Striking first and finishing strong, a Treeing Walker Coonhound called “EZ” won the Autumn Oaks National Grand Nite Championship on Labor Day weekend in Richmond, Indiana. Outperforming a record number of more than 755 hounds from 33 states to compete at the event, the 3-year-old male, NGRNCH GR NITE CH ‘PR’ Handsome Big EZ, clinched the championship after two consecutive nights of hunting by coming out ahead in the final three-dog cast. “EZ started off and kept going strong in this action-packed hunt. He is a real powerhouse and makes the work look easy,” says handler Timothy Waters of Unity, Ohio. Waters likens EZ’s powerful drive to that of his sire, GR NITE CH ‘PR’ Big Money, and dam, NITE CH ‘PR’ Cables Sweet Talking Lady. Co-owned by Michael Thomas and Bryan Whitted, both of Huntington, Indiana, EZ is fueled by Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Salmon & Rice Formula.