|Westbury Kennel Association - Ninety Four Years and Counting
The Westbury Kennel Association began informally in the late teens of the 20th century on the grounds of the Phipps summer
cottage, which is now known as Old Westbury Gardens. 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. Significantly, for three years
running, 1926, 1927, and 1928, Westbury sponsored terrier-only shows before moving to all-breed competitions in 1929. In
1932, Westbury became the first club in the United States to offer Junior Showmanship competition at annual shows.
Founded long ago on the Phipps 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. Planting Fields is the
former Coe estate.
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. Westbury also 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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|WESTBURY KENNEL ASSOCIATION
Established in 1923