The second night of competition at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York took place Tuesday.
The group competition was for the Sporting, Working and Terriers.
Here are Monday’s group results.
The Sporting Group was won by the Irish Setter, GCH CH Vermilion’s Sea Breeze, owned by Sandra Nordstrom & Bruce & Mary Foote and handled by Adam Bernardin.
Q: Did you have any inkling when you went into the ring tonight that this (holding First Place Rosette) is how you’d come out.
A: “Umm, this dog? Don’t ever count him out,” Bernardin said.
Q: When did you know you had it? (the win)?
A: “The last moment!”
The Boxer captured the Working Group and celebrated by leaping into its handler’s arms and got a huge hug and a kiss.
The champion boxer was GCH CH Mephisto’s Speak Of The Devil (owned by Mrs Jack Billhardt & Sergio Tenenbaum), also known as Devlin,
Q: Diego, when did you know there was something really special about this dog, and what do you feel gave you an extra edge in the ring tonight?
“A: Years ago, we saw her when she was young, I saw that there was something special in her – all of us,” handler Diego Garcia said.” Tonight when we were getting her ready (this is her last show), I said to my wife, ‘You know, she’s looking better than ever.’We’re going to try our best, and whatever happens, happens. And it did.”
This was Devlin’s last show. “She gave her life for me,” Garica added.
“This is the best dog for kids.”
— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 15, 2017
The final group winner in 2017 was the Norwich Terrier named Tanner.
The evening opened with the Junior Showmanship Award, which was won by
Mallori Seifert with a 15″ Beagle: CH Double D’s The Land of Smiles at Copper Rose.
Q: What advice do you have to all the young juniors coming up so that they can aspire to compete at Westminster?
A: “My advice for all those young juniors is that everyone starts somewhere. I, myself, had many mishaps. It’s all about finding the right dog and just having such a bond with that dog who’ll respond to you no matter what, under any sort of pressure, any situation. It’s all about finding that right dog.”