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Flashy good looks helped a 2-year-old male Treeing Walker, called “Rock,” win the ninth annual Purina Bench Show Award. Handler Michael Seets of Stonefort, Ill., who co-owns Rock with his wife, Myra, knew he had “a diamond in the rough” when he first saw the hound at 14 months old. A three-time Purina Award winner, Seets began practicing with Rock at fairgrounds before shows, turning him into a winner who outperformed 2,033 hounds. WCH NITE CH GR CH ‘PR’ Preachers John the Rock took five state championships and the American Coon Hunters Association World Show.

A 5-year-old black male Labrador Retriever called “Nike” captured the 2012-2013 Purina Outstanding Amateur Retriever Award, earning 42 points, which includes seven Amateur wins. “Nike is the best dog I’ve ever had, no question,” says owner Paul Foster of Medford, Ore., who ran his first dog in 1943. “He won this first field trial on his first birthday and went on from there. He’s a superb marker with intensity and drive.” AFC Rockliffs Justdoit entered 18 trials and finished 14, tallying seven wins and 10 placements.

Professional handler Mike Tracy of Glenville, Pa., won his eighth Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler of the Year Award with 15 dogs that earned 34 point placements. The Purina Top Shooting Dog Award winner, Great River Ice, captured the majority of the winning, with 11 placements, including five Championships and four Runner-Up Championships. Other prominent Championship winners were Calico’s Touch of Class, Richfield Finnegan, Richfield Silver Lining and Octavio. A third generation professional handler, Tracy grew up in the shooting dog sport.

Six-year-old white-and-orange male Pointer, “Ice” proved his amazing talents as the winner of the 2012-2013 Purina Top Shooting Dog Award. Co-owned by a father and son, Joaquin “Jack” and Brian Sanchez of Greater River Kennels in Central Islip, N.Y., Ice earned 4,185 points, the second highest ever recorded in the Open competition.

“Magnum,” a 6-year-old white-and-orange male Pointer set a record for the most points scored in the Amateur division to win the 2012-2013 Purina Top Shooting Amateur Award. Co-owned by a father and son, Joaquin “Jack” and Brian Sanchez of Greater River Kennels in Central Islip, N.Y., 8XCH/4XRUCH Great River Magnum scored 2,510 points, the highest ever in the Amateur division. Brian Sanchez handled Magnum to win three regional Championships and two Amateur Classics. Bred by Scott Crawford, The Pointer’s sire and dam were both sired by Hall of Fame producer Rock Acre Blackhawk.

A stylish, big-running male Pointer called “Colt” is the 2012-2013 Purina Top Field Trial Bird Dog. Formally known as Stallion, the 4-year-old liver-and-white Pointer, who was handled by Tommy Davis of Dawson, Ga., earned 2,087 points to capture the Purina Award. Colt, who won four Open All-Age Championships and one Runner-Up Championship, is the first Purina Award winner for the father-son co-owners, Dr. Davey Deal and Dr. Ron Deal of Chickasaw Kennels in Macon, Ga. “This means so much to win this award,” says Davey Deal.

Professional handler Luke Eisenhart of Tiskilwa, Ill., is the Purina Top All-Age Handler of the Year for the second consecutive year. Eisenhart handled a string of 10 dogs to 21 point-earning placements, earning 3,214 points. “At the start of the year, I kept getting seconds and thirds,” he says. “The last half of the season things just came together.” Eisenhart comes from a prominent bird dog family. His maternal grandfather, the late Gerald Tracy, handled the first Purina Top Shooting Dog in 1983, and his uncle, George Tracy, has won a record 11 Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Awards.

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 Derby Championship and was Runner-Up Champion at the Georgia Derby Championship. Hawk is co-owned by Vick Etheridge of Corinth, Miss., and Steve Scott of Hartford, Ala.

A 5-year-old white-and-liver female Pointer, called “Mae,” captured the Purina Amateur Top Field Trial Bird Dog Award earning 1,085 points, which included winning two Amateur Championships and one Runner-Up Championship. Breeder-owner-handler Cecil Rester of Angie, La., describes Rester’s Fannie Mae “as the best bird dog I’ve ever had.” A competitor in amateur stakes since 1976, Rester says, “Bird dogs must have bird sense, and Mae was born with it.” Rester also credits his wife, Holly, who helps raise and socialize puppies, for the success.

Mike Tracy Wins Seventh Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award

Professional handler Mike Tracy of Glenville, Pa., captured his seventh Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award. With a string of 13 dogs, Tracy won a personal best 13 champion­ships and totaled 5,545 points.

Our Big Bully Is Purina Top Shooting Dog

A 5-year-old white-and-liver male Pointer, Our Big Bully, owned by Erwin and Karen Saniga of Nottingham, Pa., and handled by Mike Tracy of Summerhill Kennels in Glenville, Pa., rallied from 32 points behind the leader going into the final trial of the 2011-2012 season to win the Purina Top Shooting Dog Award.

With six bird finds in the Canadian Open Shooting Dog Championship in May in Ontario, Big scored 240 points and finished the season with 2,718 points.

‘Pepper’ Is Purina Top Amateur Shooting Dog

Through consistent performances, a 5-year-old white-and-black female Pointer named Neely’s Hot Pepper accumulated 10 placements and 2,155 points to capture the Purina Top Amateur Shooting Dog Award.