|Westbury Kennel Association
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The Westbury Kennel Association began informally in the late teens of
the 20th century on the grounds of the Phipps summer cottage, now
known as Old Westbury Gardens. Consequently, the club name derives
from that pastoral venue.
Westbury’s first annual dog show took place September 7, 1923, and a
complete Best In Show record dates back to 1924. In those early years,
the shows were primarily for terriers; hence the club logo, a Wire Fox
Terrier. And, significantly, for three years running, 1926 – 1928,
Westbury sponsored terrier-only shows before moving to all-breed
competitions in 1929. Then, in 1932, Westbury became the first club in
the United States to offer Junior Showmanship competition at annual
Founded long ago on one Nassau County estate, the Westbury Kennel
Association currently holds its annual all-breed dog shows on the
grounds of another magnificent property, Planting Fields Arboretum
State Historic Park, Oyster Bay, NY.
Westbury is committed by its by-laws to protect and advance the
interest of all breeds of pure-bred dogs … encourage sportsmanlike
competition … and, conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows, obedience
trials and other performance events under the rules of the American
Kennel Club. In addition, club members devote time and energy to
educating the public on a variety of canine related topics of interest and
to opposing the passage of ill-considered legislation directed at dog
owners. Lastly, Westbury has a proud history of making charitable
donations for canine health research, service dog training and support of
local animal shelters.
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