At the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, a new champion has been crowned, and history has been made! Trumpet, a four year old Bloodhound from Saint Joseph, Illinois, became the the first Bloodhound to ever win the Best in Show title, since the competition first started 146 years ago.
Over 3,500 dogs traveled near and far to compete for various titles and prizes at what is considered the second longest running sporting event, behind the Kentucky Derby. Labeled an "upset" by broadcasters, handler Heather Buehner said "I am so excited for Trumpet!" She added, "He has a lot of attitude and he's a little crazy."
Trumpet is a part of a long lineage of competitors. His Grandfather, Nathan, won the hound group in 2014, but fell short of the ultimate title. The champion was selected by Dr. Don Sturz, a breeder, handler and former Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show analyst for Fox Sports, who served as the sole judge for Best in Show. The winner is chosen from one of seven dogs who win their respective breed groups: Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Sporting, Herding, Working and Terrier.
The Finalist included Trumpet (Hound), Winston (Non-sporting), Hollywood the Maltese (Toy), Striker the Samoyed (Working), River the German Shepherd Dog (Herding), Belle the English Setter (Sporting), and MM the Lakeland Terrier (Terrier). Last year's winner was Wasabi the Pekingese (Toy).
Runner-up, Winston the French Bulldog, is co-owned by Morgan Fox, an NFL defensive lineman. Often called the Super-bowl of dog shows, Winston tried to win the competition for his owner. Fox, was recently signed by the Los Angeles Chargers after playing for both the Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams. Fox said, "He’s a joy to be around. He always walks around with as much of a smile on his face as a dog can have."
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