2023 National Championship

The 124th running of the National Championship will begin on Monday, February 13, 2023.  The Drawing will be held on the Ames Plantation in Bryan Hall on Saturday February 11, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.  The event will be live streamed on Facebook from Bryan Hall.  The 29th annual winner of the Joe H. Hurdle Top Dog Award will be announced at the drawing. 

Judging this year's championship will be Jadie Rayfield, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Tom Shenker, Hurtsboro, AL and Dr. Stan Wint, Gardner, KS.  Judging will be conducted based on the Amesian Standard.  This is the standard and/or rule developed by Mr. Hobart Ames for the National Championship.  Mr. Ames judged the National for over 20 years and the same standard has been applied throughout time.  The Judges today continue to use this measure for selecting the "National Champion". 

Serving as reporting this year is Tessa Hughes, Remlap, Alabama. 

For detailed coverage of the 2023 National Championship visit the links that will be available on the left side of this page.