American Field

Championship Qualification

Aug 11, 2020

CHICAGO, ILL. —The longstanding requirement that a dog to be eligible to compete in an open championship is to have an open Derby or open shooting dog placement for open shooting dog championships,  or an open Derby or open all-age placement for open all-age championships.

The National Field Trial Champion Association and the National Open Shooting Dog Championship have devised specific qualifications  for those two stakes.

The spring 2020 field season was cut short because of the coronavirus, resulting in any number of trials in late March, April and a few in early May to be cancelled.

The American Field/Field Dog Stud Book has received communiques addressing this, specifically that because of the numerous cancellations, a number of Derbies and first year dogs  did not  have  the opportunity to earn a placement that would have qualified that dog for titular competition in the new (2020-2021) field trial season.

A helpful way remedy this is for clubs to consider offering a “restricted stake,” that is an open stake restricted  to dogs that currently have no recognized field trial placement.

Such stakes are not generally common across the broad spectrum of trials — horseback, walking, open, amateur —but do serve to assist owners and handlers  by providing an opportunty to earn a qualifying placement thereby according eligibility for their dogs  to compete in championship stakes.





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