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Westminster News: August 2013

The Westminster Kennel Club released a newsletter with updated information about the annual show coming up in February 2014.

The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster
The Westminster Kennel Club will add to its incomparable legacy in the sport of dogs in 2014 when it stages The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster, on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Pier 94 in New York City.

Following the Club’s first-ever Agility Trial, Westminster’s 138th Annual All Breed Dog Show will be held in the same location (and also in the evenings at Madison Square Garden) on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10-11.

Westminster is bringing what the American Kennel Club calls “the most exciting canine sport for spectators” to center stage on Westminster weekend. Dogs and their handlers excitedly attack the obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles, and more in a timed competition in the fastest-growing dog sport in the country.

The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will be open to dogs competing at Excellent or Masters level. That would include purebred dogs, mixed breeds registered in the AKC’s Canine Partners program, Miscellaneous breeds not yet eligible for conformation competition, Foundation Stock Service recorded breeds, and Purebred Alternative Listing dogs (purebred dogs that cannot be fully registered).

The Mixed Breed category is especially significant, bringing non-purebred dogs to a Westminster event for the first time since the very earliest days of its show.

Westminster has created an innovative format for its first trial. Entries will be done by random draw and will be limited to 450 runs for the Standard and Jumpers with Weaves rounds. This does not include the Championship round.

Each dog will compete in two AKC accredited qualifying rounds, consisting of a Standard Agility course and a Jumpers with Weaves course. The dogs with the highest combined scores based on time and faults will move on to the Championship round. More details will be provided in the Premium when it becomes available.

The Championship course will be a hybrid of the qualifying rounds and will be televised. It will be run as a ‘time to beat’ course, where the first dog will set the baseline time for the subsequent competitors.

Judges will be Andrew Dicker of Reading, England (judging Jumpers with Weaves and small to medium sized dogs in the Championship round) and Lori Sage of Oregon City, Oregon (judging Standard Agility Course and medium-to-large sized dogs in the Championship round).

Entry fee will be $60. For additional details, log on to www.westminsterkennelclub.org or www.fasttimesagility.com.

Westminster Hunting Test Sept. 22
Before the world’s greatest show dogs and Madison Square Garden’s iconic green carpet became its hallmarks, The Westminster Kennel Club was about sporting dogs and beautiful scenic upland game bird fields.

That’s still true today. Carrying on the tradition begun by its founding sportsmen in the early 1870s, Westminster is staging its sixth annual Licensed Hunting Test for Pointing Breeds on Sunday, Sept. 22, in the beautiful scenic fields at Tamarack Game Preserve in Millbrook, NY.

While the world knows Westminster for its famous all breed dog show held every year since 1877 at Madison Square Garden, The Westminster Kennel Club was in fact the first all breed kennel club to hold an American Kennel Club licensed hunting test for pointing breeds.

“This beautiful site provides an excellent opportunity to see pointing dogs doing what they’ve been bred to do and loving it” says Test Committee Chair Steven M. Bedford. “Here’s your chance to come home with a Westminster KC Hunting Test rosette and perhaps even finish a title. This is a great fun event for entrants and spectators like.”

Entries close at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 16, and are limited to the number of dogs that can be run safely during daylight hours. Drawing of the order will take place the following day and be posted on the Westminster website (www.westminsterkennelclub.org).

The Master Hunting Test is scheduled for 8 a.m., with the Senior Hunting Test to follow. Junior Hunting Test will be concurrent with the Master Test. Judges will be Don Bristol of Oakville, CT, and Steve Kreuser of Canterbury, CT for the Master and Senior Hunting Test, and Richard Dwyer of Warner, NH, and Bill Fralick of Deerfield, NH for the Junior Hunting Test.

The premium, rules and entry form are available on the website. For additional information or to receive a premium via mail, contact Hunting Test Secretary Harvey Wooding at (212) 213-3165.

Show Date Change for 2015
The Westminster Kennel Club has announced a change in the date of its 2015 dog show to the evenings of Feb. 16-17 at Madison Square Garden. Breed judging will once again be held during those days at Piers 92/94.

The dog show, previously scheduled for Feb. 9-10, 2015, has been moved to accommodate the National Basketball Association’s All-Star weekend on Feb. 6-7-8, 2015.

The NBA has announced that All-Star activities will be split between Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but it has not yet been determined which activities will be held at which arena. The All-Star game is played on Sunday night, while the Rookie Challenge is played on Friday and the slam dunk and 3-point contests are held on Saturday night.

2014 Ticket Information
Ticket order forms will be available on the Westminster website (www.westminsterkennelclub.org) beginning on Oct. 17.

GO ANYWHERE ticket is only available through the Westminster office. The price of this ticket is $175 and includes a reserved seat at Madison Square Garden for both evenings as well as a ticket for the Piers for both days.

THE PIERS (this ticket does not allow access to MSG). Piers ticketing will be a general admission ticket at $27 per day plus an online fee. This will allow entrance into Piers 92/94 as well to all of the benching and judging that is held there. There will be limited seating as usual around each ring. We are offering online sales for The Piers tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the days of the show.

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (these tickets do not allow access to The Piers). MSG has two types of ticketing for the evening judging. These tickets will allow access to the benching area where all of the day time breed winners will be on display. Westminster will be selling a portion of the 100 series (reserved seating) seats through our office. Ticket purchase requests will be filled on a first come first served basis to new ticket purchases. Last year’s purchases are allowed to purchase their same seats or better if available. The price of a reserved seat in the 100 series will be $120 for both evenings. WKC sells only a two day ticket.

The deadline for renewal and new ticket orders through the WKC office is Dec. 13, 2013.

SOLD THROUGH MSG and TICKETMASTER (these tickets do no allow access to The Piers): The remainder of the 100 series seating may be purchased through Ticketmaster and the Madison Square Garden Box Office beginning on October 17 at Ticketmaster.com or 866-858-0008; thegarden.com at a cost of $55 per evening plus an online fee. The 200 series (general admission seating) of seats can only be purchased from MSG and Ticketmaster at a cost of $40 per evening plus an online fee. You will be able to purchase a single night ticket.

The price for reserved tickets through the WKC office is $120 which includes a $10 S&H fee. The Ticketmaster and MSG price is $55 per night ($110) plus applicable fees. All MSG ticket prices include a $5 MSG facility charge.

Where Do the Dogs Stay?
There are a number of New York City hotels that host Westminster guests every February as Midtown turns into the capital of the dog world.

There are hotels near the Garden, near the Piers, and in New Jersey that offer special Westminster rates. Some have pet fees and deposits, and some may require a minimum stay. For details and a full listing of Westminster hotels, please visit the WKC website at www.westminsterkennelclub.org.

Remember that New York City is hosting the Super Bowl on Feb. 2; please book your hotel as early as possible,

Westminster’s Gold Star Hotel Partners:
The New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Avenue (at 34th St), (866) 800-3088
The Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue (at 33rd St), (800) 223-8585
The Affinia Manhattan, 371 Seventh Avenue (at 31st St), (866) 233-4642

Seven Dogs Completed Their Championships at WKC 137
The following dogs completed their American Kennel Club championship requirements at the 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and were awarded a New Champions medallion from Westminster in recognition of their accomplishments.

SPANIEL (CLUMBER): Clussexx Freddie The Frog. Dog. Breeders Beth Dowd & Tracey Garvey & Gail Drucker & Clussexx Kennel & Kellie Holbrook. Owners Debbie Bach & Jeane Haverick.

BORZOI: Maskova’s Silver Bells. Bitch. Breeders and owners Elisabeth Szymanski & James Szymanski.

DACHSHUND (WIREHAIRED): EJ’s A Hot Dog with Everything MW. Dog. Breeder and owner Emma J. Stephenson.

IRISH WOLFHOUND: Kerryarc Favorite Sin. Bitch. Breeders and owners Chandler Tyler & Mandy R. Tyler & Carson S. Collier.

PORTUGUESE WATER DOG: Fish Tale’s California Gurl. Bitch. Breeder Rita A. Araujo. Owners Alanna Looney, Rita A. Araujo and John Looney.

YORKSHIRE TERRIER: Pastyme’s Inciting a Riot. Dog. Breeders Bob Stacy & Tricia Stacy. Owners Kristena Bravo & Bob Stacy.

YORKSHIRE TERRIER: Jenan’s Surprise Package for Topknot. Bitch. Breeders Nancy Smith & Terri L. Harle. Owner Allison Fowler.

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