Digital seems to be driving the whole world â€“ even the dogs in this world.
Picture this: The Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) has announced its upcoming 137th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, America’s second-longest, continuously-held sporting event, to be held on February 11-12, 2013 in New York City.
The Club will enhance its technological offerings, including an exclusive, WKC-branded smartphone App that provides event attendees with a digital 2013 Show Guide.
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And, for the first time, WKC will also stream live coverage of the breed judging during the days on its website www.westminsterkennelclub.org, showcasing — as it unfolds and in its entirety — the complete judging of all 187 breeds and varieties.
Since 2005, judging highlights only had been carried on the website, on a delayed basis.
The idea is to provide spectators with the opportunity to better experience the competing 3,200 dogs of 187 breeds and varieties in a highly interactive manner.
The Club will stage the event in two venues – Madison Square Garden and The Piers (92/94) on Manhattan’s West Side at 55th Street.
“The changes in our 137th show will enhance the Westminster experience for dog aficionados and our followers everywhere,” said Westminster Kennel Club president SeĂˇn McCarthy.
“We are more excited than ever to share our show with exhibitors, spectators at the Piers and at the Garden, and people from all over the world who will be watching on television and online.”
Photo courtesy: WKC