Live from New York: The 148th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2024 with our New York TV Show Host: Kristal Hart

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The dogs take Over the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing: Queens, New York, for the The 148th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2024, and to Celebrate 131 Years of this amazing competition. The Westminster Kennel Club is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of pure bred dogs. It was established in 1877. At New York City’s Madison Square Garden for many years, the Westminster Dog Show shifted locations several times throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the Westminster Dog Show was hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing: Queens, New York, for the second year in a row.Sage, a miniature poodle, was crowned the best in show at the 148th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held Monday and Tuesday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. A powerful moving, perfectly coifed 3 ½-year-old black female Miniature Poodle named “Sage” (MBIS/MBISS GCHG Surrey Sage) captured a place in history winning Best in Show at the 2024 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Presented by Purina Pro Plan. Sage was crowned best in show during the annual event, beating out more than 2,500 other dogs:  See in the above photo: the coveted win at the prestigious dog show was bittersweet for handler Kaz Hosaka of Greenwood, Delaware, who is retiring after 45 years in the sport. “I have been very lucky,” he said. Hosaka has won seven Westminster Non-Sporting Group Firsts, and Sage is his second Westminster Best in Show winner. In 2002, Hosaka handled the Miniature Poodle “Spice” (CH Surrey Spice Girl) to Best in Show, the first Miniature Poodle to win at Westminster since 1959. Spice is the great-great-granddam of Sage. Hosaka bred both Miniature Poodles.  “Sage made me very proud tonight,” Hosaka said after the show. “Poodles are not easy to show. There were lots of echoes, lot of people, and she managed it. She did it for me.”  “The Miniature Poodle has beautiful type, an incredible head and incredible coat. She has a great tail set and showed like a million bucks,” said Rosalind Kramer of High Point, North Carolina, the Best in Show judge. Sage won her career 35th Best in Show at the 148th Westminster Dog Show May 14, 2024, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. The Miniature Poodle topped more than 2,500 dogs representing 200 breeds. Sage makes 17 of the past 18 Westminster Best in Show winners fueled to their wins by Purina Pro PlanHosaka came to the U.S. in 1977 to apprentice with revered Poodle breeder Anne Rogers Clark. After she passed away, he continued the bloodline, devoting nearly 50 years to the Surrey breeding program.

“It took 22 years to win the first Westminster Best in Show, and another 22 years today to win the second one,” Hosaka said. “It was always my dream to win at Westminster.” The No. 1 all-systems Miniature Poodle in 2023, Sage currently is the No. 1 all-breed Miniature Poodle. Among her wins, Sage won the Non-Sporting Group at the AKC National Championship in 2023. Kathleen Wallen is the co-breeder of Sage and Cathy Gauche of Houston is the owner. The Westminster Best in Show winner is fed Pro Plan All Ages Sport Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice Formula dog food.

Mercedes, Reserve Best In Show winner and Herding Group winner, competes during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on May 14, 2024:In the below photo Handler Willy Santiago competes with the Afghan hound Zaida during breed group judging on May 13, 2024:  In the below photo: “Louis,” GCHP Sunlit’s King of Queens, an Afghan Hound from Roseville, California, took home the top honor of the Hound Group. Louis, a 6-year-old male, is co-owned by Alicia Morrison Jones and Jamie Souza Bartlett: Comet the Shih Tzu took the Toy Group title: and Sage the Miniature Poodle won the 2024 @WKCDOGS Non-Sporting Group! Chief is an Irish Wolfhound, the same breed as Sparky from Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure.

A dog splashes down during the Dock Diving event at the 148th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York City, on May 11, 2024:

In the below photo a dog herds ducks into a cage at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on May 11, 2024: Through the 134th Westminster Show (February 2010), Best in Show has been won by the Terrier Group 45 out of the 103 times that the prize has been awarded since 1907, that’s more than twice as many wins as any other group. The single breed that has won the most is the Wire Fox Terrier, which has won 14 times! The wire fox terrier has won Westminster more than any other dog breed, with 15 Best in Show wins.

In the below photo: Dogs compete during Canine Celebration Day on May 11, 2024, in Queens, New York: The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the preeminent authority on what makes a good dog. There have been 115 winners so far. Of those winners, none have come from the three most popular breeds in America: French bulldog, Labrador retriever or golden retriever.

A dog participates in Masters Agility Championship Preliminaries on May 11, 2024:  Despite rising in the most popular rankings the past few years to dethrone the 31-year leader, the Labrador Retriever, the French Bulldog has never won Best in Show at Westminster. The breed did, however, win Reserve Best in Show at Westminster in 2022.

The majestic breed, ranked 16th in popularity by the AKC, has been shown at the Westminster Dog Show since 1887. But Great Danes have only won Best of Group five times, the latest being all the way back in 1983.

The feature film will tell the true Cinderella story behind the 1980 Westminster Kennel Club show, where young Trish Kanzler handled her mother’s red Siberian Husky, Cinnar, to Best in Show—a remarkable feat, considering it was done with no money, a 23-year-old handler, and a dog who had lost part of an ear in a scrap. Some of the most memorable Westminster Dog Show Winners include Warren Remedy, a Smooth Fox Terrier who won Best in Show twice in 1907 and 1909, and Ch. Warren Remedy, a Wire Fox Terrier who won in 1910. In 1933, Wareland’s Lucky Break, an Airedale Terrier, made history as the first dog to win Best in Show three times! This news story is brought to you live from New York by our Entertainment & Sports Today and Entertainment Today TV Show Host: Kristal Hart, our New York based TV reporter, who specializes in Sports News coverage, with shows that are broadcast on Time Warner/Spectrum Cable TV throughout all of New York. Kristal Hart is also the TV Show Host of The Kristal Hart Show, which brings you in-depth interviews, and film coverage of some of the biggest events in Sports, Boxing, and Showbiz, in New York, the United States, and Overseas! Kristal will be bringing us a series of TV shows that all of our staff are sure you will enjoy ! On this show you can see interviews with most of the Dog Owners with their dogs who won an award, along with many other great interviews from this amazing event!

The Westminster Kennel Club is excited to announce that the 149th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show presented by Purina Pro Plan will return to Manhattan in February 2025. Daytime events will kick off on February 8 and will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on all three days. The evening events on February 10 & 11, including group judging and the Best in Show ceremony, will take place at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden (MSG). The 2025 return is a continuation of the long-standing relationship between The Garden and The Westminster Kennel Club – marking the first time since 2020 that the Dog Show will be held at MSG, where it was one of the storied venue’s original events.

Featuring nearly 3,000 top-winning dogs, the 149th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will feature its 12th Annual Masters Agility Championship presented by Purina Pro Plan on February 8 at the Javits Center. The events on February 10 & 11 across both venues will include breed competitions, group judging, and the Junior Showmanship competition, culminating with the coveted Best in Show ceremony at Madison Square Garden on the evening of February 11.

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held its first event in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden, which was officially renamed Madison Square Garden in 1879. Between 1877 and 2024, the Dog Show was held at The Garden in all but 11 years, creating a lasting connection between The Westminster Kennel Club and MSG.

The Westminster Kennel Club, established in 1877, is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of showing dogs. It hosts the iconic, all-breed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the second-longest, continuously held sporting event in the U.S. after the Kentucky Derby and, since 1948, the longest nationally televised live dog show. The Club’s mission is to enhance the lives of all dogs by celebrating the companionship of dogs and promoting responsible dog ownership and breed preservation. The Club advocates for purpose-bred dogs, with an understanding that each breed has a legacy and history that deserves to be taught, honored, and preserved. The Club uses education to raise awareness and encourage owners to conscientiously select dogs that are the right match for their families. The annual dog show—a conformation competition for purpose-bred dogs—and the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championship—where dogs from all backgrounds are eligible to compete—make Westminster Week, with thousands of dogs from the U.S. and around the world, a pinnacle experience for any dog lover. “America’s Dog Show” has captivated canine enthusiasts for more than a century. Learn more at westminsterkennelclub.org.

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