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Greenwich woman has a winner at Westminster dog show


Greenwich woman has a winner at Westminster dog show

A Capital Region dog is a champion.
Greenwich woman has a winner at Westminster dog show
A group of Samoyeds compete in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.

A Capital Region dog is a champion.

Holster, a high-leaping Australian shepherd, has won the agility title at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which continued Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

After his victory Saturday, Holster jumped and happily pawed his owner and handler, Wendy Cerilli of Greenwich.

“He’s a very loyal and hard-working dog,” Cerilli told The Associated Press.

On Tuesday evening, CJ, a 3-year-old male German shorthaired pointer, won the Best in Show portion at Madison Square Garden.

CJ is the first Sporting Group winner to take Best in Show since 2009, and the 20th from the group to win overall.

It was the final Westminster show for David Frei, whose voice has become as familiar as the woof of a beloved family pet during his 26 years as the lead commentator.

The seven group winners who faced off for the big prize were the German shepherd, the top-ranked dog in the country; the Skye terrier; the samoyed; the German shorthaired pointer; and three underdogs, all selected Monday night, the borzoi, the bulldog and the shih tzu.

Dr. Richard Meen, a Toronto psychiatrist, acted as judge and jury to anoint the German shorthaired pointer as the exemplar of breeding standards. For Meen, it is an honor and a great responsibility.

“You can’t help but feel the second-guessing,” he said recently.

Kent Boyles, the handler of the favored German shepherd Rumor who competed in 176 shows in 2015, said this was Rumor’s last show. Rumor won 175 Best in Breeds last year and 93 Best in Shows.

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