- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 21, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) — Anne Rogers Clark, the first woman professional handler to win best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club contest, died Dec. 20 in Wilmington, Del. She was 77.

Mrs. Clark had attended every Westminster show since 1941 and three times handled the best-in-show winner at America’s top event.

She judged 22 times at Westminster, and was scheduled to review the terrier group at Madison Square Garden in February.

Mrs. Clark first won best in show at Westminster in 1956, handling a toy poodle named Wilbur White Swan. She also handled the winners in 1959 and 1961.

With her late husband, James, she bred miniature and standard poodles, Norfolk terriers and whippets. In 2002, a miniature poodle that she co-bred won best in show at Westminster.

She wrote about dogs, and her latest, “Annie on Dogs!”, was a compilation of her monthly columns written for Dogs In Review magazine.

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