Westminster Celebrates Oldest Ever Winner

The 2009 Westminster Kennel Club Show - the 133rd annual show - has been won by a Sussex Spaniel named Stump, the oldest ever winner.

This year’s winner – full name "Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee" – was born in 1998, making him the oldest ever winner of the show at the age of 10. In fact, Stump retired in 2004 after winning the Sporting group but failing to win Best in Show. Stump is owned by Cecilia Ruggles, Beth Dowd and Scott Sommer. One of Stump’s main competitors in the Sporting Group, AKC/Eukanuba National Championship winner Holly, an English Pointer, was ineligable to take part because she is owned by a Westminster Kennel Club member.

On Tuesday, "Gayleward’s Tiger Woods", a Scottish Deerhound, won the Hound group, while another Scottish breed – the Scottish Terrier won the Terrier group with "Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot". A Standard Poodle, "Randenn Tristar Affirmation", won the Non-Sporting group, with "Cordmaker Field Of Dreams" – a Puli, with a characteristic shaggy coat – won the Herding group. Monday’s group winners were the eventual best in show (Sporting), "Galilee’s Pure Of Spirit" the Giant Schnauzer (Working), and "Cilleine Masquerade" the Brussels Griffon (Toy).?

Last year’s show was won by Uno the Beagle, with James the Springer Spaniel winning the 2007 show. Established in 1877, The Westminster Kennel Club is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. This year the show introduced one new breed – the Dogue de Bordeaux, who competed in the Working group.

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