MR. THOMAS H. BRADLEY, 3d of Watertown, NY began his involvement in the sport in 1954 with German Shorthaired Pointers. He exhibited at his first point show in 1955 at the Adirondack Kennel Club in Lake Placid, New York. Under his Luftnase prefix, Mr. Bradley has bred a number of sporting breeds, including Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers, English Cocker Spaniels, and Labrador Retrievers. His last breeding produced a litter of four Border Terriers, all became AKC champions. Most notably he was the co-breeder of Pointer Ch. Luftnase Albelarm Bee’s Knees, who became the top dog, all-breeds, of 1989, and whose record included capturing the Sporting group at Westminster.
After 20 years as an exhibitor, Mr. Bradley received his American Kennel Club license to judge German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, and Weimaraners in 1965. Today, he judges the Sporting Group, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show. His dog sports role changed in 1975 when he joined the Westminster Kennel Club. He held many positions within the club including communications director but is best known for his 15-year tenure as Show Chairman for the iconic dog show in New York City. In 2016, Mr. Bradley was nominated for the AKC Lifetime Achievement Award. This will be his tenth judging assignment at Westminster, including Best in Show in 2017.