By Dan Sayers

When Cindy Vogels steps onto the floor at Madison Square Garden on Valentine’s Day, 2012, her selection for Best in Show will determine the dog that will become America’s next canine sweetheart.

This year, the Greenwood Village, Colo., resident will join the luminaries who have awarded perhaps the most coveted title in the dog world – Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

This will be Mrs. Vogels’ fifth assignment at the prestigious champions-only event, but it will be the one and only time when her decision determines the names of the dog, handler and owners that get written into the history books. 

Cindy Vogels judging at the 2011 Westminster KC dog show.

Together with her mother, Jackie Gottlieb, Mrs. Vogels was instrumental in getting the now very popular Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club. Under the Andover prefix, the mother-daughter team has bred over 100 American champions and many top producers, including the top producing Terrier dam of all time, Ch. Glenworth Andover Answer. The native New Yorkers also bred the Westminster Group winner Ch. Andover Song and Dance Man, breeder/owner-handled to his fourth National Specialty Best in Show at Montgomery from the Veterans class by Mrs. Vogels. ‘Harry’ remains the only Wheaten ever to have won the Group at the Garden.

Ch. Andover Song and Dance Man, handled by Sally George to Group First at Westminster in 1989 under judge Bill Bergum. (Photo by Ashbey.)

Ch. Andover Song and Dance Man, breeder/owner-handled by Cindy Vogels to a fourth National Specialty BIS under judge Sandra Goose Allen.(Photo by Ashbey.)

Many multiple specialty and Best in Show Wheatens have carried the Andover prefix, as have Kerry Blue, Welsh and Norfolk Terriers, Brittanys and Greyhounds.

Mrs. Vogels is a past president and AKC Delegate of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America. She’s served on the Delegates’ Canine Health Committee as well as the Board of Directors for the Canine Health Foundation and the Board of Trustees for Take the Lead.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music with a performance degree in Flute, Mrs. Vogels holds a Master of Music degree in history from the University of Colorado. She’s lived in the Denver area for more than 30 years where she and her husband, David, raise and show champion Morgan horses, registered under the AMHF (Andover Morgan Horse Farm) prefix.

Cindy Vogels awards Best in Show to the Sealyham Terrier, Ch. Efbe’s Hidalgo At Goodspice, handled by Margery Good, at the 2008 Montgomery County Kennel Club.

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