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A 7-year-old white-and-black female Pointer, Ninnescah Nicole, owned by breeder Dr. Richard Steckley of Wichita, Kan., and handled by professional handler Chuck Stretz of Blackwater, Mo., excelled with her animated, stylish, front-running performances to earn 2,035 points and win the Purina Top Shooting Dog Award.

RU CH Tibercreeks Billy the Kid took Runner-Up at the NVA Eastern Shooting Dog Championship with two finds and a back within the one-hour stake. Bred and owned by Mark Calder, “Pete,” a 4 ½-year-old male Vizsla, is handled by Jaime Fountain.

American Rabbit Hunters Association (ARHA) US Championship
March 12-15, 2015

Lynnville, Indiana

A Beagle known as“Buck” won the ARHA U.S. Championship Open Class. Handled by owner Blake Turner, Turner’s Buck also is co-owned by Donnie Turner.

Taking the Champion Class was “Dottie” (Lincoln Ridge Dottie), a 13-inch female Beagle owned and handled by Lance McCarthy.

“Train” (Spark’s Oak Ridge Train) won the Grand Champion Class under owner-handler Donnie Joe Sparks.

United Kennel Club (UKC) National Redbone Days
July 3-5, 2014
Bellview, Michigan

Outperforming 23 Redbone Coonhounds,CCH CH ‘PR’ No Rhyme or Reason, owned by Shane Tipton and handler Jamie Crigger, took King of Show. Queen of Show was awarded to WCH FCH N GR CH GR CH ‘PR’ America’s Virginia Legacy. “Gin” is owned by Dale and Laurie Young and handled by Dale.

American Kennel Club (AKC) Small Pack Option (SPO) National Championship
April 10-11, 2015
Morgantown, Kentucky

FCGD McDaniel’s Running Like Forest, a Pro Plan®-powered Beagle called “Forest,” won the 13-inch male class at the AKC SPO National Championship. Forest was bred by Billy Foster and is handled by owner Treyton “Jai” Diggs.

Two Purina® Pro Plan®-fed hounds recently became the 2014 United Kennel Club (UKC) World Bench Show Champion and UKC World Opposite Sex. Read on for more details about the winners.

UKC World Championship
Sept. 18-20, 2014
Montpelier, Ohio

NITE CH CCH GR CH Kentucky Mtn Diamond Cutter, an English Coonhound, captured Best in Show at the UKC World Championship. The 3-year-old male was bred by handler Penny Jessup, who co-owns “Cutter” with her husband, Jody.

NRC National Open Championship image courtesy of Mark L. Atwater/UpClosePhoto.com

Ending the year on a high note, a Purina® Pro Plan®-powered Labrador Retriever won the National Retriever Club (NRC) National Open Championship. Meanwhile, two English Springer Spaniels swept the top two placements at the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association (ESSFTA) National Open Championship.

NRC National Open Championship
Nov. 16-22, 2014
Vicksburg, MS

Land O’ Lakes Cluster
Jan. 2-4, 2015
St. Paul, Minnesota

Santa Barbara Kennel Club Dog Show & Breeders Showcase
Aug. 23-24, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA

GCH Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect, the No. 2 dog in the country, dominated the weekend with three Bests in Show, including shows held by the Simi Valley and Santa Barbara kennel clubs. The 3-year-old male Old English Sheepdog called “Swagger” is breeder-owner-handled by Colton Johnson.

National Championship for Field Trialing Bird Dogs
Feb. 2-10, 2015
Grand Junction, Tennessee

A hard-working sporting dog needs high-quality nutrition for optimal performance helping him to reach his/her full potential. Whether working or competing, nutrient-dense food with high levels of fat and protein can help maximize your dog’s training and conditioning. Purina® Pro Plan® is the food of choice for many of the country’s top sporting dogs.

Purina® Pro Plan®-fed sporting dogs are finishing out the year strong! Check out the final sporting results of 2014.

National German Shorthaired Pointer Association (NGSPA) Shooting Dog Invitational
Dec. 4-6, 2014
Gentry, MO

FC Hi-N’s Feed Jake captured top honors at this year’s NGSPA Shooting Dog Invitational, which marked back-to-back wins in the competition for handler Dan DiMambro. The 5-year-old male called “Jake” is owned by breeder Hank Lewis.