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. Ms. Sweigart is a founding member and past president of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac. She started breeding Norwich and Norfolk terriers in the 1970s and Affenpinschers in the 1990s. She has bred national specialty, best in show winners and top ranked dogs. She continues to breed and show her own Norfolk Terriers and Affenpinschers.
As a professional handler, Ms. Sweigart showed dogs that won the Terrier, Toy, and Sporting groups at Westminster. She handled a top winning Toy and Sporting dog in the U.S. as well as 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. After retiring with her partner Peter Green in 2006 she started her judging career. Ms. Sweigart is currently approved to judge the Sporting, Terrier, and Toy groups as well as several breeds in the Working and Herding groups. She has selected Best in Show at The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show, judged at the AKC National Championship, and internationally. This is her fourth judging assignment at Westminster.