It is with deep regret that we announce the AKC National Tracking Invitational, set to begin on October 23, 2020, will be postponed to 2021 as the world continues efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic. After meeting on June 27th we the steering committee, composed of members of the Cornhusker Kennel Club and the Nebraska Kennel Club, concluded we cannot host this prestigious event with the grandeur it deserves based on the current circumstances. We also felt it was unfair to the judges, potential exhibitors, spectators and volunteers to ask them to make the difficult decision of participating given all the uncertainties of travel, lodging and safety at this time.
We have begun looking at dates in September and October of 2021 for rescheduling the event. We expect to host the 2021 AKC National Tracking Invitational at the Branched Oak State Recreation Area near Raymond, NE.
The American Kennel Club Director of Tracking, Pamela Manaton, has been fully supportive of our decision. The AKC will be extending eligibility for an additional year making the qualifying period January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2021. All dogs earning the Champion Tracker title during this period will receive an invitation to enter the 2021 event.
It is hoped that by postponing the event that all volunteers and eligible teams will feel that they can participate in the event and travel safely from across the country. We wish to continue the traditions of camaraderie and hospitality as is warranted at this prestigious event.
To see the AKC announcement please visit the AKC website at https://www.akc.org/sports/tracking/events/akc-national-tracking-invitational/