TARRYTOWN, NY — A St. Hubert dog named Trumpet on Wednesday night became the first representative of his breed to win the canine world’s highest honor, that of Grand Champion at the prestigious Westminster Show.
Trumpet styled a French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Malinois, English Setter, Samoyed and Lakeland Terrier at the finish line.
After his victory, Trumpet patiently posed for countless photos, but eventually his instincts kicked in and he started sniffling all over the place. He examined decorative flowers that had been set up for photos, but found nothing of interest.
French bulldog Winston, which is notably owned by professional football player Morgan Fox, took second place. The Samoyed Striker was back in the final for a second consecutive year.
The competition provided over 3,000 purebred dogs, from Affenpinschers to Yorkshire Terriers. The goal is to crown the dog that best embodies the ideal characteristics of its breed.
The prestigious Westminster Dog Show is held regularly in winter at New York’s Madison Square Garden. He moved to the Lyndhurst mansion, on the outskirts of the metropolis, last year and this year due to the pandemic.
Some dogs, like the golden retriever, compete against dozens of other representatives of their breed, just to have the honor of participating in the grand final.
Others may have felt alone: Ooma was the only chinook, a sled dog, to enter the contest. The breed is quite rare in the United States, although the chinook is the official dog of New Hampshire.
Even for those who walked away without a ribbon or a trophy, the competition created a great opportunity to showcase what they are capable of.
Brittany Spaniel Britanny and his mistress, Dr. Jessica Sielawa, together taking part in their first dog show. But outside the ring, Britanny accompanies Dr. Sielawa to her chiropractic clinic in Syracuse, New York, “where she really helps people relieve their emotional stress,” Dr. Sielawa said.
She now intends to certify Britanny as a therapy dog.