Use of New York City subway and bus; extensive stairs. Walking at The Piers according to personal interest.
In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have bagels, muffins, bananas, hard-boiled eggs, cold cereals, cream cheese, jelly, butter, plus milk (regular/low-fat), orange juice, coffee/decaf, tea, water.
Before departing, we suggest downloading the free Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show app to tablets and mobile devices. The app is an event guide for the 143rd edition of America’s Dog Show with the full schedule of events and judging program from Saturday, February 9 to Tuesday, February 12, 2019. If you would like the official WKC Catalogue, the WKC makes them available on-site at the Piers. 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. We will take public transportation to Piers 92/94 for the annual Masters Agility Championship & WKC 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. During this self-directed field trip, everyone can learn one-on-one in Meet the Breeds and about agility from the judges and commentators ringside.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. There are limited options at The Piers.
The Masters Agility Championship & WKC Meet the Breeds event will continue into the afternoon. You have the flexibility to stay at the Piers at your leisure to watch the events or find a comfortable place to people/dog watch. Alternatively, you may choose to explore more of the city on your own: visit a museum, see some of the iconic sights or take in a matinee on Broadway. Most performances will start at 2pm. If you have something especially popular in mind, it’s advisable to order tickets in advance. If you’re adventurous and willing to take your chances, a great number of the shows are available at a discount day-of from the the not-for-profit TKTS Discount Booth located right in the heart of Times Square. Tickets are 20% to 50% off regular prices.
We’ll regroup at the hotel, where we will split into two smaller groups for dinner at local restaurants near the hotel. We’ll have a plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll transfer to The Piers via private motorcoach for the Masters Agility Championship Finals, 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. Transportation back to the hotel will be provided. This event often runs late. Those who wish to return before or after the group departure are welcome to do so independently.