Best in Show: Local Dogs, Owners Head to New York
Pinehurst residents and Moore County Kennel Club members Carol Dowd, Beth Dowd, Jane Hammett Bright (of “Survivor” fame) and her daughter, Ashley Hammett, are headed to New York with their dogs to participate in the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Show at Madison Square Garden.
Westminster is the second oldest sporting event in America, second only to the Kentucky Derby.
Beth Dowd and, her daughter, Carol Dowd, are no strangers to this event, having received Best In Show there in 2009 with their Sussex spaniel “Stump.” They have four dogs entered at Westminster: two Pembroke Welsh corgis and two lakeland terriers.
The corgis are named Grand Champion, CH Happiharbor Saddle Lane Ty and Grand CH, Champion Last Stop Sosa Fabulous. The corgis compete in the herding group.
Lakeland Grand Champion CH Hi-Kel Terrydale Soldier of Fortune is named, as was the whole litter, for soldiers, as breeder Maripi Woolridge’s son is in Iraq. Soldier of Fortune, whose call name is Ranger, is a two-time breed winner at Westminster and has garnered 52 Best in Show awards in her career. She is returning to competition after time off to be bred and have puppies. Also coming along is a promising young male lakeland, CH Hi-Kel Terrydale Fortune Seeker. The terriers will compete in the terrier group
Jane Hammett Bright was last seen not with a dog at hand, but competing on “Survivor: Nicaragua.” She and Ashley head out with two male Shetland sheepdogs (shelties), CH Shadow Hill’s Blue Grass and CH Shadow Hill’s Blue Print. Shelties are part of the herding group.
Karolynne McAteer, another Pinehurst resident and an Irish setter breeder, heads “dogless” to New York to head up the film crew for the live daytime streaming video of the two-day event.
If any of these dogs wins Best in Breed, which is judged during the day, it will be competing during the evening portion of the competition, which will be covered live on USA Network at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, with the hound, toy, nonsporting and herding groups, with coverage switching to CNBC at 9 p.m. Tuesday’s coverage on USA Network begins at 8 p.m. with the sporting, working and terrier groups, followed by Best in Show.
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