2018 Purina Brace Beagle Derby Award

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Earning four first places and a second place in derby field trials, “Choc,” a 1 ½-year-old 13-inch chocolate female Beagle, dominated the competition to win the Purina Brace Beagle Derby Award. Marty Parker of Taylorsville, Kentucky, who handled Choc, says, “She has a real big nose and a lot of ability.” Parker and Niki Happel of Pittsburgh are co-breeders and co-owners of FCB Steeler Town Boomin Business, as Choc is formally known. “Choc has so much ability when tracking a rabbit. She has always amazed us,” says Happel of the precocious female who finished her Field Champion title at 14 months of age. Partners in brace beagling since 2007, Parker and Happel have won two Purina Field Champion Awards and four Purina Derby Awards. Both Parker and Happel grew up in the sport and have taken part in brace beagle field trials for more than 50 years.

Choc is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula.