The Westminster Dog Show is generally a winter affair where the best and brightest pups descend upon Madison Square Garden with ambitions of being named “Best in Show.” The event, however, will be held at a different venue for the second year in a row.
Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York — which hails itself as “where Hudson Valley begins” — will host the Westminster Dog Show on its grounds. It’s the first time since 1914 the show will be away from Madison Square Garden for multiple years.
The other quirk of the being in Tarrytown is that takes place June, the same as 2021. The show is traditionally held in February.
Here’s what to know about the Westminster Dog Show in 2022, including when it is and why it’s occurring so far out of its normal dates.
Why is the Westminster Dog Show occurring in June?
The 2022 Westminster Dog Show was initially supposed to occur on Jan. 22 and conclude on Jan. 26. It was also supposed to make its return to Madison Square Garden, after taking place in Tarrytown last year.
A spike in COVID-19 cases in New York City, however, forced the show to scuttle its plans and postpone it indefinitely.
“Due to the surge of the Omicron variant in New York City, the Board of Governors of the Westminster Kennel Club has made the difficult decision to postpone the 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Presented by Purina Pro Plan to a later date in 2022,” a statement in January read, per People.com.
The health and safety of all participants in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are paramount. We appreciate the community’s continued interest and support as we delay the show to a time when we can safely convene. A new date will be announced when confirmed.
Where is the Lyndhurst Estate?
Lyndhurst Estate is located in Tarrytown, New York overlooking the Hudson River. It’s north of Yonkers and south of Yorktown Heights.
A gothic architecture, Lyndhurst Estate has appeared in movies like House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows. It has also played host to scenes in “Project Runway” and “The Blacklist.”
Will the Westminster Dog Show move to summer permanently?
There’s no indication the Westminster Dog Show will be moved to the summer permanently. Given it was ready to move back to January in 2022 before the Omicron variant surge, it’s likely the show will try to get back to the iconic Madison Square Garden as soon as possible.
Naturally, enclosed events are always a risk present day. But with venues filling up regularly, expect to see the Westminster Kennel Club’s prize event back in MSG sooner than later.
What other venues have hosted the Westminster Dog Show?
Although it’s a rarity, other venues than Madison Square Garden have hosted the Westminster Dog Show before. Here is a list and other venues, the years they’ve hosted, and the reason.
1881-1882: American Institute Fair Building (Rent dispute with Madison Square Garden)
1890: American Institute Fair Building (MSG had been demolished, replacement not complete)
1912-1914: New Grand Central Palace (New building designed to be new exhibition hall)
1920: New Grand Central Palace
2021: Lyndhurst Estate (COVID-19 pandemic)
2022: Lyndhurst Estate (Omicron variant)
Will spectators be allowed in the Westminster Dog Show this year?
One major change from 2021 is that spectators and vendors will be allowed on the grounds of the estate for this year’s Westminster Dog Show. On an average year, spectators and vendors generally number around 40,000.