First conducted in 1977 at the Assunpink Wildlife Area in Clarksburg, N.J. , the National Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Classic was the forerunner of this amateur championship. The organizers of the classic were Dick Quackenbush, Bill Beyer, Bruce Hollowich and others. The inaugural running in April of 1988, however, was held at the Glendale Wildlife Area near Washington, Indiana. The following year it was held on the Assunpink grounds the classic that preceded it ran on.
The first running was engineered by Robert C. Graham, Jr. secretary of the host club, the White River Field Trial Club who rallied help from surrounding clubs including Kenneth Ivy, president of the Southwestern Indiana Club who served as marshal. The championship was deemed a great success with 38 starters, entries from 14 states: Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania.
Since then, the championship has been hosted by AFTCA clubs in various parts the country like Tabor, Texas; Eskridge, Kansas; Berea, Kentucky and Grovespring, Missouri.
No particular species of game bird is designated for the championship to be run on.