In 1990 the Michael A. Seminatore
Setter Cover Dog Award was established. Cover Dog
individuals and clubs have worked to raise the funds to honor
Michael A. Seminatore. Seminatore had been tireless in his
efforts to forward the competition of English Setters in cover dog
trials. (In Cover Dog trials the handlers are on foot.) Prize
Rules of the
Michael A. Seminatore Award
It is a setter award
conducted in conjunction with the English Setter Fund.
All open cover (grouse
and woodcock) championships and one classic from each Grand
National Region (Kilkenny Classic, Fruchey Classic &
Armstrong-Smith Classic) are eligible for points.
Trial clubs are not to
restrict eligible dogs or handlers in any way from entering or
A. A significant purse must be awarded.
Points are awarded as
Champion: 12 X # of entries.
Runner up: 8 X # of entries
Classic winner 8 X # of entries
Classic runner-up 4 X # of entries
Classic 3rd place 2 X # of entries
Should a championship be reverted, points will awarded as a
Clubs are not required
to advertise this award in the American Field as a condition of
receiving points for the winners. Clubs are also warned that
advertising the trial as a 'points trial' does not make it so if,
due to some rare circumstance, a rule violation (American Field or
Seminatore Award) might render a placement or a trial ineligible
for points.) If a club does advertise, it is therefore suggested
that it uses "Michael A. Seminatore points eligible."