Watertown Man To Judge Best In Show At Westminster Dog ShowPosted: Updated:
Tom Bradley of Watertown is judging the best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
"This is what every judge aspires for. Most don't think it's a possibility," he said.
Bradley's been involved in the dog show in New York City since the 1960s, First showing dogs, then as a member.
for the last 15 years he has been the chairman of the entire show.
But he retired as chairman in May and this year, he can't see any of the show until the final round Tuesday night.
"They send a car for me about 9:15 and I'll go into the garden and make sure my tie is straight, and then I'll go out on the floor about 10:20," he said.
Bradley has to have fresh eyes and no bias because he's judging best in show.
There are 2,800 dogs entered in Westminster.
They'll be judged on best in their breed, whittling that number down to 202 dogs.
Then they will be divided into 7 groups, with the best in each group moving to the final round, best in show.
Judging that competition is a lofty honor.
"It's the best, I mean, there's no higher award in this country then being asked to judge best in show at Westminster," said Bradley.
It's literally the opportunity of a lifetime.
While judges can participate in Westminster's other stages many times, you only get one shot at best in show.
After 50 years with Westminster, it's Bradley's turn to take his.