Kerry Blue Terrier Club, Inc. History
The Club was started by a group of Kerry enthusiasts who
met to investigate promoting the Kerry in obedience. They decided to
organize a local breed club for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,
“Tri-State KBTC.” The first elections were held in April of 1956:
President – Jean Seward, Vice-President – Peg Tormey, Secretary – Carol
Postley, Treasurer – Buss Seward, Board of Governors – Bert Tormey, Bill
Aletti, Mrs. James Ranning and Kay Massucco. In May 1956, the first
Tri-State KBTC meeting was held. At the June meeting Bert Tormey grooming
demonstration and on July 11 the Club held its first “Exhibition,” judged
by Mrs. Jean Ramstead, at which Best of Exhibition was Bert Tormey’s
Marberlane’s Grand Slam over an entry of 12. After more Exhibitions and
an AKC suggested name change, Tri-State became the Empire Kerry Blue
Terrier Club. The Empire club was incorporated on June 29, 1957 and was
recognized by the AKC in October of that year. The Certificate of
Incorporation signees were: Dudley Seward, William Aletti, Bertram
Tormey, Margaret Tormey and Kathryn Massucco.
Empire was granted
permission of the AKC to hold its first Specialty Show on March 9, 1959 at
the Saw Mill River Kennel Club show. The entry of 42 dogs was judged by
Thomas Keator, who chose for BOB Marberlane’s Citation owned by Pat
Corless and bred by Bert Tormey.
In November of 1960
the Club was accepted as a Chapter Club of the United States Kerry Blue
Terrier Club. The membership grew and included some of the finest
breeders on the East coast – Mrs. Gladys Titcomb, Mrs. Walter Fleisher,
Patrick Corless, Jean Underhill, to name only a few. Activities sponsored
by the Club continued – grooming sessions, informal judging
demonstrations, movies of other Specialty shows, stewarding instruction,
obedience training lectures, veterinarian lectures and judging
instructions. These all were a great aid to the smaller breeders and
exhibitors who were swelling the ranks of Empire. These endeavors
By 1965 the Specialty Show was held in September with the Westchester
Kennel Club. The 1965 entry was 60 Kerries and at the 1966 show
there was an entry of 65. In 1976 this Specialty was moved the
Westbury Kennel Association. It was moved in 2000 to be held with the
Suffolk County Kennel Club. In 1985 the Club started to hold a
second Specialty in the spring with the Long Shore Southport Kennel club.
In the 90's this Spring Specialty was moved to
the Greenwich Kennel Club show held the same weekend.
Over the years there
were various All Breed shows supported by the Club: Staten Island Kennel
Club, Associated Terrier Club, Queensboro Kennel Club, Wallkill Kennel
Club etc. Today the Club has Supported entries at the shows surrounding
their Specialties: Long Shore Southport Kennel Club, Brookhaven Kennel
club and Westbury Kennel Association. Many of our great breeders have
passed on or retired affecting the number of AKC registered Kerries.
Hopefully there will be younger people interested in the breed to replace
those of us that are active now.
itself: 1976 - Patrick Grennan was Ring Steward - He continues in that
capacity today, 1977 – (These things continue today) – Legislation to
limit the number of dogs, Pet Shops selling Kerries, Puppy Mills,.
Kerries needing Relocation or Rescue either from shelters or homes that no
longer want them.
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