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Trumpet the bloodhound wins best in show at 2022 Westminster Kennel Club dog show

NJ.com logo NJ.com 6/24/2022 Amy Kuperinsky, nj.com

Trumpet, a soulful-looking bloodhound with low-hanging ears and deep folds, won best in show at the 2022 Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

Trumpet’s victory sounded a clarion call of sorts for his breed Wednesday — the dog made history with his best in show win.

Bloodhounds have been competing at the long-running dog show since the 1870s, but Trumpet is the first bloodhound to take best in show.

The 4-year-old dog from St. Joseph, Illinois — registered name GCHB CH Flessner’s Toot My Own Horn — won the hound group Tuesday alongside his handler-owner Heather Helmer to advance to the final. Trumpet is co-owned by Chris and Bryan Flessner and Tina Kocar.

As is often the case at Westminster, there was a bit of champion lineage at play. Trumpet’s father, Nathan, became the first bloodhound to win the hound group in 2014.

Winston, a 3-year-old French bulldog from Bixby, Oklahoma who was ranked No. 1 dog in the country going into Westminster, won reserve best in show.

The 146th Westminster Kennel Club dog show spanned several days at the Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, New York. For the second consecutive year, the prestigious dog world event relocated from Madison Square Garden to the green grounds of the stately Westchester County mansion because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breed competition took place outside while group winners and best in show were decided inside a large tent decked out in Westminster purple.

An Alaskan Malamute let out a continuous piercing howl just before the final during the Westminster broadcast, as if the dog was offering its own running commentary on the show.

Winston, the French bulldog, won the non-sporting group Tuesday. The dog, handled by Perry Payson, is co-owned by Morgan Fox, a defensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers.

French bulldogs were the fifth largest breed entry at the dog show, with 41 dogs (No. 1 breed among entrants was the golden retriever, with 70). Frenchies have never won best in show.

Striker, a Samoyed from Toronto, won the working group for the second year in a row Wednesday.

A 6-year-old Lakeland terrier named MM from Mebane, North Carolina handled by Ariel Cukier won the terrier group; Belle, a 4-year-old English setter from Pine Island, Minnesota handled by Amanda Ciaravino won the sporting group; and River, a 5-year-old German shepherd from Woodstock, Georgia handled by Lenny Brown won the herding group Tuesday.

Hollywood, an impeccably groomed 3-year-old Maltese from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York handled by Tim Lehman, won the toy group.

Last year’s best in show went to Wasabi, a Pekingese who won the toy group.

A few hours before Trumpet was named top dog for 2022, the junior showmanship award for best junior handler, which comes with a $10,000 scholarship, went to Middletown’s Erin Bernecker, 18. She competed with a 1-year-old lowchen named Rip.

Earlier in the week, Willie, an Australian shepherd, and his owner-handler Kathleen Keller of Flemington won the 2022 Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster.

It was the seventh consecutive obedience win for New Jersey.

Bee, a Shetland sheepdog from Pickerington, Ohio, and her handler Jennifer Crank started off Westminster week with their win at the 2022 Masters Agility Championship.

The fleet-footed dog finished the obstacle course in just 29.81 seconds. It was the second Westminster win for Crank, who previously won agility with her border collie P!nk in 2020.

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Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com and followed at @AmyKup on Twitter.

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