The NGDC is a Vizsla-only walking trial with 1-hour braces.
A “walking” trial differs from a horseback trial in that the handler is on foot. The braces are run for an entire hour, and the dogs are required to retrieve. The NGDC event is held annually and includes an additional stake, Open Puppy, also on foot.
National Gun Dog Championship Stake
Open to any Vizsla 6 months of age or over who has ever placed first, second, third, or fourth in an Open All-Age Stake, Amateur All-Age Stake, Open Limited All-Age Stake, Amateur Limited All-Age Stake, Open Gun Dog Stake, Amateur Gun Dog Stake, Open Limited Gun Dog Stake, or Amateur Limited Gun Dog Stake in which at least 13 dogs started in an AKC-licensed or member field trial or has earned a Master Hunter title.
- Type of Stake – One Series
- One-hour (60 minutes) duration.
- Retrieving on course in a designated shooting area or may shoot first bird on course.
Retrieving in a designated shooting area shall be the preferred procedure. The location of retrieving shall be decided by the host Field Trial committee and shall be influenced by the grounds and the designated course. If a designated shooting area is used, it must be of appropriate size to safely accommodate two dogs, their handlers, the gunners, and the judges.
- Shooting by designated gunners only.
- Dogs will be judged in accordance with the AKC Field Trial Rules and Procedures for Pointing Breeds requiring a retrieve and according to AKC pointing dog guidelines.
If a champion is declared, the title of National Gun Dog Champion will be bestowed, and three additional placements may be given. Judges Awards of Merit may be awarded. If the judges determine no dogs measured up to championship caliber, a champion will not be declared, and first place will be withheld. Placements for second, third, and fourth may be given (approved 6/13/13).