Check back soon for details on the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Vacations in New York City
The Westminster Kennel Club, America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs, will return to New York City for its 141st annual event in February 2016. Vacation packages will be available including tickets to the Westminster Kennel Club events.
This inclusive New York City vacation includes accommodations, tickets to all Tuesday WKC Dog Show events, including Best In Show and lots of extras! Day session tickets (8am-6pm) are General Admission; evening session includes reserved seats in Madison Square Garden!.
Your Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Vacation in New York City Includes
Accommodations for 2-nights or longer in your choice of Midtown Manhattan hotels like the Sheraton New York Hotel, right in the middle of all the excitement of New York City's Times Square, the Theater District and Rockefeller Center, and less than a 1/2 hour walk or a quick subway ride from Madison Square Garden
All state and local hotel taxes
General Admission to the day session at Piers 92/94, located at 55th Street and West Side Highway. The session runs from 8am to 4pm and includes judging in the Sporting, Working and Terrier breeds. Limited seating is available around the rings.
Reserved seating for the evening session at Madison Square Garden. The evening session includes the Junior Showmanship Finals, Sporting, Working and Terrier group finals and the Best in Show award.
Admission to Your Choice of the Empire State Building Observatory, Museum of the City of New York or the NY Water Taxi Statue of Liberty Flex Pass
Admission to Your Choice of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History or Top of the Rock Observation Deck
- Shopping Discounts at Macy's, Bloomingdale's and South Street Seaport
- Optional Broadway theater tickets, additional sightseeing, museum admissions and dining (at additional cost)
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
811 7th Ave at 52nd Street
Located right in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel is just steps away from Times Square, the Broadway theater district, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Central Park and 5th and Madison Avenue shopping. Newly renovated, the lobby is both elegant and comfortable. Enjoy 1750 beautifully renovated and decorated guest rooms, all of which feature the ultra comfortable "Sweet Sleeper" bed ensemble, high speed internet access, coffee makers with complimentary coffee and tea, telephones with personalized voice mail, hairdryers, irons with ironing boards, plus terry cloth bathrobes, and cable television with 20 channels as well as on demand movies and video check out. The hotel boasts a fully equipped health club and 24 hour room service.
NOTE: Rates listed are per person based on two adults sharing a room for 2 nights, subject to availability and change. Rates include all taxes and service fees, and all listed features. Triple, quad, single and child rates are available. Starting price is based upon lowest-priced off-peak 3-Star hotel unless otherwise specified. You may get prices on other hotel and date options, longer stays, additional theater, sightseeing and dining, and transportation to NYC on NYC TripQuote.
Rate is valid for individual (FIT) bookings; rate is not valid for group bookings of more than 10 people.
Westminster Facts and Figures (courtesy of westminsterkennelclub.org)
- The Westminster Kennel Club was established in 1877, making it America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs
- Westminster pre-dates the invention of the light bulb and the automobile, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument, the invention of basketball and the establishment of the World Series.
- Since Westminster held its first show 133 years ago, there have been 25 men elected president and 12 states have joined the Union. The dog show has outlasted three previous versions of Madison Square Garden, and is currently being staged in MSG IV.
- In 2005, streaming video with same day coverage of breed judging highlights was made available for the first time on the Westminster web site. It was an immediate and huge hit.
- A portion of the proceeds from Westminster's first show in 1877 was donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to establish a home for stray and disabled animals.
- The Empire State Building first honored Westminster by lighting its tower in the Westminster colors of purple and gold in 2004 and will do so again in 2011.
- There have been a total of 299,024 dogs entered in Westminster's 134 shows through 2010
- Through the 2010 show, there have been 1,673 judges who have officiated at least once at Westminster, some as many as 23 times, at Westminster.
- Two dogs have won Best In Show at both Westminster and Crufts in Birmingham, England, each of them winning at the English show before coming to the America: the Lakeland Terrier, Ch. Stingray of Derryabah (Crufts 1967, WKC 1968) and the Kerry Blue Terrier, Ch. Torums Scarf Michael (Crufts 2000, WKC 2003).
- Only one time has the offspring of a Best In Show winner duplicated the feat. In 2000, the English Springer Spaniel Ch. Salilyn N' Erin's Shameless repeated the 1993 BIS accomplishment of her sire, Ch. Salilyn's Condor.
- Two Best In Show winners, Norwich Terriers, had the same sire: 1994's Ch. Chidley's Willum the Conqueror and 1998's Ch. Fairewood Frolic were offspring (half brother/sister) of Ch. Royal Rock Don of Chidley
- The Papillon, Ch. Loteki Supernatural Being ("Kirby"), is the only dog to capture Best In Show at the World Dog Show (1998 in Helsinki) and Best In Show at Westminster (1999).
- In 2009, Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, a Sussex Spaniel, became the oldest dog to capture Best In Show at 10 years, 2 months and 9 days of age in 2009. The youngest winner was the Rough Collie, Laund Loyalty of Bellhaven, who captured the award in 1929 at the age of exactly 9 months.
- Westminster was established in 1877, pre-dating the founding of the governing body of the sport, the American Kennel Club, which was established in 1884.
- In 1884, The Westminster Kennel Club became the first member of the American Kennel Club.