Field Trial Hall of Fame
Nominees for the FTHF
Past HOF Inductee Ceremonies
English Springer Spaniel FTHoF
English Cocker Spaniel FTHoF
Retriever FTHoF
Red Setter FTHoF
Brittany FTHoF
German Shorthaired Pointer Hall of Fame
Pointer/Setter FTHoF






The Field Trial Hall of Fame

The specific interest in honoring the dogs and people who excelled in the field trial sport began in the late 1930's. Those involved knew that time and careful consideration would be needed in formulating the rules and regulations needed to bestow an honor of excellence on dogs and their owners, trainers and handlers.

In 1953, William  F. (Bill) Brown, editor of The American Field, compiled the necessary rules and regulations governing elections of the field trial dogs and their owners and trainers to a proposed Field Trial Hall of Fame. The list was published in Brown's Field Trials: History, Management and Judging Standards in the anticipation that hall of fame would be established.

In the June 19,1954 issue of The American Field, Brown announced that the Field Trial Hall of Fame had become a reality and nominations were taken.

Dogs were eligible based in their entire careers. People were nominated based in their service and the length of time devoted to the field trial sport. Nominations could be made in two categories.

1. Distinguished Bird Dogs deceased

2. Prominent Persons living or deceased

The first year to vote for inductees was 1954, and the election committee considered a popular vote of ten dogs and ten persons from the nomination ballot. Bird Dog enthusiasts elected five dogs and five people into the Field Trial Hall of Fame that year. In 1955, two dogs and two people were elected and inducted. This marked the beginning of a tradition that continues at the annual Field Trial Hall of Fame.

For more information on the history of the Sporting Dog Center and the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc., purchase a copy of  The Sporting Dog Center and the Official History of the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc.. This very informative book is available exclusively through the National Bird Dog Museum Gift Shop.

February, 2015 Schedule of Events:

Thursday, February 5th, 2015: English Springer Spaniel Banquet,
National Bird Dog Museum

Saturday, February 7th ,2015 ~National Bird Dog Museum Facilities,
Grand Junction, TN:
Field Trial Hall of Fame Ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. local time for inductions to the following breed categories:

Retrievers, English Springer Spaniels & English Cocker Spaniels

A Luncheon break will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Reconvene in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for inductions for the
Brittany, Pointer/Setter, German Shorthaired Pointer & Red Setter breed categories.

Sunday, February 8th, 2015
National Championship Kick-Off Party /Banquet begins at 6:00 p.m. local time.

The National Field Trial Championship will begin at the Ames Plantation on Monday, February 9th. For more information, please visit the Amesí website at:

Thursday, February 12th, National Bird Dog Museum:
Fish Fry Dinner for the participants of the Field Trial competition.

The new, 2015 Inductees to the Field Trial Hall of Fame will be posted to our website after the February 2015 activities and are expected to remain posted for several months afterwards.


Past Field Trial Hall of Fame Inductees

bulletPointer/Setter Hall of Fame
bulletRetriever Hall of Fame
bulletBrittany Hall of Fame
bulletRed Setter Hall of Fame
bulletSpringer Spaniel Hall of Fame
bulletEnglish Cocker Spaniel Hall of Fame
bulletGerman Shorthaired Pointer Hall of Fame
bulletNational Champions since 1896



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