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Westminster announces show postponement

Issue: 07/01/2022

The Westminster Kennel Club show has been postponed due to the rise in Covid cases in New York.
Cases in the city have surged by over 60 percent and the club’s governors announced it was postponing its 2022 event, scheduled for late January, to later in the year. A new date wasn’t given.
‘The health and safety of all participants in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are paramount,’ the group said in a statement. ‘We appreciate the community’s continued interest and support as we delay the show to a time when we can safely convene.’
The Westminster Kennel Club was set to welcome over 200 breeds and varieties of dogs to its 146th Annual Show.
The 144-year-old dog show attracts thousands of competitors from around the US and is normally held in February, with semi-final and final rounds at Madison Square Garden. 

Moved

Last year, it was moved to June and held outdoors at the Lyndhurst estate in suburban Tarrytown, north of New York City. Spectators weren’t allowed, and human participants had to be vaccinated or newly tested.
Best in Show at the 145th Westminster Kennel Club was the Pekingese ‘Wasabi’, BIS BISS GCHG Pequest Wasabi, owned by Sandra Middlebrooks, Peggy Steinman, the late Honourable Iris Love. Presented, bred and co-owned by David Fitzpatrick.
Currently there are a million Covid-19 cases per day the US and the postponement comes less than two weeks after more than 8,500 canines, owners and handlers converged for another top US dog show, the American Kennel Club National Championship in Orlando, Florida.


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