Bloodhound Trials Administration

Bloodhound Trials are run by the two Kennel Club Registered breed societies for Bloodhounds - the Bloodhound Club and the Association of Bloodhound Breeders. For the convenience of those organising Trials, links are given in the toolbar to a number of forms and information pages relating to the running of a Trial.

Requirements for organising a Bloodhound Trial

1. Licence

  • All show dates must be applied for either in writing on club headed paper or by completing a Show Date Application form, which is sent out to all Registered Societies in June (i.e. a year and a half in advance of the show year in question).
  • On receipt of the request at the Kennel Club, a pre-printed licence application form will be produced and forwarded to the Secretary, subject to confirmation of the show.
  • The completed licence application form must be submitted to the Kennel Club - 60 days notice is required.
  • The licence must be displayed at the show.

2. Schedule

All Schedules must conform to the Kennel Club specimen schedules.

Championship Bloodhound Trials

  • Two copies of the Bloodhound Trial Schedule must be sent to the Kennel Club once published and no later than 3 months prior to the Trial date.

Other Bloodhound Trials

  • Two copies of the Trial Schedule must be with the Kennel Club 1 month prior to the Trial date.

3. Catalogue

  • A marked Catalogue and the Judge's Certification must be submitted to the Kennel Club within 7 days of the Trial. This applies for all Trials.
  • It is essential that qualifying marks for the dogs placed in Championship Stakes are notified to the Office.

4. Judges

Championship Trials

  • Nomination forms must be with the Kennel Club 9 months prior to the date of the Bloodhound Trial.
  • Nomination forms must be with the Kennel Club 6 months prior to the date of the Bloodhound Trial.
  • All first time appointments must be applied for 12 months prior to the date of the Trial.
  • First time Championship appointments should be sent to the Kennel Club, the nomination form should be accompanied by a completed Judges Questionnaire.

Open Trials

  • The Kennel Club does not need to approve Open level judging appointments.   However, the Trial committee must be satisfied that the person is qualified in accordance with Kennel Club 'I' Regulations.  
  • Invitations to judge must include a declaration to be signed by the judge stating they are so qualified.

5. Insurance

  • Society Committees must ensure that they have adequate cover for all the Society's activities.  A current Public Liability Insurance document must be clearly displayed at all Kennel Club licensed Trials.  Kennel Club Insurance cover is specifically designed for canine clubs or societies, including public and products liability and directors' and officers' liability insurance at a competitive price. For more information about insurance visit

6. Risk Assessment

It is the responsibility of the Organiser to address matters concerning health and safety, and fire prevention at all licensed Kennel Club Trials.

7. Incidents

Within two weeks, report to the Kennel Club if there were any incidents requiring a report, for example biting/aggression incidents, formal objections/complaints, changes of judging arrangements, cancellation or abandonment.

These should be logged in the incident book and sent to the Kennel Club. More information on filling out the incident book can be found here.

Cancellation/Postponement of Event

If a society has to cancel its event the Secretary must contact the Working Dog Activities Department at the Kennel Club as soon as the decision to cancel has been made.  Contact can be made via email; or 01296 318540 (ext. 295 or 207). For more information about what is required when a society cancels/postpones an event, please click here.


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