2012-2013 Purina Top Shooting Dog Award
Six-year-old white-and-orange male Pointer, “Ice” proved his amazing talents as the winner of the 2012-2013 Purina Top Shooting Dog Award. Co-owned by a father and son, Joaquin “Jack” and Brian Sanchez of Greater River Kennels in Central Islip, N.Y., Ice earned 4,185 points, the second highest ever recorded in the Open competition. Under professional handler Mike Tracy of Glenville, Pa., 10XCH/ 7XRUPCH Great River Ice won the United States Shooting Dog Invitational plus four Championships and four Runner-Up Championships, including the National Open Pheasant Shooting Dog Championship. Bred by Scott Crawford, the Pointer’s sire and dam were both sired by Hall of Fame producer Rock Acre Blackhawk. “The part we enjoy most is training and developing our dogs, and it makes winning these awards very special,” says Joaquin Sanchez, who won the 1988 Purina Top Shooting Dog Award with 10XCH/11XRUCH Bases Loaded. Brian Sanchez also handled Ice’s littermate 8XCH/4XRUCH Great River Magnum, who he co-owns with his father, to win the 2012-2013 Purina Top Shooting Dog Amateur Award and won the 2008 Purina Top Shooting Dog Amateur Award with “NYPD”.