MS. MARIANNE “TUNI” CONTI of Danbury, Connecticut has had dogs in her life as long as she can remember. At the age of 14 she acquired her first dog, a Labrador Retriever. With him she qualified for her first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in the Junior Showmanship competition. Ms. Conti has handled several different breeds to multiple National Specialty wins, Bests in Show, and several Best of Breed wins at Westminster.
Ms. Conti is currently an active member of the AKC Registered Handlers Program (AKC RHP). In 2015, she was awarded the AKC RHP Handler of the Year. She is an AKC-licensed all-breed Junior Showmanship judge. Ms. Conti also assists in many AKC RHP junior handling clinics across the country. This is her first Westminster judging assignment.