2011-2012 Purina Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award

Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award

Connor’s EZ Button Wins Purina Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award

The 5-year-old white-and-orange male Pointer, Connor’s EZ Button, called “Button,” is the winner of the Purina Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award. A stylish, big-running dog, Button tallied 2,515 points. He won five open champion­ships, two of which were three-hour stakes.

“I think Button’s winning those two endur­ance trials — the Quail Championship Invitational and the National Championship — speaks the loudest,” says owner David O’Connor of Bullard, Texas.

Handled by Steve Hurdle of Hickory Flat, Miss., Button was particularly resilient when he endured extreme changes in weather that included snow, ice and wind for six finds at the Quail Championship Invitational in Paducah, Ky.

“Button is consistent,” O’Connor says. “He is a true all-age dog with style to burn on point and when running.”

Hurdle also handled Button to win the Saskatchewan Open Chicken Championship and to Runner-Up Champion at the Sunflower Open All-Age Championship in Yates Center, Kan., and the Hawthorne Open All-Age Championship in Columbus, N.D.

Sired by McRee’s Rhett out of McRee’s Breeze, Button was bred by Pat McPhearson of Monroeville, Ala.

“Button is special,” Hurdle says. “Everything he does comes naturally.”

This is Hurdle’s fourth Purina Award, including earning the Handler Award for the 2007-2008 and 2009-2010 seasons, as well as the 2007-2008 Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award. As owner of the 49th annual Purina Award winner, O’Connor received an oil painting of Button by Ross Young, a silk banner, belt buckles with the Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award emblem and a year’s supply of Purina Pro Plan Performance Formula for one dog. As the handler, Hurdle received a $2,500 cash prize.