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Purina National Championship, April 4 & 5
Posted on 03/31/2014 in Coonhounds.

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News Release

For Immediate Release

Purina National Championship, April 4 & 5

KALAMAZOO, Mich., March 31, 2014 – The Purina National Championship, sponsored by Nestlé Purina, offers over $7,000 in cash awards. This two-day coonhound event takes place April 4 and 5 in Flora, Illinois at Clay County Fairgrounds/Charley Brown Park.

All category winners at any 2013 UKC Purina Points Event State Championships were eligible to register by the mid-February deadline for a chance to compete. The Purina National Championship itself is a non-licensed event, but there is also a UKC licensed SLAM event on Saturday open to all.

The Purina National Championship portion of the weekend consists of two nite hunts and a bench show. Each dog entered in the hunt must hunt both nights to be considered for placement or awards. There’s a grand total of $5,000 up for grabs to the nite hunt winners, and each highest advancing dog of breed will receive $500 cash award. The Purina National Nite Hunt Champion receives a $2,000 cash award (which includes breed winner money). Additionally, the overall winner receives a six (6) month supply of Purina Dog Food (provided the owner(s) is an active Pro-Club member).

The bench show awards are equally as impressive, with a grand total of $2,250 available. Each Breed Winner receives $250, and the Overall Bench Show Winner earns an additional $500. Additionally, the overall winner receives a six (6) month supply of Purina Dog Food (provided the owner(s) is an active Pro-Club member).

"The Purina Nationals is a very unique event for several reasons,” UKC Senior Director of Hunting Events Allen Gingerich began.

“Only those dogs that won their category at a Purina Points State Championship are eligible to participate. Therefore the Nationals draws its entry from several different states, but only a select few hounds from each state. It's West Virginia against Wisconsin and Oklahoma against North Carolina competing on neutral ground in Illinois. Add the prestige of winning the Nationals against the best of the best winners; it's a recipe for a very exciting event!” Gingerich added.

Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 15,500 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training, and instinct. UNITED KENNEL CLUB prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. To find out more about registration and events, call or visit our website. Phone: (269) 343-9020; Fax: (269) 343-7037; www.ukcdogs.com.