GSPCA National Amateur Gun
The GSPCA Board of Directors recognize the desire of it’s
members to be provided a venue to compete with their field dog(s) with
the handlers being on foot. The board also recognizes that the quality of
a gun dog performance is not related to the method of conveyance used by the
handler. They have therefore decided to hold a National Championship caliber
field trial with the words “ Horseback Handling Prohibited” in it’s running
rules. This event will be known as “The GSPCA National Amateur Gun Dog
Championship.” This event will be judged on the AKC standards recognized for
RunningRules GSPCA National
Amateur Gun Dog Championship
The NAGDC shall be run by a field trial committee
consisting of one member from each of the recognized geographical areas. (ie
Northeast, Southeast, North Central, South Central, Northwest and Southwest.
These boundaries shall be those currently recognized by the Parent Club. Any
changes in the boundaries in the future by the parent club shall also direct
change in the NAGDC field trial committee makeup. In addition the committee
shall include the Secretary of the GSCPCA and the Treasurer of the GSPCA. There
will also be a Field Trial Secretary as a member of the committee. That would
make nine members in all. The members of the committee shall be presented
to and approved by the GSPCA Board of Directors on an annual basis at its June
meeting. This committee shall meet as often as necessary as determined by the
chairman, to conduct its business. The committee may meet by E-Mail discussion,
telephone conferences, or in person. At least one meeting per year shall be in
person at the NAGDC trial itself. The committee shall also meet in mini
sessions as needed to keep all committee members abreast of trial happenings
and decisions and as necessary to deal with other issues. They may include but
are not limited to standards of conduct, judges replacements, suspending the
trial for weather conditions and the interpretation or application of AKC
Location of trial
The NAGDC field trial shall alternate between the East,
Central and West on an annual basis. The first event shall be held in the
Central, with the second in the East and the third in the West. The event shall
be held in the spring considering the fact that the GSPCA NFT is a fall event.
It shall be the responsibility of the two NAGDC field trial committee members
from the district in which the trial is to be held that year to serve as
chairmen or co-chairmen of the event and to organize it for that year. If
extenuating circumstances arise that prevent the orderly rotation of the event,
the committee with the approval of the GSPCA Board may choose to hold the event
in a location that is out of sequence. Such circumstances may be but are not
limited to the inability to find suitable grounds, vacancies of the committee
or others deemed important by the committee and board.
Duties of the NAGDC Chairperson(s)
The GSPCA Board of Directors shall appoint the NAGD
Chairperson (s). Since this event will rotate amongst the recognized
geographical districts, the logical appointment should be a NAGCD committee
member from the host district. Although the board is not limited to this
Specific responsibilities of the chairman include
meetings. (NAGDC Committee, Disciplinary, Judges, Banquets, Etc.)
assistance of the GSPCA Treasurer the NGADC chair shall prepare a detailed
budget outlining the proposed and actual expenses of the NAGDC. The budget for
the upcoming trial shall be submitted to the GSPCA Board no later than the
GSPCA Board Meeting immediately prior to the trial. A detailed financial report
outlining the expenses and income of the NAGDC shall be submitted to the
treasurer no later than 30 days following the completion of the event.
selection of next years judges by the committee (from the nominated list) the
chair shall contact the people selected and confirm their acceptance. These
judge’s names and letters of acceptance shall be presented to the GSPCA Board
for their approval no later than the board meeting prior to the event. The
GSPCA Secretary shall write a letter to each confirmed judge detailing the
expenses to be paid by the GSPCA. The NAGDC chair shall arrange for travel,
lodging, care of horses (if judge brings their own) and incidentals during
their stay at the NAGDC. The NAGDC chair shall insure that all judges are
accorded proper respect, courtesy and dignity and act promptly with the NAGDC
Committee concerning any violations of these. Should there be a late
declination of a judge, it is the responsibility of the chair to obtain a
replacement subject to the committee and GSPCA Board approval. Replacement
judges will be selected from the original list of candidates considered by the
field trial committee.
shall familiarize the judges and handlers with AKC Rules, GSPCA Rules and
judging criteria as found in the guidelines for running the NAGDC.
will contract with the grounds owners for the period of the trial. He will also
make arrangements for separate training grounds during the trial
6.The chair is
responsible for the layout of the course for each event and any alterations
which may be needed for unforeseen circumstances. There will be a marshal
riding each brace to inform the handlers of the direction of the course and to
keep whatever gallery and/or observation vehicle from interfering with the
smooth running of the event.
concerning starting time, ending time, number of braces to be run in a day are
the responsibility of the chair and his committee.
orientation preview of the course will be provided to familiarize any
interested parties prior to the running. An appropriate announcement will be
The field trial secretary shall
be a member of the committee but will not necessarily be a geographical member.
This appointment by the GSPCA board will be separate from the regular committee
Specific Duties of the FTS
premium lists to the AKC.
premium list To the GSPCA Publication which is mailed to all the GSPCA club
advertisements in the official GSPCA Publication and other applicable
publications in ample time to generate entries. These ads should outline
amenities associated with the trial, i.e. lodging, food services, camping on
site and scheduled events.
the appropriate state dept of wildlife concerning permits needed for field
trial permits and permits required for the keeping and killing of game birds.
entries and entry fees and send monies to the GSPCA treasurer. All entries must
be paid by the advertised closing of entries.
drawing and mails the running order to the catalog chair. The GSPCA Board of
Directors shall determine entry fees. The drawing shall be held in
accordance with the AKC Field Trial Rules and
Standard Procedure at the time
and place specified in the premium list
books and a judges marshal’s book for the event.
2.In the event
of scratches coordinates the changes in running order and informs the judges
and judges marshal.
GSPCA insurance policy on the ground during the trial.
with the GSPCA Membership Chair in determining whether entries are members of
the GSPCA. Verifies other qualifications for entry such as DNA requirements and
previous placements required for entry
judges signatures on appropriate forms and in judges books and forwards to AKC
in a timely manner.
results, write ups and pictures to applicable publication(s) by the cut off
date for inclusion in the next possible issue\
you letters to the Judges and Marshals.
As in all committees the GSPCA
Secretary is a voting member of the NAGDC Committee.
Specific duties of the GSPCA
Secretary in regards to the NAGDC
application to the AKC for the NAGDC .
secretary for all NAGDC and associated GSPCA committee meetings.
and minutes to the GSPCA Board and to the NAGDC committee members.
records the result of votes taken at committee meetings.
items from member clubs for inclusion on the agenda of the NAGDC Committee
As in all committees of the
GSPCA, the GSPCA Treasurer is a voting member of the NAGDC Committee.
Specific duties of the GSPCA
is responsible for all treasurer functions of the NAGDC including receiving
revenue and dispersing debited funds.
NAGDC chair and committee members with financial reports and assists in the
preparation of the budget for the next years event.
NAGDC on the financial aspects of the trial.
of expenditures incurred at the trial authorized by the chair.
report to the GSPCA Board of Directors.
Committees, Ideally the committee chairs should come from
members of the NAGDC committee.
Specific duties of the hospitality chairperson
for organizing specific events and or banquets during the event. A welcoming
banquet on the night before the start of the running explaining the order of
events and the introduction of the judges would be essential.
events at the close of selected days running.
midmorning and mid afternoon beverages and snacks delivered on course for
participants and judges. Perhaps this could be coordinated with the dog wagon
chair if one is being used.
sponsors for hospitality, banquets and their related costs. Contact local
chambers of commerce, they many times want to become involved in national
events in their area.
appropriate judges gifts.
Specific duties of the catalog
publication of the NAGDC will be an official publication consisting of
information, running order and advertisements.
chair will receive the running order from the secretary to include in the
chair will solicit advertising.
should be available prior to the event.
financial report regarding the catalog and submit to the GSPCA treasurer within
30 days following the event.
The NAGDC committee will appoint
a game steward.
Specific duties of the game
order birds and holding pens (if needed) well in advance of the event.
handlers to purchase training birds during the event if they desire.
delivery to the grounds.
key for the locked holding pen.
with bird planters and arrange for carrying bags or boxes to deliver to the
Horses and Feed
The NAGDC committee shall appoint
a horse & feed chairman.
committee decides that a wrangler is needed to provide horses for judges, bird
planters, marshals and gallery rental, the horse & feed chair will arrange.
wrangler’s liability insurance is adequate for the event.
accepted price and contract with the wrangler.
4.If the judges
provide their own horses, provide someone to saddle them up in the morning
prior to the running and to unsaddle them and care for them in the evening
after the running.
The NAGDC committee may choose to run a dog wagon if
multiple continuous courses are selected. If so a committee chair will be
appointed to assume the responsibility for the dog wagon.
Captain of the Guns
The NAGDC Committee will appoint a Captain of the Guns.
Specific duties of the Captain of the Guns
1.If a kill on
course venue is decided upon; arrange for two gunners for each brace.
2.Make sure the
gunners are responsible, conservative and are well trained in the use of their
3.If a call
back situation is decided upon, arrange for a call back site. Arrange for
enough birds to conduct a callback. And arrange for responsible gunners to gun
in the callback.
that if a kill on course venue is used make sure that all people present
including, judges, handlers, scouts, gallery and gunners are wearing blaze
orange. If a call back venue is chosen the handlers gunners and judged must be
wearing blaze orange.
The NAGDC Committee shall appoint a trophies chair. The
trophies chair will order the approved AKC ribbons for first thru fourth place.
The GSPCA Board of Directors may authorize certain other trophies to be
presented at this event. It will be the responsibility of the chair to obtain
these. The GSPCA Board may also authorize the purchase of additional ribbons
for awards of merit in addition to the first four placements. If so the
trophies chair will order them.
The NAGDC shall be judged by Approved AKC Field Trial
judges and shall be judged on the accepted AKC Gun Dog Standard as printed in
the AKC Rules Standard Procedure Guide. The judges shall be chosen by the NAGDC
committee and shall be presented to the GSPCA board of directors for their
approval at the January meeting prior to the event. Any GSPCA member may submit
a name to be included on a list to be considered to judge this event. The NAGDC
Committee will compile this list and may add other names to it if they wish.
The committee shall by vote select two judges and two alternate judges for the
first running of this event.(ie. Spring of 2005). For subsequent events the
selections of the committee shall be presented to the delegates meeting to be
held at the NAGDC trial. The delegates may approve or add to the list. The
final decision of the committee and delegates will be presented to the GSPCA
Board as indicated next. These selections along with letters from the
candidates confirming that they would serve if selected will be presented to
the GSPCA Board for their approval at the January meeting preceding the event.
The GSPCA Secretary will then write a letter of confirmation to those
The Event Itself
The NAGDC will be a 30 minute qualifier followed by a 45
minute second series. Horseback handling will be prohibited although the
judges, scouts and gallery may be mounted. The NAGDC will be a retrieving
stake. At the discretion of the committee the retrieve will be obtained either
in a kill on course situation or by a call back to retrieve. A successful
retrieve will be mandatory on the first series, but a retrieve will not be
needed in the second series.
Horseback scouting will be allowed but only after the
handler has asked for and received permission from one of the judges.
Whatever marshals that are necessary to maintain the
orderly sequence of events shall be appointed by the FT Chairman.
Adequate insurance coverage shall be obtained and proof
of such shall be made available to the GSPCA Board.
The winner will be awarded the title “Amateur Field
Champion” (AFC) if that title is not already held and this title may be
displayed as a prefix to the dog’s registered name
The winner will be declared “ National Amateur Gun
Dog Champion” (NAGDC) and this title my be displayed as a prefix to the
dog’s registered name.
Qualifications and rules of entry
Entry in this event is open to any AKC Registered German
Shorthaired Pointer six months of age or older who meets the following
1.Must be amateur owned and if
co-owned both the owner and all the co-owners must be amateurs. The dog must be
amateur handled during this event. An amateur handler may handle a limit of two
amateur owned or co-owned dogs that he is not an owner or co-owner of.
2.Must have a DNA number noted on
3.All field champions and amateur
field champions are allowed entry.
4.Non champions may enter if they
meet the following criteria; Placed in a three point or greater AKC Open Broke Dog or AKC Amateur Broke Dog stake while being handled by an Amateur. If qualification is met by a
placement, the dog must have been amateur handled to that placement. Derby
placements do not qualify. All qualifying placements must have been achieved
within 18 months of the trial.
5.Bitches in season may compete. It
is the responsibility of the handler to notify trial officials in time to allow
running order changes to handle bitches in season.
6.A minimum entry of 30 dogs is
required by the closing of entries for this event to proceed.