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AKC National Tracking Invitational

AKC National Tracking Invitational


Dates: TBD
Location: Branched Oak State Recreation Area
12000 W Branched Oak Rd, Raymond, NE 68428

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July 10, 2020 ~ 2020 AKC National Tracking Invitational Postponed

The 8th AKC National Tracking Invitational (NTI), set to begin on October 23, 2020 will be postponed to 2021 as the world continues efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 AKC NTI Committee, made up of members of the Nebraska Kennel Club and the Cornhusker Kennel Club, met on June 27th to discuss the status of hosting this prestigious AKC National Tracking Invitational.

According to Event Chair Shelly Rehmeier, “The Committee has decided they should postpone the 2020 NTI. We feel we cannot host this event with the grandeur it deserves based on the current circumstances.” The Committee will be looking at dates in September and October of 2021 to host the event, where the event is expected to be held at the Branched Oak State Recreation Area near Raymond, NE.

The AKC National Tracking Invitational is an “Invitation Only” showcase for handler and dog teams that have earned the coveted AKC Champion Tracker (CT) title. In an email to the Committee, American Kennel Club Director of Tracking, Pamela Manaton supported their decision. “We know the decision was not made lightly, but with the safety and well-being of participants, volunteers, judges and our communities around the country in mind,” she wrote. The AKC will extend eligibility for an additional year making the qualifying period January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2021. All dogs earning the Champion Tracker title during this period will receive an invitation to enter the 2021 event.

There will be over 350 invitations sent out and only 12 dogs will be chosen by lot to participate at the two-day event. Two teams of judges will work with volunteers to plot and lay tracks for the dogs that will highlight their scenting ability. During the event, all Champion Tracker dogs will be recognized and applauded at the NTI banquet and in the event catalog.

It is hoped that by postponing the event that all volunteers and eligible teams will feel that they can participate in the event and travel safely from across the country. The Committee wishes to continue the traditions of camaraderie and hospitality as is warranted at this prestigious event.