Meet the Sponsors of the 2018 National Championship

NESTLE PURINA PetCare, the “OFFICIAL” dog food sponsor of the NFTCA’s, 2018 National Championship, Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO 63164, (www.proplan.com/sportingdog), Contact Greg Blair, Purina Area Manager, W128 N6239 River Heights Dr., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051, (262)-939-2775. Purina was founded in 1894 by William H. Danforth, two years before the inaugural running of the National Championship and Purina’s 120+ year history now teams with the 120 year National Championship, celebrating the last 102 years at the historic Ames Plantation.  Purina will provide a year’s supply of pet food to the winner and a sample to each handler as well a one-of-a-kind 2018 National Championship souvenir cap to participating handlers, owners and club officials. Purina is sponsoring the Kick-Off Dinner at the Bird Dog Museum on Sunday night, February 11th, and sponsoring the National Championship Oil Painting of the 2018 winner by Ross B. Young, Preston, ID.  Purina is also making a monetary contribution to the National Field Trial Champion Association to help defray the expenses associated with conducting a quality event.

SPALDING LABORATORIES, 760 Printz Road, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 -- (888) 880-1579 -- (www.Spaldinglabs.com) – Fly PredatorsTM brand bio-beneficial insects for fly control.  Spalding donates a year’s worth of Fly Predators to the Ames Plantation for control of flies with their horse herd and Bye Bye Odor which is a safe and natural solution especially formulated to substantially reduce or eliminate a wide range of odors associated with animal urine or manure in barns and horse trailers.

THE BANK of Fayette County, 1265 Highway 57 East, Collierville, TN 38017, (901) 854-2265, (www.thebank1905.com), serving Fayette, Hardeman, and McNairy Counties since 1905, will provide a cash supplement of $2,000 to the winning Handler as noted above.

Garmin International, 1200, E. 151st Street, Olathe, KS, 66062 – (913) – 397-8200 – (www.garmin.com)  will provide 3 Garmin Astro 430 Receivers & T 5 Collars; one unit each to the winning owner, handler and scout of the 2018 National Championship, as well as providing 4 Garmin Units for use during the competition by the handlers and officials.  Garmin will also provide a Tri-Tronics Pro550 Remote Trainer and a Bark Limiter Deluxe to the winning handler.

Sportsman’s Pride ® Pet Foods, 500 6th Street, Red Bay, AL 35582, 800-633-3349, will provide a year’s supply of Professional 30/20 product to the winning handler.  Sportsman’s Pride ® is produced by Sunshine Mills, Inc., a 50 plus year old family business, under Global Food Safety Initiative guidelines to support compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Sportsman’s Pride ® will host the “everyone’s invited”, Brunswick Stew, Monday, February 19, 2018.  Pet food samples and hats will be given to all participants and everyone visiting the Rhea Clubhouse while supplies last.  Sportsman’s Pride ® is furnishing outer wear to all of the Officers, and Directors of the NFTCA, Club officials and individuals responsible for conducting the trial.  Sportsman’s Pride ® will make a monetary contribution to the National Field Trial Champion Association to help defray the expenses associated with conducting a quality event.

Tucker Trail Saddles, P. O. Box 797, Yoakum, TX 77995 - (800) 882-5375 - (www.tuckersaddles.com  ) - will award an engraved (with the 119th Running Logo) Montreal Royal Trooper Saddle, saddle bags,  breast strap and bridle to the owner of the 2018 National Champion.

Pleasant Hill Productions, 4842 Pleasant Hill Road, Athens, OH 45701 - (740) 593-8546 - will provide to the winner: a total of 4 complimentary copies of edited videotape footage of the 2018 National to the owner and handler and have video footage available to other participants as well.

 Jack Haggis Saddlery, Jeff & Karen Haggis, 4733 Scotchmere Drive, Glencoe, Ontario, Canada NOL IMO - (519) 289-5544 - (www.haggissaddles.com ) - will provide a Haggis Trooper Saddle for the handler of the 2018 National Champion.

Hardeman County Chamber of Commerce, Hardeman County Mayor’s Office, City of Bolivar, and the Joint Economic Community Development (JECD) Board, Bolivar, TN 38008 - (731) 658-6554 - will provide a BBQ sandwich, chips and soft drink dinner, FREE, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. under the tent in front of Bryan Hall, Saturday, February 10th for those individuals attending the drawing at 7:00 p.m.

SportDOG Brand and Gun Dog Supply, 312 Industrial Park Road, Starkville, MS 39759 - (800) 624-6378 or (662)324-6050- (www.gundogsupply.com  ) - will provide a SportDOG Brand SD-1825 Sport Hunter to the handler of the 2018 National Champion and 4 - $25.00 gift certificates to be awarded in a raffle to owners attending  the drawing.

John and Susan Ivester, Charlotte, NC, owners of 2000 National Champion Marques Gold Rush, will provide owners, handlers and officials of the 119th Running, a commemorative hat pin, a one and only original designed by the late Barry Saunders.

Mr. Ray Black, in memory of Dr. Douglass Guthrie, Waco, TX, will provide a Christie Enterprises Troopers Saddle to the winning scout of the 2018 National Championship.

Predator Management Solutions, Professional Trapping and Wildlife Management by Doug McKenzie, Madisonville, TN, phone 432-253-4042 or visit our website at:  www.predatormanager.com.  Predator Mgt. Solutions provide 14+ days of predator control on the 6,000 acres of field trial courses at Ames Plantation.

Hendrix Farms, will provide 2 tons of All-Grain Horse Feed for use by club officials and Ames horses during the running of the National Field Trials

Area Wide Communications, 260 Hwy 45E North, Medina, TN 38355 – (731) – 783-5380 – (www.areawidecomm.com),  donating the use of 6-two way radios for use by the Ames Security patrol during the competition

Ames Plantation will provide twice daily updates of each day's running on the web site below.  Bracings should be posted by 10:00 P.M., February 10, 2018.

SPECIAL NOTICE: All horses must have a current Coggins Test (less than 12 months) and health papers on out of state animals.  Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture and officials will be checking papers.  No stallions will be allowed in the gallery.  While running is underway, traffic will be restricted on National Championship Drive and Turner road from 8:00 to 11:00 A.M. and on Ames Road & Plantation Road from 12:30 to 2:30 P.M.

PURINA, Garmin and others, will sponsor a National Field Trial Championship dinner & kickoff party at the National Bird Dog Museum on Sunday, February 11th, at 6:00 P.M.  The Annual Luke Meatte Memorial Catfish Supper will be at the National Bird Dog Museum on Thursday, February 15th, at 5:30 P.M., sponsored by Purina and others.

Sportsman’s Pride will host an “Everyone Invited” Brunswick Stew on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Bryan Hall immediately following the afternoon brace, ~ 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church Grand Junction will provide sausage and biscuits each morning at the Rhea Clubhouse while the supply lasts.

Women from the Hickory Valley, Grand Junction, Saulsbury, LaGrange, Bolivar and Somerville TN Area as well as Shannon, MS will assist with refreshments in the Rhea Clubhouse each day.  Everyone is invited to all of these activities.

Catherine Bowling Dean of “Me and My Tea Room Catering” will provide lunches daily in Bryan Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.