Local shooting dog enthusiasts among nation’s top competitors

Two local dogs and their owners received awards when the U.S. Complete Shooting Dog Association held its national meeting and awards banquet July 21 at the Fort Magruder Inn and Conference Center in Williamsburg. Field trial legend Harold Ray of Waynesboro, Ga., was guest speaker.

Sweet Hill Peace Pipe, handled by Jimmy Crandall of Kilmarnock and owned by Mitchell Forrester of Kilmarnock and his granddaughter Caroline Forrester of Rocky Mount, N.C., was awarded the Top Dog, U.S. Complete Amateur Shooting Dog Of the Year.

Crandall was named the U.S. Complete Amateur Handler of the Year. His dog, Lancaster’s Rolling Rex, was the national amateur runner up and regional amateur runner up.

In addition to plaques, both men received jackets embroidered with their names and award titles.

Founded in 1983 by a group of shooting dog enthusiasts dedicated to the breeding and elevation of first class completed shooting dogs, the U.S. Complete organizers continue to promote quality dogs who conform to the highest standards for bird dog performance in the field, reported Sue Forrester. It is a walking shooting dog association recognized and sanctioned by the American Field.