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Lexington’s Mary Miller among judges for the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in NYC

Lexington resident Mary A. Miller is among one of seven group judges at the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on Monday, Feb. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Miller will officiate over the Non-Sporting Group during the evening competition held at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The two-day, all-breed dog show, a highlight of Westminster Week, will feature daytime judging at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan.

Mary A. Miller

Miller grew up in Niles, Michigan and has been involved with the sport of dogs since the early 1970s showing both in conformation and junior showmanship with her Dalmatians.

When her first Dalmatian, a $75 non-show dog, won best of breed and a group first at their first AKC match show, she was hooked. Through the years, many people helped her improve her handling skills and acquire knowledge of different breeds. After college at Western Kentucky University, she started a small Dalmatian breeding operation.

Miller is the author of Junior Showmanship – From Hand to Lead, the 1995 juvenile/children book award winner from the Dog Writer’s Association of America. 

Miller is a life member of the Lexington Kennel Club and longtime member of the Dalmatian Club of America, as a board member, show chairman and junior showmanship chairman. She obtained her license to judge junior showmanship in 1978 and continued through the years acquiring the Non-Sporting group and several hound breeds. This is her second judging assignment at Westminster. 

All daytime preliminary breed and junior showmanship judging, agility and obedience competitions will be held at Piers 92 and 94 on the West Side of Manhattan.  The group, Best in Show and junior showmanship finals judging will be held at Madison Square Garden in the evening. 

The dog show is preceded on Saturday, Feb. 10, by the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Pier 94 as part of the “Meet & Compete” event which also includes AKC Meet The Breeds® on Piers 92 and 94.
All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.
For the full Westminster Week schedule, visit the website.

From Westminster Kennel Club

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  1. Barbara says:

    I am a dalmation lover an i have owned 4 of them in my lifetime. I am 65 years old an I now own my 4th child ,a dal who”s name is Greyson. Dalmations are truly a magnificent breed, they are intelligent, mischevious, active and can be a handful but they are loyal an loving an to me all 4 of my children were an are an have been the only breed for me an my husband. Each one has been unique in personality but at the same time quite a bit alike. I was blessed that they all lead long lives an each time I had to say goodbye it broke my heart but they each lived to be14 to16 years old an they still live in my heart. The best to you an your love for our breed.

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