The 2019 Purina Awards were held in Nashville, TN on June 20 – 21 with the All-Age awards presented on Friday and Shooting Dog awards on Saturday. The awards weekend are a great way to spend time with fellow field trialers, meet your AFTCA trustees and attend the AFTCA Open Meeting, meet the wonderful people at Purina.
For detailed information on AFTCA Individual and Club Membership, please visit the new AFTCA Membership page on this website. The page is located in the dropdown menu of About AFTCA.
Congrats to this year’s Purina Amateur All-Age Award winner: Dialed In
Owner/Handler: Jim Pendergest
…and to this year’s Purina Amateur Shooting Dog Award winner: Waybetter Billy
Owner/Handler: Thomas Brigman Jr.
Congratulations to all the Winners of the 16 National Amateur Championships of the 2018-2019 Field Trial Season. Congrats extend also to the winners of all Amateur Regional Championships and those who won amateur stakes across the US, Canada and Japan!
The Field Trial Sportsmen’s Association grounds near Grovespring, Missouri are well known to all mid-western field trialers given the number of important trials — open, amateur, shooting dog and all-age — held on that venue throughout the season.
Southern Illinois Bird Hunters Association used 20th Century Fund monies awarded in 2018 to remove Autumn Olive trees from an area that spans approximately a half mile connecting two crop fields, part of the grounds utilized in field trials held on a portion of the 20,000 acre Pyramid State Park near Cutler, Illinois.
Most field trialers, particularly those in the mid south section of the country that comprises AFTCA Region 6 will remember the sad evening of April 26, 2014 when a large tornado cut a wide swath through central Arkansas causing tremendous damage to the grounds, kennels and other structures of the approx 2,700 acre Camp Robinson field trial venue in Mayflower.
CH: Rocking J’s Amy Owner/Handler: Jarry Walton
R-U: Kelly’s IB Butler Owner/Handler: Sean Kelly
The following AFTCA Clubs were awarded 20th Century Fund monies in 2018:
Georgia FTC – $1,000
Ames Amateur FTC – $1,000
Cedar Valley FTC – $500
Moran FTC – $1,000
West Texas FTC – $500
Virginia Amateur FTA – $1,000
CH: Brae Val Bearcat Laddy Owner/Handler: Gregor McCluskey
R-U: Stokely B Willie Owner: Anthony Bly, Handler: Jamie Leitch