About the Futurity

Once a year birddog enthusiasts plan to attend the National Bird Hunters Associationís most prestigious competition to showcase the Countryís elite puppies, derbies and shooting dogs. The NBHA Futurity, Jerry Kilgore Puppy Classic and Open Invitational Breeders Championship is no ordinary field trial. The exclusive event requires the planning and preparation from breeders, owners, professional and amateur handlers alike in order to qualify for this much awaited event. Puppies and derbies must be of NBHA nominated litters before entries are accepted. However, litter nomination allows the juvenile competitors and all their littermates the fast-track of qualification into the Open Invitational Breeders Championship for the rest of their life; once they obtain an American Field Open Derby or Open Shooting Dog placement. Acceptable entry into the Open Invitational Breeders Championship is also available for non-litter nominated shootings dogs through one other avenue. A shooting dog must obtain a shooting dog placement in an NBHA Open Shooting Dog event the previous season to qualify for next seasonís Championship. In addition, non-litter nominated shootings dogs must qualify each and every year under these circumstances. Hopefully, this explanation assures the value of litter nomination for the simplicity of qualification into the Open Invitational Breeders Championship.