanelly in 1875, and at Newport and Carmarthen in 1876. Impressed with the pictures of the dog as much as with his show record, the members arranged to import him under the name of “Sensation,” Volume IV of the English Kennel Club Stud Book listing him as “Sensation (formerly Don).”

Sensation

Brought to this country, “Sensation” was promptly registered in the name of the Westminster Kennel Club in Volume I of the stud book of the National American Kennel Club, which subsequently became the American Kennel Club. His entry in that book as Number 1261 shows that he gained his American championship with victories at Baltimore in 1876 and at St. Louis, Boston and Baltimore in 1879. His show career, however, was limited since the primary object in his importation was to strengthen the breeding stock of the club’s members.

A handsome lemon and white dog, with a fine head and especially good body, “Sensation” did much for Pointer breeders in this country. Several artists did pictures of him and one of the head studies appeared on the Westminster catalog in 1878, the second all-breed show given by the club. Except for a gap between 1896 and 1903, “Sensation’s” head appeared on all subsequent catalogues of the Westminster Show through 1935.

In 1935, a steel engraving of “Sensation” was discovered in the collection of prints, engravings and paintings of the well-known sportsman, Harry D. Kirkover, of Camden, South Carolina and New York. He loaned the picture to the Westminster Club to permit its reproduction.

The engraving, by artist J. Wellstood, showed the whole dog, with a light lemon patch on its side, frozen in point. The artist had caught the magnificently bodied dog in marvelous detail. The muscles and even the veins of the legs stood out.

This became the new emblem of the club and appeared on the cover of the show catalog from 1936 through 1979. From 1980-1982, a head study of Sensation was selected once again for the cover, but in 1983 a foil embossed version of the full body engraving appeared on the cover and has been there ever since.

 

In 1877, New York was well on its way to becoming the world’s greatest city. This was the year that a group of sporting gentlemen decided that this would be a good time to hold a dog show in Manhattan. It didn’t take long before the Westminster Kennel Club, following the lead of its home town, would be on its way to becoming the world’s greatest dog show.

westmisterhotelWith its spectacular beginnings and extraordinary growth in the years to follow, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was quickly reflecting the growth and success of New York City. As the dog show grew every year, so did the Westminster Kennel Club’s position as the symbol of the purebred dog, with its influence being felt in show rings everywhere, and eventually in millions of television homes across the country. Westminster has become America’s Dog Show.

“Westminster gets its name from a long gone hotel in Manhattan. There, sporting gentlemen used to meet in the bar to drink and lie about their shooting accomplishments. Eventually they formed a club and bought a training area and kennel. They kept their dogs there and hired a trainer.

“They couldn’t agree on the name for their new club. But finally someone suggested that they name it after their favorite bar. The idea was unanimously selected, we imagine, with the hoisting of a dozen drinking arms.”
– Maxwell Riddle, from a newspaper story quoted in “The Dog Show, 125 Years of Westminster” by William Stifel

It was at one of those meetings that the members decided that they would stage a dog show so that they could compare their dogs in a setting away from the field. The First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs, given under the auspices of the Westminster Kennel Club, was staged in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden (the forerunner of Madison Square Garden) in New York City, drawing an entry of 1,201 dogs.

The show was such a hit that it was extended to four days from its originally-scheduled three, and drew this coverage from “Forest and Stream” magazine:

“To say that the dog show held in the city last week was a success would but poorly convey an idea of what the result really was. It was a magnificent triumph for the dogs and for the projectors of the show. We question if on any previous occasion has there ever assembled in this city such a number of people at one time, and representing as much of the culture, wealth and fashion of the town.”

rings1877To fully grasp the place in history of the Westminster Kennel Club and its famed annual dog show at Madison Square Garden, consider this:

Westminster pre-dates the invention of the light bulb, the automobile, and the zipper; the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument; and manned air flight and the establishment of the World Series. Since Westminster held its first show 127 years ago, there have been 26 men elected president and 12 states have joined the union.

The dog show has outlasted three previous versions of Madison Square Garden, and is currently being staged in MSG IV. It is one of only four events to be held in all four “Gardens.”
The dog show has survived power outages, snowstorms, a national depression, two World Wars and a tugboat strike that threatened to shut down the city, in the process becoming the second longest continuously held sporting event in the country. Only the Kentucky Derby has been staged longer – but by just one year.

Westminster even pre-dates the establishment of the governing body of the sport, the American Kennel Club, by seven years. In fact, in 1877, members of Westminster and members of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia had together adopted a set of show rules and regulations and established a Board of Appeals to oversee these rules. This was the precursor of the American Kennel Club, which was finally created in 1884.

As one might imagine, the history of the club and its show is rich and colorful.

In the early Westminster years, some interesting names showed up in the catalogs. In the first show, there were two Staghounds listed as being from the late General George Custer’s pack, and two Deerhounds that had been bred by the Queen of England. In 1889, the Czar of Russia is listed as the breeder of a Siberian Wolfhound entered, and the following year, one of the entries is a Russian Wolfhound whose listed owner was the Emperor of Germany.

Philanthropist J. P. Morgan made the first of his many appearances at Westminster with his Collies in 1893. Famous American journalist Nelly Bly entered her Maltese at Westminster in 1894, some four years after she made a record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes, racing the record of Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.

warrenremedyThe most-coveted award in the dog show world, Best In Show at Westminster, was given for the first time in 1907. That year, and for the next two years as well, it went to a Smooth Fox Terrier bitch named Ch. Warren Remedy. She remains the only dog ever to win three times.

Six other dogs have won Best In Show twice, the most recent being the English Springer Spaniel, Ch. Chinoe’s Adamant James in 1971 and 1972.

Photo by Mark McQueen PhoDography

Ada Nieves is a Certified Pet Fashion Designer by The Fashion Institute and Technology of NYC , Co-chair and Creative Director for the New York Pet Fashion Show, standing member of the Pet Fashion Professionals Association, an Animal Talent Manager and Pet Stylist that has been featured in TV programs like "CBS The David Letterman Show", "Anderson Cooper Show"," Martha Stewart TV Show", "From Underdog to Wonderdog""E! Ice Loves Coco","NBC 30 Rock" and "The MTV VMA animal reenactments" to name a few. 

Be a part of a Global “Live Story” coverage on Snapchat!

    Tens of Millions of Snapchat users may see you in this “Live Story”

              Purchase your "Best in Show" costume contest ticket today,
                       Or Purchase a General Admission Ticket
   And be a Global Star on the Runway, or at the Show for an amazing cause!

- "Best in Show" Costume Contest- includes entry to show- Ticket $95, 

- Pre-Show Single Ticket $50,  // At Door Single Ticket $60,

- Reserved table of (4) $300  // Single Seat Reserved on (10) Top $75 Per Person, 

- Reserved table 10 top $750,

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On February 9th Snapchat will be running a “Live Story” for the New York Pet Fashion Show. The story is set to be viewable by all Snapchat users across the globe. Snapchat would love for all of the
"Best in Show" contestants, Models, Designers, and Attendees to contribute to the live story - their journey to NYC, the prep on the day of and the happenings around the fashion show. All they need is your snapchat username, which you can email directly the producer at Snapchat  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
                     
Or you create your own Snapchat account today. Adam will share posting instructions and best practices for submitting to the story. Additionally, Snapchat will be onsite the day of the show and would love to meet up with contestants and pets for short 30 second interviews before the runway! 

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Co-Chairs Ada Nieves & Gregg Oehler invite you to the Best Show on Earth! 
                                    
     The 14th Annual New York Pet Fashion Show
                                                                          

          ~~~~~~~~~  "Global Couture For Animal Rescue" ~~~~~~~~

                  "World Fashion to Save our Animals & Honor our Planet"

                 
                   Any Couture Fashion inspired by your favorite Designer,  
                     Country, Culture, Ethnicity,or City, Dress to Impress!
World Fashion from Scotland,  Italy, Spain, Korea, Egypt, India, Thailand,
France, UK, Mexico, USA, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Russia, and many more!

                    Special Appearance with the "Best of Broadway"
Hamilton,  Lion King, Wicked, Cats, Kinky Boots, Aladdin, Hello Dolly, Chicago

                    Thursday Feb 9th, 2017 6-11 Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
         
 
Limited tickets available to walk in the "Best in Show" Costume Contest, Reserved Seats, Reserved Tables by the Runway, General Admission,                                    Purchase your Tickets Today!  
            All Pets Attend FREE... Receive a Complimentary VIP Gift Bag!
                     Complimentary Food, Music,Cash Bar, Vendor Tables  

               Have you ever dreamed of walking in a fashion show?
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                     Prizes and Gifts to the Costume Contest Winner!   
                Any Couture Fashion inspired by your favorite Designer,                                                     Country, Culture, Ethnicity, or City

                   A big thank you to our Best in Show Sponsors! 

     Please welcome Celebrity Pet Expert Harrison Forbes as our NEW MC
   

      To benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals www.AnimalAlliancenyc.org   

            This is a Red Carpet eventwith approx 100+ media, 15+ film crews        Welcome to the largest pet fashion & animal rescue benefit in the country!

                            An Animal Rescue Benefit like No Other!

        ~~~~~~~~~~  "Global Couture For Animal Rescue" ~~~~~~~~~~~

                          World Fashion to Save our Animals & Honor our Planet!

The 2017 NYPS is a celebration and dedication to the Couture Style from around the World, to Rescue our Animals in need and Honor our Planet. Bring out your inner Style to help raise awareness! Enjoy music from around the World, Pop, Techno, Dance, Alternative, Hip-Hop, and more!

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                                Country, Culture, Ethnicity,or City
     
         Special Guest Appearances  with the "Best of Broadway"              

        

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 2017 NY Pet Fashion Show Gold Paw Awards
 Humanitarian Award - Beth Shak-Leventhal   
 
Literary Book Award- Mark Winik, "The Dog Healers"

Vet of the Year - Dr. Natalie Marks

 Journalist Award - Steve Dale
 
 Pet Hero Award - Silvie Bordeaux, a Hero for Blind Dogs  e-book award - Elias Friedman

 

            The iconic New York Pet Fashion Show (NYPFS) which kicks off the Westminster Weekend and NY Fashion Week is the premier must see show of the year.  The NYPFS is being held at the Hotel Pennsylvania which caters to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’s participants, attendees and media from all over the world. Join us in the beautiful  Penn Top Ballroom overlooking the city and Madison Square Garden.

The NY Pet Fashion Show  is an animal rescue benefit and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the  Mayor's Alliance for NYC's  Animals ( 150 Alliance Partners)  that is dedicated to providing a higher quality of life & "Forever Homes" for our companion animals.

The NYPFS has had a National & International Media reach of 16 + Million.
Some of our 2016, 2015,2014  Media Affiliates included NBC News, MTV Style, Snapchat, Esquire,  Bravo,  USA Network,  Wall Street Journal,  USA Today,  New York Times,  Barons,  New Yorker magazine, TimeOut, Petside,  Boston.com,  US News & World Report, Sports Illustrated, CBS, ABC, Russian TV, Animal Planet, Cesar's Way Magazine (TV's Dog Whisperer), NY Post, TeddyHilton.com, CNN, Virgin Media, PetMD, Animal Nation, Chinese TV, Japanese TV, New York Post, , Pet Planet magazine, MSN, and over 500 websites across the US, many, many more! 


                             This Event will be recorded & Covered for all Media
                         TV, Print Press, Syndication, Social Media and Radio

                       Don't Miss (4) Spectacular Global Couture Runway Shows...

1.~Opening Show Introduction, Awards Ceremony Part 1- (7:00-7:15)
2.~World Fashion Presents: (7:15-7:45)
3.~Awards Ceremony Part 2- (8:00-8:15)

4.~World Fashion Presents: Part 2 (8:15-8:45)
4.~Best of Broadway (8:45-9:15)
5.~Best in Show Costume Contest - (9:30)Winner Announced at 10:00
 Any questions please email me Gregg Oehler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

- "Best in Show" Costume Contest- includes entry to show- Ticket $95, 
- Pre-Show Single Ticket $50,  
- At Door Single Ticket $60,
- Reserved table of (4) $300 
- Single Seat Reserved on (10) Top $75 Per Person, 
- Reserved table 10 top $750,
 
            All Pets Attend FREE... Receive a Complimentary VIP Gift Bag!
                         complimentary food, music,cash bar, Vendor  Tables open 

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Gregg R. Oehler
Chairman, NY Pet Fashion Show
Oehler Media Inc

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THE 141st ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW PRESENTS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY 
FOR DOG LOVERS
 
Three Debut Breeds Among 3,200 dogs of 200 Breeds and Varieties from 49 States
 
New York, NY - More than 3,200 dogs, including 90 Golden Retrievers, will descend on Manhattan during Westminster Week 2017. Appearing at the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, will be 2,798 dogs and 87 junior handlers. The 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, February 11 will feature 330 dogs followed by 23 dogs at the 2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, February 13.
 
Most entered among the 200 breeds and varieties at the dog show are the Golden Retrievers (65), followed by Labrador Retrievers (46) French Bulldogs (46), Whippets (45), Yorkshire Terriers (38), and Australian Shepherds (38). These breeds are joined by three debut breeds at Westminster - the Sloughi (3), Pumi (7) and American Hairless Terrier (14). Golden Retrievers (8) are the largest obedience competition entry and the fourth most-entered breed (17) in Agility behind Border Collies (53), Shetland Sheepdogs (42) and Papillons (21).     
 
New Yorkers entered the most dogs (260) at the dog show. But New Jersey dogs (94) top the agility competition as well as the obedience competition (4) and are the fourth most entered (188) at the dog show. The farthest dog show competitor entered hails from China.
 
On Saturday, February 11, the Meet & Compete event featuring the 8th AKC Meet the Breeds® and the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will be held. This joint effort between The Westminster Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club provides an opportunity for people to interact with more than 100 breeds and learn about responsible dog ownership. New in 2017, AKC Meet the Breeds is bringing cats to the dog show.
 
Televised since 1948, Westminster will once again be America's most watched live broadcast of a dog show. New this year, dog lovers can tune into FS1 for live Group and Best in Show coverage Monday and Tuesday night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden and Nat Geo WILD for selected live breed coverage Monday and Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Piers 92/94. For information on tickets, broadcast schedule, and live streaming video visit westminsterkennelclub.org. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.
 
The 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Monday-Tuesday, February 13-14, 2017 / Pier 92/94 / Madison Square Garden
 
There are 2,798 dogs from 49 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, with the most dogs from New York (260) followed by California (246), Pennsylvania (232), New Jersey (188), Florida (148), and Connecticut (121). They are joined by Junior Showmanship qualifiers (87). There are 135 foreign entries from 16 countriestopped by Canada (108), Japan (6) and Mexico (5).
 
Dog Show Breed Entries by Group
Sporting breeds (518): Brittanys (15), Lagotti Romagnoli (13), Pointers (19), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (36), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (8), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (21), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (7), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (31), Retrievers (Golden) (65), Retrievers (Labrador) (46), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (12), Setters (English) (19), Setters (Gordon) (11), Setters (Irish) (19), Setters (Irish Red & White) (9), Spaniels (American Water) (1), Spaniels (Boykin) (4), Spaniels (Clumber) (5), Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB (7), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (13), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (9), Spaniels (English Cocker) (15), Spaniels (English Springer) (29), Spaniels (Field) (16), Spaniels (Irish Water) (6), Spaniels (Sussex) (5), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (7), Spinoni Italiani (11), Vizslas (22), Weimaraners (20), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (13), Wirehaired Vizslas (4).
 
Hound breeds (417): Afghan Hounds (21), American English Coonhounds (2), American Foxhounds (6), Basenjis (18), Basset Hounds (9), Beagles (13") (10), Beagles (15") (28), Black and Tan Coonhounds (5), Bloodhounds (6), Bluetick Coonhounds (5), Borzois (27), Cirnechi dell'Etna (7), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (20), Dachshunds (Smooth) (27), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (28), English Foxhounds (2), Greyhounds (8), Harriers (3), Ibizan Hounds (8), Irish Wolfhounds (15), Norwegian Elkhounds (4), Otterhounds (8), Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens (16), Pharaoh Hounds (16), Plotts (5), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (10), Redbone Coonhounds (4), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (32), Salukis (9), Scottish Deerhounds (5), Sloughis (3), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (5), Whippets (45).
 
Working breeds (420): Akitas (11), Alaskan Malamutes (11), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (5), Bernese Mountain Dogs (30), Black Russian Terriers (13), Boerboels (2), Boxers (15), Bullmastiffs (25), Cane Corsos (21), Doberman Pinschers (27), Dogues de Bordeaux (17), German Pinschers (10), Giant Schnauzers (11), Great Danes (21), Great Pyrenees (11), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (16), Komondorok (3), Kuvaszok (5), Leonbergers (13), Mastiffs (19), Neapolitan Mastiffs (4), Newfoundlands (21), Portuguese Water Dogs (19), Rottweilers (17), Samoyeds (18), Siberian Huskies (25), St. Bernards (5), Standard Schnauzers (16), Tibetan Mastiffs (9).
 
Terrier breeds (342): Airedale Terriers (14), American Hairless Terrier (14), American Staffordshire Terriers (10), Australian Terriers (10), Bedlington Terriers (8), Border Terriers (18), Bull Terriers (Colored) (4), Bull Terriers (White) (4), Cairn Terriers (12), Cesky Terriers (9), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (3), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (16), Fox Terriers (Wire) (7), Glen of Imaal Terriers (16), Irish Terriers (3), Kerry Blue Terriers (16), Lakeland Terriers (6), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (6), Miniature Bull Terriers (8), Miniature Schnauzers (27), Norfolk Terriers (10), Norwich Terriers (17), Parson Russell Terriers (3), Rat Terriers (12), Russell Terriers (10), Scottish Terriers (11), Sealyham Terriers (4), Skye Terriers (6), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (19), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (20), Welsh Terriers (6), West Highland White Terriers (13).
 
Toy breeds (410): Affenpinschers (5), Brussels Griffons (20), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (37), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (15), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (13), Chinese Cresteds (34), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (5), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (3), Havanese (28), Italian Greyhounds (19), Japanese Chin (10), Maltese (15), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (7), Miniature Pinschers (17), Papillons (22), Pekingese (19), Pomeranians (16), Poodles (Toy) (14), Pugs (37), Shih Tzu (17), Silky Terriers (8), Toy Fox Terriers (11), Yorkshire Terriers (38).
 
Non-Sporting breeds (289): American Eskimo Dogs (11), Bichon Frises (18), Boston Terriers (16), Bulldogs (17), Chinese Shar-Pei (9), Chow Chows (6), Coton De Tulears (8), Dalmatians (24), Finnish Spitz (2), French Bulldogs (46), Keeshonden (19), Lhasa Apsos (16), Lowchen (1), Poodles (Miniature) (6), Poodles (Standard) (23), Schipperkes (9), Shiba Inu (19), Tibetan Spaniels (10), Tibetan Terriers (18), Xoloitzcuintlis (11).
 
Herding breeds (402): Australian Cattle Dogs (12), Australian Shepherds (38), Bearded Collies (15), Beaucerons (8), Belgian Malinois (14), Belgian Sheepdogs (8), Belgian Tervuren (13), Bergamascos (10), Berger Picards (18), Border Collies (14), Bouviers des Flandres (14), Briards (15), Canaan Dogs (3), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (23), Collies (Rough) (17), Collies (Smooth) (18), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs (5), Finnish Lapphunds (8), German Shepherd Dogs (19), Icelandic Sheepdogs (6), Miniature American Shepherds (13), Norwegian Buhunds (11), Old English Sheepdogs (15), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (34), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (11), Pulik (1), Pumik (7), Pyrenean Shepherds (5), Shetland Sheepdogs (13), Spanish Water Dogs (10), Swedish Vallhunds (4).
 
Dog Show Entries by Location
States (49): Alaska (2), Alabama (26), Arkansas (6), Arizona (28), California (246), Colorado (39), Connecticut (121), Delaware (15), Florida (148), Georgia (79), Hawaii (8), Idaho (6), Illinois (54), Indiana (37), Iowa (6), Kansas (13), Kentucky (22), Louisiana (31), Maine (11), Maryland (90), Massachusetts (97), Michigan (82), Minnesota (35), Mississippi (5), Missouri (27), Montana (4), Nebraska (8), Nevada (12), New Hampshire (41), New Jersey (188), New Mexico (9), New York (260), North Carolina (94), Ohio (108), Oklahoma (29), Oregon (25), Pennsylvania (232), Rhode Island (17), South Carolina (49), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (46), Texas (110), Utah (3), Vermont (21), Virginia (113), Washington (91), West Virginia (10), Wisconsin (54), Wyoming (2). Other: Washington D.C. (7), Puerto Rico (2).
 
Foreign Countries (16): Bermuda (1), Brazil (1), Canada (108), Chile (3), China (1), Columbia (1), Costa Rica (2), Denmark (1), England (1), France (1), Germany (1), Italy (1), Japan (6), Mexico (5), Norway (1), Slovenia (1).
 
4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Pier 94
 
There are 330 dogs entered representing 25 states with the most coming from New Jersey (94), New York (67) and Connecticut (35). The top 5 entries are Border Collies (53), Shetland Sheepdogs (42), All American Dogs (26), Papillons (21), and Golden Retrievers (17).
 
Agility Entries by Breed
Alaskan Malamutes (2), All American Dogs (26), Australian Shepherds (13), Basenjis (1), Beagles (3), Bearded Collies (2), Beaucerons (1), Belgian Malinois (2), Belgian Sheepdog (1), Berger Picards (1), Bernese Mountain Dog (1), Bichon Frises (3), Border Collies (53), Boston Terriers (1), Boxers (2), Brittanys (2), Bull Terriers (1), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (3), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (8), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (2), Chinese Cresteds (2), Cocker Spaniels (4), Cotons de Tulear (2), Curly-coated Retrievers (1), Dalmatians (3), Doberman Pinschers (3), English Cocker Spaniels (3), English Springer Spaniels (5), Flat Coated Retrievers (2), Giant Schnauzers (1), Glen of Imaal Terriers (1), Golden Retrievers (17), Gordon Setters (1), Irish Red & White Setters (1), Italian Greyhounds (1), Labrador Retrievers (14), Lagotti Romagnoli (1), Lowchens (1), Maltese (1), Manchester Terriers (3), Miniature American Shepherds (6), Miniature Schnauzers (3), Mudi (1), Norfolk Terriers (1), Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (3), Papillons (21), Parson Russell Terriers (1), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (6), Pointers (2), Pomeranians (3), Poodles (11), Poodles (Miniature) (3), Poodles (Standard) (2), Poodles (Toy) (1), Portuguese Water Dogs (5), Pugs (1), Rat Terriers (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (1), Rottweilers (3), Schipperkes (3), Scottish Terriers (1), Shetland Sheepdogs (42), Shiba Inu (3), Siberian Huskies (1), Smooth Fox Terriers (1), Toy Fox Terriers (1), Welsh Springer Spaniels (1), West Highland White Terriers (3), Yorkshire Terriers (2).
 
Agility Entries by Location
States (25): Arkansas (1), California (8), Connecticut (35), Delaware (2), Florida (3), Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Kansas (2), Maine (1), Massachusetts (22), Maryland (7), Michigan (2), Minnesota (4), North Carolina (2), New Hampshire (15), New Jersey (94), New Mexico (2), New York (67), Ohio (7), Pennsylvania (33), Rhode Island (2), Texas (5), Virginia (11), Vermont (1), Washington (2).
 
2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries
Monday, February 13, 2017 at Pier 94
 
There are 23 dogs entered from 14 states led by New Jersey (4) and New York (3). Golden Retrievers (8) are the most entered followed by Border Collies (5).
 
Obedience Entries by Breed
Border Collies (5), German Shepherd Dogs (1), Papillons (2), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (1), Pomeranians (1), Poodles (Standard) (1), Retrievers (Golden) (8), Retrievers (Labrador) (2), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (1), Rottweilers (1).
 
Obedience Entries by Location
States (14): California (1), Connecticut (2), Georgia (2), Missouri (1), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (4), New York (3), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (1), Virginia (1), Wisconsin (1).
 
All entry counts are subject to final audit.
 
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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.
 
About Purina Pro Plan -Purina Pro Plan is proud to be the food of choice for the past ten Westminster Best in Show winners and 96 of the top 100 AKC All-Breed Champions.* Our team of over 400 scientists - including pet nutritionist, veterinarians and behaviorists - are dedicated rethinking what's possible in terms of nutrition, helping dogs be their absolute best. This means keeping them energetic and resilient and helping them maintain an ideal body condition, healthy skin and a stunning coat. And because being the best means something different for every dog, we offer more than 60 unique formulas across 4 specialized platforms. Our dry and wet formulas and snacks are exclusively sold at pet specialty retailers. For more information, visit www.proplan.com or follow @ProPlan on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. The brand is manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare, which promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestle Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestle S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness. 
*The handler or owner of these champions may have received Pro Plan dog food as Purina ambassadors. 
 
About AKC Meet the Breeds® - From Akitas to Xoloitzcuintlis and everything in between, AKC Meet the Breeds® is brought to you by exclusive pet care sponsor Purina Pro Plan. The seventh annual event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed's country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them.  Event sponsors include PetPartners, AKCSM Visa® Card, Motel 6, and Ameriprise. For more information, visit www.akc.org/meetthebreeds.
 
About the American Kennel Club - The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.
 
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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.
 
The Westminster Kennel Club Announces 
New Director of Communications
 
 
 
Gail Miller Bisher, a long-time communications professional as well as dog show judge and exhibitor, has been named Director of Communications for The Westminster Kennel Club. She replaces David Frei, who has moved on to other opportunities but will be hosting his last telecast of the Dog Show in 2016 on CNBC (Monday, Feb. 15) and USA Network (Tuesday, Feb. 16) from 8-10pm ET.
 
Bisher (pronounced By-sher) has more than 30 years of experience in the dog world as a handler, trainer, writer and spokesperson. She is an AKC-licensed conformation judge and Canine Good Citizen evaluator, with a background including conformation, obedience, herding and earthdog trials.
 
Professionally, she has handled marketing, business development and public relations for The American Kennel Club as well as various dog websites. She has appeared in major media including NBC's Today show, the New York Times and CNN as well as handling radio media tours nationwide.
 
Bisher's history with The Westminster Kennel Club began when she won second place in Junior Showmanship at the WKC show, and she has worked in the press room and produced video segments at The Westminster Dog Show in past years.
 
"We are delighted to have Gail Bisher as the new face of The Westminster Kennel  Club," said Club President Mr. Sean W. McCarthy. "Her experience in the dog world combined with her high level of qualifications as a Communications professional ensure that the 140-year legacy of The Westminster Kennel Club is in good hands."
 
Westminster Show Chair Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, 3d., seconded the confidence: "Gail is a pleasure to work with as well as a consummate communications pro," he said.
 
For her part, Bisher could not be happier. "For someone who loves dogs as I do, there is nothing more exciting than to be part of The Westminster Kennel Club - the premier organization in our sport and such a strong voice for all dogs," she stated.
 
Assisting Bisher in the Communications Department this year are Katherine Wright, a third-generation terrier breeder and exhibitor, and Terri Cude, who spent many years in dog sports along with having 30+ years' experience in the communications field.
 
 

About the Show

From the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and celebrating America's continued love of man's best friend, "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" returns for its 14th year on NBC. Hosted by actor, author and Broadway star John O'Hurley, the event features 2,000 of the nation's leading canines from over 170 breeds (including the world's largest, smallest and most exotic) strutting their fur in the hopes of following in the pawsteps of Nathan the Bloodhound, last year's crowd-favorite top dog.

"The Dean" David Frei provides expert show commentary, and Mary Carillo chimes in as an adept sideline reporter for this ultimate canine showdown. But which dogs will have their day, and which will leave with their tails between their legs? After all, there can only be one "Best in Show."

Two-hour LIVE special

New Bark, More Bite!
New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania Offers New, Exciting ‘Paw’menities for the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Guests
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
January 2015. (New York City, NY)—As host hotel for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is getting ready for another successful year of hosting all canine hopefuls taking part in the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The World’s Most ‘Pup-ular’ Hotel will once again be offering over-the-top treatment and is expecting this year to be better than ever! The 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place on February 16th and 17th, 2015 at Madison Square Garden directly across from the hotel with only the Breed judging and benching at Piers 92/94.
 
The Westminster Kennel Club has arranged shuttle buses to transport exhibitors and spectators directly from Hotel Pennsylvania to Piers 92/94 throughout each day – visit http://www.hotelpenn.com for details. The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and important Best In Show will still be held at Madison Square Garden, directly across the street from Hotel Pennsylvania.  “We are ‘paws’-itively excited to be welcoming back all of the Westminster VIP’s (Very Important Pooches),” said Gene Nicotra, General Manager/All Dogs’ Best Friend at the Hotel. “Our perfect location and exclusive amenities are a treat for all Westminster hopefuls and fans alike.”
 
New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is the only hotel for Westminster competitors and they know it. From ‘pup’tual Westminster wedding ceremonies to hosting an annual Pet Fashion Show, the Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year always goes the extra mile. To prepare for this special event, the hotel is planning to set up a variety of exclusive onsite daily events and amenities to coincide with the Show exclusively for guests, including:
 
- Hosting the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York, our  new and improved Room To Groom Dog S’paw’ offers canines everything they need to get ready for the Show: bathing tubs, dog grooming area, exercise/fitness area, and an in-house relieving area.
Direct shuttle bus service for Dog Show exhibitors and spectators from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 each day (courtesy of Westminster).
- Exclusive  welcome package for Westminster guests.
- Hosting the 2015 New York Pet Fashion Show taking place on February 12th; starting at 6 pm EST.
- A live Westminster Kennel Club  broadcast satellite feed from the Hotel’s Lobby on the morning of February 13th.
- Hosting the  Progressive Dog Club events at the PennTop Ballroom from February 13th through February 15th.
- Hosting a  live three-hour radio broadcast of Talkin’ Pets with Jon Patch on February 14th from 5 pm to 8 pm EST.
- Hosting the 2015  Dog Writers Association of America Annual Awards Banquet on February 15th.
- Our  exclusive on-site Doggie Concierge will be working ‘doggone’ hard to attend to all canine requirements (such as ‘pup’arazzi interviews and hotel tours).
- Additional vendor opportunities are available.
…and so much more! Visit www.hotelpenn.com for full details.
 
As a bonus for our Dog Show guests, should their dog win ‘Best in Show’ their entire Hotel stay with us will be  complimentary!
 
New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is offering unbeatable room rates for Westminster guests. To stay at the host hotel where all the Westminster Dog Show action happens, contact 212-736-5000 (locally) or 800-223-8585 (toll-free) or visit www.hotelpenn.com today.
 

Westminster is the oldest, continuous sporting event in America, with the exception of the Kentucky Derby.  The Dog Show is the most prestigious of National Dog Shows and has been held every year despite power shortages, hazardous weather conditions, economic depressions and World Wars.
 
About New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania
Since 1919, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania has been host to millions of visitors to Manhattan, more than any other hotel in the world. The hotel is one of only two hotels in Manhattan to earn the prestigious ENERGY STAR award, which exemplifies superior energy performance and efficiency. With 1,700 rooms and over 90,000 square feet of function and adjacent exhibit space, the hotel’s location on 7th Avenue at 33rd Street is conveniently located to the Midtown business district and within walking distance to many of Manhattan’s famed tourist attractions, including Times Square, the Theater District and the Empire State Building. Directly across from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, with most major subway lines within one block makes getting to and around Manhattan exceptionally easy. Reservations can be made on-line at  www.hotelpenn.com or by calling 212-736-5000 or toll-free at 800-223-8585. The World’s Most Popular Hotel is a registered trademark of New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.


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.
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