A local resident who is a second generation dog fancier will be on the floor of Madison Square Garden Tuesday night to officiate the Junior Showmanship Finals at the 143rd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.
Angela Lloyd, of Amissville, started showing her father’s German Shepherds and her Pembroke Welsh Corgis, starting at the age of 8 in regular breed classes.
She went on to participate in Junior Showmanship classes and in 1998 Lloyd won both Best Junior Handler at Westminster and at the CRUFTS Dog Show in England, according to a news release from the Kennel Club, which was formed in 1877 in a Manhattan bar.
Lloyd was an apprentice to professional handlers Robert and Jane Fowler for 10 years, during which time she became passionate about Dachshunds. She has bred the Miniature Wirehaired type for the past 24 years and is now an all-breed professional handler.
Lloyd has placed three times at Westminster, including piloting “Hickory,” the Scottish Deerhound, to Best in Show in 2011, according to the release.
At Tuesday night’s show, she will select the winner in the same category in which she competed as a girl. Lloyd will select Best Junior Handler from among eight Junior Showmanship finalists.
More than 100 juniors from around the country will compete to make the finals. The competition will be broadcast on the Nat Geo channel from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
“There’s so much energy in Madison Square Garden,” Lloyd said in a Westminster Kennel Club Dog show video from last summer.
In an earlier video from the National Dog Show in Philadelphia, the local all-breed professional handler said it’s a full-time job working with the dogs.
“You feed them, you exercise them, you maintain them mentally because they do need time and activity to be able to stay healthy and want to be a great show dog,” Lloyd said. “Happy dogs usually end up being good show dogs.
“Food and nutrition are extremely important, the hair texture, the sparkle in their eyes, just the general overall look of the dog.”
Breed judging began Monday in New York with more than 2,800 dogs in 203 breeds and varieties signed up to compete over the two-day event.
This year’s Westminster Show features two new breeds: the grand basset griffon Vendeen and the Nederlandse kooikerhondje.