Invitational Championships

Eligibility for the National Amateur Invitational Championships are based on a point system as follows:

  • 3 points for 1st place dog times the number of dogs drawn.
  • 2 points for 2nd place dog times number of dogs drawn.
  • 1 point for 3rd place dog times the number of dogs drawn.

Bonus points shall be awarded as follows:

All Regional Championships:

  • 25 points to the champion; 10 points to the runner-up.

All National Amateur Championships:

  • 30 points to the champion; 15 points to the runner-up.

National Amateur Free-For-All Championship:

  • 75 points to the champion; 50 to the runner-up.

National Amateur Quail Championship:

  • 100 points to the champion; 50 to the runner-up.

National Amateur Invitational Championship:

  • Only the previous year’s winner is automatically qualified for the following year’s event.
  • Previous year’s runner-up in the Invitational shall receive a total of 75 points.

A gun of not less than .32 caliber shall be used in one-hour Invitational Qualifying Stakes. Shotgun (209) primers may be used in lieu of .32 caliber.

2019 Invitational Points Standing

All-Age
Shooting Dog
* = a previous AA or SD Invitational Champion
Dog Owner Total
Phillips Off Line Nathan Phillips 116
Marques Armed Robber John Ivester 115
Worsham's Silver Comet Joe Worsham 105
Nosam's Rock Creek Ray Wheeler 87
Chiefs Rising Sun John Mathys 73
Painted Molly Jim & Bridget Ledington 73
Ten Oaks Annie A Jeanette Heise 72
BK Damascus Sureshot Sergio Velez 70
Greypointe Islamorada Doug Meyer 65
Boumeester's Duramax Rich Boumeester 42
Rebel Pirate David Williams 42
Pendy's Good Grace Matt Pendergest 21
Rester's Amazing Grace Cecil Rester 21
Intensive Chain Breaker Steve Auxier 14
Dialed In Jim Pendergest 14
S F Stetson Larry Smith 7
Dunn's True Rein Will Dunn 7
* = a previous AA or SD Invitational Champion
Dog Owner Total
Upfront's Southern Star Lance Schultz 153
Touch's Katrina Austin Turley 145
backcountry Bruiser Chris Catanzarite 136
Hale's Kickstarter Dr. Jeffrey A Hale 130
Bromance Jon Humphrey 115
Jumpstart Frank LaNasa 111
Cheyenne Nation Scott Jordan 103
Emmalite Austin Turley 97
Ten Oaks Annie A Jeanette Heise 97
Lone Tree Splish Splash Bill Owen 90
Miller's Special Edition Fran and Jack Miller 84
Glenmere's Amae zing Mathew Haggis 82
Topp's first JR luke topp 80
Lawless Speck Jim Lawless 70
Strut Nation Scott Jordan 69
Little More Shine Kristine Hammons 69
Fast Forward BK Gunner Sergio Velez 63
Mia’s Wiki Hour of Kalua Charles Chadwell 62
Heard Hill's Tom Cruise Buck Heard 58
Seekin A Thrill Ross Leonard 57
WINDY HILL WAR CREEK CARL S MORRISON, JR 54
Lester's Prime Poison Lane Brian Peterson 54
BK Pablo Escobar Sergio Velez 42
Miller's California Dreamer Fran Miller 38
Nickajack Pathfinder Ross Leonard 38
Walden's Ridge Shadow Dance David Steele 37
Daphne's Gage William R Rogers 36
Glitz & Glamour Tammy & Jeremy Taylor 36
Roses Are Red Tim Hammons 19
American Express Lane Brian Peterson 18
OUTLAW ROCKY RIVER JW Hoover 8

National Amateur Invitational Championship Standard (All-Age)

The purpose of this trial is to determine the best amateur all-age dog in America! The winner of this championship is expected to display exceptional qualities, including: hunt independently at extreme range, adjust to terrain and cover as the course dictates, respond to handler, demonstrate stamina, show determination under adverse conditions, exhibit an intense desire to find game. They must locate game with speed and accuracy, display loftiness and intensity on point, have impeccable manners around game, and honor of bracemate if the occasion arises. Dogs must exhibit exceptional bird finding ability with quality superseding quantity always. If there is any question in the judge’s mind whether a dog is of all-age caliber, then this dog is not to be considered worthy of winning this Championship.

National Amateur Shooting Dog Invitational Championship Standard

The purpose of this trial is to determine the best amateur shooting dog in America! The winner of this championship is expected to display superior, natural bird dog characteristics such as: pace, range, bird sense, nose, stamina and style. The sought after contender must render a balanced, biddable performance, search intelligently and exhibit exceptional bird finding ability with quality superseding quantity. They must manifest accuracy of location, loftiness and intensity on point, impeccable manners around game and honor of bracemate if the occasion arises. The dog must show subservience to the handler and proper handling response without the benefit of scouting and excessive handling. If there is any question in the judge’s mind whether a dog fulfills this demanding standard, then this dog is not to be considered worthy of winning this Championship.

National Amateur Invitational Championships Format

Braces of dogs are drawn for the first day’s running. Each dog will have a different bracemate, course and time to compete on the second day. All dogs will compete for one-hour on the first two days. A brace is complete when the dogs are ordered up. The competition the first two days is to qualify the dogs for a third day. The judges will call back at least two dogs. After one hour, the duration of the heats on the third day is at the judges’ discretion. The Champion is named based on its performance all three days. A runner-up is not mandatory but may be named if the judges deem a dog especially worthy.