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Westminster and The Leash

2021 Best in Show winner, Mr. Pickles. Owned by Ms. Johnson.

The Westminster Kennel Club and The Leash

Joint Outing & Dog Show Tradition

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stebbins hosted the first WKC - The Leash Dog Show at their home in East Norwich, Long Island on May 15, 1971, and the 2nd on May 13, 1972. The Joint Outing was held annually until 1983 and has since been held biannually. 2021 was the 31st such event.

To those who are unfamiliar with this biennial event, it is a wonderful garden party which includes an informal dog show. The Joint Outing & Dog Show is an event for members of both clubs, their families, and guests.

The Bishop Memorial Cup

The winner of the 31st match will be the first to be added to The Bishop Memorial Cup. This exquisite perpetual trophy commemorates Louis F. “Jerry” Bishop and his wife Alexandra “Sandy” Bishop, who epitomized the rich traditions of both Clubs. Jerry served on the Boards of both the WKC and The Leash and was a former President of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). He also memorably installed the first club flag over The Leash clubhouse. Jerry’s wife, Sandy, played a pivotal role in the support of the Joint Outing for over four decades.

An engraved sterling silver tray will be awarded to the inaugural winner of the Bishop Memorial Cup. The Perpetual Trophy will be presented permanently to the first winner of five Joint Outing Dog Shows.

WKC and The Leash Outings

YEARHOSTLOCATIONDATE
1928UnknownUnknownMarch 24
1964UnknownUnknownMay 16
1971Residence of James StebbinsEast Norwich, NYMay 15
1972Residence of James StebbinsEast Norwich, NYMay 13
1973Residence of Mr. Alexander SlaterLocust Valley, NYMay 12
1974Residence of Mr. Alexander SlaterLocust Valley, NYMay 11
1975Residence of M/M. Hobart CookGreenwich, CTMay 10
1976Residence of Mr. William Long Jr.Oyster Bay, NYMay 1
1977Residence of Mr. Alexander SlaterLocust Valley, NYMay 14
1978Residence of Mr. Alexander SlaterLocust Valley, NYMay 13
1979Residence of M/M. Hobart CookGreenwich, CTMay 12
1980Residence of M/M. John Greenleaf, Jr.Syosset, NYMay 17
1981Residence of M/M. John Greenleaf, Jr.Syosset, NYMay 16
1983Residence of M/M. E. Leroy SwindellMillbrook, NYMay 14
1985Residence of M/M. E. Leroy SwindellMillbrook, NYMay 18
1987Residence of Mr. Charles WebsterIslip, NYMay 23
1989Residence of Mr. Alexander SlaterLocust Valley, NYMay 13
1991Residence of M/M. Judson Streicher / What A Folly FarmsChester, NYMay 11
1993Residence of M/M. Judson Streicher / What A Folly FarmsChester, NYMay 22
1995Residence of Mr. Alexander SlaterLocust Valley, NYMay 13
1997The Long Island Wyandanch ClubEastport, NYMay 10
1999Tuxedo ClubTuxedo Park, NYMay 15
2001Tuxedo ClubTuxedo Park, NYMay 19
2003Residence of M/M William Campbell Jr.Greenwich, CTMay 31
2005Residence of M/M William Campbell Jr.Greenwich, CTMay 14
2007Residence of Edwin  Hershey IIGreenwich, CTMay 19
2009Tuxedo ClubTuxedo Park, NYMay 19
2011Piping Rock ClubLocust Valley, NYJune 18
2013Piping Rock ClubLocust Valley, NYJune 15
2015Piping Rock ClubLocust Valley, NYMay 30
2017Residence of Mr. Thomas de Neufville Locust Valley, NYJune 3
2019The Fint Hill Preserve / S. Tucker JohnsonOldwick, NJJune 22
2021The Flint Hill Preserve / S. Tucker JohnsonOldwick, NJOctober 9