Patricia Craige Trotter Puts The Icing On The Cake

Patricia Craige Trotter Puts The Icing On The Cake

Patricia Craige Trotter puts the icing on the cake – Lines from Linda

For 145 years, dog lovers have feasted on thrills of the Westminster Kennel Club!

Like a great recipe, each year the Westminster team has perfected the ingredients that come together to top the previous year’s creation.

For 2021, the Westminster collaborators had extraordinary vision. They overcame broadly complex and demanding circumstances, meeting the high expectations that the dog world devours at their event.

Patricia Craige Trotter must have been euphoric as she was escorted into the ring by Westminster Kennel Club President Charlton Reynders, III, and Show Chairmen David A. Heming and David W. Haddock. Before awarding the two highly prized awards, she paused to make the following comments:

“Without a doubt, the entire sport of dogs is grateful to the Westminster Kennel Club members and staff for persevering through troubled times to bring us out to this gorgeous estate and create this show for the ages. We thank them for all they have done!

Judge Patricia Craige Trotter speaks to the crowd before awarding Best in Show. L/R David A. Heming, David W. Haddock, and Charlton Reynders, III.
Judge Patricia Craige Trotter speaks to the crowd before awarding Best in Show. L/R David A. Heming, David W. Haddock, and Charlton Reynders, III.

We also want to thank the judges whose expertise ended up putting these dogs Best of Breed in their own breed, and the second set of judges who sent them to this glorious venue to compete for Best in Show. It was a sterling line-up. All of you are worthy. I want to say this to you. We love all dogs as dog lovers, mixed breeds and pure breeds. They are all pets. Now, every pet may not be a show dog, but be assured, every show dog is a pet.

Patricia Craige Trotter Puts The Icing On The Cake

I certainly want to thank the breeders who have created these lines of beautiful animals. I’ve seen the ancestors of several of these dogs over the years. So, to the breeders and owners and handlers and trainers and conditioners, you’re on top of your game, all of you!

There is one more I would like to thank, and that is my husband, Chuck Trotter. When I married him 27 years ago, he said, ‘You have to judge with me.’ So, here I am!

And I want to thank all of the dogs that have brought us all here over the years.”

Then, on live television for all the world to see from the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, Mrs. Trotter put the icing on the cake with her final words, “Tonight’s RESERVE BEST IN SHOW goes to the lovely WHIPPET, and tonight’s BEST IN SHOW goes to the PEKINGESE!”

Patricia Craige Trotter Puts The Icing On The Cake
Fox Sports Team, Chris Myers, Gail Miller Bisher, and Donald Sturz shine under the lights before Best in Show judging. Photo by J. Grassa, Courtesy of The Westminster Kennel Club

For putting a fresh perspective on the 145th WKC Dog Show, applause goes to the lovely Gail Miller Bisher, Director of Communications for The Westminster Kennel Club, for leading her trio of sports commentators that includes Chris Myers and AKC Judge Donald Sturz.

Having broadcast everything from the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, NCAA Finals, The Masters, The Triple Crown of horse racing, and the Daytona 500, Chris Myers adds his colorful expressions to man’s best friends as they compete for dogdom’s highest honors. This stellar threesome is a blessing to our sport.



  • At the age of four, Linda's love for TV's Lassie prompted her parents, Roy and Hazel Ayers to surprise her with a Collie. Her first times entering the confirmation ring began at age six. From showing her Conrad Collies in juniors, to judging, to becoming a part of an immediate family of three AKC judges, her life has evolved around the sport of purebred dogs. As a young professional just out of the University of Georgia, Linda served on the Executive Staffs of two Georgia Governors. She moved from serving at the State Capitol to assisting the Chairman of the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. As chairman and founder of a family owned Manufacturing Corporation and real estate holding company, Linda has overseen operations, acquisitions, and dispositions of considerable business holdings for over four decades. Her diverse companies have manufactured packaged goods for many household products you likely used in your homes, interior components for the automotive industry you enjoy in your cars, and industrial chemical products used in the electric utility industry. She partnered in commercial acquisitions in Washington, D.C. on a 250 million dollar level. Linda has developed significant properties delivering hundreds of home sites in Greenville, South Carolina in conjunction with NVR/Ryan Homes in addition to apartments, an IMAX theater, commercial tracts and much more. She is the proud mother of one son, Edward P. (Todd) Turner,III of Columbia, South Carolina. After retiring from many years as District Director of the Collie Club of America, Linda served for fourteen years as AKC Delegate for the Greenville Kennel Club. She is currently President of the Carolinas Judges Study Group, a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Collie Club of Georgia where she was their very first Junior Member, a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Greenville Kennel Club, and a Quarter Century Member of the Collie Club of America. Her Christian faith is exhibited in her belief that, “Time is the most important gift you can share to make someone happy or to make a difference.” Mentoring athletes from professional to high school levels has been a huge passion and blessing in Linda's life. At any given time you may find her in a locker room, on the playing field, or on the court inspiring winners. To quote her, "I would rather go to a ballgame than a ball." Linda has been on board since the inception of ShowSight

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