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A Pointer called “Spec” stylishly commanded the competition to capture the 52nd annual Purina Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award. Handled by owner Gary Lester of Gracey, Kentucky, Miller’s Dialing In earned an impressive 3,470 points, more than 1,200 points ahead of the second-place contender. At the height of his campaign this spring, the 5-year-old orange-and-white male tallied point-earning placements at the Continental All-Age Championship, West Tennessee Open All-Age, National Championship for Field Trialing Bird Dogs, Rend Lake Open, and Kentucky Open All-Age Championship.

Professional Luke Eisenhart of Albany, Georgia, is the 2014-2015 Purina Top All-Age Handler, which makes the third Purina Handler Award he has won in the past four seasons. Eisenhart commanded the all-age circuit during the yearlong program to earn 3,923 points, the second highest total in the award’s 27-year history. The only handler to win the Purina Award in both the all-age and shooting dog segments, Eisenhart also is a two-time Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler.

It was a happy ending for Saddle Up Sally, who escaped her kennel and survived a brutal Montana winter 35 miles away from home at just 1 year of age. The white-and-liver Pointer endured the odds before being live-trapped and rescued, then commanded the all-age circuit to win the eighth annual Purina Amateur Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award. “Sally is unique. Most dogs lost at such a young age would never survive, much less become a champion,” says owner-handler Larron Copeland of Bronwood, Georgia.

FCB Tilley’s Little Timmy, a 2-year-old 13-inch tricolor male Beagle, thrilled owner Joel Davis of Nottingham Township, Pennsylvania, when he clinched the 42nd annual Purina Outstanding Field Trial Brace Beagle Award. A first-time winner of the prestigious award, Davis says, “’Timmy’ is the best dog I’ve ever had.” Timmy out-tracked the competition to win his class at the last field trial, the Northeastern Federation. The win, his second, gave Timmy more points than three female Beagles that were close contenders.

FCB Steeler Town Stiletto, a 1-year-old 15-inch tricolor female Beagle, is the winner of the 10th annual Purina Brace Beagle Derby Award. Co-owned by Marty Parker of Taylorsville, Kentucky, and Niki Happel of Pittsburgh, “Stiletto” is sired by 2XNBC-FCB Bee Lick Braveheart, the winner of this year’s Purina Brace Beagle Champion Award and winner of the 2013 Purina Derby Award. “Stiletto’s best quality is her independence,” Happel says. “Whether she draws the front or back, she does well.

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.

FC-AFC Tealcreek Patton’s Saber (“Saber”), a 9-year-old Labrador Retriever owned by Chris and Portia Hatch of Butte Valley, California, won the Purina Outstanding Amateur Retriever Award by earning 47 points in the yearlong competition.  Saber and Hatch entered 22 Amateur trials, finished 15 and placed in 13. Among his eight wins were two double header wins, first at the Lassen Retriever Club and then at the Idaho Retriever Club. “Saber is an extremely intelligent dog and an excellent marker who runs straight.