Based on a rich history, longevity and unique characteristics, the National
Championship has the distinct reputation of being the world’s premier pointing dog
event. The inaugural running of the Championship took place in 1896 near West Point,
Mississippi. Since that time there have been 111 annual renewals. Only four times
during the span of those years have there been any reason to cancel the running. In 1897
severe weather forced the cancellation. Three other times, in 1938, 1944 and 1965, the
decision to cancel was made due to the quail population numbers being so low as to not
afford the dogs sufficient opportunity to render championship performances. In 1938 and 1944 this decision was made prior to starting the trial. In 1965 the trial actually began but
was stopped and cancelled when the judges deemed the bird numbers to be inadequate.
The great majority of the 111 National Championships have occurred on the historic
venue, well known today as the “Ames Plantation.” The Championship was first held on
the Ames holdings near Grand Junction, TN in 1902. Held at
various other sites for a few years following the inaugural running, the Championship found a permanent
home on the Ames Plantation in 1915. It has been held at that location ever since.