Bloodhound wins Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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And then there was one.

Trumpet the Bloodhound wins highly coveted Best of Show honor at 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show At the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, the best of more than 3,500 dogs of more than 200 different breeds vie for the ultimate prize.

The selection of Trumpet the Bloodhound marked history. He is the first Bloodhound to win Best in Show in Westminster’s 146-year history. A Bloodhound first entered Westminster, the second oldest continuously running sporting event in America after the Kentucky Derby, in 1978. Broadcasters called his win “upset”.

“I’m so excited for Trumpet,” said handler Heather Buener, who co-owns and breeds “Goofball.” “He has a lot of attitude and he’s a little crazy,” she said.

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Trumpet is a 4-year-old from St. Joseph, Illinois. He is the son of Nathan, who won the Hound Group in 2014, but Nathan fell short of the grand prize. His son did not.

The champion was selected by Dr. Don Sturz, a Fox Sports breeder, handler, and former Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show analyst, who served as the sole judge for Best in Show. Sturges awarded the runner-up honor – reserve best in show – to Winston the French Bulldog, who is Co-Owned by NFL Defensive Lineman Morgan Fox,

Westminster is often described as the Super Bowl of US dog shows, and Winston aimed to make it for Fox, having just been signed by the Los Angeles Chargers and played for the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers. was.

β€œHe is a joy to be around,” Fox said of Winston, the current top-ranked dog in the country. “He always walks around with as much smile on his face as a dog can have.”

The Best in Show winner is chosen from among seven contestants – each of whom had to be best in first breed, and then best in one of seven groups into which purebred dogs are divided: hound, toy, non -Sporting, sporting, herding, working and terrier.

In addition to Trumpet (Hound) and Winston (Non-Sporting), the finalists were Hollywood the Maltese (Toy); German Shepherd Dog River (Herding); Belle the English Setter (Sporting); Striker the Samoyed (working); and MM the Lakeland Terrier (terrier).

The Wasabi Pekingese (toy) won last year’s honor.

Usually held in the winter at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the show moved to the suburban Lyndhurst estate last year and this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Contribution: The Associated Press; Wayne Coffee

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