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Westminster K.C. Best-Of-Breed Winners
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"The Westminster Kennel Club started as a small, private gentlemen's club devoted to the sport of hunting with dogs and became one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world. ... At the very beginning, these gentlemen wanted to provide a forum for comparing the conformation of dogs against each other. They were aware of success of dog shows in England and the few that had been held on a limited scale in the US, so they had an idea of what kind of an event they wanted. Westminster's first show was in 1877. Held at Gilmore's Garden (which is no longer standing), the show was called the “First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs.” This four-day event on May 8th thru 11th of that year attracted an entry of 1177 dogs." -- Sari B. Tietjen, "Westminster - An Historical Perspective", AKC Website, 1999

Pointer Best-in-show and Group Winners

As of the 2009 show, Pointers have won:
-- Westminster Kennel Club website, 2009

Pointer Breed Winners
  • 2012 - Josh GCh. Tahari's To Wild To Be Serious

  • 2011 - Ch. Chesterhope Sharp As ... (BOS: Ch. Kingscroft Night In Havana RN)

  • 2010 - Ch. Bookstor Inherit The Wind ... (BOS: Ch. Marjetta Diamond Lil, JH)

  • 2009 - Ch. Penpoint San Antonio Rose ... (BOS: Ch. Penpoint In Dress Blues)

  • 2008 - Holly Ch. Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry (also Group 2) ... (BOS: Ch. Malmasons Alydar Jet Ranger, JH)

  • 2007 - Ch. Dobe's Den Point Becky ... (BOS: Ch. Creeksyde's Bee Outrageous)
  • 2006 - Ch. BiBa's Encore ... (BOS: Ch. Kingscroft French Vanilla)
  • 2005 - Ch. Creeksyde's Bee Outrageous ... (BOS: Ch. Cookieland's Life of Leisure)
  • 2004 - Ch. Alydar's Can't Buy Me Love ... (BOS: Ch. Black Alder Chino)
  • 2003 - Ch. Kinnike Stewart ... (BOS: Ch. Whereathy Xanadu Prince)

  • 2002 - Sportin Good Ch. Oncore C'Wood Sportin Good ... (BOS: Ch. Cookieland's Life of Leisure)

  • 2001 - Sportin Good Ch. Oncore C'Wood Sportin Good ... (BOS: Ch. Kinnike Stewart, JH)

  • 2000 - Kinsman Ch. Bee Serious Kinsman ... (BOS: Ch. Kingscroft Heads I Win)

  • 1999 - Ch. Black Alder Bunker Hill ... (BOS: Ch. Bookstor Emily Bronte)

  • 1998 - Bee Serious Ch. Albelarm's Bee Serious (also Group IV) ... (BOS: Ch. Takara The Cat's Meow Alcher, JH)

  • 1997 - Bee Serious Ch. Albelarm's Bee Serious

  • 1996 - Bee Serious Ch. Albelarm's Bee Serious

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  • 1994 - Reatta Ch. Marjetta Reatta of Kintyre

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    "As of 1992, the Show is limited to dogs who have earned their AKC champion of record title." -- Westminster Kennel Club Website, August 2000

  • 1991 -

    Booker T and Bees Dazzle

  • 1990 - Bee's Knees Ch. Luftnase Albelarm Bee's Knees (also Group II)

  • 1989 - Bee's Knees Ch. Luftnase Albelarm Bee's Knees (also Group I)

  • 1988 - Bee's Knees Ch. Luftnase Albelarm Bee's Knees

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  • 1986 - Deputy Ch. Marjetta National Acclaim (Group I and BIS)

    The Best-in-show judge was: Mrs George John Wanner. -- Westminster Kennel Club website, 2009

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  • 1970 - Lord Ashley Ch. Counterpoints Lord Ashley (also Group I)

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  • 1964 - Ch. Crookrise Danny of Muick (also Group I)
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  • 1962 - WD: Crookrise Danny of Muick
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    Ch. Rockfalls Skylark -- BOB at Westminster either 1958, 59, 60, or 1961

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  • 1951 -Ch Captain Speck (also Group I)
  • 1950 - C P (also Group I)

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  • 1947 - Beacon's Game Lad Ch. Beacons Game Lad (also Group I)

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  • 1935 - Nancolleth Marquis Ch. Nancolleth Marquis (also Group I)

  • 1934 - Benson of Crombie Ch. Benson of Crombie (also Group I)

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  • 1932 - Nancolleth Markable Ch. Nancolleth Markable (Group I and BIS, also 1931 Crufts RBIS)

    The Best-in-show judge was: Hon Townsend Scudder. -- Westminster Kennel Club website, 2009

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  • 1929 - Ch. Herewithem JP (also Group I)
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  • 1927 - Ch. Dapple Joe (also Group I)
  • 1926 - Ch. Nancolleth Belle (also Group I)

  • 1925 - Governor Moscow Ch. Governor Moscow (Group I and BIS)

    "In the heart of New York City, before one of the largest galleries that ever beheld a dog show in any land, in competition with approximately two thousand of the best dogs America ever produced, Governor Moscow, the Pointer, was proclaimed the best of them all. By this feat he becomes the bench show champion of champions for 1925. Not in twenty-five years has one of his breed won this honor. -- Horace Lytle, IN: Nature Magazine, June 1925

    The Best-in-show judges were: Walter S Glynn, Theodore Offerman, Robert A Ross, and Ralph C English. -- Westminster Kennel Club website, 2009

  • 1924 -

    Group I went to the Parti Cocker, with Reserve going to the Pointer. -- Westminster Kennel Club Website, 2009

    First year AKC Best-In-Show --- "In 1923, AKC barred interbreed competition except in the Miscellaneous Class. Comprehensive new rules for Groups and Best In Show judging were adopted effective 1924. Under the new rules and judging procedures adopted at that time, all breeds (except for those in Miscellaneous Competition) were separated into five groups: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs, which included at that time all Hound breeds; Group 2 - Working Dogs; Group 3 - Terriers; Group 4 - Toy Breeds; and Group 5 - Non-Sporting Breeds. These Best of Breed winners in each group were then judged together to determine the best dog in that group and, finally, the five group winners met to decide the best dog in the show. By 1924, the new group alignment was in general use. The Westminster Kennel Club was the first to include judging for Best In Show under the new format. Later in the 1920's, the groups were expanded to six, as Hounds became separate group." -- AKC Website, 2002

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    "More prizes than ever to be won outright will be put up for competition this year at the forty-fifth annual show of the Westminster Kennel Club to be held once more at Madison Square Garden on February 10, 11 and 12. ... Those who have been selected to officiate as judges so far are: ... G. Muss-Arnolt, Tuckahoe, N.Y. -- American and English foxhounds, pointers, English setters, retrievers, wire-haired pointing griffons, Belgian sheepdogs, Samoyedes, boxers, schipperkes, pugs, toy poodles, Maltese, toy black and tan terriers, Chihuahuas and miscellaneous, English toy and Japanese spaniels." -- Dogdom, February 1921, vol.21, p.605

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  • 1919 - "Runnymede Regent" (dog), and "Bort's Syracuse Girl" (bitch).

    "An impressive array of 1,598 canines of high degree transformed Madison Square Garden into a vast, noisy kennel yesterday at the opening of the annual bench show of the Westminster Kennel Club. ... With the war over, the Dog Show has come back into its own, and there was more real enthusiasm displayed around the rings where the entries were being judged than has been shown for several seasons. An arrangement was made with Dr. George W. Little of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals under which all the entries will be inoculated as a preventive against distemper. This is the first time that such a plan has been carried out." -- The New York Times, February 20, 1919

    Judge. - U.R. Fishel.
    Winners. Dogs. -- Won by Runnymede Kennels' "Runnymede Regent": reserve, Runnymede Kennels' "ch. Runnymede Launcelot". Winners
    Winners, Bitches. -- Won by James W. Bort's "Bort's Syracuse Girl"; reserve, Joseph Wirsching's "Lilly Von Jaegerlust"."
    -- The New York Times, February 22, 1919

  • 1918 -

    "The petted aristocrats of the dog world -- 1,636 strong -- were benched at the fourty-second anual show of the Westminster Kennel Club at Madison Square Garden yesterday, and throughout the week will compete for blue ribbons and prizes in the praiseworthy cause of the American Red Cross." -- The New York Times, February 21, 1918

    "There were an unusual number of surprises in the decisions of the judges, and the dog owners were grouped about in little gatherings, airing their opinions all afternoon. ...    Another unlooked for result was the unplacing of William Zeigler, Jrs's noted pointer, "Mary Montrose"". -- The New York Times, February 21, 1918

    MARY MONTROSE PLACED FOURTH.    When "Mary Montrose" came into the ring with the other pointers, it was taken for granted by the knowing ones about the rail that she would carry away the blue ribbon. But Mr. Cole favored another of Mr. Zeigler's pointers, "Great Island Ringing Bells", for first prize among the American breds, with T.J. Donahue's "Shannondale Bella Donna" second, W.T. Payne's Midkiff Zuka" third, while "Mary Montrose" was fourth. This class furnished the greatest surprise of the day." -- The New York Times, February 21, 1918

    "Mr. Zeigler's pointers and field trial dogs are among the best exhibits of the show. These dogs have, during the last year or more, competed in field trials in Manitoba, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and in the South, and have finished in first place in seventeen events. These dogs also won the Derby championship in Oklahoma, and among this pack "Mary Montrose" was rated as a perfect type of the species." -- The New York Times, February 21, 1918

    Judges -- James Cole.
    American-Bred Dogs. -- First, W.T. Payne's "Midkiff Glen"; second, P.A. Shell's "Runnymeade Meddler".
    Open, Dogs, Under 55 Pounds. -- First, Runnymeade Kennels' "Champion Runnymeade King"; second, Runnymeade Kennels' "Champion Runnymeade Lance".
    Open, Dogs, 55 Pounds and Over. -- First, P.A. Shell's "Runnymeade Meddler".
    Winners Dogs. -- First. W.F. Payne's "Midkiff Imperious Maud"; reserve, J.Armstrong's "Post Road Ledger".
    -- The New York Times, February 23, 1918

  • 1917 - Bob White Geltsdale Ronald (dog)... Mary Montrose Mary Montrose (bitch)

    "At the 1917 Westminster show, where I judged pointers and setters, he (Mr. E. B. Chase) showed, among others, a recent importation, a fine, big, upstanding dog called "Bob White Geltsdale Ronald". This dog, for a heavyweight, was one of the best I have seen in late years; in fact, he would compare favorably with some of the old winners, but in many respects he was superior to "Graphic", "Beaufort", "Lad of Bow", or "Tempest", for although he was a big dog, there was no useless lumber about him. I promptly put him to the front as the best pointer in the show, over "Mary Montrose", which took winners in bitches." -- Hochwalt, 1923

    Judge -- A.F. Hockwalt ...
    Winners, Dogs. -- First, Bob White Kennels' "Bob White Coltsdale Ronald": reserve, F.H. Addyman's ch. "Watland Wisdom". ... Winners, Bitches. -- First, William Ziegler, Jrs's, "Mary Montrose"; reserve, Runnymede Kennels' ch. "Wildacres Victoria"." -- The New York Times, February 24, 1917

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  • 1911 - "Beppo B"

    "With 3,250 entries and 1,208 dogs on the benches the annual show of the Westminster Kennel Club will open to-morrow morning and last through Thursday. This will be the biggest dog show every held in this country., ...   Of the breeds represented fourteen have more than 100 entries, ...    pointers 113, ...    Pointers are particularly well represented. George R. French will show champion "Handsome Sam", Mrs. Edmund Throckmorton's champion "Beppo B", George Bleistein's champion "Mallwyd Glory", champion "Wedding Bells", and champion "Melksham First Choice", while other exhibitors will include S.S. Schuyler, R.E. Westlake, W.L. Armstrong, Ancell H. Ball, Albert C. Goodwin, and R.C. English. ...    The judging will be done as follows: Monday ... E.B. Chase, pointers, griffons, (kirthals,) English setters; ... " -- The New York Times, February 12, 1911

    "Dogs of every known breed and variety were benched yesterday at the thirty-fifth annual show of the Westminster Kennel Club, in Madison Square Garden. It was the greatest exhibition of canines that has every been held in this country. Over 2,000 dogs were yelping, barking, snapping, and growling, and these canines represented over 3,000 entries." -- The New York Times, February 14, 1911

    "Summary of awards: ...    Pointers. -- William I. Thomson Cup -- Won by Mrs. Edward Throckmorton's champion "Beppo B". -- The New York Times, February 17, 1911

    "In 1911 ... definite rules for classified and unclassified "special" prizes were established. A classified special prize was one offered in a single breed, somewhat similar to an award for best of breed (although the AKC did not record such a win). An unclassified special was a prize offered in classes involving multiple-breed competition similar to the present groups and best in show. Competition for this prize was by representatives of several breeds in a single class. "Special" prizes were offered at most shows; dogs could be entered for "Specials only" and this practice is the origin of our present day use of the word referring to champions as "Specials", or "Specialing" a dog." -- AKC Website, 2002

  • 1910 - Mark's Rush Mark's Rush (dog, at age 10)

    "DOGGY DAYS AT THE GARDEN. Westminster Club to be the Host for All. ... Bench and field trial winners of fame will be prominent among the pointers and setters. ... As Ancell H. Ball is to be the judge, his noted pointers will be for exhibition only, but the champions of record will include Beppo B., Mark's Rush, Sandford Phantom, Wedding Bells, Melksham First Choice and Malwyd Glory." -- Excerpt from: The Sun, February 6, 1910

    "Westminster Kennel Club's Thirty-fourth Annual Show -- Held at Madison Square Garden, New York, Feb. 9-12, 1910. Superintendent, James Mortimer, Hempstead, L.I. Number of classes, 645; number of entries, 1,963; number of dogs, 1,792. Points, 5. Judges: ... Ancell H. Ball, Water Mill, L.I. -- Pointers." -- C.S.R. Blue Book of Dogdom, 1911, p.85

  • 1909 -

    "DOGS ARRIVE AT GARDEN. Veterinarians Kept Busy by Westminster Bench Show Entries. ... There are 3,039 entries and nearly 2,000 individual dogs. There would have been more but for the embargo against bringing live stock of any sort from Canada due to the prevalence of the hoof and mouth disease. There was a lifting of the ban last Friday, but as the entries closed on January 21, over one hundred dogs were barred out. John Armstrong with the pointers of George J. Gould was an early arrival from the shooting box in North Carolina. Some large strings to pass inspection were the ... A.H. Ball's pointers from Water Mills, N.Y., and Southern field trials: ... The rules permit dogs of the same breed from one kennel to be benched together, and some of the owners will ahve novel and attractive decorations over their packs of dogs." -- Excerpt from: The Sun, February 9, 1909

  • 1908 - "Branne's Imp" (dog), "Jess of Kent" (bitch)

    "Police Lieutenant Wakefield, whose trained squad of police dogs figured as the feature attraction on Thursday, came in for a new share of attention when, with his entry "Jess of Kent", he won the Walton Ferguson Cup for the best pointer bitch. H.K. Knapp's Treasurer's Cup for the best pointer dog went to E.F. Heath's dog "Branne's Imp"; F.R. Hitchcock's Cup for the best pointer in the field trial class went to H.A. Waldron's "Narwald Primrose", and Thomas Paton's cup for the best pointer puppy went to E.B. Chase's "Malwyd Florence". Waldron's "Narwald Primrose" also earned the important pointer victory of the Clarence H. Mackay Cup for the best pointer or setter of either sex which ahs been a winner in a recognized field trial in either the United States or Canada." -- The New York Times, February 15, 1908

  • 1907 - "Handsome Dan" (dog) ... "Dainty Kitty" (bitch) ...

    "The Club's first Best in Show award was made in 1907 to a Smooth Fox Terrier, "Ch. Warren Remedy". She also won the top award in 1908 and 1909, making her the only dog to have won three Best in Shows at Westminster. To date, seven dogs in all have taken more than one Best in Show, the lastest being Dr. Milton E. Prickett's English Springer Spaniel, "Ch. Chinoe's Adamant James" in 1971 and 1972." -- Westminster Kennel Club Website, 2002

    "DOG SHOW JUDGES: Officials Announced for Annual Westminster Club Exhibition. The judges for the thirty-first annual dog show of the Westminster Kennel Club, to be held at Madison Square Garden, on February 12, 13, 14, and 15, have been announced as follows: ... William Arkwright, Sutton Scarsdale, England --- Pointers, retrievers and basset hounds." -- Excerpt from: New York Tribune (New York, N.Y.), December 24, 1906

    "Awards in Winners Classes. Pointers: Dogs - Handsome Dan; George R. French, Pequamock, N.J. ... This was not the only hard luck of the day of George J. Gould's entries. He sent his well tried out field dogs to the ring in the pointer classes, and while Forlough Dusterd won in the limit for dogs over fifty-five pounds and in the limit for American bred, both were unplaced in dog winners to Handsome Dan, the novice winner, a homebred owned by Georgbe R. French, of Pequannock, N.J. The English judge, William Arkwright, passed on the pointers and pleased the railbirds." -- Excerpt from: The Sun (New York, N.Y.), February 13, 1907

    "In pointer bitches Judge Arkwright picked up the New Jersey young bitch Dainty Kitty and carried her through the minor classes. He gave Champion Coronation reserve in winners. Dainty Kitty is a liver and white of a very attractive head. ... Pointers: Bitches - Dainty Kitty, F.F. Heath, Newark, N.J." -- Excerpt from: The Sun, February 14, 1907

  • 1906 - Mark's Rush Mark's Rush (dog) ... Coronation Coronation (bitch)

    "First in Winners' Classes: Pointers, Dogs - Champion Mark's Rush, owned by George Bleistein, Buffalo, N.Y.; Bitches - Coronation, owned by George Bleistein, Buffalo, N.Y." -- The Sun (New York, N.Y.), February 15, 1906

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    "There is a total entry of 2,701 for the show of the Westmisnter Kennel Club, on Feb. 13 to 16, which is larger than in any previous year. The oddity classes, which are for the breeds newly admitted to registration, such as the Pekinese spaniels, Griffons Bruxellois, Chihuahuas and Russian sheepdogs, have all filled well and also the variety classs, which are for dogs of all breeds under entirely new conditions. These classes are to be a spectacular feature as well as of interest to the breeders. The first will bring into the ring the dogs that have won the title of champion in all breeds at the show, who will be placed for the four awards of $25, $15, $10, and $5. This will bring into rivalry big dogs and little ones; fighters, hunting dogs and sprinters, the best of the lot receiving the awards. There is a similar class for champion bitches, and for the winners in the open and novice class. There is a class of the sort for the winning toys and the remaining novelty classes are the breeders' class and team and brace prizes. ..." Pointer Entry: 81. -- The Sun (New York, N.Y.), February 5, 1905

    "Nearly 3,000 Dogs At Show ... Among the pointer classes are Edward ???the's Devonshire Maxim, Capt. B.E. Owen's Swafheld Baron Faskelly, M.T. Mason's Tartator, L.V. Fer??? Lad of Knowiton, D.W. Armstrong's Plain Sam, B.F. Lewis's Mark's Rush, W.H. Hanley's Matt's ???rada and R.R. Moore's Princess Alice. ..." -- Excerpt from: The Evening World (New York, N.Y.), February 13, 1905

  • 1904 - Mark's Rush Mark's Rush (dog)

    "Westminster Kennel Club Specials, to be won outright, open to all --

    • George De Forest Grant's silver cup for the best pointer dog -- B.F. Lewis's Champion Mark's Rush.
    • Walton Ferguson, Jr.'s silver cup for the best pointer bitch. -- R.E. Westlake's Westlake Ornament.
    • Thomas Paton's silver cup for the best pointer puppy -- Trafton B. Mason's Lady Betty.
    • L.S. Thompson's silver cup for the best pointer -- B.F. Lewis's Champion Mark's Rush. ...
    • The Westminster Kennel Club also gave a special of $20 for the best team of four in each breed entered and owned by one exhibitor, provided two teams, the property of different owners, competed. The winning owners were: ... pointers, R.E. Westlake;"

    -- Excerpt from: The Sun (New York, N.Y.), February 14, 1904:

  • 1903 - "Duke of York" (dog)

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    "There are 2,366 entries for the show, representing nearly 1,700 individual dogs. Last year, which was the record until the pending Westminster event, there were 2,125 entries and 1,543 single dogs." ... "Pointers of note in the ring will be R. Crompton's Motto, Banner Boy, Dan Woodstock and May Hobson; Sydney Smith's Ightfield Boy, C.L. Shaver's Earl of Shrewsbury, E.W. Throckmorton's Duke of York, G.S. Mott's Prince's Boy, Shotaway and Mott's Regent; J.H. Ogden's Landsdowne Malt, W.Fergueson, Jr.'s King William, Lad's Lilly and Lady Lal; Swiftbrook Kennel's Dustaway and the Westlake Kennel's Startle and Belle." -- Excerpt from: The Sun (New York, N.Y.), February 16, 1902

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    "WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB." -- Twenty-fifth Dog Show of the Westminster Kennel Club, held at Madison Square Garden, February 19, 20, 21 and 22, 1901. Dogs entered, 1,538. Absentees, 100., Championship Points, 5. JUDGES: ... Mr. George Jarvis, Pointers." -- American Kennel Club Stud-book, 1901

    February 19-22, 1901 ... 1st, Open Dog, under 55 pounds - Mott's Banner Boy; 1st, Open Dog, 55 pounds and over - Baby Kent; 1st, Open Bitch, 50 pounds and over - May Hobson; 1st, Open Bitch, under 50 pounds - Ch. Westlake Seattle. -- "Outing", 1901

    " ... Pointers, judged by that old breeder, Mr. George Jarvis, were, as usual, a good group. In many instances the weaker sex exhibited more quality and better points than their male companions. The latter were a pretty level lot, yet I did not consider the best up to the highest standard.Really good specimens, especially dogs, both in this country and Great Britain, are scarce. Better heads are wanted. The most prevailing faults appear to be mean and too snipy muzzles, light colored eyes and coarse skulls necks rather short and furnished with too much loose skin. With these faults, others are almost certain to follow, notably wide and loaded shoulders, together with coarseness. "Lad of Kent", the property of the judge, wears wonderfully well; although eleven years of age he can yet obtain honors in the prize list. Mr. George Mott’s "Banner Boy", who secured the coveted ribbon in novice dogs, will never make a flyer, and in my humble opinion is not in the same class with his kennel mate, "May Hobson", a high quality bitch, might in type, character and outline; a little more substance over her hips and thighs would be further improvement. She won all she could. Mr. F. J. Kent’s "Kate" and "Bell Westlake", from the Westlake Kennels, are both representative pointers. The latter’s shoulders have developed rather too much substance yet she was one of the best heavy pointers on the benches. ..." -- "Outing", April 1901

  • 1900 - Lad of Kent Ch. Lad of Kent (dog, 11 years old), "Urada" (bitch)

    "Champion classes being a thing of the past, the highest honors awarded at the show are what are known as "winners' prizes." These are awarded to the best male and female in all the principal breeds and to the best animal in the minor classes irrespective of sex. A reserve prize is given to the second best in each class, in case the winner should for any reason be disqualified. The following is a complete list of these championship awards: ...&nsp;  POINTERS.    Males -- George Jarvis's "Lad of Kent", (champion) winner; Walter Ferguson, Jr.'s "King William, reserve. Females -- Frederick J. Lenoir's "Urada", (champion) winner; Westlake Pointer Kennels' "Belle Westlake", reserve." -- The New York Times, February 23, 1900

    ""Lad of Kent" was one of the handsomest heavyweight pointers of his time, and as evidence of this we have only to cite his New York record, where he won highest honors for pointers at the Westminster Kennel Club show eight or nine years in succession. "Lad of Kent's" last win (1900) was made when he was eleven years old." -- Hochwalt, 1922, p.52, and 1911, p.58

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    "The twenty-third annual bench show of the Westminster Kennel Club opened yesterday in the Madison Square Garden. It is the largest show the club ever held, there being 1,526 dogs benched, and in quality it is far ahead of any previous show." -- The New York Times, February 22, 1899

    "In the pointer classes W. Gould Brokaw was the most successful. The pointers this year are a fine lot, and the puppies, so one judge said, were as fine a lot as he ever saw." -- The New York Times, February 23, 1899

  • 1898 - Lad of Kent Ch. Lad of Kent, Best Pointer Dog, "Fay Templeton", Best Pointer Bitch.

    "Best Pointer dog -- George J. Jarvis's "Lad of Kent". Best Pointer Bitch -- R.A. Fairnbairn's "Fay Templeton". -- The New York Times, February 28, 1898

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    "At the show of the Westminster Kennel Club, New York, held in February, 1897, and which in America holds a similar position to the Birmingham and Kennel Club exhibitions here, there was an entry of upwards of one hundred pointers. The judge, Mr. George Raper, of Sheffield, pronounced them an excellent lot, and as a group quite equal to the best he has ever seen in Curzon Hall or at the Crystal Palace. The pointer appears to be the most popular 'shooting dog' in the States, and, as alread hinted, their admirers there have been more successful in breeding them up to the highest standard of excellence than is the case with the setter in any of his three varieties." -- A History and Description of the Modern Dogs of Great Britain and Ireland, 1893, p.61, by Rawdon Briggs Lee

    "Of the sporting dogs that are to be seen at the show the pointers will probably prove the most attractive. There are ninety-two entries in the classes for this breed, and several others will be on exhibition. Of those on exhibition only, "King of Kent" and "Sandford Druid" are the two most prominent. They are owned by the Westminster Kennel Club. George Gould has one of the finest kennels of pointers in the country, and he has entered liberally in the show. His best dogs are "Furlough Mike", "Lady Gay Spanker", "Ridgeview Comet", "Ridgeview Chancellor", "Furlough Maid", and "Furlough Blue". W. Gould Brokaw has entered "Sir Walter", "Wild Rose", and "Belle of Easterbrook." Another good dog that will be seen is George Jarvis's "Lad of Kent". ...    One class at the show is for pointers that have been placed in field trials. This will bring together E.O. Damon's "Strideaway" and George J. Gould's "Ightfield Diana". "Strideaway" is valued at $5,000, and he won the Derby, Derby Absolute, and field trials in 1892, first and second All Aged Stakes in 1894, and the field trials in 1895. "Ightfield Diana" won the fifth field trials." -- The New York Times, February 21, 1897

    "George Gould, who was a little unfortunate with his pointers on Monday, had better luck yesterday. In the class for bitches under fifty pounds he won first and second prizes, with "Miss Rumor" and "Lady Gay Spanker". In the heavy-weight class the prize was given to E.M. Beale's "Alice Leslie" and the reserve ribbon to George Gould's "Josie Brackett". Probably what pleased Mr. Gould better than anything else was the winning of the prize offered for field trial winners. Two competed for this prize -- Mr. Gould's "Ightfield Diana" and E.O. Damon's "Strideaway". "Strideaway" has the better record of the two as a field trial dog, but was only placed second to "Ightfield Diana"." -- The New York Times, February 24, 1897

  • 1896 -

    "Once again the Westminster Kennel Club has scored a most gratifying success ... twentieth annual bench show, held in Madison Square Garden, February 19-22 ... That the show was one of the best on record, goes without saying. The paid entries, including duplicates, numbered more than sixteen hundred. The catalogue showed 1,409 dogs, very few of which were not upon the benches. The quality of the classes was fully up to standard. The arrangements were better than in previous years, the space being used to better advantage. ... The judges were: ... Pointers—J. L. Anthony, Netherwood, N. J. ... Among the sporting classes, high quality was the rule. The pointers, heavy and light, were a grand lot of workmanlike animals. In ch. class, dogs, 55 lbs. and over, Geo. Jarvis’ "Lad of Kent" and Leamington Pointer Kennel’s "Count Graphic" were 1, 2. In the corresponding class for bitches, Geo. J. Gould’s well-known "Josie Bracket" and Geo. Jarvis’ "Lass of Kent" were placed as named. In the open class, dogs 55 lbs. and over, first, G. S. Mott’s "Sir Walter"; 2d, R. J. Richardson’s "Jackson"; 3d, Hempstead Farms, "Hempstead Druid"; 4th, Geo. Jarvis’ "Pride of Hollymere". Bitches— 1 st, Geo. J. Gould’s "Devonshire Pearl"; 2d, Leamington Kennels’ "Lady Graphic"; 3d, withheld; 4th, J. R. Purcell’s "Chart". Ch. dogs, under 55 lbs.—1 st, Geo. J. Gould’s "Ridgeview Comet". Bitches—Geo. J. Gould’s "Lady Gay Spanker". Open, dogs—1 st, H. L. Jone’s "Prince’s Boy"; 2d, George J. Gould’s "Chancellor"; 3d, Dr. Daniel’s "Plain Sam"; 4th, Geo. J. Gould’s "Furlough Mike". Bitches—Dr. Daniel’s "Belle of Lancaster"; 2d and 3 d, Leamington Kennel’s "Count Graphic’s Baby" and "Brighton Flossie"; 4th, Geo. Jarvis’ "Amazement". Puppies, dogs—1st, R. A. Fairbairn’s "Yoka’s Lad"; 2d, A. M. Hopper’s "Brown Bones"; 3d, G. S. Mott’s "Defender"; 4th, Geo. Jarvis’ "Sandford of Kent". Bitches—1 st, A. M. Hopper’s "Brighton Lass"; 2d, J. B. Matthew’s "Lass O’Yoker"; 3 d, H. L. Jone’s "Belle of Babylon"; 4th, G. Muss- Arnolt’s "Springside Dory". Novice, dogs—1. J. C. Bergen’s "Prince’s Lad"; 2d, Dr. Daniel’s "Plain Sam"; 3d, Electric Kennel’s "Lad of Bang"; 4th, Hempstead Kennel’s "Hempstead Druid". Bitches —1st, "Belle of Lancaster"; 2d, Geo. Fergurson’s "Pearl of Huntingdon"; 3d and 4th, J. R. Purcell’s "Chart" and "Lady Margaret". Field Trial Class— 1 st, "Plain Sam"; 2d, "Lady Margaret". ..." -- "Outing", March 1896

  • 1895 -

    "Westminster Kennel Club -- Nineteenth Annual Bench Show, held at Madison Square Garden. New York, February 19, 20, 21 and 22, 1895. Entries, 1,406; Absentees, 29. Judges ... Mr. Charles Heath, Newark, N.J., Pointers ..." -- AKC Studbook, 1885, Vol.XII

    DOGS HAVING THEIR DAY, Annual Reception of the Canine Aristocracy, Westminster's Successful Show:
    The nineteenth annual bench show of the Westminster Kennel Club was thrown open to the public in Madison Square Garden promptly at 9 o'clock yesterday morning. As is usual with this exhibition, everything was in first-class order in the Garden at that time. The dogs were on the benches, the rings were ready for the judges, and the attendants were ready to take their charges before the judges in the competition. It was the annual reception of the aristocracy of the canine world. There were blue-blooded dogs from all parts of the country, and they were introduced to many that had come from foreign countries, several having been brought from Europe specially for this show. ...

    On the main floor the benches are placed in aisles, and in the centre are six rings, so arranged that they can be thworn into one for the performing dogs. The big dogs are benched at the Madison Avenue end, on the south side are the St. Bernards and mastiffs, and the pointers and setters are on the north side. The arrangement looks almost as though Superintendent Mortimer had graded the dogs according to size, for they gradually get smaller toward the east end of the Garden, until the fox terriers are reached.

    The judging began promptly at 10 o'clock. The judges occupied the rings as follows: ... Ring 4 -- Pointers, Charles Heath, Newark, N.J.; Irish water spaniels, clumber, field, and cocker spaniels, E.M. Oldham, New York. ...

    The show this year is the best the Westminster Kennel Club has ever given. The entry lst is the largest on record and the quality of the dogs shown is improving each year. ...

    Each afternoon and evening Prof. V.P. Wormwood's troupe of performing dogs and monkeys give entertainments. They are very clever. ...

    Challenge Dogs, 55 Pounds and Over. -- First, George Jarvis's "Lad of Kent"; second, Hempstead Farm's "Sandford Druid". Challenge Bitches, 50 Pounds and Over. -- First, Hempstead Farm's "Woolton Game"; second Springside Kennel's "Lady Tammany". Open Dogs, 55 Pounds and Over. -- First, George S. Mott's "Sir Walter"; second, Rindada Pointer Kennels' "Prince Gegent"; third, Springside Kennels' "Ridgeview Bow", fourth, C.Muss Arnolt's "Lord Bracken"; V.H.C., J.G. Bergen's "Princess Lad"; V.H.C., Frank H. Feer's "Gamester"; V.H.C., Archer C. Wheeler's "Naso Bang"; V.H.C. Rinna Pointer Hennels' "Hempstead Prince". Open Bitches, 50 Pounds and Over. -- First, George Jarvis's "Lass of Kent", second, Charles D. Roberts's "Devonshire Pearl", third, Springside Kennels's "Springside Nell"; fourth, Springside Kennels' "Belle"; V.H.C., R.H. Robertson's "Lass of Tammany"; V.H.C., T.C. Davey's "Brighton Leda"; V.H.C., Spring & Lenoir's "Urada". Challenge, Under 55 Pounds. -- First, Springside Kennels' "Duke of Hesson"; second, Netherwood Kennels' "Ridgeview Tenny". Challenge Bitches, Open, Under 50 Pounds. -- First, George J. Gould's "Miss Rumor"; second, Springside kennels' "Homestead Pearl".

    -- New York Times, February 20, 1895

  • 1894 -

    "There are 1,344 separate entries by 612 individuals and clubs. Sixty-six of the exhibitors are women. ...    107 pointers ..." -- The New York Times, February 21, 1894

    "It was remarked by an old visitor that the women visitors, although ignorant of the "points" of the animals, seldom erred in selecting one of correct type on which to bestow attention. Even in the "sporting classes" such blue bloods as the pointers "Champion King of Kent", "Lad of Kent", "Duke of Hessen", "Birt & Kent's Count", ... became objects of intstinctive interest to the women visitors." -- The New York Times, February 21, 1894

    "POINTERS. Challenge Class, Dogs, 55 Pounds and Over. -- First prize, $20, George Jarvis's "Lad of Kent"; second prize, $10, William Ledyard's "Tempest". Challenge Class, Bitches, 50 pounds and Over. -- First prize, $20, Hempstead Farm's "Woolton Game"; second prize, $10, T.G. Davey's "Josie Brackett". ... Challenge Class, Dogs Under 55 Pounds. -- First prize, $20, Hempstead Farm's Champion "Duke of Hessen"; second prize, $10, F.A. Hodgman's Arhtur. Challenge Class, Bitches Under 50 Pounds. -- First prize, $20, T.G. Davey's "Lady Gay Spanker"; second prize, $10., T.G. Davey's "Miss Rumor". ... -- The New York Times, February 21, 1894

  • 1893 - Duke of Hessen Ch. Duke of Hessen

    "It's getting to be a 'moral' that any undertaking of the Westminster Kennel Club means a certain success -- nay! a 'howling' success -- and surely the club's show last month at Madison Square Garden scored a triumph. A grandeur lot of high-bred canines were perhaps never gathered under one roof, and from the 'fancy' to the 'four hundred,' all united in the decision that it was an extraordinarily good show and admirably managed. For seventeen years the club has held regular annual shows, and it must be extremely gratifying to all concerned that the seventeenth fixture proved the best of all the long series. Unfortunately the weather was about as unfavorable as it could well be, and the attendance was not quite up to last year's record, though enough to leave a handsome cash balance to the good. Never was show better managed -- but, then, Mr. James Mortimer was, as usual, superintendent, which explains everything. The sanitary arrangements were excellent, and the benching and feeding, by Spratts' Patent, allowed of no criticism. The handsome catalogue was good indeed, and the innovation in the matter of neat rosettes in lieu of diplomas seemed to give general satifaction. ...   W. Tallman, English, Irish and Gordon setters and pointers; ... ...    A grand lot of pointers were shown. Lad of Kent, Woolton Game, Ridgeview Panic, Josie Bracket, Duke of Hessen, Lady Gay Spanker, Arthur, Patti, Odd Fellow, Lady Grace and Graceful II. were the cream of a clinking lot." -- Outing, March 1893, p.15

    "POINTERS. ...   Club's $25 for best exhibit of four pointers, entered and owned by one exhibitor -- Hempstead Farm. Club's $100, cash or plate, for best kennel of four field-trial pointers -- Hempstead Farm. Club's $25 for best pointer dog sired by "King of Kent" -- George W. Lovell's "Dash A". Club's $25 for best pointer bitch sired by "King of Kent" -- George W. Lovell's "Wild Lily". Pointer Club's $10 for best heavyweight pointer dog -- eorge Jarvis's "Lad of Kent". Pointer Club's $10 for best lightweight pointer dog -- Hempstead Farm's "Duke of Kent". Pointer Club's $10 for best lightweight pointer bitch -- T.G. Davey's "Lady Gay Spanker". Bronze medal for the best pointer -- Hempstead Farm's "Duke of Hessen". Prize of $25 for best pointer dog in open classes -- Charles Heath's "Arthur"." -- The New York Times, February 23, 1893

  • 1892 - Duke of Hessen Ch. Duke of Hessen

    "POINTERS. ... The Westminster Club's $25 for the best exhibit of four by one owner -- T.G. Davey. For the best pointer in the open classes, with a public field trial record -- Hempstead Farm Kennel's "Woolton Game". The Herald bronze medal for the best pointer; the American Field cup of the Pointer Club of America, for memebers only -- Both won by Hempstead Farm Kennel's "Duke of Hessen". Ten dollars for the best black and white pointer dog in the open classes -- Rufus Delafield's "Fritz". Ten dollars for the best black and white bitch in the open classes -- Maumee Kennel's "Barmaid"." -- The New York Times, February 25, 1892

  • 1891 - Duke of Hessen Ch. Duke of Hessen

    "Special Prizes. -- Pointer Club of America, prize of $25 for best dog in open classes, "Graph", Charles Heath; same for best female -- "Woolton Game", Hempstead Farm Kennels; best pointer, with field trial record, $50, "Duke of Hessen", Hempstead Kennels; best four dogs, $25, Hempstead Kennels; best pointer in show, Medicine Chest, "Duke of Hessen"." -- New York Times, February 25, 1891

  • 1890 - Robert Le Diable Ch. Robert Le Diable

    "$25 for the best pointer to the Hempstead Farm Kennels' "Robert le Diable"; $25 to the Hempstead Farm Kennel for the best exhibit of pointers." -- New York Times, February 12, 1890

    "The bench show this year has been a success in every way. With the exception of the pointers, which in this show have not made a very good showing, every class has been admirably filled with most excellent dogs." -- New York Times, February 15, 1890

  • 1889 - Graphic Ch. Graphic

    "The judges, in their work of awarding prizes, reached the following results: ... Westminster Kennel Club's special prize for the best kennel of four pointers entered and owned by one exhibitor. Charles H. Heath. Westminster Kennel Club's silver medal for the best pointer dog that has been placed in any field trial in America. F.R. Hitchcock's "Duke of Hessen", 6,258. Westminster Kennel Club's silver medal for the best pointer bitch that has been placed in any field trial in America. Charles Heath's "Sally Brass II"., 11,210. J.O. Donner's special prize, in cash or plate, for the best pointer in the show. Charles Heath's "Graphic", 4,067. F.R. Hitchcock's special prize for the best pointer sired by . Clifton Kennel's "Tory White", 10,675." (note, need to check this AKC number, not clear in scanned source) -- New York Times, February 21, 1889

    "The New York show of 1889 probably presented the finest collection of pointers ever seen on the bench in this country and is interesting in history as having brought together the dogs of the first and second epochs -- the meeting kiss of the old and the new. The pointer men had always avoided one cause of dispute by dividing their dogs into classes on the bench -- light weights and heavy weights. In this show appeared "Bang Bang", "Graphic", "Lad of Bow", "Bracket", "Beppo III", "Rumor", "Duke of Vernon", "Brake", and "Pontiac". Almong the light-weight dogs were "King of Kent" and "Duke of Hessen", two dogs which figured in the revolution of field trial pointesr and are now constantly found in the studbook pedigrees. WIth eighteen in the light-weight class, "King of Kent" was first and "Duke of Hessen" second. Specimens of the other sex in that show were "Meally", "Bloomo", "Revel III", "Queen Fan", "Lass of Bow", and "Sally Brass II"." -- The Sporting Dog, by Joseph Alexander Graham, 1904, p.29

  • 1888 - "Fritz"

    "ALl of the regular classes were judged yesterday, and the judging for the remainder of the specials will take place this morning. ...    Special prizes were also awarded as follows: ...    best kennel of pointers, Graphic Kennels; ...    best pointer in the show, C.W. Littlejohn of Leesburg, Va., for "Fritz"; ...    best heavy-weight pointer bitch in show, Graphic Kennels, for "Revel III"; ...    best pointer dog placed in any American field trial, Graphic Kennels, for "Lad of Bow"; -- The New York Times, February 23, 1888

  • 1887 - Robert Le Diable Ch. Robert Le Diable (dog), "Malite" (bitch)

    "There are 119 classes, and three prizes for each class, the first tow being cash. In addition, about $1,000 worth of special prizes are offered. The Eastern Field Trials Club offers seven medals for dogs that have been placed in any field trial held in America. The Westminster Kennel Club offers 15 silver medals. ... The show will be opened Tuesday and continue until Saturday. It promises to be the social event of the season." -- New York Times, May 1, 1887

    "The judging will begin at 10 o'clock to-day, and probably in the following order: ... Ring 2 -- Pointers and English setters, by J.O. Donner." ... -- New York Times, May 3, 1887

    "The Highland Kennels took the Eastern Field Trials Club medals for best pointer dog with "Robert le Diable", and best pointer bitch with "Malite". F.R. Hitchcock took the medal for best pointer kennel, also the Westminster Kennel prizes, and the Blackstone Kennels took the medal for the best kennel of English setters. -- New York Times, May 5, 1887

  • 1886 - Robert Le Diable Ch. Robert Le Diable

    "Every one who admires dogs at all can appreciate the beauty of a well-bred poitner. this exhibition is rich in noble specimens of this clean-built, sinewy dog. It is a pleasure to look at htem and to handle them. Of course there are a number of signs requesting visitors not to handle the dogs, and of course the visitors pay no attention to them. The bulldogs, bull terriers, and mastiffs are generally viewed from a distance, for their reception of strangers is not encouraging. But pointers are quiet and well disposed beasts, and though they do not welcome strangers with the affectionate demonstrations of the frivolous collie they make no serious objections to a kindly pat on the head. The display of the Graphic Kennel, of Jersy City, is remarkably fine. There are the ex-champion of England, "Graphic", a beautiful liver and white animal; "Revel III", "Bracket", and "Mealy" in this kennel, and it would be a difficuklt thing to bring four finer pointers together. Of course the old reliable of the St. Louis Kennel Club, "Robert Le Diable", the 8-year-old son of "Croxteth" and "Spinaway", stands first in individual merit. He has never been beaten. Charles H. Odell's "Consolation", by "Bang Bang", out of "Grace III", is the prince among the pointer puppies. He is white and orange in color and is 16-months old." -- The New York Times, May 6, 1886

    "The list of judges is as follows: Pointers, J.M. Tracy ...    The following awards were made yesterday: ...    Class GG. -- Special Prize of Plate for the Best Pointer Sired by "Bang Bang" -- Won by Charles H. Odell's "Consolation". Class FF. -- Special Prize for the Best Dog or Bitch Sired by "Graphic" -- Won by F.F> Harris's "Sir Anthony". Class H. -- Special Prize for the Best Kennel of Pointers -- Won by Graphic Kennel. Class M. -- Special prize for the Best Pointer Under 18 months Old -- Won by Charles H. Odell's "Consolation". ...    Class B. -- Special Prize for the Best Pointer Bitch -- Won by Luke W. White's "Lalla Rookh". Class YY. -- Special Prize for the Best Poitner Dog or Bitch -- Won by the St. Louis Kennel Club's "Robert Le Diable". Class A. -- Special Prize for the Best Pointer Dog -- Won by James L. Breese's "Bang Grace". -- The New York Times, May 6, 1886

    "A very successful show was held at Madison Square Garden on February 8, 9, and 10, in connection with the New York Fanciers' Club's magnificant show of poultry and pigeons. ..." -- Outing, April 1886, no.1, p.103-123.

  • 1885 - Robert Le Diable Robert Le Diable (also best Sporting Dog)

    ""5556 Robert Le Diable" -- Highland Kennels, Red Bank, N.J. Breeder, St. Louis Kennel Club, St. Louis, Mo. Whelped June 12, 1883; liver, white and ticked; by "Champion Croxteth", out of "Spinaway". See tabulated pedigree. Field Trial: -- Winner all-aged Pointer stake, E.F.T. Club, 1886. Bench Shows: -- Special for best Pointer, New York; special for best Sporting Dog, New York, 1885; 1st, St. Louis; 1st, Cincinnati; champion, Pittsburg; champion and special; New York 1886." -- AKC Studbook, 1887, Vol.IV

    "The ninth annual dog show of the Westminster Kennel Club was held at Madison Square Garden, on April 28, 29, 30 and May 1. ... Mr. J.M. Tracy, of Greenwich, Conn., pointers and Irish setters: ...


    Champion - Over 55 lbs. -- Dogs: No entries. Bitches: Prize. Christopher Moller ("Water Lily"). -- Open - Over 55 lbs. -- Dogs: 1st, E.C. Sterling ("Robert Le Diable"); 2d, C.W. Littlejohn ("Fritz"); 3d, Clifton Kennels ("Donald II"). Very high com. and high com., Neversink Lodge Kennels ("Drake" and "Croxteth"). Bitches over 50 lbs. -- 1st, Jas. P. Swain ("Nan"); 2d, withheld; 3d, Neversink Lodge Kennels ("Lady"). -- Champion - Under 55 lbs. -- Dogs: Prize, Geo. Norbury Appold ("Brave"). Bitches under 50 lbs. -- Prize, John E. Thayer ("Rue") -- Open - Under 55 lbs. -- Dogs: 1st, Clifton Kennels ("Robin Adair"); 2d, Christopher Moller ("Bon Ton"); 3d. G.W. Amory ("Bob"). Very high com., Arthur Burt ("Hamlet"). High com., Robert C. Cornell ("Prince of Orange"). Bitches under 50 lbs. -- 1st, Neversink Lodge Kennels ("Jilt"); 2d, D.S. Gregory, Jr., 3d's ("Belle"); 3d, John E. Thayer ("Rhona"). Very high com., J.W. Munson ("Modesty"). High com., Clifton Kennel ("Rosa") and H.C. Sherman ("Dora"). -- Puppies -- Over 12 and Under 18 Months Old -- Dogs: 1st, Ramapo Kennels ("Duke of Bergen"); 2d, Mortimer Mills ("Tempter"). Very high com., John E. Thayer ("Result"). High com., E.H. Moeran ("Rex"). Bitches: No entries. Puppies under 12 months old: 1st, Ramapo Kennels ("Happy Medium"), Luke W. White ("Bang Grace"). Very high com., Clifton Kennels ("Lue"). High com., E.D. McConnell ("Mona"). ...


    Eastern Field Trials Club prizes for dogs that have run and been placed in any of the field trials that have been held in America, club medals to each: ... Best pointer dog, "Drake"; best pointer bitch "Rue". ... Westminster Kennel Club's medals: ... Best pointer, "Robert le Diable" ... Medford Fancy Goods Co. collar prizes: ... Best pointer under 18 months, "Duke of Bergen" ...

    Best pointer or setter, "Robert le Diable" ... Best ligh-weight pointer, "Rue", ...

    -- American Kennel Register, May 1885

  • 1884 - Meteor "Meteor" (dog, first, "Over 55lbs" champions class)

    "The eighth annual bench show of dogs, under the auspices of the Westminster Kennel Club, was opened in the Madison-Square Garden yesterday morning. The pouring rain and chilly atmosphere had a serious effect upon the attendance, but, nevertheless, a goodly nmber of people were present in the course of the day. The arrangement of the kennels afforded excellent opportunities for visitors to see the dogs. The centre of the Garden was taken up with an oblong inclosure, covered with sawdust and surrounded by a low picket fence. Inside of this inclosure the judges were at work all day judging the different classes of animals as fast as they could be brought out by the attendants, who, clad in brown shooting coats and caps, were kept busy all the time. On each side of ths oblong inclosure ran two rows of kennels the entire length of the Garden. Each row was in reality two rows, as it was partitioned through the centre and had kennels on both sides. ...

    The display of pointers and setters is large and fine. The Westminster Kennel Club has a row of neat iron-railed kennels just at the left of the entrance, in which repose "Sensation", "Bang Bang", "Bellona", and "Lassie", all dogs of excellent breeding and the winners of prizes. They are not entered for competition, but are worth looking at, and found many admirers yesterday. "Meteor", the property of J.W. Munson, of St. Louis, and "Beaufort", who belongs to C.H. Manson, of Higate House, Bradford, Yorkshire, England, repose in adjoining kennels, and it was whispered yesterday that the owners are offering all kinds of bets on their dogs for the champion pointer prize. Prices were appended to the description of most of the entries in the catalogue, and people can lay their hands on pointers and setters valued all the way from $100 to $10,000. The smaller pointers are very pretty, their smooth silky coats and soft, intelligent eyes attracting much admiration. "George III", a beautiful lemon and white one, lay in a decorated kennel and was fondled often. ..."

    -- The New York Times, May 7, 1884

  • 1883 -

  • 1882 -

    "At the New York Show the well-known pointer "Faust" won the Champion Prize (Pointers) ... In the open big Pointer Class Br. Godeffroy's "Croxteth" was first, and in the corresponding Bitch Class the St. Louis Club's "Lassie". The small size Champion Class going to Mr. Moore's "Donald", once well known in England." -- EKC Gazette, May 1882

    "At the New York show following "Meteor's" importation (1881), E.C. Sterling was the judge of pointers, and the Western dog was brought East to break lances with the invincibles of that section. The dog appeared in the champion class, and among others were "Beaufort", the son of "Bow" and "Beaulah", and "Croxteth", the son of "Price's Bang" and "Jane". The judge awarded the blue to "Meteor", and naturally the western contingent went into ecstacies, but the decision occasioned endless controversy. Eastern fanciers came out in the kennel-press with challenges, but these three dogs never met again. Eastern critics seemed to be unanimous in their opinion the "Beaufort" should have been first, "Croxteth" second, and "Meteor" third." -- Hochwalt, 1923, The Modern Pointer

    "SPECIAL PRIZES.     The Westminster kennel Club offered a silver club medal for the best animal in each of the following named breeds that had run and been placed in any of the field trials held in America: Pointer Dog. -- "Croxteth", A.E. Godeffroy, Guymard, N.Y. Pointer Bitch. -- Belle, D.S. Gregory, Jr., New York" -- The New York Times, April 21, 1882

  • 1881 - Orgills Rush Orgill's Champion Rush (dog, first, lightweight champions class)

    "The preparations for next week's bench show of dogs are all completed, event to the construction fo the stalls and the arrangement of the interior of the American Institute Building. The total number of entries received is 1,129, including the Westminster Club's 8, already named. There will be ... 5 champion heavy pointer dogs, 5 champion heavy pointer bitches, 5 champion light pointer dogs, 11 champion light pointer bitches, 21 light pointer dogs, 28 light pointer bitches, 9 pointer dog puppies, 8 pointer bitch puppies ...

    The entries in the champion classes are as follows: ... heavy pointer dogs "Tramp", "Bow", "Faust", "York", and "Banjo"; heavy pointer bitches "Princess", "Grace", "Nellie R., "Fan", and "Dolly"; light pointer dogs "Dick", "Bob", "Pete, Jr.", "Donald" and "Rush"; light pointer bitches "Belle", "Rue", "Rill", "Riot", "Rowett", "Random", "Royster", "Clytie", "Lady Romp II.", "Ruby", and "Rose"; ..." The following entries have been made for the special prizes offered for dogs that have run and been placed in any of the American field trials: Pointer dogs "Baronet", "Bow", and "Faust"; pointer bitches "Belle" and "Dolly"; ... The following have been entered in the other classes now closed: For the best kennel of large-sized pointers, the ST. Louis Kennel Club, with "Bow", "Faust", "York", "Jessamine", "Trinkett", and "Lassie"; for the best kennel of small-sized pointers, Edmund Orgill, with "Rush", "Belle", "Rue", "Rowell", and "Rhona", and A.H. Moore, with "Rose", "Ruby", "Lady Romp", "La Guy", "Donald", and "Countess Bang"; ...

    Mr. Henry Lacey, of Manchester, England, brought over a string of English dogs, but was too late to enter them for competition. They will be put on exhibiton nevertheless. They are ... the pointer dog "Carlos", the pointer bitches "Madge" and "Vic", ... Among the New-York and Brooklyn entries not heretofore mentioned are the following: ... Robert C. Cornell --- The pointers "Match" and "Maida", ... John G. Heckscher -- the pointers "Lady Dufferin", "Hebe", and five puppies; ... Henry W. Livingston -- The Pointers, "Baronet" and "Rose", ... Garrett Roach -- The pointers "Queen II.", "Prudence", "Jewel", and "Surprise", ... R. Stuyvesant -- The pointer "Speck".

    The arrangement of the stalls will be as follows: On the north platform, beginning at the Third-avenue end, will be the Westminster Club's string, ... The first double row of kennels on the north side of the floor will contain the pointers and part of the English setters, 200 dogs in all; the next double row the remainder of the English setters, the black-and-tan setters, and part of the Irish setters, 200 more; ... Superintendent Lincoln has issued a series of carefully prepared instructions to his men in regard to feeding and exercising the dogs and keeping them clean, and these rules will be rigidly enforced. The animals will be fed and exercised twice a day, and kept constantly supplies with water. A veterinary surgeon will be in attendance daily to look after their health." -- The New York Times, April 24, 1881:

    "The fifth annual bench show of dogs under the auspices of the Westminster Kennel Club, which opened yesterday morning in the American Institute building, is by far the best exhibition of the sort that has ever been held in this country. ... Yesterday's experience has proved that the American Institute building is much better adapted to the purposes of a bench show than the Madison-Square Gardern. It is vastly more roomy and is better ventilated. ... The pointers are a magnificent class. ... -- The New York Times, April 27, 1881

    "... "Orgill's Champion Rush", who was quite a consistent winner at the eastern shows and who for several years captured high honors at New York." -- Hochwalt, 1911

    ""Rush" won regularly on the bench and in 1881 he was placed over A.H. Moore's imported dog "Donald", at New York." -- Hochwalt, 1923, The Modern Pointer

  • 1880 - Orgills Rush Orgill's Champion Rush

    "Mr. Edmund Orgill, of Brooklyn, won the silver cup for the best stud pointer dog, and the handsome chain and collar for the best pointer dog or bitch among the winners in the champion and open classes with "Rush". -- The New York Times, May 14, 1880

  • 1879 -

    "The third annual New-York bench show of dogs, under the auspices of the Westminster Kennel Club, will take place in Gilmore's Garden, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, April 8, 9, 10, and 11. ... There will be 92 classes this year, against 90 last year, and 45 the first year. Some radical changes have been made in the classifications. The order is about the same as last year. Puppy classes have been added to the mastiffs, St. Bernards, and Newfoundlands. The standard of weight of heavy pointer dogs has been raised five pounds, so that only those can be entered who tip the scales at "over 55 pounds." The heavy pointer bitches remain at "over 50 pounds." Black, white, and tan setters must go, this year, in the English setter classes, nothing more than a white spot or frill being allowed in the black-and-tan setter classes. The Irish setters will be divided into two distinct full classes as "Red Irish Setters" and "Red and White Setters." The cocker and field spaniel classes will compete together, and the Chesapeake Bay retrievers, Irish water spaniels, dachshunds, and Sky terriers, dogs and bitches, will have but one class each, instead of two as last year. ... The regular money prizes offered aggregate $2,000 in gold, besides which 80 silver medals will be given, as follows: One prize of $35 in each of the champion pointer, and setter classes, of which there are 12; three prizes, $30, $20, and a silver medal, in each of the other pointer and setter classes: ... two prizes, $10 and a silver medal, in each class for ... pointer puppies, over six months old, ... silver medals for puppies of the following breeds: ... pointers under six months, ... The special prize list has not been made out yet. ..." -- The New York Times, March 2, 1879

    "It was discovered yesterday that the light-weight pointer dog "Dash", that was awareded second prize in the open class, took a first prize at Boston in 1877, and competed in the champion class in this City last year. He had been entered under a false name. He was disqualified at once, and the second prize wawarded the "Ben", the third prize winner. The dogs "Chiswick" and "Blick", which had been very highly commended, were subsequently rejudged, and the former captured the third prize." -- The New York Times, April 10, 1879

    "SPECIAL AWARDS. ... D -- Best Pointer Dog of Bitch that Never Won a First Prize." George Van Wagenen's "Dutchess". ... L -- Best Litter of Pointer or Setter Puppies. -- A litter belonging to C. DuBois and E.A. Wagstaff's pointer bitch "Minnie". ... M -- Best Pointer Dog Competing in the Open Classes, Shown with Two of his Get. -- J.W. Coffin's "Rake II". ... -- The New York Times, April 11, 1879

  • 1878 -

    "The entries for the second annual New-York bench show of dogs closed on Tuesday last, except for the foreign animals. Room has been reserved for all these that were posted prior to the date of closing. They are expected by the next steamer. Until they arrive it will be impossible to finish the cataloguing, as the numbers will run consecutively from one class to the other to the end of the list, and every entry must be in before this can be proceeded with. The result so far, however, shows conclusively that the coming show will be the largest and finest that ever was held on this continent, if not in the world. ...

    In the pointer class there are 85 entries. The Westminster Club's "Sensation", which has won 20 prizes -- 7 in England and 13 here -- will be on exhibition. Probably the strongest kennel will be that of Edmund Orgill, of Nashville, Tenn., notwithstanding that he has recently lost his celebrated "Flake" by death. The St. Louis Kennel Club will have a good brace in "Sleaford", which took first prize at Birmingham and the first at St. Louis, and "Bow", recently imported. The Boston winner, "Bob", is also entered. So likewise is Mr. C. du Bois Wagstaff's "Till", last year's winner, but not for competition, Mr. Wagstaff being a member of the Westminster Club. Mr. R.M. Lindsay, of Scranton, Penn., will have a strong brace in "Viscount", which won a large number of prizes in England, and "Dolly", which took first for bitches at St. Louis. The Baltimore Kennel Club will show among others "Sefton", by "Sensation", out of "Lily", which won the first prize for dogs at St. Louis. Isaac Weighel, of Rochester, will exhibit several fine pointers, as will also J.J. Snellenburgh, of New-Brighton, Penn.; Messrs. Leavitt, Hecksher, and Hoey, of this City; Messrs. Coffin and Daavis, of Providence, R.I.; Mr. Staiger, of Philadelphia; Rev. R.G. Hamilton, of Hart's Falls, N.Y.; C.M. Scheiffelin, of Mount Vernon; D.G. Hart, of Northport, Long Island; S.T. Hammond, of Springfield, Mass.; John W. Munson, of St. Louis; Dr. A.R. Strong, A.A. Godeffroy, and many other well-known gentlemen. ...

    Mr. Lort, the great English judge, is expected to arrive next week. The Westminster Club intend to charter a tug and meet the steamer down the bay. Arrangements have been made to receive instant notice the moment she is sighted. As has before been stated, Mr. Macdona, Mr. Brown, of Liverpool, and several other distinguished English and Irish dogfanciers have written that they will come too, and bring their best dogs. The managers have decided to allow owners to lead their dogs in the judging ring this year. This will give general satifaction, as a dog always shows best when with his master."

    -- The New York Times, May 5, 1878

  • 1877 - Snapshot (Dog, Champions Class) ... Belle (Bitch, Champions Class)

    "In 1876, noting the success of dog shows held in England and one in Philadelphia, it was decided to present a dog show in New York City. Adopting the name of the hotel in which they met as the name of the dog show, this group of sportsmen presented the "First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs." Produced by the Westminster Kennel Club, the show was held in Gilmore's Gardens, Madison Avenue and 26th Street, on May 8th through the 10th, 1877. This first dog show was so successful with exhibitors and the public that it was extended to include another day, May 11th. With a few exceptions in the early years, the Westminster Dog Show continues to be held at Madison Square Garden. In 1888, the Club moved its date from May to February, where it has remained ever since. Since the first show in 1877 through 1920, Westminster continued as a four-day show. Then in 1921 through 1940, the show was condensed into a three day show. Finally, in present day, Westminster continues to present a two-day show. Westminster is the oldest, continuous sporting event in America, with the exception of the Kentucky Derby. It has been held each year despite power shortages, hazardous snow storms, national depressions, and World Wars. -- Westminster Kennel Club Website, 2002

    1877 - The First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs, given under the auspices of the Westminster Kennel Club, is held in the Hippodrome at Gilmore's Garden in New York City, drawing an entry of 1,201 dogs. The club pays rent of $1,500 for three days, adding a fourth day during the show to accommodate the overwhelming public interest. The proceeds from that fourth day are donated to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Dogs are listed in the catalog as "not for sale" or for sale at prices which range from $50 to $10,000. -- Westminster Kennel Club Website, 2009

    "Westminster's logo pointer, "Sensation", who was owned by the kennel club, was entered in exhibition only at this first show and at subsequent shows. Yet, he was a successful show dog who was the “Winner of seven prizes in England, and first at Baltimore and divided with "Rock" for best dog in show.” -- Sari B. Tietjen, "Westminster - An Historical Perspective", AKC Website, 1999

    "The following awards were made: ... Class 4 -- Champion Pointer Dogs. -- 1. "Snapshot", lemon and white, born Sept. 17, 1869, by "Whitehouse's Rap" out of "Price's Judy", the property of R.G. Lloyd Price, Devon, Balas, North Wales. The judge, Mr. Macdona, said this was a grand class. Class 4 -- Champion Pointer Bitches. -- 1. "Bell", white and liver. 6 years, the propery of the Columbus (Ohio) Kennel Club. A very poor class." -- The New York Times, May 9, 1877

    "No.14 -- The Best Pointer Brood Bitch, of any Weight, shown with not less than two of her Progeny. -- J. Addison Smith's (no. 61 South Gay-street, Baltimore,) "Lidie", white and lemon, by "Lancaster's Sam" out of "Lillie", H.S. Magraw's "Heart", and Luke Corcoran's "Bess" were absent." -- The New York Times, May 11, 1877

    "The judging of the special prize list was finished yesterday, with the following result: No.20 -- The best Pointer Puppy. -- Jesse Sherwood's (Edina, Mo.,) "Sancho, Jr.", liver and white, 6 months, by "Sancho", out of "Queen"." -- The New York Times, May 12, 1877

The Pointer Entry:
-- First Annual N. Y. Bench Show Catalogue, 1877, Rogers & Sherwood, Printers, 21 Barclay Street, New York

Division No. 1, Sporting Dogs
  • Champion Class: For either Native or Imported Dogs or Bitches that have won First Prizes at any Bench Show in this country or abroad, the Centennial Bench Show at Philadelphia not included.

    • Class 4: Champion Pointer Dogs (any weight), entry of 11
      • 1st: #37, "Snapshot"; owner: R. J. Lloyd Price, Rhivolas, Bala, North Wales, England; lemon and white, born September 17, 1869, by Whitehouse's Rap, out of Price's Judy, K.C.S.B. 1020; 100pounds, gold.
      • also entered in this class: #31, "Sensation"; owner: Westminster Kennel Club, New York; lemon and white, 3 years, by Price's Jim, out of Nell, G.S. Hamlet, G.D. Nina, Winner of 7 prizes in England, and 1st at Baltimore, and divided with Rock for best dog in the show; Not for competition, Not for sale.
      • also entered in this class: #32, "Tom"; owner: Fred'k Schuchardt, 278 Fifth Avenue, New York; black, 11 years, out of Mr. Grafton's Di, by Finn's Grouse, Full pedigree from 1842, Not for sale.
      • also entered in this class: #33, "Flake"; owner: Wm. Fred'k Steel, Piermont-on-Hudson, N.Y.; lemon and white, 2 years and 10 months; by Dr. Strachan's Flash, out of Juno. Juno was imported from the Marquis of Westminster's Kennel. Litter brother to Whiskey; winner of 1st at Baltimore and all specials. 500.

    • Class 4: Champion Pointer Bitches (any weight), entry of 6
      • 1st: #45, "Bell", owner: Columbus, Ohio, Kennel Club, 353 South Front St., Columbus, Ohio, white and liver, 6 years.
      • also entered in this class: #42, "Whiskey", owner: Westminster Kennel Club, New York, black and white, 2 years and 10 months, by Dr. Strachan's Flash, out of Juno. Imported from Marquis of Westminster's Kennel, brother to Flake, winner of 1st at Springfield, 1875, and 1st at Springfield, 1876, Not for competition, Not for sale.

  • Open Classes: For Dogs or Bitches that have never won a First prize.

    • Class 10: Pointer Dogs, over 50 lbs. weight, entry of 31
      • 1st: #431; "Till", owner: T. G. Strong, N.Y.; lemon and white, 2 years, by Tiny, second out of May, Full pedigree, $100.
      • 2nd: #447 1/2, "Dad", owner: E. H. Lathrop, Springfield, Mass., orange and white, 2 1/2 years, Pedigree given.

    • Class 10: Pointer Bitches, of 50 lbs. weight or over, entry of 15
      • Winner not marked

    • Class 11: Pointer Dogs, under 50 lbs. weight, entry of 12
      • 1st: #473, "Rush", owner: E. Orgill, 1096 Dean St., Brooklyn, N.Y., lemon and white, 1 years, by Steel's Flake, out of Lillie, Not for sale.
      • 2nd: #463, "Snipe", owner: D. B. Fuller, Boonton, N.J., liver and white, 3 years and 7 months, by Whitney's Pete, out of Fuller's Queen, Not for sale.
    • Class 11: Pointer Bitches, under 50 lbs. weight, entry of 20
      • 1st: #479, "Daisy", owner: A. R. Strachan, M.D., 49 East 23d st., N.Y., lemon and white, 1 year, by Flake, out of Lill, $250.
      • 2nd: #488, "Rose", owner: E. Orgill, 1096 Dean St., Brooklyn, L. I., lemon and white, 1 year, by Steel's Flake, out of Lillie. Not for sale.

    • Class 12: Pointer Dog Puppies, under 12 months, entry of 11
      • 1st: #500, "Sancho Jr.", owner: Jesse Sherwood, Edina Kennel, Edina, Mo., liver and white, 6 months, by Sherwood's Sancho, out of his Queen, $125.

    • Class 12: Pointer Bitch Puppies, under 12 months, entry of 14
      • 1st: #517, "Fleet", owner: S. B. Dilly, Lake City, Minn., white, liver, and ticked, 7 months, by Ranger, out of Fan, $100.

  • Special Prize List

    • No.2: For the best Pointer, of any weight, dog or bitch, in the show. A double-barrelled, breech-loading, central-fire shot gun; manufactured by W. W. Greener, St. Mary's Works, Birmingham, Eng., and presented by H. C. Squires, No. 1 Courtland Street, New York; value, $150.
      • entry of 34, winner not marked

    • No. 4: For the best brace of Pointers, dogs or bitches, or dog and bitch; to be owned and exhibited by one person; an extra fine Fly Rod, duplicate butt and middle joint and three tips, with German Silver reel plate, made by Wm. Mitchel, 20 Vandam Street, N. Y., and presented by Frederick Schuchardt, Esq., value $50. (The donor will not compete for this prize.)
      • entry of 12, winner not marked

    • No. 5: For the best collection of Sporting Dogs, of any kind, not less than 5 to be exhibited, and exhibited by one person, or from one Kennel; a fine breech loading, double-barrelled, central fire shot gun, manufactured and presented by Messrs. Nichols and Lefever, of syracuse, N.Y., value $150.
      • entry of 14, setters and pointers, winner not marked

    • No. 9: For the best Pointers Stud Dog, over 50 pounds weight, either Native or Imported, to be shown with not less than two of his own get; a double-barrelled breech-loading shot gun, manufactured and presented by Messrs. E. Remington & Sons, N.Y., value $100.
      • entry of 6, winner not marked

    • No. 10: For the best Pointer Sutd Dog, under 50 pounds weight, either Native or Imported, to be shown with not less than two of his get; a set (3) of the new patent traps and 500 glass balls, presented by Captain A. H. Bogardus, of Elkhart, Ill., champion wing shot of the world, value $50.
      • entry of 3, winner not marked

    • No. 14: For the best Pointer Brood Bitch, of any weight, to be shown with not less than two of her progeny, a Silver Cup, presented by Col. Le Grand B Cannon, and manufactured by Messrs. Tiffany & Co., value $50.
      • entry of 7, winner not marked

    • No. 20: For the best Pointer puppy, either Dog or Bitch; a gold and silver-mounted, pearl-handeled Revolver, presented by the Westminster Kennel Club, value $25.
      • entry of 9, winner not marked

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