Youth Field Trials can be hosted by any American Field/AFTCA or AKC field trial club that hosts regular sanctioned trials. Dogs that win youth stakes are not awarded recognized wins so clubs can conduct youth trials in whatever way members think best and most appropriate for the ages of the junior handlers that will enter the trials. In general, they are run to American Field/AFTCA Gundog standards in which the dog need not be steady to wing and shot. Handlers, depending on age, can have an adult help them pilot their dog over the course and in the case of horseback trials, help kids mount and dismount their horse. Braces are generally 20 minutes in length. Some Youth Field Trials are associated with organizations that offer scholarships like the Alabama Field Trial Association and Dixie Trace Field Trial Association in Georgia. Please check the Events and News pages on this website and follow us on Facebook to stay updated on what clubs around the country are hosting Youth Field Trials. Please contact us with your club’s youth field trial information and we’ll post it to the Events page and follow up with a News story. Feel free to contact us for information about how your field trial club can host its first Youth Trial or Training Day.
The Amateur Field Trial Club of America (AFTCA) offers and encourages free Pre-Membership to all junior handlers up to the age of 16. At 16, handlers pay a $25 annual Membership fee. AFTCA Membership offers members access to their extensive Dog Win Database.
Visit AFTCA for more information.