If you are a Field Trial Secretary there is a huge amount of work and administration to be undertaken. This section provides all the information you need to assist with the task in hand. If you are a new secretary we strongly advise you to attend one of the annual Kennel Club Field Trial Secretaries' Seminars. Secretaries should also be aware that changes and developments are made to the discipline throughout the year; these changes are always listed in the Field Trials Newsletter which is sent to each Field Trial society.
Applications to hold Field Trials
When a club has been approved as a Field Trial Society it is automatically given permission to run Gundog Working Tests. After three years of running Gundog Working Tests, societies can apply for permission to hold different kinds of Field Trials. Permission must be sought for each Stake (e.g.: Novice) and each sub-group or breed. The 'Application for Permission to hold Field Trials' form must be submitted to the Kennel Club along with any supporting documents. The application is then advertised in the Field Trials Newsletter, before being considered by the Field Trials Sub-Committee which will then make recommendations to the General Committee for final approval. This process may take several months due to the timing of the Newsletter and Committee meeting dates.
Organising Field Trials and other Gundog Activities
There is a lot to consider before you organise a Field Trial and preparation will be needed months in advance of the Trial itself. For more information about what to do, visit the 'Organising a Field Trial' section. Societies may also wish to organise one of the following gundog activities.
Nomination of a Judge to the Panel Lists
A judge may be nominated to a Panel by a society for whom he or she has judged within the previous three years. The secretary of the society should sign the nomination after the judge has completed all the sections. More information about what is required for a judge to progress to the panel can be found in the Field Trial Judges Section.
Field Trials Liaison Council
The Field Trials Liaison Council is an annual forum for the proposal and discussion of items generated directly from Field Trials Societies, Clubs and individuals. It is an opportunity for the Field Trials fraternity to put requests, changes, problems and discussion items forward to each other and the Kennel Club. For more information about the Field Trials Liaison Council and how to get your voice heard click here.