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February 2022

2022 NGDC Premium

2022 VCA NSCE is updated

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December 2021

2021 NFT Results

October 2021

Info for 2022 NSCE

September 2021

2021 NSCE Eye Clinic Opportunity

August 2021

2021 NFT Merchandise

July 2021

2021 NSCE Updated Premiums

2021 NFT Premium, etc

2021 NSCE Updates, Premiums, Reservations/Store

April 2021

VCA Host Hotel Reservation Update

March 2021

NGDC Running Order, etc

February 2021

2020 VCA Hall of Fame Inductees

Update on 2021 NSCE

January 2021

2021 National Gun Dog Championships

October 2020

2021 NSCE Information

2020 NFT Results

September 2020

2020 NSCE & Photo Contest Results Posted

2020 NFT Judge Update, Plus

August 2020

Latest News for NSCE

Live Streaming of the 2020 NSCE is a go!

The 2020 NFT updates

July 2020

Buy your 2020 NSCE Merchandise

April 2020

Updated information on 2020 NSCE

March 2020

Due to COVID-19, the NGD Championship has been Cancelled

Due to COVID-19 The NSCE have been delayed. New dates will be announced.

February 2020

2020 NSCE reservations and Store are open

NGDC Store open

January 2020

Premium and reservations for NGDC are posted

December 2019

NFT Results

RV Reservations for 2020 NSCE

September 2019

New ROM Schedule

August 2019

Hotel information for 2020 NSCE

July 2019

Premium posted for 2019 NFT

June 2019

Check 2019 NFT New Information

April 2019

NSCE 2019 Judging Program

March 2019

2019 NFT Information

NSCE Newest Information

NGDC Newest Information

February 2019

2019 HOF Nominations Open

January 2019

2019 NGDC Information

National Specialty Premium

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**New** VCA WF Vizsla Population Survey 2019 is live!

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2019 National Specialty Agility Premium posted

November 2018

2018 VCA NFT Results

September 2018

Results for the 2018 NFT

August 2018

Newest information on the 2018 National Field Trial


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Field Trials

AKC field trials are a hunting competition where the handler can either be on foot or on horseback. The dogs are run in braces (pairs), and must meet minimum performance standards and beat the other dogs entered in the same stake (class) in order to be considered for a placement. The dogs are run in braces (pairs) for 20-30 minutes over a course where birds have been turned loose.

There are performance expectations for each level of competition and dogs are removed or "picked up" from the course if they fail to meet certain criteria. Only one dogs wins each stake, but there may be four placements and awards of merit. Each first or second place, depending on size of entry, earns points toward AKC field titles.

Field Trials are a very competitive yet good-natured sport that looks for the best of the best during that particular stake. The objective is to identify high-class bird dogs. The dogs may compete against all other pointing breeds, or the host club might only allow other Vizslas to compete.

Field trials have juvenile and adult levels of competition, defined by age of the dog and performance standards. Young dogs are generally judged on potential and more mature dogs, usually over the age of 2 years, are expected to stand on point, be steady while a bird is flushed and retrieve the bird if the competition includes shooting by official gunners. If dogs win the required number of competitions, they are awarded Field Championship (FC) or Amateur Field Championship (AFC) titles (or both.) If a dog achieves both a Field Championship and a Conformation Championship (show CH) it will be recognized as a "Dual Champion", a very difficult title to achieve. Fewer than 200 have done this in the 50 year history of the breed. Field trials can be found almost every weekend of the year in some area of the country and generally follow cooler weather and vegetation growth conditions.

Field trials have five categories of competition (Puppy, Derby, Gun Dog,  Limited Gun Dog, and All-Age), and each of these stakes can be offered in Open (professionals allowed) or Amateur. These events can be found almost every weekend somewhere in the country. Points are awarded for wins (depending on the number of entries, points may be awarded for 2nd or 3rd placements).  Dogs awarded enough points will earn their Field Champion (FC) or Amateur Field Champion (AFC) titles.

Complete Field Trial regulations can be found on the AKC web site.