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Westminster Kennel Club Announces the 2016 Show’s Judging Panel

Dr. Richard Meen of Toronto has been chosen to evaluate Best in Show at the 140th annual Westminster Kennel Club canine present on February 15-16, 2016. He will turn into the sixth overseas decide and third Canadian to make the choice of the prime award in the sport’s most prestigious occasion.

Dr. Meen grew to become actively concerned with purebred canines in 1965 and has bred and exhibited various breeds below his prefix Kishniga. His homebred Borzoi was prime canine of all breeds in Canada in 1977, and he bred and co-owned the prime Terrier in Canada in 2011 – a Skye Terrier. Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Kennel Club, he’s lively in lots of canine organizations in Canada and the US, and judges throughout the world. He has judged at Westminster on 4 different events, together with the Terrier Group in 2007. Dr. Meen practices psychiatry in Toronto.

He will head a panel of 37 judges from 17 states, Canada and Ireland, who will officiate at the canine present, held at Madison Square Garden and Piers 92/94 in New York City. The panel consists of 12 judges who’ve judged Groups in the previous, and 14 who’re judging for his or her first time at Westminster.

Group judges are Ms. Bonnie Threlfall of Cary, NC, Sporting; Ms. Virginia Lyne of Saanichton, B.C., Canada, Hound; Mr. Norman Kenney of Crossroads, TX, Working; Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen of Pinehurst, NC, Terrier; Mr. Jason Hoke of Madison, WI, Toy; Mr. Luc Boileau of Lake Geneva, WI, Non-Sporting; and Ms. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC, Herding. Dr. Wyatt Delfino of New York, NY, will decide the Junior Showmanship finals.

Seven breeds might be eligible for Westminster for the first time in 2016: Lagotto Romagnolo (Sporting Group), Cirnecco dell’Ettna (Hound), Boerbel (Working), Berger Picard (Herding), Miniature American Shepherd (Herding), Bergamasco (Herding) and Spanish Water Dog (Herding). The addition of those breeds makes a complete of 199 breeds and varieties in competitors.

The membership additionally introduced the judges for its third Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster to be held at Pier 94 on February 13, the Saturday previous the all-breed present. Those judges are Mr. Nalle Jansson of Haggeby, Sweden, and Ms. Kitty Bradley of Boulder, CO.

Here is the whole 2016 Westminster Kennel Club judges panel and assignments (topic to American Kennel Club approval):



Mr. Jack Gohde, Toms River, NJ: English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters.

Mr. David Kittredge, Rochester, NY: Brittanys, Pointers, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels.

Mr. Carl Liepmann, Flushing, MI: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels, Spinones Italiano, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.

Mrs. Virginia Murray, Island Lake, IL:
German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Flat Coated Retrievers, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wirehaired Vizslas.

Mrs. Polly Smith, St. Stephens Church, VA: Lagotto Romagnolo, Irish Red and White Setters.

Ms. Lisa Weiss, Huntington, NY: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.



Ms. Barbara Pepper, Swannanoa, NC: Basenji, Basset Hounds, Borzoi, Harriers, Ibizan Hounds, Petit Bassets Griffons Vendeen, Pharaoh Hounds, Portuguese Podengos Pequeno.

Mrs. Polly Smith, St. Stephens Church, VA: Beagles (each Varieties), Dachshunds (all varieties).

Dr. Robert Smith, St. Stephens Church, VA: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black & Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhound, Cirneco dell’Ettna, English Foxhound, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.

Mr. John J. Walsh, Athboy, County Meath, IRELAND: Afghan Hounds, Bloodhounds, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Scottish Deerhounds,Whippets.



Mr. David Haddock, Nashville, TN: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Giant Schnauzers, Kuvaszok, Siberian Huskies, St. Bernards, Standard Schnauzers.

Mrs. Virginia Murray, Island Lake, IL: Portuguese Water Dogs.

Mr. Jay Richardson, Elgin, IL: Cane Corsos, Chinooks, German Pinschers, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Komondorok, Samoyeds.

Ms. Judith Ann Smith, Hendersonville, NC: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Dogues de Bordeaux, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Newfoundlands.

Mrs. Polly Smith, St. Stephens Church, VA: Boerboel.

Mr. John J. Walsh, Athboy, County Meath, IRELAND: Great Danes, Leonbergers, Rottweilers.

Mr. John R. Walsh, Newbridge, County Kildare, IRELAND: Black Russian Terriers, Doberman Pinschers, Mastiffs, Tibetan Mastiffs.



Mr. Ronald Menaker, Jupiter, FL: American Staffordshire Terriers, Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Bull Terriers (each Varieties), Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Rat Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Mr. Richard Powell, Bainbridge, PA: Cairn Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Parson Russell Terriers, Russell Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.  

Ms. Betty-Anne Stenmark, Woodside, CA: Airedale Terriers, Border Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Irish Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Welsh Terriers.

Mr. John R. Walsh, Newbridge, County Kildare, IRELAND: Kerry Blue Terriers, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers.



Ms. Joy Brewster, Newtown, CT: Chihuahuas (each Varieties), Japanese Chins, Toy Fox Terriers.

Mr. Tim Catterson, New Castle, IN: Havanese, Italian Greyhounds, Maltese, Shih Tzu.

Ms. Charlotte Patterson, Destin, FL: Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffons, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chinese Cresteds, English Toy Spaniels (each Varieties).

Mr. Norman Patton, Mesa, AZ: Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Toy Poodles, Silky Terriers, Toy Manchester Terriers.

Mr. Charles Scott, New Castle, IN: Miniature Pinschers, Pugs, Yorkshire Terriers.



Mr. Mark Kennedy, Murrysville, PA: Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows, Finnish Spitz, Keeshonden, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehund, Schipperkes, Tibetan Spaniels, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintli.

Ms. Mary Miller, Lexington, KY: Dalmatians, French Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Shiba Inu.

Mr. Norman Patton, Mesa, AZ: Cotons de Tulear, Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles.

Mr. Charles Winslow, Monrovia, MD: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichons Frise, Boston Terriers, Bulldogs.



Mrs. Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine, Ann Arbor, MI: Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Border Collies, Canaan Dogs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

Mr. Michael Faulkner, Center Cross, VA: Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, German Shepherd Dogs, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Norwegian Buhunds, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik, Pyrenean Shepherds, Swedish Vallhunds.

Mr. Carl Liepmann, Flushing, MI: Beauceron, Bouviers des Flandres, Briards.

Mrs. Polly Smith, St. Stephens Church, VA: Australian Cattle Dogs, Bergamasco, Spanish Water Dogs.

Dr. Robert Smith, St. Stephens Church, VA: Bergers Picard, Miniature American Shepherds.

Mr. John R. Walsh, Newbridge, County Kildare, IRELAND: Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Collies (each Varieties), Old English Sheepdogs, Shetland Sheepdogs.


JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP PRELIMINARIES: Mr. Blake Hansen of Merritt Island, FL, and Mrs. Karen Mammano of Webster, NY.

The Westminster Kennel Club is America’s oldest group devoted to the sport of purebred canines.  Established in 1877, Westminster’s affect has been felt for greater than a century by its well-known all-breed, benched canine present held yearly at New York’s Madison Square Garden.  The present is America’s second longest repeatedly held sporting occasion, behind solely the Kentucky Derby.  For extra info, go browsing to the Westminster Kennel Club web site.



Here are the earlier overseas Best in Show judges who’ve officiated at Westminster. There was no Best in Show award made in the first 30 years of the present (1877-1906). Best in Show was awarded for the first time in 1907 and has been made yearly since, aside from 1923, for a complete of 108 awards in the present’s 139-year historical past.

This checklist doesn’t embody these years when BIS was decided by a panel of judges and doesn’t embody 1907-1911, when the identify(s) of the decide(s) weren’t recorded.

1914 – Midgely Marsden, Whaley Bridge, England
1929 – Dr. Carleton Y. Ford, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1930 – W.L. McCandlish, Foxlydiate, Redditch, England
2006 – James Reynolds, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

2011 – Paolo Dondina, Monterchi (AR), Italy



The following breeds might be eligible for the first time to compete at Westminster in 2016, making a complete of 199 breeds and varieties eligible to enter:

•    Lagotto Romagnolo (Sporting Group)
•    Cirneco dell’Ettna (Hound Group)
•    Boerboel (Working Group)
•    Berger Picard (Herding Group)
•    Miniature American Shepherd (Herding Group)
•    Bergamasco (Herding Group)
•    Spanish Water Dog (Herding Group)

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