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Dec 09, 2019

Monmouth County Resident to Judge at Westminster Dog Show

Monmouth County resident Marjorie Martorella is among one of seven group judges at the 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City held Sunday, Feb. 9 through Tuesday, Feb. 11. Martorella will officiate over the hound group during the evening competition held at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The three-day, all-breed dog show, a highlight of Westminster Week, will feature daytime judging at Pier 94 in Manhattan.

Martorella, now a Millstone Township resident, is a New York native, born and raised in Brooklyn. Her involvement in purebred dogs began in 1966 with the purchase of a pet Irish Setter. Obedience brought her into the show world. In 1968, she purchased her first Pointer and has not been without one since. In 1974, she had her first Pointer litter under the Marjetta prefix.

Marjorie Martorella

Since then, she has bred more than 150 Pointer champions, nine Best in Show winners, a National Specialty winner, and Ch. Marjetta National Acclaim, the Westminster Best in Show winner in 1986. She also breeds English Cocker Spaniels. A former AKC-licensed handler, she became a judge in 1981. Martorella is approved to judge the sporting, hound and working groups, and several non-sporting breeds, Junior Showmanship and Best in Show. She has judged numerous national specialties as well as many assignments abroad. This is her fifth Westminster judging assignment.

All daytime preliminary breed and junior showmanship judging, and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster competitions will be held at Pier 94 on the West Side of Manhattan. The Group, Best in Show and Junior Showmanship Finals judging will be held at Madison Square Garden in the evening. The dog show is preceded on Saturday, Feb. 8 by the 7th annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Pier 94.

All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan. For the full Westminster Week schedule and ticket information, visit

The Westminster Kennel Club, established in 1877, is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Westminster’s influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held annually in New York City. Each year, 205 dog breeds and varieties β€” highlighting preservation breeders and purpose-bred dogs β€” are eligible to compete in the dog show at Pier 94. Best of Breed winners advance to the Group and Best in Show competitions at Madison Square Garden. America’s Dog Show has expanded into Westminster Week, which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Pier 94. Nearly 3,000 dogs entered from around the world compete in these events, making Westminster Week like no other.