GERALDINE R. DODGE

 

GERALDINE R. DODGE  - (4/3/82 – 8/13/73) Mrs. Marcellus Hartley Dodge, Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge was a powerful and influential name in the world of purebred dogs.  She used “Giralda Farms” as her kennel prefix and kept more than 100 top show dogs of various breeds at her lavish kennels at Madison, NJ.  In 1932, one of her superb pointer imports, British Champion Nancolleth Markable, (reserve Best In Show Crufts 1931) became the second of only three pointers in history to win Best In Show at Westminster.  It was reported in the December 1932 Western Kennel World that he had won close to 30 Best In Shows.  Some of Mrs. Dodge’s other important pointer imports included Ch. Benson Of Crombie (winner of 18 Best In Shows), Ch. Nancolleth Beryl (littermate to Markable and winner of 20 Best In Shows) and Ch. Nancolleth Marquis (winner of at least 18 Best In Shows).  Mrs. Dodge established the world-famous Morris & Essex dog shows that reigned supreme from 1927 through 1957 on the polo grounds at Giralda Farms.  In 1939 she founded St. Hubert’s Giralda as an animal shelter on her estate and after 1957 devoted most of her energies to actively helping unwanted dogs and other animals found roaming the streets and countryside.  She was a member of the American Pointer Club in the early 1960’s.

 

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