Australian Shepherd Wins AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

An Australian Shepherd has scooped $50,000 in prize money after winning Best in Show at the 2010 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

The Australian Shepherd called CH Propwash Reckon, pet named "Reckon", won the Herding Group before winning the coveted Best in Show award at the Long Beach Convention Center on Sunday night. Judge Mrs. Jean Fournier selected Reckon from a strong field of Best in Group winners, including a German Wirehaired Pointer (Sporting), a Whippet (Hound), a Portuguese Water Dog (Working), a Smooth Fox Terrier (Terrier), a Pekingese (Toy), and a Bichon Frise (Non-Sporting). Reckon, from Kensington, New Hampshire, and owned by Leslie Frank and Judy Harrington, was judged Best in Show out of nearly 2,500 dogs of 167 different AKC-registered breeds.

"We’re pleased to award Reckon with The Eukanuba Celebration of Champions trophy, which features a likeness of all AKC/Eukanuba National Champions, plus a check for $50,000 and a year’s supply of Eukanuba dog food," said Dan Rajczak, Senior Vice President, Global P&G Pet Care and Snacks.

Of the 167 AKC-registered breeds that were entered to compete, the breeds with the largest number of representatives were the French Bulldogs, Samoyeds, Border Collies, Siberian Huskies, Australian Shepherds, Basset Hounds and Golden Retrievers, each with over 30 dogs taking part. The two-day event was held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC Obedience Invitational, the Junior Showmanship competition, and the Eukanuba World Challenge. Combined, these events hosted 3,233 competing dogs.

"We are proud to have Reckon join the family of Best in Show winners at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. We had a record-breaking entry this year of highly competitive canine athletes in conformation, agility, obedience and the Eukanuba World Challenge. Congratulations to all the winners," said Show Chairman Ron Menaker.

Photo courtesy American Kennel Club

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