Peterborough dog wins Terrier Group at Westminster Kennel Club show

  • ”Winston” the Norfolk Terrier, along with handler Ernesto Lara, center, after being selected for Best in Group among terriers at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last week.  —Courtesy photo

  • Winston, with handler Ernesto Lara at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last week.  —Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 19, 2018 5:31PM

Nearly 3,000 dogs, each one considered among the best examples of the breed, gather each year at Westminster Dog Show, all hoping to be the one on the top.

Winston, a 5-year-old Norfolk Terrier from Peterborough, stood among the best of those best examples, not only for his breed, but for his group.

Officially known as GCH Yarrow Venerie Winning Ticket, Winston was named the top of the Terrier Group at the 142 Westminster Dog Show, one of the nation’s most highly-regarded dog shows, last week. 

“Winston had an idea what he was going to do and I just followed, and I guess everyone did,” handler Ernesto Lara commented, immediately following Winston’s crowning moment at the top of the terrier group. Winston beat out 31 other Best of Breed winners for the title. 

One of Winston’s co-owners, Pam Beale, said she and her husband, John Beale, have been breeding and showing Norfolk Terriers for more than 30 years, most recently with Winston.  

“We were all thrilled to have bred such a wonderful dog,” said Beth Sweigart, who was one of Winston’s breeders, along with Beale, in an interview on Monday. 

Beale describes Winston as a “real character” who loves all people and enjoys being in the big ring.

She’s not surprised at his success, said Sweigart – Winston is the great-grandson of Cracknor Cause Celebre – “Coco” – another champion dog whom Sweigart referred to as “the best little Norfolk that's ever been.” Coco was also a group winner at Westminster – twice – and a consecutive four-time winner of best of breed at the show.

“You can see Coco in Winston. And I think that says it all,” said Sweigart. “I really wish they could have been in the ring together. That would have been something to see.”

“Winning the Terrier Group at a prestigious show like Westminster is a real honor,” said Beale in an email to the Ledger-Transcript on Monday. “And in fact, Winston is only the second Norfolk Terrier to be awarded this honor. The first was his great-grandmother Coco who did it twice.” 

Winning his group meant that Winston got to stand in the ring with only six other dogs to compete for the coveted title of “Best in Show.” Terriers are a popular winner at Westminster, having taken the Best in Show title 45 times in the show’s history – more than any other group.

This year, the title was ultimately awarded to a bichon frise named Flynn.

Winston did not rest lightly on his laurels, however, and though Westminster ended on Tuesday, two days later, he was in Denver to compete in not one, but two additional shows: The Colorado Kennel Club and the Rocky Mountain All Terrier Club. This time, the ultimate victory was within his reach – he took Best in Show in both cases.

Winston is co-owned by Victor Malzoni, Jr., Nancy Shaw and Pam Beale. 

Selected highlights of the best of breed competitions were featured live on Nat Geo WILD on Feb. 12-13. For full Terrier Group results and video visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.