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Martinsburg-bred dog makes prime-time appearance at Westminster show

February 14, 2012
  • Ch. Hum'nbird Ice Lily, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi known as Simone, won best of breed honors Monday at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York City.
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NEW YORK — An Eastern Panhandle-bred dog made a prime-time television appearance Monday on the opening night of the Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Ch. Hum’nbird Ice Lily, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi bred by Carrie Chase of Hum’nbird Pembroke Welsh Corgis of Martinsburg, W.Va., defeated three other dogs to win best-of-breed honors in the 136th annual show Monday morning.

With handler Heather Bremmer, the two-year-old female known as Simone competed in the herding group finals Monday night, which were televised on the CNBC network.

Simone failed to place among the top four in the group, which was won by a German shepherd.

Other champions were crowned Monday in the hound, toy and non-sporting groups.

Tonight’s competition will feature the sporting, working and terrier groups. The seven group winners will then vie for Best in Show honors. It will be televised from 8 to 11 p.m. on the USA Network.

More than 2,000 dogs representing 185 breeds and varieties were entered in the Westminster show.

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The event is billed as the second-oldest annual sporting event in the United States, behind the Kentucky Derby.

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