Standard Poodle 'Siba' Wins Best in Show at 2020 Westminster Dog Show
Basking in the spotlight after winning Best in Show at the 2020 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, a regal 3 ½-year-old black female Standard Poodle named “Siba” (GCHP Stone Run Afternoon Tea) exuded confidence. Surrounded by paparazzi snapping photos and calling her name, Siba was now a canine celebrity.
It was the 57th Best in Show for Siba and handler Chrystal Murray Clas, of Hanover, Pennsylvania, a second-generation Poodle enthusiast. A dynamic twosome, Murray Clas and Siba in 2019 won Best of Breed at the Poodle Club of America National Specialty and Reserve Best in Show at the AKC National Championship and placed fourth in the Non-Sporting Group at Westminster.
Best in Show judge Robert H. Slay of Cary, North Carolina, said, “I had seven magnificent dogs in the lineup, but how could I not choose the Poodle? She was elegant, exquisite and had an air of distinction to be recognized.”
Meanwhile, it was a sweep for Purina Pro Plan as the food fed to all seven Group winners. Siba, the fifth Standard Poodle in history to win Best in Show at Westminster, was one of four dogs in the lineup ranked No 1 in their respective Groups in 2019.
Competing were 2,500 Champion dogs, including 204 breeds and varieties from 49 states and 20 countries.
The 2020 Westminster winners are:
Best in Show & Non-Sporting Group Winner
“Siba” (GCHP Stone Run Afternoon Tea), a 3 ½-year-old female Standard Poodle bred by Connie S. Unger, the co-owner with William Lee, and handled by Chrystal Murray Clas. Siba is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula dog food.
Reserve Best in Show & Hound Group Winner
“Bourbon” (GCHG Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon), a 5-year-old female Whippet bred by Justin Smithey and Yvonne Sovereign, and owned by Justin Smithey, Dr. Kenneth Latimer, Judy Descatner, Nancy Shaw, and handler Cheslie Pickett Smithey. Bourbon is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula dog food.
Toy Group Winner
“Bono” (GCHP Oeste’s In The Name Of Love), a 3 ½-year-old male Havanese bred by Mary E. King, Rafe H. Schindler, Julie Vogel, and handler Taffe McFadden, who are co-owners along with Patrice Odette. Bono is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice Formula dog food.
Herding Group Winner
“Conrad” (GCHP Syringa-Akadia The Corsair), a 6-year-old male Shetland Sheepdog bred by Deborah Sirdofsky and Shannalee Waller-Michalsky and co-owned by handler Tyler Crady along with Sirdofsky, Guy Okada and Debi Tario Jr. Conrad is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula dog food.
Sporting Group Winner
“Daniel” (GCHP Hillock’s Jack Daniel’S), a 5 ½-year-old male Golden Retriever bred by Tammy Tomlinson and Lisa and Jim Cohen, co-owned by Tomlinson, Jim Cohen and Robert Samios, and handled by Karen Mammano. Daniel is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice Formula dog food.
Working Group Winner
“Wilma” (GHP2 Cinnibon’ Bedrock Bombshell), a 4-year-old female Boxer bred by Bonnie Wagaman and Nicole Manna, co-owned by Keith and Cheryl Robbins, Wagaman and Deborah Caywood, and handled by Michael Shepherd. Wilma is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice Formula dog food.
Terrier Group Winner
“Vinnie” (GCHB Irvonhill Voignier), a 3-year-old Wire Fox Terrier bred by Anthony Barker, Jean Barker and Hailey Griffith, owned by George and Nannette Herrick, and handled by Robert M. Carusi. Vinnie is fed Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Formula dog food.