Updates to the Judging Panel for the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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The Westminster Kennel Club announces the following changes to its judging panel for the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Presented by Purina Pro Plan® at Lyndhurst, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property, in Tarrytown, New York, on June 12-13, 2021.

Primarily due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, Mr. Dan Ericsson, Mr. Carl E. Gomes, Mr. Frank Kane, Dr. John A. Reeve-Newson, and Mrs. Robyn Joy Wallis have been removed from the judging panel. Mr. James S. Covey, Ms. Patricia Anne Keenan, Mr. Dennis McCoy, Ms. Marjorie Martorella, and Mr. Mark E. Threlfall have been added to the panel while Mr. George Milutinovich and Ms. Bonnie P. Threlfall, presently on the panel, will take on additional breeds.

Mr. James S. Covey of Ballston Lake, New York will replace Mr. Frank Kane as the Sporting Group Judge and Mr. Dennis McCoy of Apex, North Carolina will replace Dr. John A. Reeve-Newson as the Non-Sporting Group Judge. Breed assignment adjustments include:


Mr. Mark E. Threlfall of Merrimack, New Hampshire: German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, and Irish Red and White Setters.

Ms. Marjorie Martorella of Millstone Township, New Jersey: English Setters, Golden Retrievers, and Labrador Retrievers.


Ms. Bonnie P. Threlfall of Cary, North Carolina: Basenjis, Basset Hounds, Beagles (both Varieties), Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens.


Ms. Patricia Anne Keenan of Chehalis, Washington: Airedale Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.


Mr. George Milutinovich of Fresno, California: Boston Terriers and Finnish Spitz.

All judging assignments are pending AKC approval.

  • The Westminster Kennel Club, established in 1877, is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of dogs. It hosts the iconic, all-breed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the second-longest, continuously held sporting event in the U.S., and since 1948, the longest nationally televised live dog show. The annual dog show—a conformation competition for purebred dogs—and the Masters Agility Championship and Masters Obedience Championship—where dogs from all backgrounds are eligible to compete—make Westminster Week with its nearly 3,000 dogs from the U.S. and around the world a pinnacle experience for any dog lover. America’s Dog Show has captivated canine enthusiasts for more than a century with its educational benched format, where the public can engage with more than 200 breeds of dogs in New York City. The Club’s mission, which enhances the lives of all dogs, celebrates the companionship of dogs, promotes responsible dog ownership, and breed preservation. WESTMINSTER. There's only one.® Visit: westminsterkennelclub.org and follow us @WKCDogShow.

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