Pro Shawn Kinkelaar of Effingham, Illinois, is back on top as the winner of the 2016-2017 Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award, his fourth Purina Handler Award during the program’s 29-year history. Kinkelaar and his string of eight bird dogs, including Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt (“Bolt”), the 2016-2017 Purina Top Shooting Dog Award winner, earned 3,677 points from 21 points-earning placements in major stakes on the highly competitive shooting dog circuit, outperforming 42 handlers. “To compete against the best of the best and win the Purina Award is something I take pride in for myself, the dogs, and their owners,” says Kinkelaar, who has handled five different dogs to a record-setting nine Purina Top Shooting Dog Awards throughout his 30-year career.