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Purina Top Shooting Dog Awards

By Mike Luebke | Jan 23, 2020

We start the new year with In Swami’s Shadow holding down the top spot in the Purina Top Shooting Dog Award for owners Bill and Mary Sand of Sarasota, Fla. Shawn Kinkelaar handled the pointer female to two good wins, taking championship honors at the Sunflower Championship (44 dogs), and runner-up at the Southwest Missouri Championship (61 dogs).

For the Amateur Shooting Dog Award, Backcountry Bruiser with 570 points holds the top spot for owner-handler Chris Catanzarite of Scenery Hill, Pa. Bruiser has two good wins.  Bruiser was crowned champion at the Region 2 Championship (37 dogs) and placed first at the Indiantown Gap trial (20 dogs).  Close behind in second place is Calico’s Touch of Class with 500 points for owners Pete and Chris Del Collo of Pamplin, Va., and Calico Kennels of Jetersville, Va. Alex Smith handled the pointer female to a first place at Spruce Brook Bird Dog Club trial (33 dogs) and another first place at the Garden State Amateur Classic (17 dogs).

Both Shooting Dog Award competitions are balanced and close. No one is dominating, any dog competing can go on a run and win this year’s awards. Who’s going to step up? Who’s going on a winning streak?

The Top Shooting Dog Derby race has traditionally been dominated by Futurity wins. This year six of the seven top dogs have Futurity placements. The prestigious Quail Futurity is not in the books yet and winners there will surely be in the mix. Currently Miller’s Extreme Heat owns the lead for owner Joe McHugh of Boston, Ga. Mike Tracy handled the pointer female to four placements at Fort Mill, Garden State, Keystone Yankee, and a third place at New England Futurity.

Purina Shooting Dog Award trial results need to be sent to me in a timely manner at

Good trialing.



Name Owner Handler Points

In Swami’s Shadow, PF, Bill & Mary Sand, Shawn Kinkelaar 745

Waybetter Rocky, PM, Bill & Muriel Primm & Carl Bishop, Mike Tracy 660

Hale’s Southern Touch, PF, Dr. Jeffery Hale, Shawn Kinkelaar 610

Knight’s White Lady, PF, Bill Owen, Travis Gellhaus 600

Tallokas Sun Dial, PF, Tallokas Kennel, Tommy Rice 575

Charitable Deed, PF, Keith Finlayson, Tommy Rice 520

Silver W Jill Z, PF, Debbie Ozner, Shawn Kinkelaar 440

Just Thrillin, PM, Keith Finlayson, Tommy Rice 410

Osceola’s Seminole Wind, PF, Casey & Devin Hollander, Mike Tracy 381

Dragonfly, PM, Jim Hughes, Jim Hughes 380

Ravenwood Charley, ESF, Joe Cincotta, Matt Basilone 380

Waybetter Billy, PM, Thomas Brigman, Matt Basilone 345

Zumbro Stinky Pete, PM, Terry Reinke, Travis Gellhaus 330

Hale’s Kickstarter, PM, Dr. Jeffery Hale, Eddy Taylor 320

Strut Nation, PM, Scott Jordan, Scott Jordan 320

Urban Fantasy, PM, Troy Terlizzi, Matt Basilone 316

Osceola’s Rebel Chief, PM, Ted Roach, Jason Loper 314

Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt, PM, Dr. Tom Jackson & George Hickox,

Shawn Kinkelaar 300

L F Dyno Mike, PM, Brad Bates, Virgil Moore 298

Miller’s Heat Seeker, PM, Bill & Muriel Primm, Jack & Fran Miller

& Dennis Hood, Mike Tracy 290

Roses Are Red, ISF, Tim Hammons, Tim Hammons 290

Thrill Me, PF, Keith Finlayson, Tommy Rice 260

True Choice, PF, Greg Fried, Shawn Kinkelaar 260

Skydancer Gold Rush, ESM, Tom Griffin, Tom Griffin 240

D K’s Wild Child, PF, Dave Nelson, Dave Nelson 210

Palara, PF, Sal J. Morelli, Mike Tracy 210

Bail Me Out, PM, Casey Hollander, Mike Tracy 207

Nottingham’s Storm Rider, PM, Roger Dvorak & Gordon Ramey,

Matt Basilone 201

Armstrong Mountain Dustie, PM, Frank Joyal, Mike Tracy 174

Gotta Little Project, PM, Todd Schaaf, Todd Schaaf 160

Grand Prairie Thrill, PF, Mac Stidham, Tommy Rice 160

Kelly’s Rebel Louie, PM, J. Sean Kelly, J. Sean Kelly 160

Mobile Strike, ESM, Doug Hilton & Dr. Chet Layne, Doug Ray 160

Touch’s Katrina, PF, Austin Turley, Austin Turley 160

Shag Time Scout, ESM, Ron Prewitt, Shawn Kinkelaar 150

Zorra, PF, Ron Prewitt, Shawn Kinkelaar 145

Heard Hill’s Rebel Polly, PF, Buck & Lynn Heard, Buck Heard 140

Westfall’s Ice Breaker, PM, Eugene Sprotta, Jr., Eddy Taylor 132

Ridge Creek Kate, ESF, Larry Brutger, Shawn Kinkelaar 130

Coosawhatchie Smooth Rice, PM, Casey Hollander, Mike Tracy 120

North Country Girl, PF, Joe McHugh & Dave McKay, Mike Tracy 120

Bully Rock, PM, William & Muriel Primm & Ernie Saniga, Mike Tracy 117

Ten Oaks Annie A, PF, Jeanette Heise, Jeanette Heise 105

Painted Molly, PF, Jim & Bridget Ledington, Jim Ledington 85

Northwoods Charles, ESM, Bill Owen, Bill Owen 84

C K Post Route Scout, VM, James Gingrich, Brian Gingrich 80

Doubletree’s Katie, ESF, Don Deardorff, Tim Schillereff 80

Tian Elhew Verbena, PF, Angela Schillereff, Tim Schillereff 80

Steel City Karen, PF, Bob Reed & Betsy Archer, Jeanette Tracy 72

Littlewing B K Tia, PF, Sergio Velez, Sergio Velez 63

Baylee’s Go Girl, ESF, Lynn Stinson, Sheldon Twer 48


Name Owner Handler Points

Backcountry Bruiser, PM, Chris Catanzarite, Chris Catanzarite 570

Calico’s Touch Of Class, PF, Calico Kennels, Peter & Chris Del Collo,

Alex Smith 500

Touch’s Katrina, PF, Austin Turley, Austin Turley 440

Guard Rail’s Little Annie, PF, Gene Casale, Gene Casale 420

Upfront’s Southern Star, PF, Lance Schulz, Lance Schulz 410

Windy Hill War Creek, PF, Carl Morrison, Jr., Carl Morrison, Jr. 340

Miller’s Unbridled Forever, PM, Great River Kennel & Neil Walker,

Brian Sanchez 320

Bromance, PM, Jon Humphrey, Jon Humphrey 300

Electronic Warfare, PM, William Goodwin, William Goodwin 300

Beckworth’s Firefighter, PM, J. Alan York, J. Alan York 280

Jumpstart, PM, Frank LaNasa, Frank LaNasa 270

Cheyenne Nation, PF, Scott Jordan, Scott Jordan 260

Ten Oaks Annie, PF, Jeanette Heise & Louis Qualtiere, Jeanette Heise 240

Seeking A Thrill, PM, Ross Leonard, Ross Leonard 228

Lone Tree Splish Splash, PF, Bill Owen, Bill Owen 220

Fastforward’s B K Gunner, PM, Sergio Velez, Segio Velez 210

Hard Tellin, PM, David O’Brien, David O’Brien 210

Emmalita, PF, Austin Turley, Austin Turley 205

Glenmere’s Amae Zing, PF, Mat & Jeff Haggis, Mat Haggis 190

Little More Shine, ISF, Kristine Hammons, Tim Hammons 190

Miller’s Special Edition, PF, Fran & Jack Miller, Fran Miller 185

Nickajack Pathfinder, PM, Ross Leonard, Ross Leonard 170

It Ain’t My Fault, PM, John & Aidan Malone, Aidan Malone 165

Maybellene, ESF, Tom Griffin, Tom Griffin 160

Miller’s Cover Girl, PF, Fran & Jack Miller, Fran Miller 160

Lawless Speck, PM, Jim Lawless, Jim Lawless 150

Miller’s Heat Wave, PF, Fran & Jack Miller, Jack Miller 150

At’a Boy’s Strange Hold, PM, George Kimbrell, George Kimbrell 140

Strut Nation, PM, Scott Jordan, Scott Jordan 135

Mia’s Hour of Kalua, VZM, Chad Chadwell, Chad Chadwell 130

Heard Hill’s Tom Cruizer, PM, Buck & Lynn Heard, Lynn Heard 120

B K Pablo Escobar, PM, Sergio Velez, Sergio Velez 105

Navajo Cody, PM, Sal Morelli, Joe Lordi 100

Miller’s Just Plain Rowdy, PM, Allen Linder, Allen Linder 99

Miller’s California Dreamer, PF, Fran & Jack Miller, Fran Miller 95

Windy Hills Living Large, PM, Kent Merryman, Kent Merryman 95

Daphne’s Gage, ESM, William R. Rogers, William R. Rogers 90

Native Lucky Boy, PM, W. M. Harkins, W. M. Harkins 90

Ravenwood’s Gemstone, PF, Joe Cincotta, Stacey Goodie 85

Harbor City Cruz, PM, Tom Brigman, Tom Brigman 84

Electric Lady, ESF, Tom Griffin, Tom Griffin 80

Roses Are Red, ISF, Tim Hammons, Tim Hammons 57

Pineywoods Jackpot, ESM, Darron Hendley, Darron Hendley 54

Walden’s Ridge Shadow Dancer, PM, David Steele, David Steele 54

Lily An Creag, ISF, David J. Creagan, David J. Creagan 51


Name Owner Handler Points

Miller’s Extreme Heat, PF, Joe McHugh, Mike Tracy 438

Miller’s Record Heat, PF, Fran & Jack Miller, Fran Miller 350

Fast Money, PF, C. W. & Patty Moore, Steve Hurdle  & Justin Crook 312

Bronco Bully, PM, Bill & Muriel Primm & Karen Saniga, Mike Tracy 270

Calico’s Guns And Roses, PF, Bill & Muriel Primm & Calico Kennels,

George Tracy 242

Backcountry Buddy, PM, Chris Catanzarite, Chris Catanzarite 198

Erin’s Big Casino, ESM, Paul Berdiner, Mike Tracy 186

Chelsea’s Mae West, PF, Brad Sadler, Shawn Kinkelaar 179

S S S Lightning, PF, R. A. Snipes, Jr., Shawn Kinkelaar 165

Ransom’s Pearl, PF, Marc Maynard, Steve Hurdle 153

Bull Finch, PF, Ernie & Karen Saniga, Bill & Muriel Primm, Mike Tracy 132

Town Creek Hardaway Jill, PF, Bill Clem, Mike Martino 125

Westfall’s Wheels, PM, Bill Westfall, Andy Daugherty 105

Hiett’s Game Point, PM, Tim Hiett, Mike Martino 75

Iron Bull, PM, Bill & Muriel Primm, Ernie & Karen Saniga, Mike Tracy 69

Quick Silver, PM, Rick Stallings, Jim Smith 69

Miller’s High Heat Index, PM, Casey Hollander & Stan Harrell, Mike Tracy 63

Purpleline Sally, PF, John C. Stretz, John C. Stretz 63

Touch’s White Rose, PF, Alex Rickert & John McIltro,t John McIltrot 56

Sand Hill Wally, PM, Bob Lanier, Jerry Raynor 50

Nella Belgian Brew, PF, Vagas Mathieson,  Tommy Rice 46

Steel City Avenger, PM, Karen & Robert Reed, Jeanette Tracy 46

Vigilante, PM, Johnny Ornsby, Johnny Ornsby 46

Backcountry Girlfriend, PF, Chris Catanzarite, Chris Catanzarite 44

Miller’s Triple Digit Heat, PM, Allen Linder, Mike Tracy 42

S S S Petey, PM, R. A. Snipes, Jr., Allen Vincent 42

S S S Stormy, PF, R. A. Snipes, Jr., Allen Vincent 28

C S Redlight Run, PM, Tony Gibson, Mike Martino 27

Beckworth’s Firecracker, PF, Alan York, Tommy Rice 18

Sugar Plum, PF, Eddy Taylor 16

Top Handler Award

Mike Tracy, with 1600 points, has a small lead over his familiar competition, Shawn Kinkelaar (1463 points) and Tommy Rice (1063 points).

The Derby Futurity placements that are counted for handler points are the difference giving Mike the lead over second place.

I can see this as a competitive race right until the end.



Mike Tracy 1600

Shawn Kinkelaar 1463

Tommy Rice 1063

Matt Basilone 729

Travis Gellhaus 305

Eddy Taylor 248

Bill Owen 216

Jason Loper 196

Jim Hughes 190

Virgil Moore 184

Scott Jordan 160

Tim Hammons 145

Tom Griffin 128

Dave Nelson 105

Fran Miller 99

Austin Turley 96

Doug Ray 96

Buck Heard 84

George Tracy 81

J. Sean Kelly 80

Todd Schaaf 80

Chris Catanzarite 66

Jeanette Heise 63

Jim Ledington 51

Brian Gingrich 48

Jeanette Tracy 48

Tim Schillereff 48

Sergio Velez 42

Sheldon Twer 32

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