And then there was one.
Trumpet the Bloodhound won the coveted Best of Show award at the Westminster Kennel Club’s 146th Annual Dog Show at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, beating out over 3,500 dogs from over 200 different breeds for the ultimate prize.
The selection of Trumpet the Bloodhound made history. He is the first Bloodhound to win the Best in Show award in Westminster’s 146 year history. A Bloodhound first entered Westminster, the second-oldest continuous sporting event in the United States behind the Kentucky Derby, in 1978. Broadcasters called his win “upset”.
“I’m so excited for Trumpet,” said handler Heather Buehner, co-owner and breeder of the goofball. She added: “He’s got a lot of attitude and he’s a little crazy.”
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Trumpet is a 4 year old from Saint Joseph, Illinois. He is the son of Nathan, who won the Hound Group in 2014, but Nathan did not win the grand prize. His son no.
The champion was selected by Dr. Don Sturz, breeder, handler and former Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show analyst for Fox Sports, who served as the sole judge for Best in Show. Sturz awarded the second 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 American dog shows, and Winston was aiming to do that for Fox, who was just signed by the Los Angeles Chargers and played for the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers.
“It’s a joy to be with him,” Fox said of Winston, the current top-ranked dog in the nation. “He always walks around with as much of a smile on his face as a dog can get.”
The Best In Show winner is selected from seven competitors – each of whom had to be the best in breed first, then the best in one of the seven groups into which purebred dogs are divided: Hound, Toy, No -sporting, Sporting, Herding, Working and Terrier.
In addition to Trumpet (Hound) and Winston (Non-athletic), the finalists were Hollywood the Maltese (Toy); River the German Shepherd (flock); Beautiful the English Setter (sporty); Strike the Samoyed (Working); and MM the Lakeland Terrier (Terrier).
Wasabi the Pekingese (toy) took top honors last year.
Usually staged in the winter at New York’s Madison Square Garden, the show moved to the suburban Lyndhurst estate last year and this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Contributor: Associated Press; Wayne Coffey