Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

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Purina Sporting Dog Award winners

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The winner of the inaugural Purina Derby Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award is a 2-year-old liver-and-white male Pointer called “Hawk.” Earning 2,318 points, Game Strut, as the dog officially is known, won the National Derby Championship and the All-American De

Mike Tracy Wins Seventh Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award

Our Big Bully Is Purina Top Shooting Dog

‘Pepper’ Is Purina Top Amateur Shooting Dog

Connor’s EZ Button Wins Purina Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award

In his first year since converting to all-age field trials from shooting dog competition, professional handler Luke Eisenhart of Tiskilwa, Ill., won the Purina Top All-Age Handler Award with 3,656 points. He captured 22 field trial wins with 11 dogs.

A 2-year-old white-and-liver female Pointer called “Zeva” is the winner of the inaugural Purina Top Shooting Dog Derby Award. Earning 1,319 points, Awsum Country Girl, as she is officially known, won the National Shooting Dog Derby Championship, the U.S.

“Aero is just a wonderful dog for an amateur to own,” says co-owner David Furin. “He has a calm, focused disposition when he’s going to the line, and his work ethic is fantastic. He’s the same dog every day.”


A 4-year-old male English Coonhound, CH GR NITE CH ‘PR’ Halies Red River (“Red”), was honored as the 2011 Purina Outstanding Nite Hunt Coonhound. During the 31st annual competition, Red earned 600 points from 15 of 23 events.

An American Leopard Hound representing intelligence and a willingness to please, GR CH C and M’s Southern Swirl, was honored as the eighth annual Purina Outstanding Bench Show Coonhound.

Professional handler Luke Eisenhart of Tiskilwa, Ill., captured his second consecutive Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler of the Year Award. The honor was achieved with 15 dogs that won 24 field trials, netting their handler 4,334 points.

A stylish 5-year-old white-and-liver male Pointer, Purpleline Dan, proved his ability to find birds by winning two back-to-back championships that contributed to his earning 2,180 points, enough to make him the Purina Top Amateur Shooting Dog.