Millstone resident to judge hound group at Westminster dog show

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MILLSTONE – Marjorie Martorella of Millstone Township will be a judge at the 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on Feb. 9-11.

Martorella will officiate over the Hound Group during the evening competition to be 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, according to a press release.

Martorella 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, according to the press release.

Since then she has bred more than 158 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, according to the press release.

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 Feb. 8 by the seventh annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Pier 94.

For a full Westminster Week schedule and ticket information, visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org