The Kennel Club's prestigious Gundog Working Test, sponsored by
Eukanuba and R N Golden Limited, will be returning to the
Chatsworth House Estate in Derbyshire this summer, from Wednesday
3rd to Sunday 7th June, and will be hosting a number of tests and
gundog activities for Spaniels, Retrievers and Hunt, Point and
Retrieve (HPR) breeds.
Entries to the competition are now open, and entry forms and
schedules are available from the Kennel Club website for those
hoping for a chance to showcase the talents of their working
For the first time this year, the event, regarded as a highlight
in the working gundog calendar, will begin with a special field
trial training day designed for Spaniels, Retrievers and HPR
breeds. This will be held alongside a training day for novice
handlers of Retrievers and Spaniels, on Wednesday 3rd June.
The popular 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 expected 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
title and show off the working capabilities of their dogs.
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 young competitors the chance
to showcase their dogs' working abilities as well as their own as
Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko said: "The Gundog Working
Test at Chatsworth grows every year and we are expecting this year
to be bigger and better than ever. The event is the highlight
of the year for many of those involved in working gundogs and it
brings together competitors of various ages, from across Europe, to
compete with their dogs in a friendly but nonetheless competitive
"Teams from different countries are competing in the International
Team event again this year, and we are expecting a wider variety
than ever before, showing the truly international flavour the event
"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, which encourages
putting the dogs' natural instincts to good use to work well for
their owner or handler.
"The Chatsworth estate is a fantastic venue for the 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 event
Mike Bloxsome, National Breeder Manager for Eukanuba, said:
"Eukanuba has a long history of supporting working gundogs so we
are extremely proud to be a part of the Gundog Working Test at
"The event showcases some of the finest gundogs in the UK and
overseas, and demonstrates how hardworking and active these dogs
need to be to do well in their sport, so we are excited to see them
perform at Chatsworth."
More information about the Kennel Club Gundog Working Test and
training sessions at Chatsworth can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/GWT,
where entry forms, schedules and general visitor information are
Those wishing to enter the competition can do so quickly and
conveniently online using the Fosse Data Systems Ltd online entry
system, at www.ft.fossedata.co.uk.
All the latest updates on working gundogs can be found on the
Kennel Club's Working Gundog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KCworkinggundogs.