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Professional handler Steve Hurdle of Hickory Flat, Mississippi, is the winner of the 26th annual Purina Top All-Age Handler of the Year Award. During the year, he handled eight dogs to 18 placements in all-age horseback stakes.
A 5-year-old white-and-liver female Pointer, called “Mae,” captured the Purina Amateur Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award earning 1,085 points, which included winning two Amateur Championships and one Runner-Up Championship.
FC Elder’s Rebel Run Major, a 7 1/2-year-old 15-inch tricolor male Beagle, recently was honored as the 13th annual Purina Outstanding Small Pack Option Beagle out of 4,600 hounds competing for the honor.
The 2011 Purina Outstanding Derby Award went to FC-AFC Trumarc’s L’il Ms Pogo, a 10-year-old female black Labrador Retriever, who had a tremendous year, earning 30 1/2 points with three wins and eight placements in 18 starts.
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.