Some Central Kentuckians are participating in the junior showmanship division of the 134th Westminster Kennel Club's dog show in New York.
The show, held Monday and Tuesday, is second only to the Kentucky Derby as the nation's oldest sporting event.
Kristin Lawless of Jessamine County will show a Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever, or toller, according to the club's Web site.
Sarah Congleton of Versailles will show an English springer spaniel. Her brother Tanner Congleton will show a golden retriever.
In junior showmanship, young people are judged solely on their handling skills independent of the traits of the dog, according to the club's Web site.
Young people ages 9 to 18 qualify with 10 wins at shows during the previous year. Through the years, Best Junior has been won by 52 girls and 24 boys; 14 winners have come from New York, 10 from California and nine from Pennsylvania.
Westminster staged its first dog show in 1877 (the first Kentucky Derby was in 1875), and the junior division began in 1934.