2012-2013 Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award

Top Shooting Dog Handler Award

Professional handler Mike Tracy of Glenville, Pa., won his eighth Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler of the Year Award with 15 dogs that earned 34 point placements. The Purina Top Shooting Dog Award winner, Great River Ice, captured the majority of the winning, with 11 placements, including five Championships and four Runner-Up Championships. Other prominent Championship winners were Calico’s Touch of Class, Richfield Finnegan, Richfield Silver Lining and Octavio. A third generation professional handler, Tracy grew up in the shooting dog sport. His father, George Tracy, won the Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler Award a record 11 times, and his grandfather, Gerald Tracy, won the first Purina Top Shooting Dog Award in 1983 with Rocky River Buck. “Grandma and Pap started this whole thing,” Tracy says. “My goal is to surpass my dad’s record. He gave me big shoes to fill.”

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