The Kennel Club's Gundog Working Test, sponsored by Judge's
Choice, takes place again this summer from Wednesday 28th May to
Sunday 1st June at the Chatsworth House Estate in Derbyshire,
hosting a number of Gundog Working Tests and a variety of gundog
activities for Retrievers, Spaniels and Hunt, Point and Retrieve
The prestigious International Retriever Team Event, where invited
teams from all over Europe will compete with their best dogs, will
take place on Thursday and Friday. With more international
teams than ever before, this event is set to kick start a friendly
but competitive atmosphere, and spectators are welcome to come
along to watch the different nations compete for this year's
Saturday and Sunday will feature Novice and Open Gundog Working
Tests for Retrievers, Spaniels and HPRs. There will also be a Young
Handlers Gundog Working Test, giving the younger competitors a
chance to show what they are made of.
Along with the main competitions, two separate training events
will be held at Chatsworth in the days leading up to the Gundog
Working Tests. There will be advanced training for Retrievers,
Spaniels and HPR breeds and a Novice Handler Training Day for
Retrievers and Spaniels.
Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko said: "The Gundog Working
Test at Chatsworth is such an exciting event and is the highlight
of the year for many of those involved in working gundogs.
"We are very much looking forward to seeing competitors old and
young, from the UK and abroad, showcasing their dogs' working
skills. Teams from ten different countries are competing in
the International Team event this year, including Finland for the
first time, showing the truly international flavour the event now
"The Gundog Working Test aims to assess the working abilities of
different gundog breeds and is very much in line with the Kennel
Club's 'Fit for Function, Fit for Life' campaign, in terms of
encouraging putting the dogs' natural instincts to good use to work
well for their owner or handler.
"The Chatsworth estate is the perfect venue for such a
competition, with woodland, moors, lakes and walls that can all be
used in the retrieves, and we are very grateful to the Duke and
Duchess of Devonshire for once again kindly allowing us to hold the
More information about the Kennel Club Gundog Working Tests and
training sessions at Chatsworth can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/GWT,
or access all the latest updates via the Kennel Club's Working
Gundog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KCworkinggundogs.