History of the National Amateur Free-for-All Championship

Many thanks to Darron Hendley whose many National Shooting Dog Championship catalogs from past years, Tony Gibson and Bernie Matthys of the American Field for other pertinent materials and information used to compile the historic of this important amateur championship still held on the grounds it was founded on, Sedgefield Plantation, Union Springs, Alabama. If anyone has additional information or corrections, please let us know.  National Amateur Free-for-All Championship

History of the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

Many thanks to amateur field trialer, reporter Steve Standley for his diligence in uncovering this hard-to-find information that was found in fourissues of the American Field from 1951 and 1952. In time for this year’s running of the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship and accompanying Amateur Derby Championship, here is the latest National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship history.

History of the National Amateur Quail Championship

“Shanghai Express, white, liver and ticked pointer dog, coming like Lochinvar from out of the West, but for the past year the property of Dr. Frank H. Lahey of Boston, Mass., is the winner of the annual Amateur Championship of the Association of Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America.

The runner-up is a white, black, tan and ticked setter dog, Sport’s Peerless, owned by Louis M. Bobbitt of Winston-Salem, N.C. Both dogs were handled by their owners and that makes the victory even more distinctive. Thirty-three dogs were originally drawn to run in the stake, but owing to last minute withdrawals thirty-one actually competed. Nevertheless, it is a new record and attests the popularity of this rapidly growing amateur movement in field trials, which has indeed spread over the country like wild fire.”

Reporter A. F. Hochwalt, February 17, 1934 edition of the American Field