Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m. Please bring a picture of your dog.
Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, get settled and relax a bit, then after 4:00 p.m. come to our Road Scholar private meeting room (location will be posted) to register with the program staff and get your packet with your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for the schedule when you check in.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. Enjoy your first meal at the Tick Tock Diner, located just off the hotel lobby. Dinner in the diner is available and included even if you arrive late. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and eat afterwards.
Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. Bring a picture of your dog if you would like to post it on our photo board. (We can not be responsible for lost photos.) We will review the program, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. We will attend WKC activities and events at both Piers 92/94 — New York’s second largest facility at 711 12th Avenue @ 55th Street adjacent to Midtown Manhattan. And accessible by public transportation or taxis. Your program price includes the “Go Anywhere” ticket that includes both The Piers and Madison Square Garden venues. This Road Scholar FLEX program offers a more flexible schedule than our traditional programs with ample time for personal independent exploration and several meals on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We’ll close the evening watching “Best In Show.” This comedic mock-documentary, written and directed by Christopher Guest, follows the owners of five dogs as they prepare for and participate in a fictional national kennel club dog show. Nominated for a Golden Globe, “Best In Show” won the American Film Institute Award as 2000 Movie of the Year.
Activity note: Distances walked at The Piers depends on your personal interests.
Breakfast: In our hotel meeting room, have a New York bagel with a schmeer plus other choices including beverages. At breakfast we suggest downloading the app: Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, where viewers and attendees can now follow the event on the FREE WKC Dog Show app. Use the app as an event guide for the 142nd edition of America’s Dog Show! Download to tablets and mobile devices. App Features: Learn about how a dog show works, Info on each dog breed and judge, 2017 Judging Program, Complete Event Schedule, Rings Schedule, and links to Live-stream your favorite breed and group events straight from NYC: Breed Judging, Junior Showmanship, Masters Obedience Championship, Masters Agility Championship, Best in Show Championship. If you would like The Official WKC Catalogue, the WKC makes them available on-site at the Piers.
Morning: We will take public transportation to Piers 92/94 for the annual Masters Agility Championship & AKC Meet the Breeds, now a combined event. This popular educational element gives the public an opportunity to learn about a number of breeds from the experts themselves as well as viewing the talented, athletic dogs — including mixed breeds — competing in the Masters Agility Championship.
Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The piers have limited options. The Group Leader will put together a list of eateries near-by and will be happy to offer suggestions.
Afternoon: Flex Time. Continue to enjoy WKC Dog Show events. Or, if you prefer, explore more of the city independently. Attend a Broadway show matinée or other performance, visit museums, or find a comfortable vantage point to people/dog watch. If you have something especially popular in mind, it’s advisable to order tickets in advance. But if you’re adventurous and willing to take your chances, try the not-for-profit TKTS Discount Booth for same-day tickets at 20% to 50% off regular prices. See www.tdf.org for details.
Dinner: At a neighborhood restaurant, enjoy a family style meal.
Evening: We will attend the Masters Agility Championship FINAL, open to dogs competing at Excellent or Masters level. The American Kennel Club calls this “the most exciting canine sport for spectators” as dogs and their handlers traverse the obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles, and more in a timed competition. The Championship course will be a hybrid of the qualifying rounds and will be televised.
Breakfast: In our hotel meeting room.
Morning: Depending on availability, we will be joined by one or more breeders, trainers, handlers, groomers, or others who will share their perspectives and give you the inside scoop on what happens behind the scenes.
Lunch: In our private meeting room, we’ll have deli sandwiches.
Afternoon: Flex Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Explore more of the city, visit a museum, take in a show, or find a comfortable vantage point to relax and people/dog watch.
Dinner: On your own. Now is the time for that special New York restaurant or cuisine you've always wanted to try. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: At leisure.
Breakfast: In the Tick Tock diner, enjoy a plated hot breakfast.
Morning: Today’s Pier Events will be the individual Breed Judging in advance of the Group Judging this evening. Every year, thousands of breeders, their dogs, and canine enthusiasts from around the country and the world attend the annual event that’s been called “the Oscars of canine competition” — the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The Group Leader will accompany us to The Piers and will be on hand to help you navigate.
Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.
Afternoon: Flex Time. Continue to enjoy Dog Show events. Or, pursue your other favorite interests in the one and only New York City.
Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel and Madison Square Garden.
Evening: Judging of Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups.
Breakfast: In the Tick Tock Diner.
Morning: The Group Leader will accompany us to The Piers where you can explore again. Today’s Pier Events will be the individual Breed Judging in advance of the Group Judging this evening.
Lunch: On your own.
Afternoon: Flex Time. Continue to enjoy the Dog Show or venture into the city for a museum visit or other adventures.
Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel and Madison Square Garden.
Evening: Take your reserved seat for the WKC “Best In Show” competition. There is always an air of excitement and anticipation about what the judges are going to decide. In 2017, the coveted “Best in Show” winner was Rumor Has It, a five year old German Shepard.
Breakfast: Breakfast in the meeting room at which time you may share contact information with your new found friends.
Morning: We will conclude with a spirited wrap-up session. Program ends at 10am. Hotel check out is noon.