2021 Westminster Weekend
Important Information Concerning the 2021 Events
Plans for the 2021 show are moving forward. The safety and well-being of our exhibitors, judges, spectators, and dogs is our top priority. Due to the pandemic, our planning decisions are being guided by government mandates and public health guidelines. Therefore, the number of spectators (Ticket Sales), non-essential support personnel, and possibly exhibitors may be limited based on these state requirements. Please check back for the latest updates concerning attendee participation on our website and social media channels.
THE 145th ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW MOVES TO JUNE 2021 AT HISTORIC LYNDHURST ESTATE IN TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK
New Breeds Barbet, Biewer Terrier, Belgian Laekenois, and Dogo Argentino Join America’s Dog Show
New York, NY – The 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show presented by Purina Pro Plan ® 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 Junior Showmanship, Breed, Group, and Best in Show judging on June 12 - 13, 2021. The Masters Obedience Championship will be on Sunday, June 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.”
For more information visit Lyndhurst.org.
FOX Sports Television Schedule
Saturday, June 12, 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 - 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, junior showmanship preliminaries and obedience highlights 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
Westminster Weekend Schedule
Friday, June 11, 2021:
- 8th Annual Masters Agility Championship
Sunday, June 13, 2021:
- 6th Annual Masters Obedience Championship
Monday, June 12, 2021:
- Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding Breeds and Groups.
- Junior Showmanship Preliminaries
Tuesday, June 13, 2021:
- Junior Showmanship Preliminaries and Finals
- Sporting, Working, and Terrier Breeds and Groups
- Best in Show judging
New Breeds at Westminster 2021
Four newly AKC-recognized breeds — the Barbet, Biewer Terrier, Belgian Laekenois, and Dogo Argentino — will join the 209 eligible breeds at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in 2021.
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 and Taconic Hills Kennel Club for their support of the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championship date changes.
Details regarding entries, invitations, junior showmanship qualifications, host hotels, and other information will be announced once finalized. For the latest updates visit westminsterkennelclub.org.
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