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.
Circle of Champions Sporting
Recognizing outstanding performance
Dedicated handlers and owners know that hard work, drive, enthusiasm and diligence are just some of the virtues involved in shaping a sporting champion. Purina celebrates their success with the Circle of Champions.
- Labrador Retriever 'Mickey' Is 2016 National Retriever Champion
- Bluetick Coonhound 'Allie' Is 2017 Grand American Nite Hunt Champion
- Retriever Named 'Legend' Is the 2016 National Amateur Champion
- German Shorthaired Pointer 'Nose' Is 2016 NSTRA Performance Classic Winner
- Pointer Named 'Patch" Is the 2016 National Champion
- Mid-America Brittany Champion Is Stylish, Steady ‘Kate’
- Treeing Walker Coonhound Named 'Big' Wins Autumn Oaks Nite Hunt Championship
- Pointer Named 'Spot' Is the 2015 Saskatchewan Open Champion
- NSTRA National Champion Is an English Setter Named 'Jake'
- Labrador Retriever 'Roxie' Is 2015 National Amateur Champion
German Shorthaired Pointer 'Nose' Is 2016 NSTRA Performance Classic Winner
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