2015-2016 Purina Derby Top Field Trial Bird Dog

Derby Top Field Trial Bird Dog

A small dog with a big heart, “Pat” more than sized up to the competition by placing in every derby all-age horseback stake he was entered, earning 944 points and outperforming 43 dogs, to capture the fourth annual Purina Derby Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award. Pat is owned by Butch Houston of Nashville, Georgia, and handled by pros Luke Eisenhart of Albany, Georgia, the 2015-2016 Purina Top All-Age Handler, and Robin Gates of Leesburg, Georgia, who described the 2-year-old white-and-orange male Pointer as a “little dynamite.” Among his notable wins, Shadow’s Next Exit took top honors at the Continental Derby Championship and the National Derby Championship, ending the yearlong race nearly 300 points ahead of the second-place finisher. “Pat is a superior ground-working and natural front-running dog,” says Gates. “He has a tremendous ability to find birds.” Bred by Jason Loper of Pavo, Georgia, Pat is fueled by Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula