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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
"The Garden" once the most famous dog show in America
The quest for a Westminster ribbon is still there but the 2012 entry, the crowds,
and the top dogs may not be.
January 2012 | TheDogPress
The 2012 entry limit went down from 2500 to 2000 dogs due to
renovations which WKC show chair Tom Bradley says are badly needed.
No exhibitor would argue that statement but everyone wishes it
didn't have to so adversely impact this year's show.
Handlers will be especially
stressed. Getting to breed rings in different locations will
be harder than usual but Group judging will still be in the main
arena. As in 2011, breeds can be groomed at their benching
area. Okay if you're showing one dog or only one breed.
(New York's Hotel Pennsylvania ) is one of the favorite places to be
and to find friends. Right across from the Garden, Jerry Grymek,
Doggie Concierge lays out the red carpet but even that famous lobby
reflected the low entry. You can probably get on
an elevator or into the green room.
Westminster has always been crowded, even before people could fly in
Was it just "nice" dogs at the breed level or did many of the top
dogs stay at home? Even watching on TV, it was obvious the
crowds stayed home. That was later confirmed by those in
attendance and by hotel bookings.
New Yorker contacts said it isn't the economy because
local people just grab a cab or the subway. Valentine's Day
came later this year but that would have had little effect since the
$75 per dog entry wasn't reached whereas entries usually go over the
limit. I remember
the year Westminster officials shut down ticket sales along
with the benching
could be a death trap due to overcrowding
and very difficult exits. Everyone knows that but the
excitement blocks out worries. We're told however, that more people
are becoming concerned about the welfare of their dogs than about that
elusive Westminster rosette so it's possible that fear impacted entries
and spectator attendance. Or it could have been the economy, general
disinterest, or splitting hairs between Westminster and the AKC
Eukanuba National show. One reporter suggested a less than
stellar judging panel which seems a bit unlikely but we'll have more
feedback to share with you later.
judges did a commendable job and thankfully, each group had at least
one well respected dog in the final placings. Some of the
ribbon colors were a little puzzling but ringside judging is fraught
with peril and TV judging is even worse!
I will say
that I would have covered my bets between Tim's black Standard
Poodle and Taffe's Schnauzer. "Spirit" is classic in outline,
free-poses like a painting, but "Yes" on the move was as poodlely as
one can ever be. Her sire, the incredible Ch. Eaton Affirmed
was breathtaking on the move as well. A win for "Yes" would
have been an upset to write about but then we already did...
Gregory's Brussels could easily have won for Lincoln's Birthday
which was on Thursday. That would have given quick-witted
David Frei something to quip about. The crowd loved it when
the camera zoomed in so they could see the Brussels oh-so-correct
head and expression. They could have gotten behind him, not
that it would have mattered to to the esteemed, second-generation
dog lady. Sari Tietjen does her own thing which is why she
always draws a good entry. Everyone has a fair and equal
Spaniel was a bit of a surprise, even to those in the Sporting
Group. He was more game than grand, the breed's trademark tail
not very busy but he was indeed "purposeful" and well presented,
never missed a step.
Sari's judgment because who, other than a breeder or a judge who
sees low-entry dogs from coast to coast would know? For a
breed averaging only 50 to 100 registrations a year, his Best In
Show win gives hope to all "low entry" breeds.
Congratulations to all who competed and won. And to those who
came home without a ribbon, we hope to see you next year.
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