First Ever Grand Champion Announced

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has announced it's first ever Grand Champion.

A 4 year-old Weimaraner, officially named GCH Monterra’s Best Bet, MH, and pet named "Stoli", has become the first ever winner of the new American Kennel Club title of Grand Champion. Stoli is co-owned by Elizabeth Krupinski and Timothy Bintner of Elizabeth, Colorado and completed the title requirements to earn the newest AKC title at the Coronado Kennel Club all-breed dog show on May 18th, 2010.

Stoli completed his title with 25 Grand Championship points, including five majors, which he won at six consecutive shows held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. on May 14-18th, 2010. He won a Best of Breed and also a Best of Opposite Sex at two specialties held on May 14 by the Weimaraner Club of Albuquerque. On May 15-16 Stoli won Best of Breed at the Rio Grande Kennel Club dog shows. Finally, on May 17-18th, Stoli won Best of Breed at the Coronado Kennel Club dog shows.

"We are excited to see such an exceptional dog complete the AKC Grand Championship title. This title was created to give breeders and owners a way to showcase their AKC champions and that?s just what we?re seeing," said Robin Stansell, AKC Vice President of Event Operations. "Congratulations to Stoli and his breeder, owners and handler who are very deserving of this honor."

Proving he can excel in both AKC Conformation and AKC Performance events, Stoli, a multiple Best in Specialty Show and Best in Show winner became the first and only Best in Show winning Weimaraner to earn the AKC Master Hunter title in March 2009.

This new title is available to AKC Champions of Record, creating the opportunity for Champion dog owners to return to the show ring with their dogs and further showcase the quality of their breeding stock. Competition for this new title began at AKC all-breed, group and specialty shows on May 12th, 2010, concurrent with the implementation of the 2010-2011 AKC Point Schedule.

Photo courtesy Tad Walden

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