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A 1-year-old 13-inch tricolor male Beagle called “BJ” wowed to win the 11th annual Purina Brace Beagle Derby Award. FCB Veteran’s BJ was trained by breeder-owner Bill Pope of Bessemer, North Carolina, who, after 58 years in the sport, credits his special hound and partnership with Hall of Fame beagler Russ Arend of Macclenny, Florida, with his winning the prestigious award. “BJ is something out of the ordinary,” Pope says. “You don’t see dogs like him every day.

A high-achieving male Beagle named “Braveheart” captured back-to-back Purina Brace Beagle Champion Awards. 2XNBC-FCB Bee Lick Braveheart proved his keen rabbit tracking ability at a young age by winning the National Brace Championship in 2012, only weeks before turning 1 year old, followed by winning the Purina Brace Beagle Derby Award in 2013. “Braveheart has matured into an even better dog than when he was young,” said breeder-owner-handler Marty Parker of Taylorsville, Kentucky. The hound’s team is equally impressive.

For the second consecutive year, a 13-inch tricolor Beagle called “Aesop” captured the Purina Award for the Outstanding SPO Field Trial Beagle. Earning 238 points in the yearlong competition, FCGD Cable’s Aesop is the first repeat winner in the 16-year history of the Purina Award. The 6-year-old hound, with owner-handler John Cable of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, won 14 field trials and placed in 24 of the 30 Purina sponsored field trials. “Aesop’s greatest quality is consistency,” Cable says.

A 7-year-old male Labrador Retriever called “Bullet” captured the 2014 Purina Outstanding Open All-Age Retriever Award by earning 60 points in the yearlong competition. Winning seven of the eight trials during the spring, NFC-AFC Robbers’ Stray Bullet wrapped up the year by taking first at the 2014 National Open Retriever Championship in November in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Qualifying for all-age competition at just 15 months of age, Bullet earned his FC-AFC title by age 3 and was a 2013 National Open Finalist and 2014 National Amateur Finalist.

A small but powerful white-and-lemon English Coonhound called “Dixie” won the Purina Outstanding Nite Hunt Coonhound Award, becoming the first English female to win in the award’s 34-year history. GR NITE CH ‘PR’ Moores Hardtime Dixie, who is 6 years old, is handled by pro Jody Jessup of Rural Hall, North Carolina, a six-time Purina Award winner. “Dixie’s natural hunting ability, tenacity and athleticism contributed to this win,” Jessup says.

“Luke,” a 2-year-old male Labrador Retriever, won the Purina Outstanding Derby Retriever Award with 86 points in the yearlong competition. Abby’s Physician of Antioch rounded out his derby-age career with a total of 98 points, including 14 wins. Owner-handler Dan Hurst of Bullard, Texas, says Luke is a highly intelligent dog with a strong desire to please. “He’s a phenomenal marking dog and as high rolling as he is, Luke is an absolutely wonderful team player,” Hurst says.

“Cutter,” a 4-year-old English Coonhound, sliced through the competition to become the 2015 Purina Outstanding Bench Show Coonhound. WSHOWCH NITE CH CCH GR CH ‘PR’ Kentucky Mtn Diamond Cutter wowed at more than 40 weekend bench shows throughout the yearlong competition. Breeder-owner-handler Penny Jessup of Rural Hall, North Carolina, describes the red-ticked male as “a once-in-a-lifetime hound.” A breeder of English Coonhounds for 23 years, winning this award is a lifetime achievement for Jessup.

A chocolate Labrador Retriever called “Ammo” gracefully sailed through the yearlong competition, earning 55.5 points, to win the Purina Outstanding Amateur Retriever Award. Capping off a phenomenal year, FC-AFC-CNAFC-CFC Upon the Wings of an Answered Prayer captured 15 all-age stakes in 2014, becoming the first and only dog to win four U.S. double headers in the same year. The 7-year-old female is owned by Bill and Micki Petrovish of Townsend, Montana.

Winning a record 12 Purina Top Handler Awards, veteran pro George Tracy of Glenville, Pennsylvania, is the 2014-2015 Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler. Tracy ruled the shooting dog circuit with 32 placements from 26 Purina Point field trials, earning 3,365 points. “It’s great to be recognized for doing well in this sport,” says Tracy, whose string of 11 dogs included “Duke” (Sugarknoll War Paint), the 2014-2015 Purina Top Shooting Dog Award winner, and “Bull” (Fast and Furious), the 2014-2015 Purina Derby Top Shooting Dog Award winner.

A 2-year-old liver-marked male Pointer called “Bull” is the winner of the third annual Purina Top Shooting Dog Derby Award. Masterfully handled by veteran pro George Tracy, the 2014-2015 Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler, Fast and Furious charged through field trials to earn 1,001 points, almost double that of the second-place finisher. “Bull is intelligent and eager to please, never attempting to outsmart you. He works with you, not against you. If he senses you’re upset, he works that much harder to make you happy,” says Tracy, of Glenville, Pennsylvania. Bred by W.

Surging ahead at the season’s end, a white-and-orange Pointer called “Duke” outperformed 313 dogs to capture the 33rd annual Purina Top Shooting Dog Award. Handled by the 2014-2015 Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler, veteran pro George Tracy of Glenville, Pennsylvania, Sugarknoll War Paint won five major stakes the last four weeks of the season, earning 2,080 points. “Winning the Purina Award proves your dog is a consistent champion, not a flash in the pan,” Tracy says.

A 3-year-old liver-marked Pointer called “Rip” tore through the competition to win the 12th annual Purina Top Shooting Dog Amateur Award. Lester’s Prime Poison Lane clinched the award by winning the National Amateur Free-For-All Championship and claiming 1,040 points of the 1,367 total he earned in the yearlong shooting dog stakes. Owner-handler Brian Peterson of Cecil, Alabama, says, “An important part of training is going to the field every day. Each day offered a new lesson to learn, even if it’s not what we expected.