Martinsburg’s Carrie Chase chosen to judge Purina National Dog Show 2023 Best in Show

Carrie Chase of Martinsburg, WV. has been chosen as the judge for the Best in Show winner at this year’s National Dog Show, which will be broadcast on Thanksgiving Day to an audience of over 20 million.  

A proficient show dog handler, Chase’s first winner in the AKC Championship was in 1990, and she has had 1-2 winners every year since. On Thanksgiving Day, she will join the elite company of past judges who have overseen Best in Show at the National Dog Show since the first competition in 2002. 

Chase has previous experience judging multiple competitions all around the world. She has judged the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America National Specialty, the Australian Welsh Corgi National Specialty, most US Regional Pembroke Specialties, Specialty shows in other breeds and many Herding breeds in Australia. Additionally, she recently judged at the Westminster Dog Show last May, presiding over the Herding group and some Hound breeds. A prestigious honor, The National Dog Show will be Chase’s second judging appearance at one of the three major dog shows this year.  

Chase had no dog sports background before starting with purebreds as an adult and a non-professional. In 1988, Chase bought a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy from Pat Jensen in California. Chase’s first winner of the AKC Champion in 1990 came from her first litter, and one of those puppies sired a breed Top Ten stud dog. One of her Corgi, Ch Hum’nbird Keepin Up‘Pearances also known as “Kevin”, owned by Samuel Lawrence holds the record as the top winning Pembroke Welsh Corgi in AKC history with 77 Best in Show wins. Chase has a special bond with Samuel Lawrence and wore a hummingbird pin at the Westminster Dog Show in an ode to her late friend and mentor.  

On the Thanksgiving Day broadcast on NBC, Chase will select the champion of The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. That dog will instantly become a star for all the families enjoying the competition on the wonderful holiday.  

“It is about the dog, the Breed standard, and nothing else.” Chase stated. Chase is a longtime champion and competitor in the sport, but also an avid fanatic and supporter of the scene as well. She strives to uphold the standards and traditions of the sport while transitioning into future generations. “Our sport, like the world, is changing, but the wins are exciting, as are the new Champions that make the scene every year.” 


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