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Hosting clubs Cornhusker Kennel Club and Nebraska Kennel Club welcome you to our website for the 2020 AKC National Tracking Invitational! The 2020 AKC National Tracking Invitational will be held on Oct 24 & 25 at the Branched Oak State Recreation Area in Raymond Nebraska. We’re extremely excited to host this event and encourage you to explore this website for information and to contact us with any questions. For additional information about this event click here to visit the AKC website’s AKC National Tracking Invitational page.

About the National Tracking Invitational

The AKC National Tracking Invitational is a prestigious event, a celebration and showcase for dogs who have earned the title of Champion Tracker (CT) between 2011 and 2020. This elite group of tracking dogs have earned their CT and the honor of an invitation to participate in this event by titling in tracking events held in field (Tracking Dog and Tracking Dog Excellent) and in urban (Tracking Dog Urban and Variable Surface Tracking) environments.

How To Enter

As the name suggests the 2021 AKC National Tracking Invitational is a “by invitation” event that is limited to dogs who have earned a “Champion Tracker” title between 2011 and 2021. If your dog is eligible, sometime in the late summer of 2021 you will receive an electronic invitation to enter. If your dog is eligible to receive an invitation we highly recommend you sign in to the AKC website and verify your email address is correct.

A random drawing of all entries will be made and the first twelve lucky dogs drawn will be awarded an exhibitor position. The remaining entries will be assigned an “Alternate” status in the order drawn; if an exhibitor is unable to attend then the next alternate on the list will be offered the position. We plan to share the blind drawing via a “Facebook Live” event. We are in the process of finalizing the dates so please check back with us!

How To Enter

As the name suggests the 2020 AKC National Tracking Invitational is a “by invitation” event that is limited to dogs who have earned a “Champion Tracker” title between 2011 and 2020. If your dog is eligible, sometime in the late summer of 2020 you will receive an electronic invitation to enter. If your dog is eligible to receive an invitation we highly recommend you sign in to the AKC website and verify your email address is correct.

A random drawing of all entries will be made and the first twelve lucky dogs drawn will be awarded an exhibitor position. The remaining entries will be assigned an “Alternate” status in the order drawn; if an exhibitor is unable to attend then the next alternate on the list will be offered the position. We plan to share the blind drawing via a “Facebook Live” event. We are in the process of finalizing the dates so please check back with us!

A sailboat moves across the water against the backdrop of fall foliage one evening at Branched Oak State Recreation Area, Lancaster County.

Branched Oak Recreation Area

The Branched Oak State Recreation Area is located about 13 miles north of Lincoln Nebraska and most visitors should plan on traveling to Lincoln. The address is 12000 W Branched Oak Rd, Raymond, NE 68428. See below for Travel / Lodging information.

Branched Oak encompasses 5,595 acres, and includes the largest lake in eastern Nebraska with 1,800 acres of water. It offers a wide variety of attractions and includes a marina, two beaches, hiking trails and an equestrian campground.

And it is an ideal location for AKC Tracking Tests! In fact the Cornhusker Kennel Club of Lincoln has conducted Tracking Tests at Branched Oak for many years. We are extremely excited to have this great location serve as the grounds for the AKC Tracking Invitational 2020.

The Hosting Clubs

The AKC National Tracking Invitational 2020 is jointly hosted by the Cornhusker Kennel Club of Lincoln Nebraska and the Nebraska Kennel Club of Omaha Nebraska.

Cornhusker Kennel Club

The Cornhusker Kennel Club of Lincoln Ne, Inc was established in December 1945.

The Club Objectives are:

  1. To protect and advance the interest of all breeds of purebred dogs, and encourage sportsman-like competition at dog shows, obedience trials, tracking tests and field trials.
  2. To conduct Sanctioned Matches, Dog Shows, Obedience Trials and Tracking Tests under the guidance of the American Kennel Club.
  3. To educate the public with regard to training, breeding and proper care and maintenance of purebred dogs.

We currently provide weekly conformation classes to club members and the general public, conduct a yearly dog show combined with obedience and rally trials, and a yearly tracking test.
Monthly meetings are held where education, good sportsmanship, fun and encouragement about preserving purebred dogs take priority.

Our website can be found at  https://www.cornhuskerkennelclub.com/

We welcome everyone to the 2020 AKC National Tracking Invitational!

Nebraska Kennel Club

The Nebraska Kennel Club was founded in Omaha in 1923. Our first recognized dog show was held in that year; a benched affair, we had three hundred fifty dogs. We joined the AKC in 1937.

In addition to our Conformation Shows we offer many other activities such as Tracking Tests, Obedience / Rally, Scentwork Trials, and Barn Hunt trials. We provide training classes in Conformation and periodically offer seminars in various dog-related sports and activities. Guest speakers at our monthly meetings have included experts on dog nutrition, breeding, a wide variety of healthcare related issues (dental care, eye diseases, etc) and representatives from the Omaha Police K-9 Unit (both species). We are also a social club and enjoy activities such as winery visits, movie nights (especially during the holiday seasons), picnics, and our annual Holiday Party. The highlight of our year is our Annual Awards Banquet each February where we recognize our members’ significant achievements from the previous year. Our website can be found at www.nebraskakennelclub.com .

The Judges

We are honored to have the following individuals as judges for the 2020 National Tracking Invitational:

Jane Jonas
Fort Collins, Colorado

Sally Ann Nesbitt
Spring Valley, California

Vincent Ramirez
Bucyrus, Kansas

Gretchen Stephenson
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Travel & Accomodations

Directions to Branched Oak State Recreation Area

Most visitors will first arrive at Lincoln, NE. Interstate 80 is the main freeway in Lincoln. I-80 runs along the north side of the city in east Lincoln and angles southwest in west Lincoln. To reach Branched Oak:

  • If you are arriving via I-80, take the Hwy 34 West exit. If you’re coming from the east, this is Exit 401, from the west it is exit 401B.
  • If you are arriving at the Lincoln Airport, from the terminal parking areas follow the signs to I-80 East. You will make a right turn onto Cornhusker Hwy, pass under the I-80 overpass, and then make a left onto I-80 East. Head east to the Hwy 34 West exit, 401B (approx 1-1/2 miles).
  • Continue on Hwy 34 West to Hwy 79 north, approximately 4-1/2 miles.
  • Turn right on Hwy 79 and continue north for approximately 5 miles to W. Raymond Rd.
  • Turn left on W. Raymond Rd and proceed about 3-1/4 miles. The Branched Oak State Recreation Area is on the right.

Airports

If you are arriving at the Lincoln Airport, in nearly all cases you will first need to get on I-80. The official event hotel is the Country Inn and Suites, 5353 N. 27th St in Lincoln. From the terminal parking areas follow the signs to I-80 East. You will make a right turn onto Cornhusker Hwy, pass under the I-80 overpass, and then make a left onto I-80 East. Head east to the 27th St exit, exit 403 (approximately 4-1/4 miles) and exit south on 27th St. Continue south approximately 1.4 miles to the Folkways Blvd intersection and turn right. The Country Inn is located just past the Folkways Blvd intersection.

Accommodations

Camping and RV Parking

Branched Oak offers 305 camping pads with electrical hookups and 28 pads without electricity. Click here to visit the Outdoor Nebraska website for more information and instructions on placing reservations.

Important Note: If you are one of the lucky 12 exhibitors you may be limited to certain campgrounds, since tracks are often placed in the campground areas.





Official Event Hotel

The official hotel for the AKC NTI 2020 is the Country Inn and Suites, 5353 N. 27th St in Lincoln. If you wish to make reservations please call the hotel directly at 402-476-5353 and identify yourself as being with the AKC National Tracking Invitational. Reservations must be completed by Oct 10, 2020.

27th St is exit 403 off I-80 (from either direction), it is east of the Hwy 34 exit which leads to Branched Oak. After exiting head south approximately 1.4 miles to the Folkways Blvd intersection and turn right. The Country Inn is located just past the Folkways Blvd intersection.