The Kennel Club has announced that it will be holding a Hunt,
Point, Retrieve (HPR) Championship again this year, at the Swinton
Park estate, North Yorkshire, on 14th and 15th November.
The championship, sponsored by Skinner's pet foods, will test the
quartering, hunting and retrieving skills of HPR breeds in a
competitive setting, and handlers will be expected to demonstrate
the working skills of their dogs at a championship level.
The championship follows the success of last year's competition,
which saw Field Trial Champion, Jhebron's Nephrite of Stubblemere,
otherwise known as Orca, a four year old German Shorthaired Pointer
from Nairn in Scotland, named as the winner. Orca, owned and
handled by Mick Canham, beat some of the UK's most talented working
dogs from the HPR breeds and was also named Guns' Choice at the
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "We are very proud to
be holding the HPR Championship again this year. We have seen
the quality of work within the HPR community consistently improve
over the past few years and the championship is the perfect
opportunity for handlers and their dogs to showcase this in a
"The Kennel Club also holds a Cocker Spaniel Championship and
supports a Retriever Championship, English Springer Spaniel
Championship and Pointer and Setter Champion Stake, so the HPR
Championship sits with these as a platform for the best of British
working gundogs to show off their natural instincts and carry out
tasks that they were originally bred to do, as fit for function
Will Delamore, Sales and Marketing Director for Skinner's said:
"We are delighted to be involved with the HPR Championship again
this year. Skinner's has a proud heritage of supporting working
gundogs, clubs, tests, trials and championships across the UK and
Ireland and we are very much looking forward to another fantastic
event this year."
To qualify for the event, dogs will have to have gained a 1st or
2nd place in an Open Hunt, Point and Retrieve Field Trial, and the
qualifying award must have been gained in the two preceding
seasons, which for the purposes of the HPR Championship means
awards gained since 14th November 2012.
The HPR Championship will be held at the Swinton Park estate by
kind invitation of Lord Masham and will be judged by Steve
Kimberley and Tony Russell. Spectators are welcome to come
along and watch the competition.
More information on this year's HPR Championship can be found at