Louisville, Kentucky resident, Evalyn Gregory, is among the judges at the 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Tarrytown, New York on June 12 and 13, 2021. Due to the pandemic the dog show was moved from its traditional winter date in New York City to an outdoor venue this spring at the Lyndhurst Estate, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She will officiate over several breeds during her second judging assignment at Westminster.
Gregory will be judging the Affenpinschers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Maltese, Miniature Pinschers, Toy Fox Terriers, Dalmatians, Lhasa Apsos, Tibetan Spaniels, and Boxers. All Best of Breed winners she selects will go on to compete in the Toy, Non-Sporting or Working Groups held on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Gregory is a second-generation dog person that followed in her father’s footsteps as professional dog handler turned judge. She first debuted as a six-year-old handler of Brussels Griffons and Boxers, leading to her success in Junior Showmanship and all-breed handling, known especially for her record-setting Brussels Griffons. Gregory was awarded her first of many Best in Shows at age 10. Madison Square Garden is familiar to her, having handled the 1996 Toy Group 2 Brussels Griffon and winning the 2009 Toy Group with “Lincoln,” another Brussels Griffon dog co-owned with her mother. Lincoln remains the most awarded smooth coated Brussels Griffon of all time. Gregory is a member of the Brussels Griffon and Boxer national parent clubs, as well as the kennel clubs of Louisville, Morris & Essex, and Santa Barbara. She is approved to judge multiple breeds, including the Toy and Non-Sporting groups.