Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Rick's Roadshow in New York: The Westminster Dog Show

Rick's Roadshow in New York continues with coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. This year's competition features a total of 2,596 dogs from 169 different breeds or varieties of dogs. During the day, there is judging by breed, and at night is the main competition and judging by group. This is a an intensely competitive sport; each dog that shows must be already be a champion for their breed in order to enter the main ring. As each round of competitions proceed, groups of prize-winning, well-bred dogs are eliminated to find the dog with the highest standard of perfection. From the 169 breeds, the dogs are whittled down to the seven groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding. On Tuesday night, after the remaining groups are judged, there will be one final round with the finest dog within each group- yet there can only be one dog that wins. That dog emerges as known as the Best In Show!

above and below: photos from the Hound group line up.

Excitement Backstage...


above: I started the day back stage, touring the benches where all the dogs were "staged" by breed. I had time to observe the dogs getting groomed, and last minute coaching refresher courses from their trainers. Some dogs were excited. Others were irritated by the other dogs barking. And some dogs decided it was all much ado about nothing and were quite happily sleeping amidst all the chaos of the day



above: this "Bouviers des Flandres" dog was happy with all the attention and excitement.

Junior Showmanship Preliminaries

One interesting feature of the afternoon was the Junior Showmanship Competition, an event where young handlers in training can learn the sport of showing dogs and be part of the Westminster Kennel Club.


above and below: the Junior handlers have a go at the competitions and test out their skills as up-and-coming professionals.

It was a great first day of the Westminster Show...I am already excitment about tomorrow's competition and am speculating the eventual Best In Show winner! Look for me on TV Tuesday night, I'll be sitting behind the judges!

12 comments:

Diane J Standiford said...

Those lucky bitches! Beauty in motion. Great Dane is my dog.

Tea N. Crumpet said...

I just read on CNN that Patty Hearst Shaw won best of breed with her French Bull Dog. I am so happy for her-- she looks beautiful and from now on when her name is mentioned with something I will say, "THE Patty Hearst Shaw? Whose French bull dog, Diva won best of breed at Westminister in 2008?!!!" Great pics!

Seamus said...

That Bouvier is gorgeous!

Sheila said...

Can't wait to see how my favorite breed, English Springer Spaniel, fares. I love watching the show on TV.

TWISI said...

i am pulling for the beagle!

Tea N. Crumpet said...

I have a Bouvier-- he's not show quality, he's just a dawg who hangs around the house. Not much of a guard animal. I can walk up on him while he is sleeping and practically trip over him and he startles up and barks a scolding at me. I showed him your picture, "This is a real dog!" He rolled on his back for a tummy scratch. It's good to be a dawg!

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

What beautiful dogs!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i looked for you last night. i liked the dog with the poofy hair, you know the one. ha ha ha

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Olivia said...

*wish I could be a dog handler*

Lois Grebowski said...

Oooh! I'll have to watch. Love the dog show...

Lewis said...

As you know, I'm officially (for the first time as an adult) a dog owner. Mason is 5.5 lbs Maltese/Poodle mix. He is adorable. Such a snuggler and lover.

Canadian flake said...

awwwww such cute pups...thanks for sharing the pics

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