'Malachy' Wins 2010 Pro Plan Champions Cup

A 2-year-old Pekingese, GCH Palacegarden Malachy, handled by owner David Fitzpatrick, stood out with his friendly, graceful ways to win the 2010 Pro Plan Champions Cup. The No. 2 all-breed dog and No. 1 Toy dog, "Malachy" finished the year more than 100 points ahead of the second-place finisher.

The award is based on points received for Best in Show and Group placements at more than 200 Purina-sponsored all-breed dog shows throughout the year. Among the 2010 Purina-sponsored shows that Malachy won were the International Kennel Club of Chicago Dog Show in February and the Atlanta Kennel Club Dog Show in April. Malachy is co-owned by Iris Love and Sandra Middlebrooks.

The top-placing dogs were:

  • Second place, CH J'Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, a Smooth Fox Terrier co-owned by Howard and Sandra Hoffen and Phil and Amy Booth and handled by Amy Booth.
  • Third place, CH Casablanca's Thrilling Seduction, a Black Cocker Spaniel owned by breeder Linda Moore and handled by Linda Pitts.
  • Fourth place, GCH Dawin Spitfire, a Standard Poodle owned by breeder Linda Campbell and handled by Sarah Riedl.

2011 Pro Plan Champions Cup Winner Will Receive Original Oil Painting & Cash Prize

Among the awards the winner of the 2011 Pro Plan Champions Cup will receive are a $10,000 cash prize and an original oil painting of the winning dog. Cash prizes also will be awarded to the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers.

"The Pro Plan Champions Cup represents excellence in the sport of purebred dogs through conformation dog shows," says Ann Viklund, Purina Director of Breeder-Enthusiast Marketing. "We began this award 11 years ago to honor those who promote the highest standards and to support the dog fancy."

The yearlong award program includes over 200 Purina-sponsored all-breed dog shows. At the end of 2011, points will be tabulated based on:

  • Best in Show, 5 points
  • Group First, 4 points
  • Group Second, 3 points
  • Group Third, 2 points
  • Group Fourth, 1 point.

The dog earning the most points will be named the Pro Plan Champ­i­ons Cup winner. In addition to the $10,000 cash prize and the original oil painting by dog portraiture artist Linda Draper, the winner receives a keepsake Pro Plan Champions Cup trophy. A permanent Pro Plan Champi­ons Cup is displayed at the Purina Event Center in Gray Summit, Mo., along with a plaque engraved with the winners' names. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top-placing dogs as follows:

  • Second place, $5,000
  • Third place, $2,500
  • Fourth place, $1,250

More information about the 2011 Pro Plan Champions Cup, a running tabulation of individual dogs' points and a complete list of qualifying shows will be available on the Purina Pro Club website at www.purinaproclub.com. See the Purina-Sponsored Dog Shows calendar (below) for upcoming events that are part of the competition.

The Pro Plan Champions Cup is sponsored by Purina Pro Plan brand dog food.

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