2011-2012 Top Shooting Dog Handler Award

Top Shooting Dog Handler Award

Mike Tracy Wins Seventh Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award

Professional handler Mike Tracy of Glenville, Pa., captured his seventh Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award. With a string of 13 dogs, Tracy won a personal best 13 champion­ships and totaled 5,545 points.

Among Tracy’s top-winning dogs was Our Big Bully, the 2011-2012 Purina Top Shooting Dog Award winner. Tracy also handled six derbies, winning three futurities. Though Tracy already had won the Purina Handler Award six times, he says it is just as exciting to win his seventh. “It always feels awesome to win,” he says. “My dad, George Tracy, won the award a record 11 times. That’s my goal. He set high standards.”

Among the open shooting dog champion­ship wins that contributed to Tracy winning the Purina Award are the National Pheasant, South Carolina, Gulf Coast, Eastern, and Canadian.

A professional handler since 1993, Tracy is the grandson of another well-known Purina Award winner, Gerald Tracy, who handled the first Purina Top Shooting Dog Award in 1983.

As the winner, Tracy received a $2,000 cash prize that was doubled because he is an active member of Purina Pro Club, a second Purina Handler of the Year ring because he filled his first with the previous six award diamonds, and a year’s supply of Purina Pro Plan Performance Formula for one dog.