In 1874, Tennesseeans gathered near Memphis for America's first attempt at comparing personal hunting dogs in friendly competition. Interest soared, and the National Championship emerged in 1896 with noble intentions of breed improvement. Instead, through fads and changes in judging, subsequent field trials robbed pointers of their natural retrieving instincts. Even retrievers have suffered this fate, with breeders selecting headstrong dogs to win the game instead of breeding for cooperative retrieving. Enter the new nonprofit North American Gun Dog Association (NAGDA), whose mission is to compare personal hunting dogs, but this time under rules that will ensure that hunting instincts remain intact.