So today I stopped by the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to meet some of the pups backstage at Pier 92. The Westminster Show is fun two day all breed benched conformation show that takes place at Madison Square and Pier 92 and 94. The first show was first held on May 8, 1877, making it the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States behind only the Kentucky Derby which was first held in 1875.
The show originated as a show for gun dogs, primarily English Setters Pointers initiated by a group of hunters who met regularly at the Westminster Hotel in Manhattan. They decided to create a #kennel club called the #Westminster Kennel #Club specifically for the purpose of holding a #dog show. The prizes for these first shows included such items as pearl handled pistols of use to the hunters and terriermen who worked these dogs in the field.