Photos of Youth Field Trial participants
Youth Field Trial Alliance Logo with children, dog and birds

A 501c3 Non-Profit Organization

Inspired by an insurgence of interest by pointing dog field trialers, and enthusiasts across the country to host trials for youth handlers, Strideaway, the online publication dedicated to field trials since 2008, launched the Facebook page Youth Field Trial Alliance followed by this website in 2019. The purpose was to promote field trials and training days for youth handlers, everywhere across this country.

With the interest and spread of youth field trials growing, it became obvious that Youth Field Trial Alliance should take the next step of becoming a not-for-profit organization. This would help ensure its financial stability and therefore grow its ability to promote and assist field trial clubs across the country to host youth events. We are pleased to announce that on July 20, 2023 we received notification from the IRS that our non-profit status has been approved! Your financial contribution to our efforts is tax-exempt (as of November 2022).

We look forward to the coming years, promoting the growth of youth field trials across the country. The enthusiasm in areas in the Southeast where youth field trials have taken a strong hold is evident by the enthusiastic large galleries attending as well as field trailers’ desire to help, host, judge and report youth field trials and participate in training days. We thank Alabama field trialers — Darron Hendley, in particular — who took the lead many years ago, never abandoning their determination and efforts to get youngsters involved in field trials. YFTA invites you to come together and help do the same around the country…an effort both enormously satisfying and worthwhile for the well-being of the young field trialers and for our great sport.

If you’d like to support us in this effort, please make your donation check payable to:
Youth Field Trial Alliance, Inc. and mail to YFTA, 12410 County Line Road, Pavo, GA 31778

For more information and other ways you can support youth field trials, please email

Youth Field Trial Alliance, Inc.

Chris Mathan
Claudia McNamee
Patty Ewer

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