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Sussex spaniel "Stump" wins Westminster's sporting group

February 10, 2009 |  7:34 pm

Stump the Sussex Spaniel 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

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