MRS. PATTI WIDICK NEALE of Alachua, Florida, has been active in dog sports her entire adult life. With her husband, Christopher Neale, she’s owned and shown Dachshunds, Salukis, and Siberian Huskies, but as a breeder Mrs. Neale has concentrated on Borzoi. They have bred, owned, and handled more than 100 Borzoi Champions including Best in Show, Group, National Specialty, and Westminster winners. Her Sylvan Borzoi have also excelled in obedience.
Mrs. Neale has been involved in lure coursing since 1975, one of her dual champions also became a Best in Show winner. She has logged more than 1,600 miles as a dry-land musher, driving two-dog Borzoi teams with a four-wheeled sulky. She began judging in 1992. She is approved for the Hound, Working, and Herding groups, several Toy and Non-Sporting breeds, and Best in Show. She has judged in nearly a dozen countries. This is her first Westminster judging assignment.