“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

What’s going on...

08 Sep 2021 News > Announcements

The Purchase of the American Field/FDSB

Dear Members, By now most of you are aware of the purchase of the American Field/Field Dog Stud Book (FDSB) by United Kennel Club (UKC). Founded in 1898, the UKC has a long and successful history of supporting all sporting dog breeds second in age only to the FDSB which was founded 24 years earlier in 1874. No youngster ourselves, the Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America (AFTCA) started in 1917,…
18 Aug 2021 News > Top Amateur Handler

Top Amateur Handler Second Season 2021-2022

  Second Season Kicks Off for the Top Handler Award The Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America’s (AFTCA) Top Handler Challenge for the Blue Award for the 2021-2022 is kicking off its second season. In accordance with our original charter and our obligation to the member clubs who host amateur events and to the many individual member competitors, the AFTCA remains a committed people organization.  A primary  responsibility of the…
09 Aug 2021 News > Announcements

AFTCA Votes to Allow Power Load Blanks For 2021-2022 Season

                        AFTCA Votes to Allow Powerload Blanks for 2021-2022 Season Due to the current lack of retail availability of either .32 caliber blanks or 209 primers the AFTCA has voted to allow the use of #2 or greater rated .22 caliber PowerLoad crimps (also referred to as Powder Loads) for the 2021-2022 field trial season. These blank crimps are…
20 Jul 2021 News > Annual Meeting Minutes

2021 Trustee meeting minutes

Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America, Inc. Via Conference Call June 24, 2021 President Rick Stallings welcomed all Trustees to the Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America annual meeting of 2021. He thanked everyone for taking the time to join the meeting via conference call. The group was advised that the meeting was being taped for the purpose of constructing the minutes. President Rick Stallings asked for the roll call.…
09 Jul 2021 News > Top Amateur Handler

Top Amateur Handler, Changes for this season

  Changes to this season’s AFTCA’s Top Handler’s Challenge for the Blue Award The Top Handler Award Committee has voted to implement 4 changes to the Award to keep it on track with its primary objectives.  Those four changes that are affective immediately are: Starting in the 2021-2022 season 30 Minute Amateur Derby Stake placement points, hosted by Member Clubs, will be included in the Top Amateur Handler award calculations.…