Shows such as the Westminster Kennel Club, the Montgomery County Kennel Club, and the Poodle Club of America are always on our calendars, even in a bad economy, because they represent something so much more than merely a dog show. These shows are in a category all their own and seem to define a particular type of show: Westminster represents the heart of American dog shows; Mont-gomery its spirit; and PCA its style. At Westchester, the soul of the dog world in the United States is celebrated every September in Tarrytown, N.Y.
The Westchester Kennel Club is national in membership and peerless in terms of the level of service and devotion its members have given to the sport. In this as in every year, visitors to the show could find Misters Stifel, Bradley, McGivern, Reynders, Bivin, Frei and their committee members working variously as announcer, judge, ring steward, meet-and-greeter, clean-up crew, and general goodwill ambassadors. These gentlemen work tirelessly on behalf of purebred dogs all year long, and on the day they could be seen doing just that on the estate’s main lawn.
And like the club’s officers, positioned strategically around the show grounds were many information booths that were easily accessible to all, including those of the AKC, The Pedigree Foundation, Take the Lead and Angel on a Leash. The AKC Museum of the Dog had a fundraiser with cartoonist Bob Seaver, and there was another taking place for canine cancer research. For first- time spectators, official Dog Show Tours were offered free-of-charge by director Chris Reid and tour guide Debbie Menichelli. They enthusiastically walked the length of the 15 rings while answering questions such as “What kind of dog is that?,” and explaining why people bring their dogs to be evaluated by approved judges.
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