2022-2023 Top Handler

  Kenric DeLong wins the 2022-2023 AFTCA Top Handler Award Kenric Delong of Greenville Michigan handled his four dogs to an impressive 20 placements with a 593-point total to distance himself from the balance of the field in the just-concluded field trial season. Ken’s placements occurred continuously throughout the season while attending  17 different AFTCA member club trials.  His KDel’s Eagle Magnum Hotshot Brittany male placed 8 times for 294…
19 May 2022 News > Announcements

2021-2022 Top Handler Award Winner and Regional winners

         Rodney Shoemaker wins the 2021-2022 AFTCA Top Handler Award Handling his four derbies to seven different club derby events Rodney Shoemaker of Kearney Kansas accumulated an impressive 355 total topping all amateur handlers during the just concluded amateur season.  Rodney placed his HP Social Distancing three, HP Dirty Dancing three times, HP Shockwave twice and HP Shots Fired an impressive five times for a total of…
20 Apr 2022 News > Announcements

Top Amateur Handler 2021-2022

Announcement April 20th 2022:   With less than two weeks to the official end of the Top Amateur Handler Season the contest is extremely tight.  Only trials by member clubs that begin on or before April 30th 2022 will be counted in this season calculations.  Please have the Essential Data Forms in to the AFTCA office before May 15th 2022.  Essential Data Forms received after May 15th 2022 will be…
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 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.…

Top Amateur Handler Award Update!

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04 Oct 2019 News > Announcements

Top Amateur Handler Award!

The AFTCA is excited to announce the creation of the largest and most inclusive Amateur Handler Award in the organization’s history and in the sport of Field Trialing! Over 100 years ago the Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America (AFTCA) was created to offer amateur handlers the opportunity to participate in Bird Dog Field Trials. At the creation of the AFTCA, Clubs made up the membership because they provided the…
13 Aug 2019 News > Top Amateur Handler

New AFTCA Competition: Top Amateur Handler!

The AFTCA is excited to announce the creation of the largest and most inclusive Amateur Handler Award in the organization’s history and in the sport of Field Trialing!

Over 100 years ago the Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America (AFTCA) was created to offer amateur handlers the opportunity to participate in Bird Dog Field Trials.