An enthusiastic crowd cheered at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida, Sunday night as “Matisse” was crowned “National Champion” after a weekend of exciting competition.
The new AKC/Eukanuba Champion, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse, and his owners Milan Lint, Peggy Helming and Donna Gottdenker of New York, New York, will take home Best in Show honors and $50,000 in prize money.
The title of Reserve Best in Show went to GCH CH Afterall Painting the Sky, a Wire Fox Terrier known as “Sky” owned by Victor Malzoni, Jr., Torie Steele, Scott & Mary Olund, and Diane Ryan of Rialto, California.
Other fierce competitors for the Best in Show honors included:
Sporting Group: GCH CH Whistlestop’s Riley on Fire, an Irish Water Spaniel known as “Riley” owned by Tom and Bethany Urban and Gregory Siner of Issaquah, Washington.
Toy Group: GCH CH Yakee Easily Persuaded, a Pekingese known as “Rodger” owned by Sandra Middlebrooks and David Fitzpatrick of East Berlin, Pennsylvania.
Non-Sporting Group:GCH CH Dawin Hearts on Fire, a Standard Poodle known as “Flame” owned by Linda C. Campbell of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world, was joined by a range of canine sporting events under one roof including: the Eukanuba World Challenge; the AKC Agility Invitational; the AKC Obedience Classic; the AKC Owner-Handled Series Final; Junior events in conformation, obedience and agility; and the Orlando cluster shows. See results from the rest of the events here>>
Spectators also enjoyed the nation’s largest canine extravaganza, Celebrate Dogs!, which featured dozens of dog-centric activities like AKC Meet the Breeds®, Eukanuba Dock Dogs, and a canine shopping mall with holiday gifts for dog lovers.
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