“Inspire and promote outstanding Amateur Bird Dog Competition while supporting and conserving Upland Habitat.”

The AFTCA’s mission is to advocate and support Amateur Bird Dog Field Trial competition in quality events and to strive to make available to amateur participants extraordinary Upland Bird venues on which to compete.

To foster and increase interest in and knowledge of Upland Game Birds and their conservation in order to perpetuate them for future generations.

To organize for the purpose of strengthening our capacity to meet our objectives of improving the status and existence of Upland Birds and the genetics and performance of Bird Dogs.

Top Amateur Handler - Challenge for the Blue

The second season of the largest and most inclusive Amateur Handler Award in the AFTCA’s history and in the sport of Field Trialing has begun!

For complete details on this competition for Individual Members and Member Clubs visit Top Amateur Handler.

For great Sponsorship opportunities visit Top Amateur Handler Sponsorship.

Amateur Handler Award

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19 May 2022 News > Announcements

2021-2022 Top Handler Award Winner and Regional winners

         Rodney Shoemaker wins the 2021-2022 AFTCA Top Handler Award Handling his four derbies to seven different club derby events Rodney Shoemaker of Kearney Kansas accumulated an impressive 355 total topping all amateur handlers during the just concluded amateur season.  Rodney placed his HP Social Distancing three, HP Dirty Dancing three times, HP Shockwave twice and HP Shots Fired an impressive five times for a total of…
20 Apr 2022 News > Announcements

Top Amateur Handler 2021-2022

Announcement April 20th 2022:   With less than two weeks to the official end of the Top Amateur Handler Season the contest is extremely tight.  Only trials by member clubs that begin on or before April 30th 2022 will be counted in this season calculations.  Please have the Essential Data Forms in to the AFTCA office before May 15th 2022.  Essential Data Forms received after May 15th 2022 will be…

National Amateur Quail and Derby Championship Report 2022

National Amateur Quail and Derby Championships Livingston Place, Greenville, Florida By Maria Bassham, Quitman, GA   The Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America held its 101st running of the National Amateur Quail Championship on the prestigious grounds of Livingston Place (formally named, and still always referred to as, Dixie Plantation) in Greenville, Florida.  The 90-minute braces began on Monday morning, February 28, 2022 and concluded Friday morning, March 4th.  The…
15 Mar 2022 News > Championships ~ Drawings

International Amateur Woodcock Championship 2022

International Amateur Woodcock Championship Arcadia WMA, Exeter, RI March 19, 2022 Judges, Adam Dubriske & Bill Bonnetti 1a. Chasehill Poison Ivy, PF, Allen Raiano 1b. Springbrook Sweet Tea, PF, IS, Russell Olgivie 2a. Caird’s Little Macey, PF, Donald Henderson 2b. Snuff Mill Riley, SF, Lanny Dellinger 3a. Brae Val Glillie, ISM, Gregory McClusky 3b. Little Miss Margaret, PF, Tim Cavanaugh 4a. Shirley Saratoga Britt, BM, Paul Shirley 4b. Duck Hook,…