Purina Awards Top All-Age Bird Dogs and Shooting Dogs
An all-around hound with spot-on tracking ability, “Lady Dillion,” a 2-year-old 13-inch tricolor female, won four of the five Federation Futurity trials in which she competed to capture the Purina Outstanding Field Trial Brace Beagle Award. FCB Ruppe’s Lady Dillon gave co-owners Pete Proctor of Vale, North Carolina, and Jack Ruppe of Cowpens, South Carolina, their first Purina Futurity Award after a combined 80-plus years in the sport. Proctor previously won three Field Champion and four Derby Purina Awards, and Ruppe won the 2016 Derby Award. “Lady Dillon’s No. 1 asset was having great line control,” Proctor says. Lady Dillon, who was bred by Proctor and Bill Lewis, of Stella, North Carolina, was handled by the pro handling team of Bob and Lynette Coil of Bulls Gap, Tennessee. Lady Dillon is fed Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula.