WKC Dog Show Historical Highlights
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1876 (or earlier) A group of sporting gentlemen meet regularly in the bar of a Manhattan hotel to trade stories about their shooting accomplishments and the talents of their dogs. Eventually they form a club and name it after their favorite hotel: The Westminster Breeding Association. Early on, the club owns a kennel and raises Pointers for hunting and field trials.
1876; The Westminster Breeding Association helps stage a dog show in Philadelphia in celebration of America's centennial. The show is such a success that the members decide to hold their own dog show to allow them to compare their dogs in a setting away from the field. The members change the name of their organization to the Westminster Kennel Club.
1877 The First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs, given under the auspices of the Westminster Kennel Club, is held in the Hippodrome at Gilmore's Garden in New York City, drawing an entry of 1,201 dogs.
The club pays rent of $1,500 for three days, adding a fourth day during the show to accommodate the overwhelming public interest. The proceeds from that fourth day are donated to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Dogs are listed in the catalog as "not for sale" or for sale at prices which range from $50 to $10,000.
1878; The entry fee is $2, which includes feed and care of the dog.
1879 This year's Premium List contains show rules and regulations, adopted together by Westminster and the Philadelphia Kennel Club. A Board of Appeals at the show is made up of three members of each club. It was an early step in the search for a set of rules under which the shows all across the country might be held. There would be no national governing body until the founding of AKC in 1884.
1884; The Westminster Kennel Club is elected by the American Kennel Club as the AKC's first member club. The American Fox Terrier Club becomes the next member in 1886. Westminster is the only all breed club to be a member until the Rhode Island Kennel Club joins in 1897.
1888; In accordance with new rules adopted by the American Kennel Club, every dog entered at Westminster must be registered with the American Kennel Club. And in those cases where a potential entrant was not registered with the AKC, the Westminster Show Secretary accepted a registration application and fee (50 cents) and forwarded it to the AKC.
1888; With her assignment of 117 St. Bernards at Westminster, Anna Whitney becomes the first woman to judge a dog show in America. She judges every year for the next seven years, but it would be 1901 before another woman judges any dog show in the U.S.
1889; "The Czar of Russia" is listed as the breeder of a Siberian Wolfhound entered at this year's show.
1890; W.M. Bangs, M.D., writing in Cosmopolitan magazine: "These shows have been very popular and they have had great effect in forming and developing the taste of lovers of the dog; (Westminster Kennel Club) has had great effect in improving the quality of the dogs owned for use and companionship. Of this there can be no doubt ..."
One of the entries at this year's show is a Russian Wolfhound with a listed owner of "The Emperor of Germany."
1892; The entry fee for Westminster is raised from $3 to $5, where it will remain until 1947.
1893; Philanthropist J. P. Morgan makes the first of his many appearances at Westminster with his Collies.
1894; Famous American journalist Nellie Bly enters her Maltese at Westminster, 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.
1904; For the first time, handlers wear arm bands with the catalog number of their dog.
1905; With 1,752 dogs on hand, Westminster becomes the largest dog show ever held anywhere in the world, surpassing the last show held at the Crystal Palace in London.
1907; The award of Best In Show is given for the first time at Westminster. A panel of 10 judges makes the decision, although their names were not recorded. (In fact, the names making up the panel of Best In Show judges were not recorded until 1912). BIS WINNER: Ch Warren Remedy ; Smooth Fox Terrier.
1908; The number of dogs entered reaches 2,000 for the first time. BIS WINNER: Ch Warren Remedy - Smooth Fox Terrier
1909; BIS WINNER: Ch Warren Remedy – Smooth Fox Terrier, for the third consecutive year, a feat never since duplicated at Westminster.
1910; A class is offered for the first time for Fire Department Dalmatians, won by Mike of Engine Company 8 of 51st Street. BIS WINNER: Ch Sabine Rarebit ; Smooth Fox Terrier.
1911; BIS Winner: Ch Tickle Em Jock ; Scottish Terrier.
1912 BIS Winner: Ch Kenmare Sorceress ; Airedale Terrier – Judges: Dr Henry Jarrett, Ralph C English, Charles Lyndon
1913; BIS Winner: Ch Strathtay Prince Albert ; Bulldog – Judges: Dr Henry Jarrett, G Muss; Arnolt, Theodore Offerman, Referee
1914; BIS Winner: Ch Slumber ; Old English Sheepdog – Judge: Midgeley Marsden
1915; BIS Winner: Ch Matford Vic – Wire Fox Terrier – Judge: Dr Henry Jarrett
1916; One of the entries in the Miscellaneous Class this year is listed as a "Truffles Hunter." Later, nearly 30 dogs of different breeds compete in the Best In Show ring. A panel of five judges selects BIS Winner: Ch Matford Vic – Wire Fox Terrier, for her second consecutive win – Judges: Charles G Hopton, Frank F Dole, Vinton P Breese, Fred Senn, W H Whittem
1917; A special hero of World War I, a German Shepherd named Filax of Lewanno who had brought 54 wounded soldiers to safety, was exhibited at Westminster. BIS WINNER: Ch Conejo Wycollar Boy ; Wire Fox Terrier – Judge: George S Thomas
1918; The profits of this show were donated to the American Red Cross in support of the war effort. BIS WINNER: Ch Haymarket Faultless – White Bull Terrier – Judges: Vinton P Breese, Charles G Hopton, George S Thomas, Referee
Amongst the donors of special trophies this year: Mrs. Payne (Helen Hay) Whitney, who was the first president of the Cairn Terrier Club of America. Her father, John Hay, was personal secretary to President Lincoln, Ambassador to the UK, and Secretary of State). Also making donations: Mrs. John Philip Sousa, wife of the band leader and composer; Mrs. Rodman Wanamaker, wife of the department; store owner and patron of the arts from Philadelphia; and Mrs. F.W. Vanderbilt.
1919 Once again, profits were donated to the American Red Cross. While the war was over, Westminster offered special "Service Classes" for those who were serving or had served in the Armed Forces. BIS WINNER: Ch Briergate Bright Beauty ; Airedale Terrier – Judges: Harry T Peters, Theodore Offerman, J Willoughby Mitchell
1920; BIS Winner: Ch Conejo Wycollar Boy ; Wire Fox Terrier – Judges: Thomas S Bellin, William E Warner, Norman K Swire
1921; BIS Winner: Ch Midkiff Seductive – Parti; Color Cocker Spaniel – Judges: Norman K Swire, Charles G Hopton, Dr J D De Mund, Referee
1922; BIS Winner: Ch Boxwood Barkentine ; Airedale Terrier – Judges: G Muss; Arnolt, Vinton P Breese, Theodore Offerman
1923; No BEST IN SHOW prize is awarded because the American Kennel Club barred interbreed competition for 1923 except in the Miscellaneous Class. Comprehensive new rules for Group & Best in Show judging were adopted effective for 1924.
1924; In the first Westminster held under the new rules for Groups and Best In Show judging, five Group winners (Sporting, Working, Terrier, Toy and Non; Sporting) competed for the final award of Best In Show. BIS WINNER: Ch Barberryhill Bootlegger ; Sealyham Terrier – Judges: Norman K Swire, Walter H Reeves
Westminster becomes the first club to conduct Best In Show judging in accordance with the new rules and format installed by the AKC.
1925; BIS WINNER: Ch Governor Moscow ; Pointer – Judges: Walter S Glynn, Theodore Offerman, Robert A Ross, Ralph C English
1926; Madison Square Garden III opens on 8th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets. Westminster moves its show there, where it will remain until the facility closes in 1968. BIS WINNER: Ch Signal Circuit of Halleston – Wire Fox Terrier – Judges: J Robinson Beard, C Frederick Neilson, W L McCandlish, Walter H Reeves, Tyler Morse
1927; BIS WINNER: Ch Pinegrade Perfection ; Sealyham Terrier – Judges: C Fred Neilson, Enno Meyer, John G Bates, G V Glebe, Dr Carleton Y Ford
1928; Mrs. Reginald F. Mayhew of Forest Hills, NY, becomes the first woman to have a voice in deciding Best In Show, as one of a panel of five judges making the decision. BIS WINNER: Ch Talavera Margaret ; Wire Fox Terrier – Judges: Mrs R F Mayhew, Alfred Delmont, Otto H Gross, C Frederick Neilson, J Bailey Wilson
1929; BIS Winner: Ch Laund Loyalty of Bellhaven – Rough Collie – Judge: Dr Carleton Y Ford
1930; BIS Winner: Ch Pendley Calling of Blarney ; Wire Fox Terrier – Judge: W L McCandlish
1931; BIS Winner: Ch Pendley Calling of Blarney ; Wire Fox Terrier – Judge: Tyler Morse
1932; BIS Winner: Ch Nancolleth Markable ; Pointer – Judge: Hon Townsend Scudder
1933; Mrs. M. Hartley Dodge judges Best In Show, becoming the first woman to officiate as the sole judge of this award. Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge is soon legendary in the dog show world, as the force behind the Morris & Essex Kennel Club and the benefactor of St. Hubert Giralda Animal Shelter in New Jersey. BIS WINNER: Ch Warland Protector of Shelterock ; Airedale Terrier – Judge: Mrs Hartley Dodge
A German Shepherd belonging to New York Yankee great, Lou Gehrig, is among this year's entries. "Afra of Cosalta" takes second in the Open Bitch class; Gehrig goes on to some success on the baseball field instead, finishing with a .340 lifetime batting average as one of the most beloved Yankees of all time.
1934; The Children's Handling Grand Challenge Trophy is offered for the first time at Westminster. Later to be known as Junior Handling, this competition continues to be part of Westminster every year. BIS WINNER: Ch Flornell Spicy Bit of Halleston ; Wire Fox Terrier – Judge: Dr Henry Jarrett
1935; Handler Mrs. Sherman Hoyt goes BIS, the first such win ever for a woman handler, a feat that would not be repeated until 1956. BIS WINNER: Ch Nunsoe Duc de la Terrace of Blakeen – Standard Poodle – Judge: Alfred B Maclay
1936; – BIS WINNER: Ch St Margaret Mignificent of Claredale ; Sealyham Terrier – Judge: C Frederick Neilson
1937; 3,140 dogs are entered at Westminster. BIS WINNER: Ch Flornell Spicy Piece of Halleston ; Wire Fox Terrier – Judge: George S West
1938; Best In Show Judge is pictured on the cover of Time Magazine before Westminster, with the caption, "His choice becomes the people's choice." BIS WINNER: Daro of Maridor – English Setter – Judge: John G Bates
1939; BIS Winner: Ferry v Rauhfelsen of Giralda ; Doberman Pinscher – Judge: George S Thomas
1940; BIS Winner: Ch My Own Brucie – Black Cocker Spaniel – Judge: Dr Samuel Milbank
1941; The show is changed from three days to a two; day event. BIS Winner: Ch My Own Brucie – Black Cocker Spaniel – Judge: Joseph Patterson Sims
1942; In 1941 and 1942 ; proceeds from these shows are donated to the American Red Cross. In 1943 and 1944, proceeds go to the benefit of Dogs for Defense. In 1945, the National War Fund is the recipient of the proceeds. ; BIS Winner: Ch Wolvey Pattern of Edgerstoune ; West Highland White Terrier – Judge: Herman E Mellenthin
1943; BIS Winner: Ch Pitter Patter of Piperscroft – Miniature Poodle – Judge: Gerald M Livingston
1944; BIS Winner: Ch Flornell; Rare; Bit of Twin Ponds ; Welsh Terrier – Judge: Theodore Crane
1945; BIS Winner: Ch Shieling's Signature ; Scottish Terrier – Judge: George S West
1946; A tugboat strike causes New York Mayor William O'Dwyer to close the city down on the eve of the dog show. Business was allowed to resume 24 hours later, by that time forcing Westminster to make arrangements to hold its show in one day instead of two. Using 17 rings and a makeshift schedule that kept all rings in constant use, Best In Show was awarded by 12:15 a.m. that night, 15 minutes earlier than the year before. BIS WINNER: Ch Heatherington Model Rhythm ; Wire Fox Terrier – Judge: William Prescott Wolcott
1947; BIS WINNER: Ch Warlord of Mazelaine ; Boxer – Judge: David Wagstaff
1948; Television coverage of Westminster takes place for the first time. BIS WINNER: Ch Rock Ridge Night Rocket ; Bedlington Terrier – Judge: Dr Samuel Milbank
1949; BIS WINNER: Ch Mazelaine Zazarac Brandy – Boxer Judge: Thomas H Carruthers, III
1950; BIS WINNER: Ch Walsing Winning Trick of Edgerstoune ; Scottish Terrier Judge: George H Hartman
1951; First dog from West of the Mississippi to win Best In Show at Westminster. BIS WINNER: Ch Bang Away of Sirrah Crest – Boxer Judge: W Ross Proctor
1952; BIS WINNER: Ch Rancho Dobe's Storm ; Doberman Pinscher Judge: Joseph Patterson Sims
1953; BIS WINNER: Ch Rancho Dobe's Storm ; Doberman Pinscher Judge: James A Farrell Jr
1954; BIS WINNER: Ch Carmor's Rise and Shine ; A.S.C.O.B. Cocker Spaniel Judge: Virgil D Johnson
1955; BIS WINNER: Ch Kippax Fearnought – Bulldog Judge: Albert E Van Court
1956; Anne Hone Rogers (later Mrs. James Edward Clark) becomes the first woman professional handler and the second female to handle a dog to the Best In Show award. BIS WINNER: Ch Wilber White Swan – Toy Poodle Judge: Paul Palmer
1957; BIS WINNER: Ch Shirkhan of Grandeur ; Afghan Hound Judge: Mrs Beatrice H Godsol
1958; BIS WINNER: Ch Puttencove Promise – Standard Poodle Judge: William W Brainard
1959; BIS WINNER: Ch Fontclair Festoon – Miniature Poodle Judge: Thomas H Carruthers, III
1960; BIS WINNER: Ch Chik T'Sun of Caversham – Pekingese Judge: George H Hartman
1961; BIS WINNER: Ch Cappoquin Little Sister – Toy Poodle Judge: Dr Joseph E Redden
1962; BIS WINNER: Ch Elfinbrook Simon ; West Highland White Terrier Judge: Haywood R Hartley
1963; BIS WINNER: Ch Wakefield's Black Knight ; English Springer Spaniel Judge: Virgil D Johnson
1964; BIS WINNER: Ch Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth – Whippet Judge: Len Carey
1965; BIS WINNER: Ch Carmichaels Fanfare ; Scottish Terrier Judge: Robert A Kerns
1966; BIS WINNER: Ch Zeloy Mooremaide's Magic – Wire Fox Terrier Judge: James A Farrell Jr
1967; BIS WINNER: Ch Bardene Bingo ; Scottish Terrier Judge: Percy Roberts
1968; The first dog to win Best In Show at Westminster after winning the same award at Crufts, (Westminster's London counterpart) BIS WINNER: Ch Stingray of Derryabah ; Lakeland Terrier Judge: Major B Godsol
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the final event of any kind held at Madison Square Garden III. In 1969, the show moves to Madison Square Garden IV, its present location.
1969; A bitter snowstorm cripples the New York area and plays havoc with Westminster's first show at the new Garden. BIS WINNER: Ch Glamoor Good News ; Skye Terrier Judge: Louis J Murr
1970; BIS WINNER: Ch Arriba's Prima Donna – Boxer Judge: Miss Anna K Nicholas (Jane Forsythe handling)
1971; BIS WINNER: Ch Chinoe's Adamant James ; English Springer Spaniel Judge: Oliver Carley Harriman
1972; A English Springer Spaniel captures his second consecutive Best In Show at Westminster, becoming the seventh dog with multiple BIS wins (six dogs with two, one dog with three). As of 2003, no dog has done it since. BIS WINNER: Ch Chinoe's Adamant James ; English Springer Spaniel Judge: William W Brainard Jr
1973; BIS WINNER: Ch Acadia Command Performance; Standard Poodle Judge: Mrs Augustus Riggs
1974; BIS WINNER: Ch Gretchenhof Columbia River ; German Shorthaired Pointer Judge: Len Carey
1975; The first Canadian dog wins BIS honors since 1918. BIS WINNER: Ch. Sir Lancelot of Barvan ; Old English Sheepdog Judge: Harry T Peters Jr
1976; First person to judge Best In Show three times, a mark that is still unmatched. Ch Jo Ni's Red Baron of Crofton ; Lakeland Terrier Judge: William W Brainard Jr
1977; BIS WINNER: Ch Dersade Bobby's Girl ; Sealyham Terrier Judge: Haworth F Hoch
1978; BIS WINNER: Ch Cede Higgins ; Yorkshire Terrier Judge: Mrs James Edward Clark
1979; BIS WINNER: Ch Oak Tree's Irishtocrat ; Irish Water Spaniel Judge: Henry H Stoecker
1980; BIS WINNER: Ch Innisfree's Sierra Cinnar ; Siberian Husky Judge: E Irving Eldredge
1981; BIS WINNER: Ch Dhandys Favorite Woodchuck ; Pug Judge: Langdon L Skarda
1982; The Westminster Kennel Foundation and Judge Frank Sabella become the first to donate gifts of art to the AKC Museum of the Dog. BIS WINNER: Ch St Aubrey Dragonora of Elsdon – Pekingese Judge: Mrs Robert V Lindsay
1983; Only the third Hound to win Best In Show and through 2003 is still the last Hound to do so. BIS WINNER: Ch Kabiks The Challenger ; Afghan Hound Judge: Derek G Rayne
1984; BIS WINNER: Ch Seaward's Blackbeard – Newfoundland Judge: Mrs Maynard K Drury
1985; BIS WINNER: Ch Braeburn's Close Encounter ; Scottish Terrier Judge: Elsworth S Howell
1986; BIS WINNER: Ch Marjetta's National Acclaim ; Pointer Judge: Mrs George John Wanner
1987; The Westminster Kennel Foundation establishes an annual scholarship program for veterinary students. BIS WINNER: Ch Covy Tucker Hill's Manhattan ; German Shepherd Dog Judge: Louis Auslander
1988; BIS WINNER: Ch Great Elms Prince Charming, II – Pomeranian Judge: Mrs Michele Billings
1989; The first female dog with an obedience title to capture Best In Show (and through 2004 remains as the only dog to do so). BIS WINNER: Ch Royal Tudor's Wild As The Wind ; Doberman Pinscher Judge: Mrs Bernard Freeman
1990; BIS WINNER: Ch Wendessa Crown Prince – Pekingese ; Frank T Sabella
1991; BIS WINNER: Ch Whisperwind On A Carousel – Standard Poodle Judge: Mrs Dorothy Welsh
1992; Westminster becomes the first Champions Only dog show held under AKC rules. Awards of Merit are added to the awards, the exact number given to be a function of the number of entries in each breed or variety. BIS WINNER: Ch Registry's Lonesome Dove – Wire Fox Terrier Judge: Melbourne T L Downing
1993; After capturing Best In Show the previous year, Ch. Registry's Lonesome Dove, a Wire Fox Terrier, fails in an attempt to repeat the win when it is awarded third place in the Terrier Group. This is the last time that a BIS winner has tried to repeat. BIS WINNER: Ch Salilyn's Condor ; English Springer Spaniel Judge: Mrs Barbara F Heller
1994; BIS WINNER: Ch Chidley Willum The Conqueror ; Norwich Terrier Judge: Walter F Goodman
1995; BIS WINNER: Ch Gaelforce Post Script ; Scottish Terrier Judge: Dr Jacklyn E Hungerland
1996; BIS WINNER: Ch Clussexx Country Sunrise – Clumber Spaniel Judge: D Roy Holloway
1997; The first Italian bred dog wins Best In Show. BIS WINNER: Ch Parsifal Di Casa Netzer ; Standard Schnauzer Judge: Mrs. Dorothy N Collier
1998; BIS WINNER: Ch Fairewood Frolic ; Norwich Terrier Judge: Dr N Josephine Deubler
1999; Spunky “Kirby” is the oldest dog ever to win Best In Show. At eight years, one month and ten days, he becomes the first dog in the world to win both the World Dog Show (he won Best In Show at Helsinki over 17,000; plus dogs in 1998). Ch Loteki Supernatural Being ; Papillon Judge: Mr Edd Embry Bivin
2000; BIS WINNER: Ch Salilyn 'N Erin's Shameless; English Springer Spaniel Judge: Mr Chester F Collier
2001; BIS WINNER: Ch Special Times Just Right ; Bichon Frise Judge: Miss Dorothy M MacDonald
2002; BIS WINNER: Ch Surrey Spice Girl – Miniature Poodle Judge: Mr W Everett Dean Jr
2003; A Kerry Blue terrier captures Best In Show, becoming the second dog only, to win both Westminster and Crufts. BIS WINNER: Ch Torums Scarf Michael – Kerry Blue Terrier Judge: Mrs Irene Bivin
2004; BIS WINNER: Ch. Darbydale's All Rise Pouch Cove – Newfoundland Judge: Mr. Burton J. Yamada
2005; For the first time, breed judging is broadcast to the general public via streaming video on the Westminster web site (www.westminsterkennelclub.org). Over 1.4 million streaming videos are requested online, from 140 countries, along with 15 million page views. BIS WINNER: Ch Kan; Point's VJK Autumn Roses ; German Shorthaired Pointer Judge: Mrs. Lynette Saltzman
For the first time, Madison Square Garden is completely sold out for both days of the dog shows.
2006; Once again, the Garden is completely sold out for both days of the show, in spite of The Blizzard of 2006, which dropped a record-breaking 27 inches of snow on Manhattan on the Saturday and Sunday before the show. BIS WINNER: Ch Rocky Top's Sundance Kid ; Colored Bull Terrier Judge: James G. Reynolds
Streaming video of the breed judging highlights increases threefold in its second year, producing a staggering 23.7 terabytes (a terabyte is 1,024 gigabytes). This total compares with 6.5 terabytes in 2005. Visitors logged 2.13 million visits (up 33% over the previous year).
The enthusiastic Garden crowd and national television audience join in saluting individuals and organizations in the dog world that joined with Westminster in being active in the rescue and recovery effort after the devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes of the previous Fall.
2007; Chet Collier, longtime member and past show chair and president, is the first recipient of the club's Sensation Award. Named for the club's symbolic Pointer, the award is given in recognition of a member's contribution to the club, to purebred dogs, and the sport of showing dogs. Collier died later that year. BIS WINNER: Ch Felicity's Diamond Jim ; English Springer Spaniel Judge: Dr. Robert A. Indeglia
2008; The first Beagle ever and the first Hound in 25 years to win Best in Show at Westminster. His victory sets off a year; long celebration dubbed "Beaglemania" by the media. BIS WINNER: Ch K; Run's Park Me In First – Beagle (15 inch) Judge: Dr. J. Donald Jones
"Uno" becomes the first Westminster winner to be invited to the White House, visiting President and Mrs. Bush in May, and later visits Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the capital in Austin.
He rings the bell to open the NASDAQ market, throws out the first pitch at major league baseball games in Milwaukee and St. Louis, is a celebrity headliner at various events, and visits children, soldiers, and other patients in hospitals and health care facilities around the country. In November, he rides on the Peanuts/United Media float in the world; famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
2009; BIS WINNER: Ch Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee – Sussex Spaniel Judge: Sari Brewster Tietjen. Senior citizens around the world join in the celebration as a Sussex Spaniel named "Stump" becomes the oldest dog ever to capture Best In Show at Westminster. The 10-year-old golden liver dog (registered name Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee) is more than two years older than the previous record holder, winning in front of another sellout crowd at the Garden. Stump is later featured on the cover of AARP Magazine.
2010; The 2010 Best In Show Trophy was awarded to "Ch Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot," a.k.a. "Sadie," a Scottish Terrier Judge: Mr. Elliott B. Weiss. The New York Post calls her the "Hottie Scottie," and the Scottish Terrier named Sadie (Ch. Roundtown Maryscot of Mercedes) struts her stuff to Best In Show and a post-show media tour that includes a visit to the Empire State Building, a visit with Donald Trump, and a trip to the New York Stock Exchange to ring the bell to open the market. It is the eighth time that a Scottish Terrier has captured the top award at Westminster, a total second only to Wire Fox Terriers (13).
2011; What exciting happened this year?? For one, Paolo Dondina of Monterchi, Italy, became the first Italian ever and the first person from outside of North America since 1930 to judge Best In Show at the legendary Westminster Kennel Club's Annual All Breed Dog Show. This years BIS Winner is; GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind a Scottish Deerhound owned by Sally Sweatt & Cecilia L Dove & Dr R Scott Dove.
2012; Cindy Vogels was picked to assign Best in Show for 2012. BIS Winner was a Pekingese by the name of GCH Palacegarden Malachy owned by; Iris Love & S Middlebrooks & D Fitzpatrick.
2013 - The move to Piers 92/94 for the daytime breed judging on Monday and Tuesday is a huge success, with enthusiastic crowds packing the Piers for the club's largest entry (2,720) since 1998. Group and Best In Show competition at Madison Square Garden in the evenings is a big hit, as always, with the smallest finalist, an Affenpinscher; GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari call name "Banana Joe", taking home the biggest prize, Best In Show awarded by Judge Michael J. Dougherty. In the post-show winner's media tour, Banana Joe visits all the usual media stops, rings the bell to open the New York Stock Exchange, and also performs the first-ever Broadway theatre walk-on for the Westminster winner in "The Mystery of Edwin Drood."
2014 - The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster is added to Westminster Week, and takes place in Pier 94. Agility brings back mixed breed dogs (All American dogs) to the club's activities for the first time since its earliest years. The event hits its 225 dog limit quickly (with 16 All Americans and entries in 63 breeds from 23 states). The public embraces Westminster's first Agility venture, filling Pier 94 on the Saturday night before the Dog Show and watching the live telecast on FOX Sports1 Network. The 2,845 entries in the main event, the All Breed Dog Show, is the largest entry since 1990, making a total Westminster entry of over 3,000 dogs for the Week. The seven Group winners in the Best In Show ring bring more than 500 Bests In Show among them into the most powerful final lineup ever seen anywhere. GCH Afterall Painting the Sky, a Wire Fox Terrier, takes home the sport's ultimate award BIS by Judge Ms. Betty Regina Leininger, and in its Media Tour afterwards, has a walk-on role in the Broadway smash hit, "Kinky Boots."
2014 - The Seventh Annual Westminster Kennel Club Hunting Test expands to two days this year, once again reminding all that the club was originally about sporting dogs and beautiful scenic upland game bird fields. A two-day entry of 48 dogs representing many pointing breeds competed once again at the Tamarack Preserve in Millbrook, NY. The Westminster Kennel Club was the first all breed kennel club to hold an American Kennel Club licensed hunting test for pointing breeds.
2015 - Westminster Week, already featuring the world's most prestigious dog show and the second year of the exciting Masters Agility Championship, adds a new event and partner for this year -- the 6th Annual American Kennel Club's Meet the Breeds. With all events presented by Purina Pro Plan, thousands of spectators help the Westminster Kennel Club enhance and expand its annual New York City experience as the center of the canine world. The 2015 Best In Show Judge was: The Hon. David Merriam and BIS Trophy was awarded to "Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble" a.k.a. "Miss P," a Beagle, 15 In.
2016 – This inaugural year for the Masters Obedience Championship brings over 3000 dogs from all 50 states to compete in the three different events (conformation, agility and obedience) that is Westminster Week. Best in Show judge Dr. Richard Meen awarded a German Shorthaired Pointer named GCh. Garbonita’s VJK-Myst California Journey, the grandson of the 2005 Westminster winner Ch. Kan-Point’s VJK Autumn Roses. Both dogs are co-owned by Valerie Nunes-Atkinson who as a teenager won Best Junior Handler at Westminster (1981).
2017 - Judge Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, III chose Best In Show Winner GCH Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn a German Shepherd Dog owned by Deborah Stern & Pamela Buckles & Patti Dukeman & Pamela McElheney & Kent Boyles.
2018 - Best in Show winner Bichon Frise "GCHP CH Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love" owned by Patrina & Bruce Odette & Lindsay Van Keuren & Lorrie Carlton & L Letsche DVM. Judged by Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark.
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