2011-2012 Purina Top All-Age Handler Award
In his first year since converting to all-age field trials from shooting dog competition, professional handler Luke Eisenhart of Tiskilwa, Ill., won the Purina Top All-Age Handler Award with 3,656 points. He captured 22 field trial wins with 11 dogs.
A grandson of the late Gerald Tracy, who handled the first Purina Top Shooting Dog Award in 1983, a nephew of George Tracy, who won the Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award a record 11 times, and a cousin of Mike Tracy, who won that award his seventh time this year, Eisenhart is the only handler in history to win the Purina Award in the shooting dog and all-age segments. A professional handler for 17 years, Eisenhart has won the Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award twice.
In his acceptance speech, Eisenhart credited Sean Derrig of Erin Kennels in Tiskilwa, Ill., as his mentor in all-age competition. He also praised the support of his family.
As the winner of this year’s All-Age Handler of the Year Award, Eisenhart received a $2,000 cash prize that was doubled because he is an active member of Purina Pro Club, a Purina All-Age Handler of the Year ring and a year’s supply of Purina Pro Plan Performance Formula for one dog.