Big News from Westminster

From the Dog Lady’s mailbag:

New York, NY – The 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held at
Lyndhurst, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in Tarrytown, New
York on Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 2021, with live coverage across FOX
Sports networks. Due to the ever-changing government restrictions during the pandemic
a move to a springtime, outdoor dog show was necessary to uphold Westminster’s
strong commitment to the health and safety of everyone who attends our show.

Westminster Weekend will kick-off with the Masters Agility Championship on Friday,
June 11, 2021 followed by the Masters Obedience Championship on Saturday, June 12,
2021. Junior Showmanship, Breed, Group, and Best in Show judging will be June 12 –
13, 2021. For the first time, the Best in Show competition will be televised live on FOX.

“We are excited to host the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Lyndhurst, a unique
icon of American culture with its park-like landscape and majestic castle overlooking the
Hudson River,” said Westminster Kennel Club President Charlton Reynders III. “The
wide-open outdoor space at this extraordinary venue allows us to hold a dog show
safely while following current social distancing guidelines and public health regulations.”

Lyndhurst — A National Trust for Historic Preservation Property
Lyndhurst—home to America’s Finest Gothic Revival mansion just 25 miles north of
New York City—is a 67-acre estate on Route 9 in Tarrytown, New York. The property
was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded not-for-profit,
in 1961. The estate was designed in 1838 by renowned architect Alexander
Jackson Davis. Noteworthy occupants include former New York City mayor William
Paulding, merchant George Merritt, and railroad tycoon Jay Gould.
Gould’s youngest son, Frank Jay Gould, was an avid owner, breeder, and exhibitor of
rough- and smooth-coated St. Bernards at Westminster in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. The family offered many trophies to St. Bernard winners including the silver
Gould Challenge Cup.

Lyndhurst is no stranger to dog shows having hosted them for more than three
decades. In 1983, the legendary New York Times dog show reporter Walter Fletcher
called Lyndhurst, “one of the most beautiful show sites in the country.”
More information about Lyndhurst.

FOX Sports Television Schedule
Saturday, June 12, 2021
• FS2 – Select daytime breed judging, junior showmanship preliminaries, and
obedience highlights will be televised live from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
• FOX – The Masters Agility Championship will be televised from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00
p.m. (EDT)
• FS1 – Pre-show at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) televised live
• FS1 – Groups from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (EDT) televised live
Sunday June 13, 2021
• FS2 – Select daytime breed judging and junior showmanship preliminaries will be
televised live from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
• FOX – Pre-show at 7:00 p.m. (EDT) televised live
• FOX – Groups and Best in Show from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. (EDT) televised live

The Westminster Kennel Club wishes to thank the Greenwich Kennel Club and the
Longshore Southport Kennel Club for relinquishing their respective AKC-licensed dog
show dates to the Westminster Kennel Club so its dog show could continue in 2021,
securing its history, since 1877, as the second, continuously held sporting event in
America behind the Kentucky Derby. The club would also like to thank the LEAP Agility
Club of Central Massachusetts for allowing Westminster to hold the Masters Agility
Championship within the 100-mile limit of their event.

Big changes in our ever-changing world.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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