Date: July 23, 2012
Contact: AKC Communications
Phone: 212-696-8228

New York, NY – The 20th running of the AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship will be held at the Branched Oak Field Trial Grounds near Lincoln, Nebraska. The multi-day event, beginning Saturday, March 16, 2013, will consist of two Championship stakes (retrieving and non-retrieving), plus, for the first time, a supporting Open Derby Stake. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Nebraska Field Trial Association with its ongoing maintenance and improvements to the Branched Oaks grounds.

“We are pleased to work with the Nebraska Field Trial Association to bring the event back to Branched Oak for the fifth time,” said Tom Maneely, the AKC Pointing Breed Field Representative assigned to work with the host organization. “The dedication and experience of the Association members will ensure that the Championship is a quality event.”

The Championship stakes are open to all AKC-registered pointing breeds that have earned an AKC Field Championship or Amateur Field Championship title, or any dog that, during the period of one year prior to the closing date of the trial, has placed first, second or third in any AKC Gun Dog stake (Open or Amateur) with at least 8, 13 or 18 starters respectively.

In honor of the 20th running of the Championship, a 30-minute single series Open Derby Stake will be held. There are no special qualifications for dogs entered in the Open Derby stake.

The Non-Retrieving Championship will consist of a one-hour single series. The Retrieving Championship will again be a two series event. The first will be 30 minutes, retrieving on course. Dogs will be called back at the judge’s discretion for the second series, which will consist of 45 minutes retrieving on course.

“The Nebraska Field Trial Association is proud to host the AKC Gun Dog Championship,” said Field Trial Chairman Joe Fingerlin. “We are pleased that so many dedicated owners and handlers come to participate. The funds raised from the event will help us make the Branched Oak grounds even better.”

Major sponsors of the 2012 AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship include Cabela’s, the official outfitter of the AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship; Purina, the official dog food sponsor; Tri-Tronics Inc.; Eukanuba Pet Food Company; and SportDOG.

Additional details, including the premium list, will be posted on as they become available.

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