Congratulations go out to Brian Sanchez and his English Pointer male N Y P D, aka Reggie, for their win in the 2007-2008 Purina Amateur Shooting Dog Competition. Brian and his dogs from Great River Kennels have been knocking on the door for a good number of years, and this win is certainly well deserved...
From the May 17, 2008 edition of The American Field...
NYPD Takes Top Honors in 2007-2008 Purina Amateur Shooting Dog Competition
A few years back, Jack Sanchez was judging the National Red Setter stakes at Berea, KY. Between braces, conversation turned to Jack's family, particularly his son Brian. "Does he like the bird dogs and field trials?" Jack was asked about Brian. "He loves them," responded the irrepressible New Yorker. Indeed he does!
Brian Sanchez has been pulled two ways --- his education in electrical contracting (at the behest of his father) and his attraction to pointing dog field trials.
There's no denying Brian's prowess as an able amateur trainer/handler, proven by the many dogs he's piloted to the winner's circle, and the crowning achievement of 2007-2008 as owner and handler of the dog named this season's to Amateur Award Winner --- N Y P D.
The four year old white and liver Pointer male is officially registered in the name of "Great River Kennels," owned by Jack and Brian Sanchez of Central Islip, Long Island, New York. He was bred by Tony Panovski of Cookstown, Ontario. Shawn Wright of Woodstock, Ontario owned the dog during his formative years; Great River Kennels acquired the young Pointer in 2005 when his name was changed to the current N Y P D.
N Y P D ammassed nine point earning placements during the 2007-2008 campaign, accumulation a total of 2040 points, the highest yet in the five year history of The Purina Amateur Top Shooting Dog Award competition.
The winner - N Y P D - and his owner handler Brian Sanchez will be honored the weekend of May 30 - 31 at the Purina Awards festivities in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
I'd like to add my personal congratulations to Brian, Jack, and the entire Sanchez family. They're great folks, and deserve this win greatly.. They've also done alot to help this old birddogger, in more ways than I could ever repay...