June 12, 2022
By Shana Liebman–
On June 18, the legendary Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show returns to the Lyndhurst National Historic Trust for the second consecutive year.
The 146th annual competition was originally scheduled to be held at Madison Square Garden in January, but Covid concerns again led to the club relocating to the Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown.
Tarrytown’s History of the Westminster Dog Show
Lyndhurst Executive Director Howard A. Zar said “The Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Lyndhurst last year was nothing short of magical…The synergy of having a dog show on the property and having so many stray dog lovers on the grounds really brought the property to life in a historically accurate way.
In fact, there is a rich history of dog shows in Lyndhurst, starting with Jay Gould, a railway tycoon who bought the Tarrytown estate as a summer home in 1880, and often showed purebreds . He even hosted a kennel on his property. Gould and his children owned bulldogs, Pekingese, St. Bernards, Great Danes, pointers, spaniels, sheepdogs, and a Chihuahua. The family bequeathed the 67-acre estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961, and the land subsequently served as the headquarters of the Westchester Kennel Club dog show from 1973 to 2009.
According to Zar, last year’s event proved that Lyndhurst is an ideal venue for the event. Not only did it feature many breeds bred by the Gould family, but Gould Saint Bernard Cup competition also returned to Lyndhurst for the first time. “Even the ‘Best in Show’ winner, a Pekingese, was the same breed of dog that was the favorite of Lyndhurst’s last owner, Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand,” Zar said. “So we think there was some site karma to crown a winner who had been a favorite on the property in years past.”
Westminster Dog Show 2022
The 2022 show begins on June 18 with the “Masters Agility Competition” and ends with the announcement of the “Best in Show” on June 22. Unlike last year, the 2022 event will be open to spectators who can not only watch the competitions but also take tours of the mansion and visit vendors in tents on the Lyndhurst grounds.
“Having spectators at the show provides a breed education opportunity where we can provide the public with a relevant and trusted source of dog breed history and information,” says Gail Miller Bisher, Communications Director at Westminster. Kennel Club.
There will be 3,200 dogs competing in conformation, agility, obedience and junior presentation classes over the four days. The dogs come from 49 states and nine countries. This year, two new breeds will be introduced: the Mudi, joining the Herding group, and the Russian Toy in the Toy group.
“We are also launching two new initiatives – a partnership with Valor Service Dog and an inaugural Vet of the Year award,” adds Bisher. Valor Service Dog is sponsoring a puppy-in-training – a golden retriever named Betty – who will undergo 18-24 months of training before being placed as a service dog with a military veteran or first responder in need. The vet award will go to Dr. Joseph Rossi of North Penn Animal Hospital, and Westminster is donating $10,000 in Dr. Rossi’s name to MightyVet, a nonprofit platform founded to support vets, students and vet techs that address mental well-being issues. and continuing education in the veterinary profession.
How to watch the Westminster Dog Show in Lyndhurst
Tickets are on sale at westminsterkennelclub.org. Due to capacity limitations, there are no tickets available for ‘Group Judging’ or ‘Best in Show’ events. Parking must be reserved and is located in either Belvedere or Montefiore, both of which are a short walk and/or shuttle ride from Lyndhurst.
Live streaming of all events is available via the Westminster Kennel Club website. FOX will air coverage and other events will be available on cable channels FS1, FS2.
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