The UFTA organizes pointing and flushing dog competitions that are scored, not judged, ensuring that dogs and handlers who perform consistently are fairly rewarded for their efforts. More than 50 UFTA events were held in 2004 in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri. The slate of events will grow in 2005, as UFTA continues to expand its venues.
Gil Hough, a UFTA board member, organizes UFTA’s sponsorship program. “As I learned more about the company’s products and met other members who were satisfied with their SportDOG products, I knew it was a company we wanted to work with,” said Hough. “It wasn’t our goal to get as many sponsors as possible. Instead, we primarily wanted good sponsors with good products, and we felt SportDOG was the best fit for that.”
Participants at UFTA events vie for cash prizes, as well as SportDOG products at major events.
Lance Tracy, SportDOG director, said, “The UFTA is made up of tough competitors and organized by people who are determined to make their organization the top choice of sporting dog owners. We were impressed by their enthusiasm, so it was an easy to decision to support those efforts.”
Headquartered in Commerce, Georgia, the UFTA maintains a Web site for dog owners interested in learning more about the organization’s event format. It also contains competition rules, statistics from past events and a list of upcoming competitions. For more information, visit www.ufta-online.com.