Westminster Agility Champ Dies Suddenly

Tex the Border Collie was a legend in the agility world.

The dog world was stunned on Wednesday morning, May 20, to learn that Tex, the talented Border Collie who won the Westminster Kennel Club’s 2015 Masters Agility Championship in New York City, died in what is being called a “freak accident” by his owner, Rose Savkov of Long Valley, New Jersey. He was 6 years old.

“I am destroyed,” Savkov told NJ.com’s Amy Kuperinski. “I’m lost. I’m hurting. My heart is broken.”

The accident occurred in Savkov’s backyard, where Tex trained on agility equipment, on May 9. Just one day earlier, Savkov chose an 8-week-old male puppy from a litter sired by Tex to be her next agility prospect. Tex won the Westminster Agility Masters in February, in the 20-inch class, with a time of 30.93 seconds.

“The members of the Westminster Kennel Club would like to extend our condolences to Rose and to all of those whose lives were touched by Tex,” club spokesman David Frei said in a statement posted on the Westminster website. “We are honored to have had him compete in our Trial and memories of his talent will be cherished within the Westminster family.”

Watch Tex’s winning run at the 2015 Westminster Masters Agility Championship

Photo courtesy Westminster Kennel Club