2014 Westminster Dog Show Round-up
The 2014 Westminster Dog Show is officially complete! The nation’s top dogs and their owners/handlers have pulled out all the stops in a historical event that introduced three new breeds and, for the first time ever, allowed mixed breeds to compete. Let’s take a look at the winners:
Best in Show:
For the 46th time in the history of the event, a Terrier has taken the grand prize with Fox Terriers winning it 14 times. This year, a lucky little five-year-old girl, GCH Afterall Painting The Sky, and owners Victor Malzoni Jr, Torie Steele, S & M Olund, and D Ryan were awarded the Best In Show Trophy. An unstoppable duo, Sky and handler Gabriel Rangel have won every major title in the industry over the last two years. This was the second appearance and first Westminster BIS for Sky and second BIS for Gabriel Rangel
GCH Brighton Lakeridge Encore and owners Toni & Martin Sosnoff were awarded Reserve Best In Show. GCH Brighton Lakeridge Encore is a five-year-old Standard Poodle who has competed at Westminster for three years and will be retired after this year. She was accompanied by handler Tim Brazier who had to miss their first trip due to an emergency surgery.
This year, Mr. Douglas Johnson awarded GCH Flessner’s International S’Cess (Nathan) the 1st place award for the Hound Group. Nathan is a four-year-old Bloodhound owned by Shirley VanCamp, Heather Buehner and Zack Helmer. He has a very successful history of competitions and continues this tradition with his first visit to Westminster.
Nathan was followed up by GCH Sporting Fields Bahama Sands (Whippet), GCH Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe (Basset Hound), and Ch Kuriann Of First Avenue (Irish Wolfhound).
GCH Marlex Classic Red Glare was awarded Best of Group for the Toy category by judge Keke Kahn. This was the third visit to Westminster for Marlex and her owners Leah Monte and Armando Angelbello. They attended in both 2012 and 2013, being awarded best in breed as well as Group third and second respectively. This year continues the trend as Marlex achieves Group first and best in breed for the 2014 Westminster competition.
GCH Marlex was followed up by GCH Grantilley Galaxy Moon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), GCH CR Chase What Matters (Pomeranian), and Ch Yakee Easily Persuaded (Pekingese).
GCH Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire, a four-year-old Spaniel (Irish Water), was this year’s Best of Group (Sporting) Champion. Judge Sam Houston McDonald awarded Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire and owners Tom & Bethany Urban and Gregory M Siner their first Best of Group award on Tuesday. This is their third trip to Westminster and they have been awarded Group Fourth/Best of Breed in 2012 and Select Bitch in 2013.
GCH Whistlestop’s Riley On Fire is followed up by Ch Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction (Spaniel (Cocker) Black), GCH Kalm Sea’s To Have And To Hold, and Ch Telltale American Ride.
Best of Group for Non-Sporting was awarded to GCH Brighton Lakeridge Encore by judge Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hill. Brighton Lakeridge Encore is a five-year-old Standard Poodle owned by Toni & Martin Sosnoff. She has made one appearance at Westminster in 2013 and was awarded Group Second and Best of Breed. This year, she excelled well past that achievement with Best in Group, Best of Breed and Reserve Best In Show.
She is followed up by GCH Kan Sing’s Tenzin (Tibetan Spaniel), GCH Bellefleet’s Living In The Fast Lane (Poodle (Miniature)), and GCH Spotted Bliss Oreo Delight (Dalmatian).
One of the oldest breeds to come out of the British Isles, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi won Best of Group for Herding dogs. GCH Riverside Telltail Coco Posh and owners Dina Planche, Deb Shindle, and Julie & Bill Divens make a repeat visit to Westminster to follow up on their previous Best of Breed award from 2013.
Riverside Telltail Coco Posh is followed up by GCH Cordmaker Topsy Turvey (Puli), GCH Wolf Creek Galaxy of Merivern (German Shepard), and GCH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect (Old English sheepdog).
GCH Claircreek Impression De Matisse repeated his 2013 performance by winning Best of Group (Working) and Best of Breed for the second year in a row. At just 3 years old, two Westminster appearances and awards is a great accomplishment for Claircreek Impression De Matisse and his owners Milan Lint, Peggy Helming and Donna Gottdenker.
He is followed by GCH Willow Ridges Risky Business (Mastiff), GCH CR-Wicca’s Trade Secret (Akita), and GCH Brisbane N Blue Monday’s Diamonds Are Decadent (Boxer).
GCH Afterall Painting The Sky was Best In Show as well as 1st in her group for Terriers. She was followed by GCH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie (Skye Terrier), GCH Meadowlake Simply Sinful (Border Terrier), and GCH Goldsand’s Columbus (Russell Terrier).
This year was another great celebration of the Westminster Kennel Club Show. With the inclusion of mixed breeds, the show has spread its joy of competition to a much greater range of trainers, dogs and owners.