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Early Life and Education - Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Chef Jon Bonnell grew up hunting, fishing and cooking with his parents and family — his childhood pastimes would soon become his culinary inspirations.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1994, Jon taught science and math for two years before pursuing his love for cooking and enrolling in the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) in Montpelier, Vermont.
During his tenure at NECI, Jon completed a six-month culinary internship at Mr. B’s Bistro in the historic New Orleans French Quarter. In 1997, Jon graduated from NECI and returned to Fort Worth where he honed his cooking skills at local, upscale restaurants.
Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine - In his beloved hometown of Fort Worth, Jon opened his own signature restaurant, Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, in 2001.
Tasting Chef Jon Bonnell’s cuisine is an experience found nowhere else. Texas foods are transformed into fine cuisine that is enhanced with regional Creole, Southwestern and Mexican spices. Chef Bonnell’s recipes are authentic and impressive, and he uses his knowledge and understanding of food to conceive amazing dishes that surprise and delight fine diners.
Established as one of the foremost experts in fine wild game, Jon can win over even the biggest skeptic by dispelling myths and serving the best-prepared and most flavorful wild game. Also serving organic steak, seafood, and vegetarian options, Jon can create a dish to satisfy any palate.
Widely known for his dynamic, authentic personality, Jon is an approachable guy-next-door that shares every recipe, technique or ingredient that is requested.
In the Media - Twice published author, Jon Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and Jon Bonnell’s Texas Favorites cookbooks, Jon Bonnell’s restaurant is consistently heralded as one of the best in Texas.
With three invitations to cook at the James Beard House and several appearances on national TV including the Today Show, CBS Early Show, Good Morning America and the Food Network’s BBQ with Bobby Flay and Meat and Potatoes, Jon Bonnell is the resource on Fine Texas Cuisine.
Chef Bonnell also owns and operates Waters Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine and Buffalo Brothers Wings, Pizza and Subs in Fort Worth, both of which have received numerous praises in their own respect.
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Cinnamon Creek Ranch Store Manager
Kyle manages Cinnamon Creek Ranch Store, whos mission is to provide their customers with the largest selection of archery and hunting equipment at competitive prices. They offer their customers the opportunity to try any equipment from the largest selection of manufacturers found anywhere. Their knowledgeable sales staff utilizes a low pressure, unbiased sales approach. This allows their customers the ability to make the best possible decision about what products are right for them.
• 22 years of archery experience
• Certified bow technician-19 years
• Factory Certification-Hoyt & Bowtech
• ASA, IBO, NFAA and HSO archery competitions
• 2009 HSO World Champion
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Emmy award-winning Chief Meteorologist
Pete Delkus joined the WFAA-TV weather department in June 2005 and quickly won the respect of our North Texas viewers by providing timely and accurate forecasts. When there is severe weather- tornadoes, hail, or flash flooding, viewers have come to rely on Pete's steadfast and thorough approach to his work.
Since he arrived, Pete has won ten Emmy Awards for weather anchoring and special show hosting. Delkus is board certified by the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. He attended Mississippi State University for his masters level meteorology courses, and holds a Bachelors of Science from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE).
From 1996 to 2005, Delkus was also the chief meteorologist at WCPO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Cincinnati, Ohio. Delkus made his mark in Cincinnati as the "severe weather leader" by his exclusive coverage of the deadly Tornado of "99. He received many honors during this tenure including a pair of first place Associated Press (AP) Awards for best regularly scheduled weather.
Prior to joining the Cincinnati television station Delkus worked as a meteorologist for four years at WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando, Florida.
Delkus also has a long history as an outstanding athlete. As an All-America pitcher, he had an all star college career including a trip to the college world series. In fact, he still holds several records as a pitcher at SIUE. Out of college Delkus signed in 1987 with the Minnesota Twins organization.Delkus enjoyed a successful career earning several awards including the "Minnesota Twins Minor League Player of the Year" and the Rolaids Relief Man. His career ended prematurely due to a serious elbow injury. In all, Delkus played professional baseball for 6 years with the Twins organization.
Today, Pete enjoys spending his leisure time with his family: Wife-Jacque, daughter-Emily, and son-Peter. Whether it's practicing ball, swimming or playing in the backyard, being with them is a top priority. Delkus is also an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and anything that involves being outside - including his daily run and workouts.
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Tom Dokken's Oak Ridge Kennels
Tom Dokken has over 30 years of training experience. Tom is the owner of both Dokken's Oak Ridge Kennels, the largest gun dog training kennel in the upper half of the United States, and Dokken Dog Supply. He is the inventor of the Dead Fowl Trainer and has appeared in seminars all across the United States, as well as South America. He has numerous television appearances on ESPN, TNN and major outdoor channels. Professional Retreiver Trainer, Seminar Instructor, Owner of Dokken Dog Supply, Inventor-Dead Fowl Trainer & Author
Dead Fowl Trainer
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• Senior Manage, Professional Engagement
Team-Nestle Purina PetCare
• Upland Dog Expert
With more than 20 years of professional training experience, Karl’s High Spirit Retrievers was the No. 1 Derby kennel in the country in 2007 and 2012. Karl has trained five National Finalists and a two-time Canadian National Champion. Competing in eight National Championships with 24 different dogs, he has won more than 40 Open stakes and 60 Derby stakes. Today, as Senior Manager of Purina’s Sporting Dog Program, Karl’s team attends more than 500 field trails and championships a year, some of nearly 1,600 sporting events sponsored annually by Purina.
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Bass Master Elite Angler
Kelly Jordon, of Palestine, Texas, brings one of pro fishing’s top resumes to Duckett Fishing.
Jordon, considered a savvy competitor, has a host of top-level finishes, including four event titles, 32 top tens and nine Bassmaster Classic appearances.
Jordon has earned more than $1.4 million as a BASS angler. Jordon is also a regular competitor on the popular Outdoor Channel television show Major League Fishing. Jordon is especially dangerous in competition when fishing any body of water with grass. He is also known as a deep-diving crankbait specialist. He joined Duckett Fishing in 2010.
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Elite Series, 30 time Bassmaster CLASSIC Qualifier
When Gary Klein made his way east from California at the tail end of the 1970s to enter BASS competition, he had a distinct advantage over the competition: He was one of the few practitioners of the flipping technique. Most of his adversaries hadn’t even heard of it. Fans of professional bass fishing may remember the rookie campaigns of Kevin VanDam and Timmy Horton as transcendent, but Klein’s inaugural season was every bit as stout. He won an event and finished second in the Angler of the Year race to Roland Martin.
It was Martin’s last AOY title, and Klein later claimed the crown, but that first season still weighs on him. He had led the race all season, only to see Martin claim first place on the last day.“I ended up one pound, fourteen ounces away. Since 1979 I have logged everything I caught, and I’ve logged missed opportunities. If I get ten bites, I want to touch ten fish. That’s what separates the polished pro from the weekend fisherman.
“I looked at my missed opportunities and had to figure out why they happened. The rod was definitely a part of it.”
Since that time, he’s been noted for his perfectionist tendencies. He’s also maintained many of his sponsors, companies like Quantum, Mercury and Berkley (Trilene) for over two decades.
I started competing in bass fishing tournaments when I was a sophomore in high school. Back then, Western Bass was the association that I fished on the West Coast. I started fishing BASS in 1979. I won the second BASS tournament that I entered which was Lake Powell. I lost angler of the year to Roland Martin that year on the last day of the last tournament by a mere 1lb4oz. Since then, I have won the prestigious BASS Angler of the Year title twice.
I moved to Texas in 1988. I currently live in Weatherford, TX with my wife, Jana and my two daughters, Lakota and Kanyon.
I enjoy spending time with my family in the outdoors. I also enjoy exploring primitive survival skills...A highly skilled marksman. Both of my girls are also outdoor enthusiasts. They hunt and fish! I would like to touch on this side of my life on his website.
- Hometown: Weatherford, TX
- Years Competing Professionally: 37
- Currently Competing In: BASS Elites, Opens and Major League Fishing
- Favorite Fishing Technique: Flipping
- Favorite Lure: BOSS football head jig with a Berkley Havoc Deuce trailer
- Favorite Lake: Lake Falcon, TX
- Largest Bass Caught: 13lb8oz
- Largest One Day Catch: 45lb2oz - Lake Falcon, TX
- Fishing Tip: Never set the hook until you feel the weight of the fish
- Personal Quote: “You can only be as good as you allow yourself to be”
- CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Major League Fishing Co-founder
- 2 BASS AOY Titles, 1989 and 1993
- 8 BASS Tour Titles
- 30 BASS Classic Qualifications
- Top 10 BASS All-Time Money Winner
- U.S. Open Champion
- 2 FLW Tour Titles
- 6 FLW Championship Qualifications
- Gold Medalist ESPN Great Outdoor Games
- 2 Silver Medals ESPN Great Outdoor Games
- Ranked Top 10 ESPN Greatest Angler Debate
- World Championship Fishing Champion
- World Championship Fishing All-Time Money Winner
Dr. Kennedy Legel
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Sharing MEDICAL TIPS to use while in the outdoors.
Not only is he a wound care specialist, he is Billy's personal physician.
Dr. Kennedy Legel graduated from Florida Atlantic University achieving a B.S. in Biology with a major in Biotechnology and its related field of gene therapy. He completed his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He then went on to complete a rigorous three year foot and ankle surgical residency program in Miami, Florida under the direction of one of the nation’s leading researchers in the field of podiatric wound care. His training focused on both preventative and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery as well as diabetic limb preservation surgery. During his residency he was also actively involved in humanitarian missions treating children abroad with the Yucatan Crippled Children's Project of Mexico.
He is board qualified in both Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is also a an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons as well as a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Texas Podiatric Medical Association. He is also actively involved in the Dallas County Podiatric Medical Society, which normally convenes monthly.
Dr. Legel founded Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists in Dallas in 2013 after practicing in the Dallas area for the last 7 years. He is building his practice with a community based approach focusing on patient education and understanding. Dr. Legel has kept up to date with the latest training techniques and skills and is well versed in all aspects of podiatric medicine. He also attends several courses per year.
Personally, Dr. Legel enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife, and 3 young boys under the age of 6. His interests include the Miami Dolphins, fishing, and cooking.
You can reach Dr. Legel at Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists, GO HERE
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World Champion Crappie Fisherman
In 1985, Wally became the master plumber and plumbing superintendent for the Garland School District in North Texas and served for 17 years. While working at the school district, Wally had only two bad habits: Bird Hunting and Crappie Fishing! Wally always had a kennel of good bird dogs if you liked to hunt quail. Quail hunting was his passion but Crappie fishing was Wally's Dream!! In 1997 Wally heard about a Crappie Tournament that was coming to Cedar Creek lake in east Texas. He had never fished a tournament before but was looking into it seriously, so he asked fellow worker at the school district- Joel Peacock Truel's brother- to fish the tournament with him. Joel was leery and never fished the lake before so Wally went down to pre-fish for the event and found fish located in some cat tails. Perfect! That was wade fishing at it's finest! That day of the tournament, Joel and Wally won the very first crappie tournament and not knowing much about tournaments they had set the world on fire, at least it set Wally on fire.
After the tournament Wally was approached by a tackle rep Jimmy Cunningham , Jimmy was the rep for many crappie fishing products at that time and wanted to know if Wally would like to represent his companies to promote crappie fishing and products ! Wally said of coarse he would, there has never been a professional crappie angler. Wally started promoting crappie fishing and products that Jimmy represented. The summer of 1997 Wally went to the American Sports Association's fishing show in Las Vegas. This is where all of the manufactures that build fishing tackle has a trade show to show all of the products they make. Wally didn't have but 400 dollars to his name after plane tickets, so a friend let him sleep in the camper he had on his truck because Wally couldn't afford a motel room- it was Hot in Vegas!! Wally walked about a mile down the road to the Las Vegas Hilton convention center every day to the show- talking to the companies about sponsoring him because Wally wanted to be a professional angler! After walking and talking for two days at the ASA show, Wally headed back to Garland, Texas rejected with no affiliates. He said everyone would tell you what you wanted to hear so they could get you out of their booth, so he was guessing. Then one day the phone rang and it was Joe Hall who owned Blakemore Lure Company out of Branson, Mo, one of the companies Wally had spoken too. Joe Hall told Wally that there was something about him that caught his eye and to call Wally and work out a affiliateship for Wally to promote his lure "The Blakemore Road Runner". Wow! Wally was so happy to get his first affiliateship! The contract was 12 dozen Blakemore Road Runners. He remembers getting the lures in the mail and putting them in his tackle box one at a time.
Over the next few years Wally was conducting seminars at the Dallas Boat Shows and Barlow's tackle in Richardson, Texas. He started traveling across the state talking crappie fishing to whoever was listening, from one seminar to the next. In 1989 Wally landed his first boat sponsor, Ranger Boats in Flippin, Arkansas. Forrest Woods said they had never heard of a professional crappie angler- and as it was- neither had Wally! Wally then started traveling even more, doing more seminars for Blakemore and Ranger Boats across the country. In 1989 he started Pro Crappie Guide service because everyone Wally met wanted him to take them crappie fishing. So for several years Wally guided for crappie in North Texas on most of the lakes and some bar ditches here and there. Working at the school district and guiding a little on the side helped him to make ends meet. Well by 1992, Wally's affiliates had enough confidence in him doing seminars that they invited him to do some seminars at the World's Fishing Fair in Springfield, Mo. at the one and only Bass Pro Shops®. The seminars at the Worlds Fishing Fair was a Grand Slam for Wally. That weekend Wally sold over 400 cards of Blakemore Road Runners for Blakemore Lure Company. Joe Hall made the comment, "I think we are on to something here."
For the next 4 years Wally continued promoting seminars and being a guest on outdoor shows like Jimmy Houston Outdoors and Barry Stokes outdoor trails TV. By this time Wally had won several major crappie tournaments across the country and was considered one of the top crappie anglers in the country. In 1992 Wally met a new fishing partner, Jeff Heuman from Pilot Point, Texas to fish crappie tournaments with on the creek banks of Lake Texhoma. Wally and Jeff started winning more crappie tournaments and traveling over one million miles chasing crappie and are still fishing partners today! Also in the fall of 1992, Wally moved to 2102 Peggy ln. and purchased the home of the late Mrs. Nicholson that owned the Nicholson Five and Dime on the down town square in Garland. In the fall of 1996 Wally received a phone call from Bass Pro Shops® in Springfield, Mo. to design crappie rods under the Wally Marshall™ name. During the first call Wally told them no, that he wasn't interested. But when the GM of Fishing, Lynn Reeves from Bass Pro Shops® called back to double check, Wally said YES! In 1997 Wally Marshall™ Signature Series crappie rods were in the Bass Pro Shops® catalog and the one store they had in Springfield, Mo. In years to come more products were designed by Wally and Bass Pro was building them as fast as they could to keep up with the demand for Wally Marshall™ Signature Series products.
Wally had come up with the idea of getting a trademark for Mr.Crappie®. Mr.Crappie® seemed like a great name for his products. Over the year’s people had called Wally " The Crappie King", "The Crappie Guru", etc. Mr.Crappie® is one that stuck in Wally's mind. So in 1998 Mr.Crappie® fishing line was invented and sold exclusively at Bass Pro Shops®. Wally Marshall™ designed rods, reels, lures, hooks, floats, line and almost everything you would need to catch or clean a crappie! From 1996 to 2011, Wally Marshall™ has designed the most awesome crappie fishing products for crappie anglers all across the US- and Overseas too! In 2002, Wally said he woke up in the middle of the night thinking about his job for the first time in 17 years he left the school district committing full time to his career in the outdoor industry. Wally Marshall™ sawed that limb off again just a few years ago by walking away from a very lucrative contract with Bass Pro Shops® exclusive rod and reel contract. He wanted to sell his products all over the world and design new and better products for crappie anglers across the US and still work hard selling products at Bass Pro Shops.
Brand new for 2012, Wally Marshall™ "Tuxedo Black" Signature Series by Lew's® and Mr.Crappie® products will be available this fall to the all of the stores across our great nation that sell fishing products. Once again teaming up Lynn Reeves and Wally Marshall™, Lynn reeves was instrumental in Wally Marshall™ Signature Series back in 1997 when he was the GM of fishing at Bass Pro Shops®.
Over the past ten years, Wally has put on the largest family fishing tournament called the Big Crappie Classic. It brings family together to fish in a tournament atmosphere- kids and parents together weighing their catch and spending quality time together in the outdoors. Wally has donated his time taking the Buckner's orphanage kids fishing and special request to take kids out for a day of fishing that have special needs. Wally has donated annually to the Dallas Woods and Water Club for many years. Breast Cancer- Susan Coleman Foundation, Relay for Life, Uncle Jesse's at Pat Mayes Lake tournament for kids Powderly, Texas. Wally also affiliates the Garland Crime Watch and Garland Police Mad Dog Moore fishing tournament every year and many more tournaments across the country that has to do with taking KIDS Fishing. Kids are our future and the future belongs to our KIDS!
Wally's affiliates over the years have played a big roll in the success of Wally Marshall's career and dreams. Ford Motor Company since 2003, Blakemore Lure Company since 1987, almost 25 Years is unheard of in the tackle industry! TTI Companies since 2005, Tempress marine seating since 2001, Betts Tackle since 2006, Bullet Weights since 2009 , Nitro Boats since 2002, Costa since 1998, and Bass Pro Shops® since 1997 . Wally would like to extend a sincere appreciation to all of his affiliates that helped make his dreams come true.
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Professional Bird Dog Trainer, Seminar Instructor, Upland Hunting Guide, Ronnie Smith Kennels
You might say Ronnie has bird dogs in his blood. Ronnie grew up involved with his father's bird dog training operation. As soon as he was big enough, he began tending to dogs and cleaning kennels. Ronnie spent many days in his youth at field trials with his dad, either riding his pony in the gallery or hanging back with the dogs listening to other trainers “talk dog.”
Ronnie’s first lessons in dog training came from his dad. He trained his first dog professionally at 14 years old. To this day he continues to draw from and build upon the principles that his father taught him. Ronnie took over his father’s operation in 1982 and continues to build the business today.
In addition to training dogs, Ronnie has guided wild bird hunts for over 30 years. Some of the historical Texas ranches of note that he has guided on include the King Ranch, 6666 Ranch, and the Mariposa Ranch.
His experience guiding has allowed him the opportunity to guide for astronauts, musicians, TV celebrities, writers, Hall of Fame football and baseball players, CEOs of some of the largest corporations in the U.S., Secretaries of State and Presidents. These experiences reinforced his belief that bird dogs and hunting bring together people from all walks of life.
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Gun & Ammo, FFL/SOT, Off Duty Armory
A native Texan, Jim has served in Professional Public Safety his entire adult life. In 1983, Jim began serving in law enforcement and currently serves today in Fire/Rescue Operations as a Professional Firefighter, State Certified Paramedic and Swift Water Rescue Tech II. In addition to owning and operating Off Duty Armory, Jim is a Certified Texas License to Carry Instructor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, and holds NRA Training Counselor credentials in Basic Pistol, Basic Rifle, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Home Firearm Safety, Range Safety Officer, FIRST Steps Pistol and FIRST Steps Rifle Orientation. Listen to Jim talk guns, gun training and other gun related topics on Big Billy Kinder Outdoors Show heard every Saturday and Sunday on 114 radio stations around the country, including the DFW metroplex 50,000 watt “blowtorch” WBAP 820AM and 99.5FM HD2. Lifelong hunter, shooter, gun enthusiast and advocate for responsible, educated and legal gun ownership. NRA Life Endowment Member. Second Amendment Foundation Life Member, Member NSSF, NASR, IDPA, Class 3 FFL/SOT.
Larry Weishuhn "Mr. Whitetail"
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Legendary “Mr. Whitetail”, Larry Weishuhn, host and owner of “DSC’s TRAILING THE HUNTER’S MOON, is one of the world’s most popular and recognized wildlife biologist, outdoor writer, book author, speaker and outdoor television show personality.
Larry started hunting with his maternal granddad and dad while he was still in diapers, and will admit being too young to remember his first real fishing and hunting adventures in the gravel hills of northern Colorado County, Texas. He received a Daisy BB gun for his 3rd birthday and shortly thereafter began hunting on his own. Today Larry shoots Ruger rifles, pistol and shotgun. Although popularly known as “Mr. Whitetail” he has hunted big game throughout the world including extensively in North America and Africa, but also in Europe, Asia, South America, New Zealand and Australia. He hunts primarily big game animals! When asked which is is favorite animal and hunt, he is quick to respond, “The next hunt I’m going on!”
A graduate of Texas A&M University and a professional wildlife biologist, he has long been in involved in a variety of wildlife research including work with such varied animals as desert bighorn sheep and alligators. He has established quality wildlife management programs on over 12,000,000 acres across North America and other parts of the world.
An award winning writer Larry has served on staff with such publications as “Petersen’s Hunting”, “Deer & Deer Hunting”, “North American Hunter”, “Shooting Times”, “Sporting Classics” among several others. Larry has written well over 2,500 articles and has authored six highly critically and publicly acclaimed books, including “Trailing the Hunter’s Moon” which in 2004 was named by ForeWord Magazine the Best Book of the Year in the field of Adventure and Recreation, winning over hundreds of titles world-wide including those books written about baseball, football, soccer, basketball, NASCAR and such.
Larry has been involved in outdoor television since the 1980’s and has served as a co-host and host for some of this country’s top-rated outdoor television shows, including: “Hunting the World”; “Bass Pro Outdoors”; “North American Hunter – You Call the Shot”; “One Good Shot”; “Winchester’s World of Whitetail”, which during his tenure as host was each year rated as one of the top outdoor shows in the world, this by Nielsen Ratings; “A Hunter’s Life” and others. “DSC’s Trailing the Hunter’s Moon” debuted on The Sportsman Channel to rave reviews in June 2013.
Weishuhn has long served as a featured speaker for the NRA and other organizations such as Dallas Safari Club and Texas Wildlife Association where he was one of the three co-founders, promoting proper wildlife management, firearms and hunting. Larry is a Professional Member of the Boone & Crockett Club, as well as life member of Dallas Safari Club, Wild Sheep Foundation, National Rifle Association and Houston Safari Club. A staunch supporter of our troops and introducing children to the outdoors he works closely with Trinity Oaks, an organization based in San Antonio which takes wounded warriors and children hunting and fishing, as well as provided tens of thousands of processed venison to those in need. Weishuhn is an accomplished bronze artist who works on projects with his friend Mark James. In 2007 Larry was inducted into the National Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame. Larry is married to his high school sweetheart, Mary Anne. Their two daughters, Theresa and Beth grew up hunting with their father and like he and their mother love the outdoors. Today Theresa and Beth’s children, Joshua and Justin Gonzalez, and, Jake, Andrew and Kathryn Johnson continue an outdoor lifestyle.
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Director of Sporting Field Operations - Purina Pro Plan
Trainer • Writer • TV Host
Bob West, Director of Sporting Field Operations for the Purina Professional Engagement Team, is passionate about sporting dogs and those who own and train them. He also walks the talk, having put more than 75 titles on various sporting dogs over the past 40-plus years as a part-time professional trainer. Bob’s team attends more than 500 field trials and championships a year, some of nearly 1,600 sporting events sponsored annually by Purina.
They help enthusiasts understand the connection between a dog’s performance and nutrition. Purina sponsorship of these events helps build camaraderie, turning participants into loyal Purina feeders. “Through our support, these clubs and organizations are able to accomplish so much more than they would otherwise,” Bob says. “They appreciate our partnering with them. When we convert someone to one of the Purina Pro Plan Sport Formulas, they are impressed with the results. Many take home National titles from prestigious events.”
At his Napsinekee Kennel in LeClaire, Iowa, Bob has trained many breeds, including retrievers, bird dogs and one Beagle. He has participated in American Field horseback and walking trials, American Kennel Club trials. Master Hunter tests, and North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) Tests. After a retiring from Quality Control Engineer at J.I. Case Co., Bob went to work for Purina in 1987. Around that time he wrote “The Best Way to Train Bird Dogs and Then Some”, Bob contributes regularly to Gun Dog and Ruffed Grouse Society magazines. He has coordinated and appeared in 12 training videos produced by InterMedia Outdoors. Additionally, he judges regional and national field trials and hunting tests. In 2012, Bob became one of 11 people to receive the highest honor from the National Shoot to Retrieve Association, the Distinguished Member Award, for his dedication to field trialing, and one of seven to become an honorary life member of NAVHDA. “NAVHDA evaluates true versatile, trained dogs in the water and field with performance scored against a standard,” he says. “It is an exciting sport.”
All Three German Shorthaired Pointers at Bob’s kennel have earned the lofty Versatile Champion title, the highest title awarded by NAVDHA for excellence in the field. So he’s on to spending time with a newcomer to Napsinekee Kennel , a black Labrador Retriever pup, called “Cody,” who was whelped in March 2013 and whose pedigree boasts some of the country’s finest AKC field trial Labradors. “I plan to take Cody as far as he and I can go,” Bob says.
Reflecting on the passion he sees in the field, Bob says, ldquo;People love their dogs, the fellowship and competition. I most enjoy the friends we make, the relationships and trust we’ve earned with people with sporting dogs and at Purina. We are in many ways a family who believes Purina Pro Plan is best for our dogs.”