Update on Parvovirus

Michigan State Veterinarian

Update from the State Veterinarian on the Parvovirus cases in northern Michigan.  Bottom line:  Protect your dogs by ensuring they are up to date on all vaccinations & boosters!

Purple Leash Project

Support Ohio Domestic Violence Shelters & Pets 

Each year the Ohio Region of NSTRA select a project as a way to ”pay back” the communities where we trial. We are excited to announce that this year we will be using our resources to support Purina’s Purple Leash Project!  Purina together with Red Rover, created the Purple Leash Project in 2019 to support shelters that support domestic violence survivors and their pets.  Often, domestic violence survivors with pets are forced to make a tough decision — stay in an abusive situation or leave a beloved pet behind due to the lack of pet-friendly shelters. This is especially difficult for children.  There are a number of shelters in Ohio that are pet friendly shelters.   We know we can count on the entire NSTRA community for support!  We are looking for donations of items to raffle or cash.  Contact Region President John Gillespie.  Raffle drawing will be September 3, at the Mahoney Farms Labor Day Bash Trial.

2022 Dog of the Year

Eligible Ohio Dogs

The Ohio Region list of dogs eligible for the 2022 Dog of the Year.  The National office will not send out invitations.

Important Update on Trials

Effective Immediately

Change to Upcoming Ohio Trials

The Ohio Region has always leaned on our neighboring regions and from all across our state for individuals to help officiate our trials. Due to rising gas prices, effective immediately all weekend trials at Mahoney Farms, Silver Dollar Sportsman’s Club & Fairchild's Pheasant Farm will be charging $45.00 per brace. This money will help offset costs for our judges and bird planters. In a full 16 brace double/double trial each club will receive $320 in additional income, this money will be used to accommodate trial officials for their gas, lodging, and meals and is not to be used as additional profits.  Region President John Gillespie has spoken to the landowners and trial chairman along with the National office to make the change.

New Trial Schedules

Enter today!  

The Fall Trial schedules are published on the National website.  Get your entries in!


Registering Your Dog

With the new NSTRA rule implementation, effective June 1, 2022, “A dog must be registered with a recognized registry and registration sent to the NSTRA Office to enter any NSTRA trial”.   Be sure to get your dogs registered!

Be aware there can be significant delays in processing registrations.   Currently on the United Kennel Club (UKC) website:   Mailing notice for paperwork:  please allow 2-3 extra weeks, in addition to UKC processing time, due to nationwide postal service delays.

With the acquisition of American Field by United Kennel Club, the main UKC office in Kalamazoo, Michigan is now the official mail hub for mail.

The Kalamazoo mailing address:
100 E. Kilgore Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49002

When mailing items to the Kalamazoo office, note whether the contents are UKC or American Field/Field Dog Stud Book items, with an ATTN line.

You can find more information on UKC registrations on their website @ukcdogs.com

Rule Change...Registrations

Eligibility Changes

From NSTRA President Bill Sumpter on Rule Change:

The vote on the Rule 8.04 change passed 318 yes to 43 no.

8.04 A dog must be registered with a recognized registry and registration sent to the NSTRA Office to enter any NSTRA trial. Rule 7.06 States Rule Changes will become effective immediately upon publication. However, our magazine publication and mailings have been in tremendous flux, we are not sure exactly when the magazine is going to be mailed. We also know that some members are receiving magazines as much as 3 weeks after others. Also, programming in the operating system needs to change such that all trial managers/chairs cannot simply create a new dog. As a result the effective date will be June 1, 2022.

Our office staff is committed to ensuring the processing of registrations within 24 hrs of receipt.

On line Judging Tests

Simplifying the Recertification Process


The online judging test is now fully operational.  You will recieve an  e-mail, one-month prior to your judging credential's expiration.  It will have a link that takes you to the test.  If you don't receive an e-mail, you can contact the office for the link.  Note that there are some requirements to take the test:

  • You must have been an active judge at least 3 years prior to taking the test.

  • You must pass the test with a 90% score or better.

  • If you fail the test twice, you are required to take a seminar.

  • New judges must take a  seminar and ride braces to receive their credentials as always.

NSTRA Amateur Program

Supplemental Guidelines


NSTRA has made significant changes to the amateur program.  Read the complete report here.