Hockessin resident Diane Woodring and her dog Riley will be among more than 3,000 dog-owner teams competing in the events of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.
The events include the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show in New York City Feb. 13-14; the 4th annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Feb. 11; and the 2nd annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Feb. 13.
Riley is entered in the Non-Sporting Group, Bichon Frise, in the show on Monday, Feb. 13.
Woodring bought Riley in October 2012 as a pet and soon discovered he could be a show dog.
“The breeder, Janet Weiderhold, encouraged me to show him and I signed up to take a handler class,” Woodring said. “I began to show Riley and he received his Championship and Grand Championship within two years.”
Officially named “GCH CH Prelude’s The Life of Riley,” the dog has also competed in many grooming competitions and in 2014 was awarded second place at Intergroom.
Breed competition in Westminster’s world-famous dog show will be held Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14, with live TV coverage on Nat Geo WILD from 2-4 p.m. The evening finals (Groups and Best In Show) will be held at Madison Square Garden and televised live from 8-11 p.m. on FS1 (Fox Sports 1), Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14.
The dog show is preceded on Saturday, Feb. 11 by the 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster as part of the “Meet & Compete” event which also includes AKC Meet the Breeds presented by Purina Pro Plan, giving Westminster Week a full range of informational and fun dog-related activities. The finals of the Masters Agility Championship will be seen on FS1 Feb. 12 from 8-10 p.m.
For the full Westminster Week schedule, see www.westminsterkennelclub.org.