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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.

A 2-year-old white and orange-ticked female Pointer, Dazzling, is the winner of the second annual Purina Derby Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award. Co-owned by Thorpe McKenzie and Bob Walthall of Tallahassee, Florida, and handled by professional Steve Hurdle of Hickory Flat, Mississippi, “May” earned 840 points, which included winning the Sunflower Classic Open Derby and Georgia Open Derby Championship and taking second in the Hobart Ames Open Derby and the Carroll County Open Derby. She was sired by the 2008 National Champion Whippoorwill Wild Agin. Walthall and McKenzie are longtime friends.

A 5-year-old white-and-orange female Pointer, Cocklebur Treasure Quest, is the 2013-2014 Purina Amateur Top Field Trial Bird Dog. The first bird dog for owners Bubba and Amy Spencer of Medon, Tennessee, “Ellie” earned an impressive 1,274 points to win the seventh annual Purina Award. “Ellie is a very smart and logical dog who is consistent and predictable,” says Bubba Spencer. Newcomers to the sport, Bubba and Amy Spencer together trained Ellie, learning as they went along.

“Duke,” the 2012-2013 Purina SPO Beagle Award winner, is “a genuine rabbit dog who always gives 110 percent,” says co-owner and handler Jay Long of Sunbury, Pa. The 5-year-old 13-inch tricolored male hound proved his keen ability totrack a rabbit by winning eight field trials and placing in 21 of the 23 events he competed in. FC GD Shady Boy Gooch’s & Brinsky’s Lil Duke won the 14th annual award by outperforming 4,800 Beagles. He is co-owned by Gino Casseri of Warsaw, N.Y., and Eddie Gooch of Franklinton, N.C. Duke is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula.

A 7-year-old black male Labrador Retriever called “Pete” is the 2012-2013 Purina Open All-Age Retriever. NFC-AFC Seaside’s Pelican Pete, who was handled by Steve Yozamp of Kimball, Minn., earned 43.5 Open points plus 5 bonus points as the winner of the 2012-2013 National Open Stake. Winning the Purina Award with Pete was a dream come true for owner Robert Zylla of St. Cloud, Minn. ”Pete had a phenomenal year,” Zylla says.

Although small for her breed, a 3-year-old female Treeing Walker, called “Flirt,” dominated the 32nd annual Purina Nite Hunt Award competition.

The 2012-2013 Purina Outstanding Derby Dog is a 2-year-old black male Labrador Retriever named Aarrow. Owned and trained by Barton Clark of Harrington, Del., Aarrow had a phenomenal year, earning 10 wins and 20 placements. “He’s a happy dog, and a great dog to work with,” says Clark, who has competed in retriever trials since 1985. “He’s one of those dogs with a great personality, who’s good with everybody and has the genes and talent to go with it.” Looking forward to Aarrow’s All-Age career, Clark says, “He already won an Amateur this year.” That Amateur Stake was won in Savannah, Ga.