The Dixie Trace Field Trial Association was organized in July 2004 as an umbrella organization for nine charter clubs centered around Albany, Ga. The mission of the association is to promote horseback field trials of the highest standards, as well as to promote bird dog field trial activities throughout the southern United States. The Association has grown to 18 clubs; these clubs range throughout the state of Georgia, to the edge of South Carolina, into north Florida and clubs of east Alabama.
Many of the top competition quail hunting dogs in the nation hail from these clubs’ membership. Two examples would be the recent National Amateur Shooting Dog Invitational Championship held at Dixie Plantation in Greenville, Fla. The top 12 dogs in the nation are invited – and seven of these dogs were from the Dixie Trace Field Trial Association! Further, the cover page of the American Field Christmas edition magazine featured the four top Purina Point winning dogs in horseback field trials – and two of these are from Dixie Trace. As one can see, the Dixie Trace Field Trial Association is achieving the standards set back in 2004.
Each year the association recognizes a winner and runner-up for the following classes: Amateur All Age, Amateur Shooting Dog, Amateur Derby, Open All Age, Open Shooting Dog and Open Derby. Top dog handlers are also awarded.
This year’s Awards Banquet for these winning dogs and handlers will be held at the Albany Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday, June 4, beginning at 6 p.m. The banquet follows a business meeting (4-5 p.m.) and a social hour (5-6 p.m.). Officers of the Dixie Trace Field Trial Association will be available during this time for interviews, and the dog handlers and owners during the social hour and banquet.