Rock Ridge Night Rocket,
call name "Timmie."
Whelped: March 6, 1946
Night Rocket is the only dog in
history to win back
to back Best
In Show at the Morris & Essex
Kennel Club Dog Show.
Rocket also won Westminster
between these shows, and was
unofficially crowned the only
"Triple Crown" winner in
Best In Show, Morris & Essex 1947
Best In Show, Westminster 1948
Best In Show, Morris & Essex 1948
Owners: Rock Ridge Kennels
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. Rockefeller
465 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, Conn.
Anthony Neary, Manager
CH Rock Ridge Night Rocket, call name: "Timmie"
Exhibited only 23
times, he placed in group every time save one, scoring 9 firsts.
He was Best In Show on many occasions, the most notable being BIS
Westminster in 1948 and at Morris & Essex, 1947 and 1948, an
unequalled accomplishment. The favorable attention which his
important wins inspired in the press and cinema throughout the world
did much to increase interest in the breed.
Report by John Rendel, THE NEW YORK TIMES of Night Rocket's big win.
"Ch. Rock Ridge Night Rocket, the Bedlington
Terrier that is the greatest show dog in America, won the world's
biggest outdoor exhibition today when he was waved to the center of
the ring in the 18th Morris & Essex Kennel Club event at Giralda
'Belonging to Mr. and Mrs. William A.
Rockefeller, Grennwich, Conn., the dog that had sprung to fame by
taking best in show in this gigantic canine carnival a year ago became
the first ever to get a second best at Morris & Essex.
Moreover, last February he had taken the top prize indoors at
Westminster, so his claim to the highest rung in American dogdom could
not be refuted.'
'Alva Rosenberg made the selection that closed
the 2,664-dog 38-breed classic
under smiling skies after bitter and
cloudy weather through most of the day. He had the highest
praise for his choice.'
'I haven't judged him for a year, but he is
just as great a dog as he was then,' said Rosenberg. 'He hasn't
coarsened in any way, moved perfectly, was in perfect condition and
fine coat. He beat a grand lot of dogs, but
he won quite easily.'
'I'd say without reservation that he is one of the
best I've seen in 38 years of judging.'
'Night Rocket was being shown for the first
time since Westminster. Handler Anthony Neary claimed the
two-year-old blue-coated Bedlington was in the best condition of his
life before he even topped the breed, and
so he was. He showed like the champion he is to top a superb
terrier group, thus getting into position to repeat
the triumph of last year, when he was all but unknown.'
'Almost overlooked in the excitement of his
adding a second Morris & Essex
best to that at Westminster was the
fact that Night Rocket also had sparkled in
lesser bench competitions.
He boosted his best-in-show record to seven and his group triumphs to
The popularity of the victory was evident
from the roar that went up from a
large remnant of a crowd of 15,000
when Rosenberg sent Night Rocket to the
center of the stage."
Stud career: Night Rocket
produced 36 champions. He can be found in most
pedigrees, touching almost every kennel in the U.S.