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Lexington resident Stephanie Hedgepath among judges at 147th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Lexington SC 03/16/2023 - Lexington, South Carolina resident Mrs. Stephanie S. Hedgepath is among one of the judges at the 147th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Presented by Purina Pro Plan in New York, New York on May 8-9, 2023. The iconic dog show is set to return to New York City at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City. She will judge Australian Cattle Dogs, Belgian Laekenois, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, German Shepherd Dogs and Pyrenean Shepherds during her second judging assignment at Westminster. The Best of Breed winners she selects will advance to the Herding Group evening competition on Monday, May 8.

Mrs. Hedgepath began showing and breeding dogs in 1969 with a German Shepherd Dog. Since then, she has owned and shown dogs from the Herding, Sporting, Toy, and Non-Sporting Groups, finishing champions in each group. Since 1977, she has been breeding and showing Pembroke Welsh Corgis and is an AKC Breeder of Merit Gold.

Hedgepath began judging in 1988, and notable assignments include the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi National Specialties. In 2011, she was honored to judge the Welsh Corgi League National Show in England. Additional international assignments include Canada, Jamaica, Finland, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, China, the Philippines, Ireland, and Mexico.

For 2023, Westminster Week returns to New York City kicking off with Canine Celebration Day on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The day commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the Masters Agility Championship and the 8th Annual Masters Obedience Championship with new family fun-filled events like dock diving, a breed showcase, and a demo ring for visitors to see herding, scent work and freestyle obedience. The breed competitions will take place at the same location on Monday, May 8 (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Breeds and Group judging) and Tuesday, May 9 (Sporting, Working, Terrier Breeds, Junior Showmanship Finals, and Group judging followed by Best in Show).

For the schedule of events click here. For television coverage click here. Live streaming of daytime events and dog show results can be found at


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