Tips from the Pros ~ 11 – 21

Feb 24th, 2022 | Tips from the Pros

Tip #11: “IASM”…or “I am Sold Myself.” — John Rex Gates Find out what legendary handler John Rex Gates meant by these words in Strideaway’s podcast interview with him in 2012! CLICK HERE Tip #12: “A dog should not be subjected to perpetual whistling and commands while at work, by doing so the dog’s mind is drawn from his work to such extent that he scarcely knows whether he is doing right or wrong.” — Er M. Shelley, Twentieth Century Bird Dog Training and Kennel […]

Tips from the Pros ~ 1 – 10

Jan 4th, 2022 | Tips from the Pros

Much thanks and gratitude to these trainers for sharing of their knowledge with future field trialers! Tip #1: “Be in a good frame of mind when you take your dog out to train and end your session on a good note. Put your dog up happy and he’ll retain what you wanted him to learn. You’ll both make progress!” — Lee Phillips Tip #2: “After flushing birds and shooting (without delay), return directly to your dog. […]

Dixie Trace FTA Youth Field Trials Rules

Copied from the Dixie Trace FTA Article XIII – Youth Trials A scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to the youth handler of the year.  Handler points will be calculated in the same manner as other handler awards are determined, number of dogs started X 1 for 3rd place, multiplied by 2 for 2nd place and multiplied by 3 for 1st place. The scholarship will be payable upon that student’s graduation from high school and enrollment in an […]

YFTA Pointing Dog Demo at the 2021 Kevin’s Southern Game Fair

Nov 16th, 2021 | Game Fairs

Thanks to Kathleen and Kevin Kelly of the wonderful Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear and Apparel for inviting us back again to participate in the 5th annual Kevin’s Southern Game Fair held on the gorgeous campus of Greenwood Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia.  This year’s field trial pointing dog demo included pointing and backing, training collars, field trial horses and roading dogs off horseback. A PDF handout on the topics of scent, nutrition and conditioning dogs, along […]

Dog Days of Summer!

Aug 21st, 2021 | Training Seminar

The iconic Beaver Valley Pointer and Setter Club, located in Rochester Township in western Pennsylvania, held its Annual Youth Trial and Clinic on Saturday August 14. This is the second year the club has hosted this event, and it has been a very successful event; this year was no different. Ten enthusiastic youth ranging in age from 5 years old to 17 years old attended and by all accounts had a fantastic time!  After a […]

Welcome Our Newest Sponsor!

Aug 11th, 2021 | Announcements, Sponsors

YFTA is proud to welcome Southern Bird Hunters Assoc. as our latest sponsor. SBHA’s Youth Initiative Program is a positive step in initiating and promoting youth events through its member clubs which are growing in number and throughout multiple states. Recognizing that horse ownership should not be an impediment to participation, some SBHA clubs are hosting walking as well as horseback trials for kids. So far slated for the 2021-2022 Field Trial Season are 8 […]

2 Great Fundraising Raffles!

Jul 12th, 2021 | Raffles

Youth Field Trial Alliance presents two great Fundraising Raffles thanks to our new supporter, US Amateur All-Age Derby Invitational and our long-time supporter Patty’s Custom Leather and Canvas Both are fantastic opportunities…limited ticket sales so your odds are great! Raffle 1: “Roosting Covey” Exquisite limited edition giclée print by artist Leah Brigham donated by our newest supporter U.S. Amateur All Age Derby Invitational. Signed (unframed) print is 28” x 22”, number 12/100. Maximum number of tickets to […]

YFTA Progress Report

Jul 9th, 2021 | Announcements

Youth Field Trial Alliance was launched in the summer of 2019 with the objective of establishing a national organization to support youth field trials and training events across the country and in Canada. Here is our Progress Report thus far and our goals for this field trial season coming up. We thank all our generous supporters and ask that you please continue to support us in our mission. We hope you agree, we’ve come a long […]

Minnesota Grouse Dog Association Youth Trial

Jul 8th, 2021 | Trial Results, Youth Trials

Milaca, Minnesota — On June 19th, 2021, The Minnesota Grouse Dog Association, formed in 1979, gathered for the 4th annual summer field trial at Four Brooks WMA. Historically, all other MGDA events are conducted as coverdog trials on wild birds, however the club utilizes a 640 acre trial area in the WMA to hold a planted bird stake in June. Included in this summer event is the popular Youth Stake, which drew six girls and four boys […]

Alabama Youth Field Trial Assoc. 2021 Youth Field Trial Seminar

Jul 1st, 2021 | Training Seminar

The Alabama Youth Field Trial Association’s Seminar held on June 26, 2021 was on all counts a huge success. It was well organized and well attended. Most significantly, it marked a milestone in recent years of the sport of field trialing where some of the country’s most successful professionals and long-time amateurs came together with other field trailers and enthusiasts to impart of their years of knowledge to a large audience of eager to learn […]

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Youth Field Trial Alliance in a Strideaway Project. Founded in 2008, Strideaway is the online publication devoted to the great American sport of pointing dog field trials. We are entirely dependant on support from field trialers, field trial and bird dog enthusiasts. Please contact us if you are interested in corporate or major sponsorship. You can also donate through our secure Strideaway Store. We are deeply grateful to everyone who has placed faith in this project and given their financial support!