Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 16, 2014

Local mother, son bound for Westminster

Carletons to compete in agility championships


The Andover Townsman

---- — A mother and son from Andover have been invited to compete in the first Masters Agility Championship at Westminster in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 8, as part of the famed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show week.

Jo-Ann Carleton and her Pembroke Welsh corgi, Gracie, and Nicholas Carleton and his 7-year-old Labrador retriever, Sophie, will be part of the club’s agility trial that takes place the Saturday before the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show.

The agility trial is limited to dogs competing at excellent or master level, which include both purebred and mixed-breed dogs. The Mixed Breed category is especially significant, bringing non-purebred dogs to a Westminster event for the first time since the very earliest days of the show.

The finals of the Westminster Kennel Club’s agility trial will be televised live from Pier 94 on FOX Sports 1, Saturday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The agility trial precedes Westminster’s 138th Annual All Breed Dog Show, which will be held in Madison Square Garden on Feb. 10 and 11.