NEW YORK - The
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, one of America's oldest and most
prestigious sporting events, is partnering with DreamWorks Animation
to inaugurate an historic innovation to showcase the 2005 show.
For the first time ever, fans of "America's
Dog Show" will be able to see highlights of the breed competition
held each day in the 165 breeds and varieties. Those highlights
will be shot and posted in streaming video on the Westminster web
site within two hours of the actual competition for any particular
breed or variety. This will allow viewers actually to follow the
progression of the top dogs in each breed as they vie to be Best
of Breed and
win the right to advance to the evening Group competition and a
chance for Best In Show.
The streaming video is being sponsored by DreamWorks
Animation, marking the first time ever in Westminster's illustrious
history that the club has accepted a sponsorship partner outside
of a dog food company. The streaming video project will be hosted
by Gromit, the canine half of the beloved clay-animated duo Wallace
&Gromit. DreamWorks will be presenting Aardman's new Wallace
&Gromit feature length film, which opens on October 7, 2005.
Since 1948, Westminster's evening competition in
the Groups, featuring each of the breed winners, has been broadcast
live on local and cable television. This new feature of Westminster
coverage will show how those winners advanced to their group competition.
In the past, dog show aficionados who were not fortunate enough
to attend in person at New York' s Madison Square Garden only saw
the breed winners in the seven group rings. Now, by way of the streaming
video on the Internet, viewers can watch hundreds of breed champions,
ranging from Golden Retrievers to Komondors, from Mastiffs to Pekingese,
and from Rhodesian Ridgebacks to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
strut their stuff as they try to win the favor of the judges. This
year, entries at the breed level range to as high as 53 (Golden
"Our goal, beginning with our very first show
in 1877, has always been to educate the general public about purebred
dogs, responsible dog ownership and dog shows," said show chairman
Thomas H. Bradley, 3d. "We have been televising our dog show
live for well over 50 years (since 1948). At that time, television
was the cutting edge of available technology.
The breed videos will remain on the web site throughout
the year, accompanied by highlights of the Group competition and
Best In Show, to be added following the event. The 129th Annual
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, sponsored by Pedigree, is broadcast
live on USA Network, 8:00pm to 11:00pm (EST) on both Monday February
14th and Tuesday, February 15th, 2005.