German Shorthaired Pointer 'Nose' Is 2016 NSTRA Performance Classic Winner
In the final hourlong stake of the United Kennel Club’s National Shoot to Retrieve Association (NSTRA) Performance Classic, a hard-charging 7 ½-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer drove to the front with precision, speed and stamina. 22XNSTRA CH Quail Valley’s Nose Knows came out on top with seven bird finds and retrieves, outperforming 83 dogs and winning the event in June in Waverly, Nebraska. “‘Nose’ has a sixth sense in knowing when the stakes are high. When her brace begins, she goes from zero to 100,” says owner-handler Adam Fellers of Bondurant, Iowa. Nose, who is fed Purina® Pro Plan® SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula, also is the only dog to win the NSTRA Purina Top Performance Award, based on points earned in the yearlong program, four consecutive years.