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Working Group

Anne Rogers ClarkAnne Rogers Clark is truly one of the premier people in dogs, and that is well-reflected in her unique standing in the history of The Westminster Kennel Club. When she steps into the ring this February to judge the Working Group, she will become the only person ever to have judged Best In Show (1978) and all seven Groups at the world's greatest dog show.

In fact, in 2004, she will be attending her 64th consecutive Westminster, a streak dating back to 1941. That time span includes her years as a professional handler (1950 to 1965) and as part of the judging panel on 21 occasions. In fact, in 2004 she will tie Melbourne Downing with 22 judging appearances at Westminster through the years.

But those are only a few of her accomplishments at Westminster. She was the first woman professional handler to win Best In Show here (1956), and then repeated that feat twice (1959 and 1961). In 2002, a Miniature Poodle, Ch. Surrey Spice Girl, co-bred by her, captured Best In Show honors.

Like a superstar in any field, she is known affectionately throughout the dog show world by her first name only: "Annie." Her contributions to the sport as a breeder, owner, handler, judge and mentor are immense. She is in a select group of people who are licensed to judge every breed, and is highly sought-after as a lecturer and teacher around the world.

Mrs. Clark is a second-generation dog person, the daughter of Olga Hone Rogers, who bred Wire Fox Terriers, English Cocker Spaniels, and Poodles. Mrs. Clark, along with her late husband, James Edward Clark, has bred three Westminster Non-Sporting Group winning Poodles as well as, in 1968, winning Best Brace in Show with a pair of home-bred Whippets handled by Mr. Clark. The Clarks bred Norfolk Terriers and Miniature Poodles under the Surrey kennel name, and Whippets and Standard Poodles under the Rimskittle banner.

Mrs. Clark is president of the Poodle Club of America, past president of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, and a member of the Ladies Dog Club of America. She has won just about every prestigious award in the sport, including Handler of the Year, Judge of the Year (three times), the Mark Morris Lifetime Award, and Dog Writer of the Year. She is a frequent contributor to the AKC Gazette and is the co-author of the International Encyclopedia of Dogs. Her latest book, Annie on Dogs!, is a compilation of her monthly columns written for Dogs In Review magazine.

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