Field Trials & Working Gundogs

Field Trials were developed to test the working ability of Gundogs in competitive conditions. Trials resemble, as closely as possible, a day's shooting in the field and dogs are expected to work with all manner of game, from rabbits and hares, to partridges and pheasants.

Many of our best loved breeds were traditionally developed to help man in hunting. Labrador Retrievers gathered game in the field; Cocker Spaniels flushed and retrieved game; Pointers and Setters ranged over the fields helping us seek out birds and rabbits for the table. A great many still help us in shooting and hunting today.

Field Trials are very popular, attracting hundreds of competitors and are still very much part of our countryside sports. If you have a love and understanding of the countryside and like to see dogs working as they were intended to, this friendly and relaxed sport may be just what you are looking for.

Notice to Clubs/Societies 
Advice for Activities Shows, Competitions and Trials during Coronavirus (Covid-19) can be found here. 

New to Field Trials & Gundog Working Tests?
This section contains information for those new to Field Trials & Gundog Working Tests, including how to get started and how to enter a Field Trial.
Field Trials Competitors
Find out more about competing in Field Trials, Gundog Working Tests and taking part in other gundog activities. This section also features Kennel Club events, changes to Field Trial Rules and Regulations and much more!
Field Trials Judges
Judges can obtain lots of information in this section, including details of Kennel Club requirements for the 'A' and 'B' Panels, downloadable material and useful guidelines to assist with judging appointments.
Field Trials Administration
If you are a Field Trial Secretary, Gundog Working Test Secretary or involved with the organisation of other Kennel Club gundog activities, there can be a huge amount of work and administration. This section provides all the information you need to assist with the task in hand.
Club Administration
There is so much to remember when running a dog club. In this section you will find information and helpful advice to assist with the running of Registered Field Trial Clubs and Societies.
Field Trials Liaison Council
The Field Trials Liaison Council is made up of representatives, elected for a three year term to act as a channel of communication between Field Trial Societies, competitors and the Kennel Club. This section features information about the Council and its Representatives, as well as agendas, annexes and minutes from recent meetings


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