Ms. Elizabeth "Beth" Sweigart
MS. ELIZABETH "BETH" SWEIGART of Bowmansville, Pennsylvania was born on Long Island and has been involved with dogs all her life. First, with the Labrador Retrievers that her father used for duck hunting on Great South Bay, and later, after marriage, she started breeding and showing Labs under the Yarrow prefix in the 1960s. She started breeding Norwich and Norfolk terriers in the 1970s and Affenpinschers in the 1990s. Ms. Sweigart has bred National Specialty, Best in Show winners, and top-ranked dogs.
As a professional handler, she showed dogs that won the Terrier, Toy, and Sporting groups at Westminster. She handled top-winning Toy and Sporting dogs in the U.S. and the number one dog all-breeds Ch. Cracknor Cause Celebre, a Norfolk Terrier who also won Best in Show at Crufts Dog Show in 2005. Ms. Sweigart is approved to judge the Sporting, Terrier, and Toy groups and Working and Herding breeds, Best in Show, and Junior Showmanship. This is her fifth judging assignment at Westminster.