Highlights of this Award Program

Contest: All points earned in 30 minute Amateur All-Age, 30 minute Amateur Shooting Dog and 30 minute Amateur Derby stakes will be combined into a single points total for each AFTCA Individual Member or Pre-Member handler. All points will be calculated and displayed in a real time standings on this page. For points to be awarded The Essential Data Forms should be received in the AFTCA office no later than 30 days after the conclusion of the event except for late April trials which are required to be received in the AFTCA office on or before May 15th each year. Essential Data Forms received later than 45 days after the conclusion of the event or later than May 15th will not be counted.

Eligible Stakes: Amateur 30 minute All Age, Shooting Dog and Derby stakes, either Horseback or Walking. Dual amateur sanctioned events are also included (if run in accordance with AFTCA Running Rules and Minimum Requirements).

Points Awarded to the handler for each stake: 3pts for 1st, 2pts for 2nd and 1pt for 3rd times the number of dogs entered in the stake.

  • Host Club must be a current AFTCA Member or Pre-Member Club prior to the trial event’s running.
  • Handler must have a current AFTCA Individual Member or Pre-Member number prior to entering an eligible event for points to be awarded.
  • Top Handler Award Season officially starts on May 1st and officially ends on April 30th.
  • All stakes must meet AFTCA Minimum Requirements and follow AFTCA Running Rules.
  • In order to have points awarded the dog must be registered with the Field Dog Stud Book. All pointing dog breeds are welcome and encouraged to participate.
  • In order to have Top Handler points awarded the handler’s dog in the stake must be solely owned by the competing amateur handler or an immediate family member or jointly owned by the amateur handler and immediate amateur family member.

Winner will be awarded at the Purina Awards Dinner Program as a guest of the AFTCA. The largest and most inclusive handler competition in the history of the sport!!

2022 Top Amateur Handler Points Standing

Handler City Region Total
Kenric DeLong Greenville 4 217
Thor Kain Carbondale 2 207
Bill Bonnetti Marstons Mills 1 127
Alene Levasseur Franklin 2 126
Tim Cavanaugh East Hampton 1 121
Eric Munden Philipsburg 2 101
Joseph Lordi Atco 2 99
Ken Sauer Alvord 7 95
Robert Verderlosa Robbinsville   81
George Mamounis Newfield 2 81
William Langley Fairland 8 72
Craig Hiatt Edgerton 5 70
Tim Penn Edina 5 68
Deb Dlobik Eagle 19 64
Ernie Saniga Nottingham 2 64
Douglas Dix Whitingham 1 60
Roger Key Opelika   59
Doug McMillen DuBois 2 58
Jack Glover Shelbyville 5 54
John McKellop III Guys Mills 2 48
Gene Casale Marlborough 1 48
Fred Corder Corinth 6 48
Bob Wheelock Thompsonville 4 42
Roger McGuire Granite Falls 3 42
Cliff Monroe Mooresboro 3 42
J.D. Waters Mechanicsburg 5 42
John Dlobik Eagle 19 42
Jeffrey Keller Sandy Ridge   42
James w Levesque jr Salem 1 40
Jim Crook Sylacauga 16 39
Greg Isenberg Kingsport 6 34
Adam DeLude Campbellsport 19 32
Harry Cook Darlington 3 32
Tucker Rowan Cypress 7 30
Buck Heard same 16 30
Earl Drew,jr Hoffmam 3 30
Dave Park Uniontown 2 30
Bobby Dubose Baker 16 30
Stanley McCain Bremen 16 30
Jason Super Ft. Worth 7 30
Bruce Mueller Everett 2 28
Steve Fuess Springfield 5 27
Scott Luther Marshall 3 24
Jim Womack Pelham 16 24
Mike Small Evansville 4 24
Jeff Sweet Mount Pleasant 4 24
Lloyd B. Miller Bensalem 1 24
Daren Boyer Grantham 2 23
John Capocci Katonah 2 22
Kerri Elfvin Jacksonville Beach 16 22
Ronnie Rogers New Market 6 21
Danny White Heflin 16 21
Kristopher Nordby Danielson 1 21
Alan Atkins Phenix City 16 20
Kellie Short Buxton 1 20
John Olfson West Hartford 1 20
Brent Peters Gladwin 4 16
Mike Fox Patriot 4 16
Dean Avillion White Haven 2 16
Warren Parrott Scranton 3 16
Tom Tracy Lebanon 1 15
Marcus Ramseur Sicklerville 2 14
Mike Lareau Dimondale 4 14
Clay Erwin Midland 6 12
John Malone Bolton 1 12
Eric Munden Clearfield 2 12
Keith Anderson Laurel   12
James Spencer Milton/Fl 16 12
Alex Smith Nazareth 2 12
Kyle Whitfield Seven Springs   12
Fran Miller Barwick 16 12
Darrell Wells Folkston 16 10
Sarah Deline Gomes Wellandport 2 10
James Thomas Barneveld 2 10
Chris Cornman Georgetown 7 10
Matthew Puckett Piedmont 7 10
Joshua Wheat Cypress 7 9
Chappell Padget Cartersville 16 9
Don Knight x 4 9
Adam Thomas Beaver 4 8
Clay Erwin Midland 7 8
Carlos Escalante Pittsburgh 2 7
Junior Sims Milton 16 6
Edwin Cooley Arab 16 6
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