Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

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2XNBC-FCB Bee Lick Braveheart is the winner of the 10th annual Purina Brace Beagle Champion Award. The 2 ½-year-old tricolor male Beagle is co-owned by Marty Parker of Taylorsville, Kentucky, Niki Happel of Pittsburgh, and Mike Asbury of Elyria, Ohio. “Braveheart” won the Purina Brace Beagle Derby Award in 2013, and his daughter, FCB Steeler Town Stiletto, captured the award this year. “At the Northeastern, Braveheart had the longest and best run I have seen all year,” says Parker, the handler and breeder.

A 5-year-old 13-inch tricolor male called “Aesop” proved his keen ability to track a rabbit by winning 11 field trials and placing in 18 of the 23 Purina Point events he entered to win the 15th annual Purina Award for the Outstanding SPO Field Trial Beagle. Throughout the yearlong competition, FCGD Cable’s Aesop outperformed 4,800 hounds and earned 76 points, close to breaking the record of 79 points. “Aesop is a solid, steady hound and a straight-ahead, head-down runner, which makes him an outstanding competitor in the field,” says owner-handler Dr. John W.

FC-AFC Ragin Eye Of The Storm, (“Cane”), an 8-year-old Labrador Retriever, won the Outstanding Open All-Age Retriever Award by earning 45 Open points. Cane is owned by John Thomas of Rocky Point, North Carolina, with Bobby and Crystal Davidson of Sanford, North Carolina. Cane is handled by Alan Pleasant of Angier, North Carolina. During the past year, Cane had seven Open wins, including winning three weekends in a row, and 11 placements. The dog has qualified for seven Nationals and was a finalist at the National Amateur Retriever Championship in 2012.

A 5-year-old female Treeing Walker Coonhound called “Dot” captured the 33rd annual Purina Outstanding Nite Hunt Coonhound Award and also won the 2014 Purina National Championship, making history as the first hound to do so. Giving co-owner and handler Jody Jessup, of Rural Hall, North Carolina, his fifth Purina Award, GR NITE CH ‘PR’ Roses Stylish Dot clinched the award in October during the yearlong program. “It takes a special dog to do that,” says Jessup, who co-owns Dot with Larry Wishon and Kelley Branon, of Advance, North Carolina.

The Purina Outstanding Derby Dog is Kirkwood’s Ace of Lone Star (“Lexie”), a Labrador Retriever owned by Casey Adams of Clarkdale, Arizona. With 10 wins and 23 placements, Lexie had a remarkable year. “From the day I picked her up at the airport and opened the crate door, she showed me she was different in a very good way,” says Adams. After starting her on the basics, when she was 5 months old, Adams took Lexie to John Henninger and Amie Duke of Tru-Line Retrievers in Jefferson, Oregon.

Although a 4-year-old male Treeing Walker Coonhound with stunning looks and an easygoing temperament went missing near his home this past fall, CCH WCH NITE CH GR CH ‘PR’ Preacher John the Rock not only was found several days later, but also won the Purina Outstanding Bench Show Coonhound Award for the second consecutive year. “‘Rock’ is so beautiful that he looks like a picture,” says handler Michael Seets, of Stonefort, Illinois, who co-owns the hound with his wife, Myra.

Professional handler Mike Tracy of Glenville, Pennsylvania, has won his ninth Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award in the 2013-2014 season, tallying 4,724 points by handling 16 dogs to 34 placements. Among the winning dogs on his string were the Purina Top Shooting Dog, 13XCH/7XRUCH Great River Ice, and the Purina Top Shooting Derby Dog, Hightailing Miss Kate. “Every time I win this award is as special as the first I won,” Tracy says.

A 2-year-old white and orange-marked female Pointer, Hightailing Miss Kate, is the winner of the second annual Purina Top Shooting Dog Derby Award. Owned by Kevin and Maureen Joyce of East Northport, New York, and handled by Mike Tracy of Glenville, Pennsylvania. “Kate” earned 1,066 points in the yearlong competition. “Kate is a stylish dog who handles kindly,” says Kevin Joyce, who started Kate on foundation training, introduced her to birds, and taught her steady to wing and shot. “She is a pretty running dog.

13XCH/7XRUCH Great River Ice, a 7-year-old white and orange-marked male Pointer co-owned by father and son Joaquin and Brian Sanchez of Great River Kennel in Central Islip, New York, is the 2013-2014 Purina Top Shooting Dog Award winner. It is a repeat performance for “Ice,” who also won the award in 2012-2013. Proving his consistency and standout ability as a great shooting dog, Ice earned 3,205 points in the yearlong competition to win the 32nd annual Purina Award.

2X Nat’l Amateur CH Nemaha Yankee, a 3-year-old white and orange-marked male Pointer, gave breeder-owner-handler Dr. Pat McInteer of Falls City, Nebraska, his first Purina Award as the winner of the 11th annual Purina Top Shooting Dog Amateur Award. “I feel very blessed to win this award,” McInteer says.

A 5-year-old white and orange-marked male Pointer, 2XCH/2XRUCH Touch’s Adams County, is the 2013-2014 Purina Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award winner. Owned by Ric Peterson of Gilbert, Arizona, and handled by Randy Anderson of Vinita, Oklahoma, “Bo” tallied an impressive 2,525 points to give his owner and handler their first Purina Awards. “It is a great honor to be among the owners of dogs who have won this award through the generations of this sport,” Peterson says.

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. Among the dogs on his string was Dazzling, the Purina Derby Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award winner. “I am very blessed with some great dogs and some of the best owners,” Hurdle says. “This is such a great competition. It is a privilege to win.