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AKC National Tracking Invitational

AKC National Tracking Invitational

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Dates: October 16-17, 2021
Location: Branched Oak State Recreation Area
12000 W Branched Oak Rd, Raymond, NE 68428

Closing Date: September 17, 2021 at 6:00pm Central Time.
Draw Date: September 18, 2021 at 12:00pm Central Time via Facebook Live

News & Updates

May 2021 ~ 2021 AKC National Tracking Invitational Rescheduled

The 9th AKC National Tracking Invitational (NTI) has been rescheduled and is set to begin on October 16, 2021. The 2021 AKC NTI Committee, made up of members of the Nebraska Kennel Club and the Cornhusker Kennel Club, continue to meet to discuss this prestigious AKC National Tracking Invitational. A new website dedicated to the event will be up and available soon to keep everyone up to date on the information surrounding the event, in addition to the information on the AKC website. The event dates are October 16-17, 2021 at the Branched Oak State Recreation Area near Raymond, Nebraska. The Committee is excited to host this event. 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. The eligibility criteria was extended 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. It is hoped that by postponing the event to October 2021 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, and the details will be release as the information becomes available.

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.