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Touch’s Mega Mike Earns Top Honors; Mark McLean is Season’s Top Handler

Purina Top Dog and All-Age Handler Awards

May 15, 2018
Touch's Mega Mike

Touch’s Mega Mike, three-year-old white and orange pointer male owned by Eddie Sholar of Leesburg, Ga., and Ted Dennard of Haddock, Ga., and handled by Mark McLean, has secured the Purina Top Dog Award  — Number 55 — for the 2017-2018 season.

Additionally, Mark McLean has won the Top All-Age Handler Award, a “double header”, so to speak, for the Georgia handler.

Mega Mike amassed a total of 3219 points on the merits of eight  placements during a most competitive field trial season.

Mike was bred by Keith A. Wright of Covington, Ind., who owned him initially. Eddie Sholar acquired the young dog in 2016, and in the spring of 2017 Ted Dennard came on board and under the Sholar-Dennard banner Mike has won his most recent laurels.

Mike made headlines in the spring of 2017 when he won the All-America Derby Championship.

He began his 2017-2018 campaign  in August in Canada where he won runner-up in the Dominion Chicken Championship. In September, in North Dakota, he placed third in the D. E. Hawthorne Open All-Age Classic, followed by four  Open All-Age firsts! — Sunshine, Central Carolina, Blackbelt and Lee County (Ga.).

In January, Mike secured runner-up in the Continental Open All-Age Championship and in March the title at the Masters Open Championship.

It is a singular achievement for a handler to be part of the Top Dog Award trio (dog, owner(s) and handler), but an added and significant accomplishment is to also win Handler of the Year  honors in the same season. Mark McLean has done just that, earning 2722 points and decisively claiming the top spot in the Purina points standings by handling four different dogs to points-earning placements.

Touch’s Mega Mike contributed the preponderance of points toward Mark’s total by his eight wins. But three other dogs also contributed importantly to Mark’s points total, namely:  Lester’s Private Charter (two placements), Touch’s Game Point (two placements),   and Touch’s White Knight (three placements).

Touch’s Mega Mike, owners Eddie Sholar and Ted Dennard and handler Mark McLean will be formally recognized the weekend of June 22-23 at the Purina Event Center, Gray Summit, Mo.

Dog Owner(s) Handler Points

Touch’s Mega Mike, Pointer male, Eddie Sholar & Ted Dennard,

Mark McLean 3219

Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo, Pointer male, David Thompson, Gary Lester 2110

Whippoorwill Justified, Pointer male, Ronnie Spears, Larry Huffman 1390

Westfall’s True Grit, Pointer male, Ryan Westfall, Andy Daugherty 1252

Erin’s Redrum, Pointer male, Sean Derrig, Sean Derrig 1205

Dunn’s Tried’n True, Pointer male, Will & Rita Dunn, Luke Eisenhart 865

Touch’s Game Point, Pointer male, Dr. Reuben Richardson

& Tony Gibson, Mark McLean 800

Call Me Maggie, Setter female, Craig Merlington, Craig Merlington 790

Shadow’s Next Exit, Pointer male, N. G. (Butch) Houston, Robin Gates 760

Touch’s White Knight, Pointer male, Eddie Sholar, Mark McLean 720

Touch’s Blackout, Pointer male, Richard Peterson, Randy Anderson 713

Lowrider Frank, Pointer male, Dr. Jim Mills & Steve Lightle,

Allen Vincent 647

Touch’s Adams County, Pointer male, Richard Peterson, Randy Anderson 640

Whippoorwill Wild Assault, Pointer male, Jim & Stephanie Bickers,

Larry Huffman 640

Lester’s Georgia Time, Pointer male, Jim Clark & Baker Hubbard,

Robin Gates 600

Westfall’s Black Ace, Pointer male, Bill Westfall, Andy Daugherty 597

Dominator’s Rebel Heir, Pointer male, Jim Hamilton, Jamie Daniels 580

Erin’s Wild Justice, Pointer male, Allen R. Linder, Luke Eisenhart 580

Marques Armed Robber, Pointer male, John & Sue Ivester,

Robert (Lefty) Henry 570

Funseek’n Hit Man, Pointer male, Jack & Tracy Haines, Jamie Daniels 565

Quickmarksman’s Tom Tekoa, Setter male, Larry S. Earls, Mike Hester 555

Westfall’s River Ice, Pointer male, Brad H. Calkins, Andy Daugherty 530

Lester’s Jazz Man, Pointer male, Dan Hensley, Randy Anderson 480

Westfall’s Black Thunder, Pointer male, Bill Westfall, Andy Daugherty 480

Shadow’s White Warrior, Pointer male, Carl Bowman, Robin Gates 460

Game Bo, Pointer male, Dr. Fred Corder, Steve Hurdle 446

Erin’s Hidden Shamrock, Setter male, Sean Derrig, Sean Derrig 430

Cassique’s Boss, Pointer male, Rick Stallings, Steve Hurdle 420

Miller’s Bushwacker, Pointer male, Benjy Griffith, Jamie Daniels 407

Ponderosa Mac, Setter male, Steve C. Snyder, Scott Chaffee 395

Lester’s Private Charter, Pointer male, Dr. Reuben Richardson &

Bruce & Karen Norton, Mark McLean 380

Mercer Mill Gunpowder, Pointer male, Mercer Mill Plantation,

Billy Wayne Morton 380

Barshoe Five’n Dimer, Pointer male, Bob Gum & Lee R. West,

Allen Vincent 375

Skyfall, Pointer male, Bob Walthall & Thorpe Mckenzie, Steve Hurdle 370

Erin’s Full Throttle, Pointer male John & Sue Ivester,

Robert (Lefty) Henry 360

Daniels Creek Whitehawk, Pointer male, Terry Reinke, Travis Gellhaus 340

Chinquapin Legacy, Pointer male, E. L. “Ted” Baker, Slade Sikes 300

Cole Train, Pointer male, Dr. Fred Corder, Dr. Fred Corder 300

Erin’s Rebel Rum, Pointer male, Sean Derrig, Sean Derrig 300

Mercer Mill Moon, Pointer male, Mercer Mill Plantation,

Billy Wayne Morton 280

True Confidence, Pointer male, Frank & Jean LaNasa, Luke Eisenhart 280

Salem’s Annie Oakley, Pointer female, Dr. James Santarelli,

Andy Daugherty 260

Sleepless In Sacramento, Pointer female, Jim & Cami Wolthuis,

Sheldon Twer 255

Erin’s Longmire, Pointer male, Brad H. Calkins, Robin Gates 250

Valiant, Pointer male, Jay McKenzie, Randy Anderson 250

Whippoorwill Mayhem, Pointer male, J. D. Huffman, Larry Huffman 250

Game Throne, Pointer male, Dr. Fred Corder, Dr. Fred Corder 225

Beeler’s Quick Step, Pointer female, Charles & Scott Beeler, Scott Beeler 220

Whippoorwill Foto Op, Pointer female, Ken Blackman & Heath Barnett,

Larry Huffman 220

Rebel Maiden, Pointer female, David E. Williams, David E. Williams 200

Stardust Chaz, Setter male, Bob & Sarina Craig, John Sayre

& Scott Kermicle, Steve Hurdle 200

Miller’s Speed Dial, Pointer male, Gary Lester, Gary Lester 199

Neely’s Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pointer male, Alan Atkins, Steve Hurdle 190

Coldwater Thunder, Pointer female, Doug Arthur & Rachel Blackwell,

Steve Hurdle 189

Dazzling, Pointer female, Bob Walthall & Thorpe McKenzie, Steve Hurdle 189

Booneville Bullet, Pointer male, Mark Cuneo, Sheldon Twer 180

Phillips Off Line, Pointer male, Nathan Phillips, Nathan Phillips 170

B M B’s Free Ride, German Shorthair male Brandon Blum,

Brandon Blum 165

Lone Tree’s Showbiz, Pointer male, Mitch Solt, Travis Gellhaus 160

Seahawk’s Percy, Pointer male, Philip Spencer, Talmage Smedley 160

Phillips Field Line, Pointer male, Don Stroble, Randy Anderson 156

Las Animas Fancy, Pointer female, Dale E. Bush, Larry Huffman 150

S F Mapleleaf, Pointer female, Dr. Robert Rankin, Allen Vincent 135

Just Watch, Pointer male, Jack & Tracy Haines, Jamie Daniels 132

Mega Blackhawk’s Progeny, Pointer male, Bob & Sarina Craig & John Sayre, Steve Hurdle 132

Oakfuskee Theodora, Pointer female, Jason Brooks, Travis Gellhaus 130

Quickmarksman’s Dan, Pointer male, Larry S. Earls, Mike Hester 130

Miller’s Happy Jack, Pointer male, Scott Griffin, Randy Anderson 125

Shadow’s Full Throttle, Pointer male, Larry Lee, Robin Gates 125

Lone Tree’s Rod Iron, Setter male, Mitch Solt, Mike Hester 100

Marques Peaches N Cream, Pointer female, John & Sue Ivester,

Lefty Henry 96

Indian Head Abbigale, Pointer female, Jared Tappero, Jared Tappero 90

Fast Times, Pointer male, Nan Hilliard, Mack Hilliard 39


[Purina Points are awarded based on the number of dogs entered x 10 for 1st, 5 for 2d and 3 for 3d.]



McLean, Mark 2722

Daugherty, Andy 1685

Huffman, Larry 1501

Anderson, Randy 1400

Gates, Robin 1190

Hurdle, Steve 1105

Daniels, Jamie 1022

Derrig, Sean 957

Lester, Gary 946

Eisenhart, Luke 767

Vincent, Allen 721

Hester, Mike 427

Corder, Dr. Fred 425

Henry, Lefty 412

Morton, Billy Wayne 358

Gellhaus, Travis 328

Twer, Sheldon 277

Todd, Ike 260

Sikes, Slade 180

Carlton, Judd 115

Beeler, Scott 110

Davis, Tommy 108

Williams, David E. 100

Blum, Brandon 99

Warren, Ray 96

Phillips, Nathan 85

Smedley, Talmage 80

McAlexander, Joe 60

Tappero, Jared 54

Dunn, Will 48

Ledington, Jim 48

Hilliard, Mack 26

Westfall, Ryan 12

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