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Bruce A. Korson, Westbury Kennel Association member emeritus, died
Saturday, April 18, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. Bruce
and his wife, Jeanne, bred boxers under the kennel name Laurel Hill
and enjoyed a particularly proud moment when their boxer "Tiggin" won
the Working Group at the Westminster Kennel Club Show in 1991.
Bruce was an indefatigable worker for Westbury in the role of show chairman of our annual shows for many years. He may be best remembered for his spirit of aiming for excellence. In addition to his support of Westbury, Bruce was a president and member of the Board of the American Boxer Club in New York, as well as a founder of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
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The Westbury Kennel Association began informally in the late teens of the 20th century on the grounds of the Phipps summer cottage, now known as Old Westbury Gardens. Consequently, the club name derives from that pastoral venue.
Westbury’s first annual dog show took place September 7, 1923, and a complete Best In Show record dates back to 1924. In those early years, the shows were primarily for terriers; hence the club logo, a Wire Fox Terrier. And, significantly, for three years running, 1926 – 1928, Westbury sponsored terrier-only shows before moving to all-breed competitions in 1929. Then, in 1932, Westbury became the first club in the United States to offer Junior Showmanship competition at annual shows.
Founded long ago on one Nassau County estate, the Westbury Kennel Association currently holds its annual all-breed dog shows on the grounds of another magnificent property, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay, NY.
Westbury is committed by its by-laws to protect and advance the interest of all breeds of pure-bred dogs, encourage sportsmanlike competition and, conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows, obedience trials and other performance events under the rules of the American Kennel Club. In addition, club members devote time and energy to educating the public on a variety of canine related topics of interest and to opposing the passage of ill-considered legislation directed at dog owners. Lastly, Westbury has a proud history of making charitable donations for canine health research, service dog training and support of local animal shelters.
Westbury Kennel Association, Inc.
Established 1923 Member of the American Kennel Club
FORMER JUNIOR HANDLER RETIRES THE CARLOS A DEBANGO MEMORIAL TROPHY
WKA congratulates Shawnine & Anthony Cirincione & Terry Rizzitiello on winning both Group #1's and OH Group # 1 at our shows on September 29 2019
BISS, MBIS, MRBIS, MBISOH GCHG. HOBARRA'S I DREAMED A DREAM VIOLET
"Violet is a very special girl, right from her beginning
genetics. She is product of both Australian and
English pedigrees. My Mentor, Helen Putrino, sent
us Violet's sire and also her grandmother from
Australia. We then bred Violet's grandmother to a
Deerhound from England.
Violet is 100% Breeder Owner Handler. Violet has
had a Dream career to say the least, stepping out
into the ring 6 months young at the Ladies show in Long Island and was pulled in the group. She continues to make HISTORY winning 6 - All Breed BIS, 4- RBIS, 59 - BISOH, 53 - Group 1's, a BISS at the SDCA Eastern Regional Specialty, Westminster BOB, is a 4-time winner of BOB and Best Bred By at the AKC National Championship in Florida, the only Deerhound to ever have that Honor! Violet is the only Gold Grand Champion in Deerhound History and is the # 1 OH All Breed Lifetime in the AKC National Owner Handler Series. She is the only Deerhound to win a BIS and BISOH at the same show, being 1 of only 3 dogs to accomplish that distinction at the time. Violet is the only Deerhound to be Breeder, Owner, Handled to a BIS, RBIS and BISOH! At Westbury KC, she won the Hound Group 4 times, was RBIS and won BISOH 3 times consecutively.
Recently, we drove from Wine Country in upstate New York to be at Westbury, our favorite show this year. In Romulus, NY, Violet Won BISS and the Group. At Westbury, she then won back to back Hound Groups and also OH group.
Westbury KC has a very special meaning for me as it was my first dog show, showing in Jr.'s 33 years ago. Here we are now, winning the group!
I would like to thank the Westbury KC for all the work they do."