Sussex spaniel "Stump" wins Westminster's sporting group
Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, a Sussex spaniel who goes by the nickname Stump, won Westminster's sporting group.
Stump, owned by Cecilia Ruggles, Beth Dowd and Scott Sommer, is a veteran of the Garden: he won the sporting group title there in 2004, after which he went into retirement. He's 10 years old -- much older than the majority of Westminster competitors. He's the only Sussex spaniel to ever win his group at Westminster.
Following Stump on the winners list were a golden retriever named Ch. Toasty's Treasure Island, an English setter named Ch. Chebaco Blames It On Trabeiz, and a labrador retriever named Ch. Beechcroft Study's Top Secret, in that order.
One well-known sporting dog was notably absent from tonight's group competition. Holly, the pointer who won the prestigious AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show in December and is ranked the No. 2 show dog in the country, was ineligible for competition because she's owned by a Westminster Kennel Club member.
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Stump in action during sporting group competition. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press