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After becoming a member of a field trial society and attending training sessions, you will be ready to enter a gundog working test or field trial. Learn more about all the awards you can achieve.

Gundog working tests (GWTs)

Gundog working tests (GWTs) are competitions which, by artificially simulating shooting day conditions, seek to assess the working abilities of the various breeds of gundog without game being shot.

Gundog working tests are run for any of the three sub-groups of gundog recognised by The Kennel Club as detailed below:

  • Retrievers 
  • sporting Spaniels 
  • breeds which hunt, point and retrieve

The following classes of competition are recognised by The Kennel Club:

  • Open: open to all dogs of a specified breed or breeds, although preference may be given to dogs which have gained a place or certificate of merit at a field trial, been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an open GWT, or won a novice GWT
  • Novice: confined to dogs which have not gained a place or certificate of merit at a field trial, been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an open GWT or first in a novice GWT held in accordance with The Kennel Club's rules and field trial regulations 
  • Puppy: confined to dogs of specific breed/s less than 18 months of age on the date of the test
  • Unclassified: open to all dogs of a specified breed/s but may be restricted by conditions as determined by the society. To include water and team tests. A water test can include dogs of any sub-group competing together. However, if dogs of more than one sub-group are competing as a team, each sub-group will compete and be judged in accordance with The Kennel Club's gundog working test regulations relating to that group
Field trials

Generally societies will run field trials and allocate awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, as well as certificates of merit. For the championship stakes, diplomas of merit will be awarded in place of the certificates of merit. Awards accumulated are documented on the dogs' records at The Kennel Club.

Dogs winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th awards or certificates of merit at their first field trial held under The Kennel Club's Field Trial Regulations, will receive a stud book number certificate from The Kennel Club.

  • Puppy stake
  • All aged stake
  • Novice stake
  • Open stake - owner of winning dog will receive a certificate from The Kennel Club
  • Championship/champion stake - owners of dogs winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or a diploma of merit will receive a certificate from The Kennel Club

The Kennel Club runs a number of its own field trials. More information about The Kennel Club field trials can be found below.

Field Trial Champion

To become a Field Trial Champion (FT Ch), different qualifications are required for each sub-group. 

The following dogs shall be entitled to be described as Field Trial Champions:

1. Pointers and Setters

(a) A dog placed 1st in the Pointer and Setter champion stake

(b) A dog which gains two 1st awards at two different field trial meetings in open stakes for Pointers and Setters under two different panel A judges. In the event that the same panel A judge officiates at both trials, the dog will be entitled to the title of Field Trial Champion provided that the co-judge at one trial is also a panel A judge.

There must be no fewer than 16 runners in each of the stakes and one of these wins must be in a stake open to Pointers and all breeds of Setter.

2. Retrievers

(a) A dog placed first in the Retriever championship

(b) A dog which gains two 1st awards in 24-dog open stakes under three different panel A judges

(c) A dog which gains a 1st award in one 24-dog and one one-day open stake under three different panel A judges

(d) A dog which gains a 1st award in three one-day open stakes under three different Panel A judges

In a 24-dog stake there must be no fewer than 20 runners and in a one-day stake no fewer than 10 runners. For a dog to be entitled to the title of Field Trial Champion, one of its wins must be in a stake open to all breeds of Retriever.

3. Proviso for all Retrievers

Before any Retriever is entitled to be described as a Field Trial Champion it must also have a Water and Drive Certificate. The Water Certificate may, but not necessarily, be gained at a special water test. The special water test must have been conducted before two panel A judges at one of the following: the Retriever championship, a field trial stake, or at a subsequent special test. (J(A)2 refers.)

4. Cocker Spaniels

(a) A dog placed 1st in the Cocker Spaniel championship

(b) A dog which gains two 1st awards in open stakes under two different panel A judges. In the event that the same panel A judge officiates at both stakes, the dog will be entitled to the title of Field Trial Champion provided that the co-judge at one stake is also a panel A judge.

Dual Champion

Any gundog which has been awarded the title of Show Champion and Field Trial Champion will gain the new title of Dual Champion.

Working Gundog Certificate (WGC)

The aim of the Working Gundog Certificate (WGC) is to provide credible proof that the handler and dog are a competent partnership, with the qualities to fulfil the general requirements of work on a shoot. The certificate may be gained at a variety of different events so that all aspects of a dog's work in the shooting field can be observed. The certificate will be issued by The Kennel Club and will list those tasks achieved on the day. Successful partnerships will have the distinction of having their names published in the field trials newsletter.

Who can take part?

The WGC is open to all pedigree dogs registered with The Kennel Club and their handlers.

What is required?

Handlers and dogs will be required to demonstrate competence in the following:

  • control
  • obedience
  • temperament
  • hunting
  • retrieving

Where and how will the assessment take place?

The WGC can be achieved at a variety of events:

  • A shoot using game:
    On a shoot, assessors will observe the participants throughout the day as they work their dogs in their usual role. The assessors will not devise any situations but simply be observing how a handler and dog cope with the specific tasks that naturally arise during the day

  • A WGC day for dogs that retrieve using dummies:
    At these days, the criteria will be assessed using simulated shooting field exercises:
    • handlers and dogs walk together to the start area with the dogs off lead and under control
    • a simulated drive with dogs assessed both in the beating line and waiting at pegs
    • hunting for seen dummies after the drive
    • hunting for unseen dummies after the drive
    • a marked retrieve from water
    • a marked retrieve from over an obstacle
    • a steadiness exercise where dogs are left together whilst handlers collect up decoys

  • A WGC day for dogs that point:
    At these days, the dogs will be assessed on hunting, locating, pointing and steadiness. The dogs should hunt the ground in a regular pattern, point live game, produce on command and be steady to flush and shot. Some participants may wish to take the retrieving assessment which might be organised on the day or at a later WGC day, a gundog working test or on a shoot. 

  • A gundog working test (GWT):
    An assessment at a GWT will be assessed against the criteria either by using separate exercises or using the exercises available on the day.

To obtain a free copy of the Working Gundog Certificate Handbook, please email your postal address to our field trials team or download a pdf version.

Show Gundog Working Certificate

The aim of the Show Gundog Working Certificate (SGWC) is to provide credible proof of the natural working ability of a gundog registered with The Kennel Club that has already proved it meets The Kennel Club's breed standard by a qualification in the show ring.

Read more about The Kennel Club Show Gundog Working Certificate.

Stud book number

A stud book number is gained when your dog either wins a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th placed award, a diploma of merit or a certificate of merit at a field trials stake held under The Kennel Club Field Trial Regulations.

The Kennel Club field trials

The Kennel Club runs a number of their own field trials each year. A copy of each schedule can be found below. 

Schedules and entry forms

9 October 2020

Open AV Retriever Field Trial, Emblehope, Northumberland

23 October 2020

Novice HPR Field Trial, Emblehope, Northumberland

29 October 2020

Open HPR Field Trial, Emblehope, Northumberland

11 November 2020

Novice AV Spaniel (ex Cocker) field trial, Hawkhurst, Kent

16 November 2020

Open AV Spaniel (ex Cocker) field trial, Stubton, Newark

23 November 2020

Open Cocker Spaniel (ex Cocker) field trial, Newburgh Priory, North Yorkshire

7 December 2020

Novice Cocker Spaniel field trial, Stubton, Newark

15 December 2020

Novice AV Retriever field trial, Batsford Estate, Gloucestershire

18 December 2020

Minor breeds all aged Spaniel field trial, Egton, Yorkshire

Field trials newsletter

Below are the previous three additions of the field trial newsletter: 

Annual Kennel Club trophy awards

A number of prestigious field trials annual trophy awards are on offer each year. To find out if you are eligible, refer to each award below.

The Hanlye Trophy

The Hanlye Trophy is awarded to the breeder of the winner of the Routledge Rank Cup. It was presented by Brig. Thomas Fairfax-Ross in memory of his wife, Felicite.

The Routledge Rank Trophy

The Routledge Rank Trophy is awarded to the owner of the Retriever which has gained the most points in a season.  

Points are awarded according to the following table:

Place Championship

2 Day Stake

24 Dogs

1 Day Stake

12 Dogs

1st 6 4 3
2nd 3 2 1
3rd 1 1 -

The Routledge Rank Trophy is named for Vincent Routledge, a prominent trialler and Lord Rank, better known as J Arthur Rank, founder of the Rank Film Organisation who maintained a large gundog kennel on the Scotney Estate.

The Routledge Rank Trophy previous winners
  • 2018 - Mrs L Hill Stauntonvale Tic Bean 
  • 2017 - Mr Bettinson FTCh Cynhinfa Ladislav
            - The Duke of Buccleuch FTCh Buccleuch Xena
  • 2016 - Ms Anne Faulds FTCh The Caper Countess
  • 2015 - Mr R King FTCh Saxaphone Brown Ale of Lincswolds
            - Mr R Drysdale FTCh Denbank Khaki
  • 2014 - Mrs R J Coley FTCh Waterford Ganton
            - Mrs H Sully FTCh Quabrook Keava
  • 2013 - Mr D S Latham FTCh Delfleet Neon of Fendawood
  • 2012 - Mrs H Bradley with FTCh Heathergaye Hundall
  • 2011 - Mrs R J Coley FTCh Waterford Fergus
            - Mrs S Halstead FTCh Levenghyl Silvercloud of Drakeshead
            - Mr D S Latham FTCh Delfleet Neon of Fendawood
  • 2010 - Duchess of Devonshire FTCh Roberto Rannaldini of Bolton Abbey
  • 2009 - Miss C Finlan FTCh Cherwood Ace of Spades
  • 2008 - Mrs S Halstead FTCh Levenghyl Silver Cloud of Drakeshead
  • 2007 - Mr K Broomfield FTCh Mavericks Goose
  • 2006 - Mr L Mclean FTCh Lettermore Loyal of Aithness
  • 2005 - Mr J T Swindlehurst FTCh Millcottage Pathfinder
  • 2004 - Mr D S Latham FTCh Draskeshead Deana
            - Mr J A Drury FTCh Tweedshot Kite
            - Mr M J Wright FTCh Marcus May Be of Wadesmill
  • 2003 - Mrs T Lawrence Willowyck Ruff
  • 2002 - Mr A P K Bates FTCh Flyli ne Clint
            - Mr A Thornton FTCh Willowyck Jack Snipe
            - The Marchioness of Hartington FTCh Ralsbrook Rhum of Bolton Abbey
            - Mr T S Smith FTCh Craighorn Bracken
  • 2001 - Mrs H Bradley Kenwu Wilson of Heathergaye
            - Mr V D Olner (G.Ret) FTCh Haresmead Isidore
  • 2000 - Mrs A Reid FTCh Bracken Berrybrae
  • 1999 - Mrs A Heywood-Lonsdale FTCh Ulstar Style
  • 1998 - Mr J Halstead Drakeshead Garth
  • 1997 - Mrs A Heywood-Lonsdale FTCh Ulstar Style
  • 1996 - Mrs A Reid FTCh Linksview Jet
  • 1995 - Mrs A Reid FTCh Linksview Jet
  • 1994 - Mr W L Steel FTCh Symington Clarerine of Leadburn
            - Mrs T Lawrence FTCh Willowyck Lin
  • 1993 - Mr R Forbes FTCh Tasco Broom Tip of Carnochway
            - Mr A C M Rountree Int FTCh Heatherbank Alex of Tasco
            - Mr W L Steel FTCh Symington Clarerine of Leadburn
  • 1992 - Mr J Halstead Raughlin Pete of Drakeshead
  • 1991 - Mrs T Lawrence FTCh Cottismoor Accord
  • 1990 - Mr A Thornton FTCh Tasco Dancing Brave of Willowyck
  • 1989 - Mr R Atkinson (G.Ret) FTCh Holway Ruby
  • 1986-88 not awarded
  • 1985 - Mrs S Halstead FTCh Breeze of Drakeshead
  • 1984 - not awarded
  • 1983 - not awarded
  • 1982 - Mr R C Atkinson (G.Ret) FTCh Little Marston Chorus of Holway
  • 1981 - Mr D Garbutt Pocklington Glen
  • 1980 - Mr J Halstead FTCh Glencoin Drummer of Drakeshead
  • 1979 - Mrs S Halstead Whstead Shot of Drakeshead
            - Mr A C M Rountree Leacross Rinkals
  • 1978 - Mr R S Hill FTCh Drakeshead Wisp
  • 1977 - Mrs J Atkinson  (G.Ret) FTCh Holway Chanter
  • 1976 - Mr P R Elsey FTCh Hedenham Park Dash of Philray
  • 1975 - Mr G Meldrum FTCh Lugwardine Jade
  • 1974 - Mr P Singleton FTCh Belway Della
  • 1973 - Mr W Charles Williams FTCh Berrystead Glenbruar Beau
  • 1972 - Mr J R Elsey Philray Tina
            - Mr D Machinnon FTCh Swinbrook Beatle
            - His Grace The Duke of Wellington FTCh Stratfieldsaye Bienmhor Lomond
  • 1971 - Mrs J R Atkinson (G.Ret) FTCh Holway Gaiety
  • 1970 - Mrs J R Atkinson (G.Ret) FTCh Holway Gaiety
  • 1969 - Capt. D Mackinnon FTCh Beinmhor Tide
  • 1968 - Not awarded
  • 1967 - Capt. D Mackinnons FTCh Beinmhor Tide
  • 1966 - Mr F B Baldwin (G.Ret) FTCh Holway Teal of Westley
  • 1965 - Lord Rank FTCh Scotney Crickleybarrow
  • 1964 - Mr F George FTCh Creedypark Digger
  • 1963 - Lord Rank FTCh Scotney Crickleybarrow Pebble
  • 1962 - Lord Rank FTCh Scotney Crickleybarrow pebble
  • 1961 - Lord Rank FTCh Scotney Jingle
  • 1960 - Lord Rank FTCh Scotney Jjngle
  • 1959 - Lord Rank FTCh Scotney Jingle
  • 1958 - Mr J A Taylor FTCh Johnkaw Rip
  • 1957 - Mrs J R Atkinson FTCh Mazurka of Wynford
  • 1956 - Mrs B Harcourt Woods FTCh Norham Blackie
  • 1955 - Mr R Burton FTCh Brackenbank Merry
  • 1954 - Mr F Bell FTCh Grouse Adee
  • 1953 - Mrs A Heywood-Lonsdale  FTCh Shavington Rip
  • 1952 - Maj H Peacock Greatford Churchfield Jet
            - Mr & Mrs H Taylors Whatstandwell Hiwood Brand
  • 1951 - Maj  H Peacock FTCh Greatford Churchfield Jet
How to apply for the Routledge Rank Trophy

To claim for the Routledge Rank Trophy, please complete the application form:

Note, if you are unable to complete this form online, please contact 01296 318540.

The Gavosie Trophy

The Gavosie Trophy is awarded to the female handler accruing the most points at field trials during a season and can be awarded in any of the sub-groups of Retrievers, Spaniels, Pointers and Setters and HPRs.

Points can be claimed using the following table:

Place Championship Open All Aged
Novice
1st 20 15 10 5
2nd 19 14 9 4
3rd 18 13 8 3
4th 17 12 7 2
COM 16 11 6 1

The Gavosie Trophy was presented to The Kennel Club by Graham Evans of the Gavosie Kennel.

The Gavosie Trophy previous winners
  • 2018-19 - Mrs L Hill
  • 2017-18 - Miss A Hayes
  • 2016-17 - Miss C Calvert
  • 2015-16 - Dr J Hay
  • 2014-15 - Mrs C Calvert
  • 2013-14 - Mrs S Halstead
  • 2012-13 - Mrs A Wise
  • 2011-12 - Mrs A Wise
  • 2009-10 - Mrs J P Darragh
  • 1990-2008 - Not awarded
  • 1988-89 - Mrs M Simons
  • 1987-88 - Mrs M Simons
  • 1986-87 - Mrs J Atkinson
  • 1985-86 - Mrs R Gosling
  • 1984-85 - Mrs R Gosling
How to apply for the Gavosie Trophy

To claim for the Gavosie Trophy, please complete our application form:

Note: If you are unable to complete this form online, please contact 01296 318540.

Field trial team GB

Following on from competing in the world championships in Serbia in 2019, HPR owners and Pointer and Setter owners who wish to apply for selection to compete in the World Championships in 2020 can visit our team GB page

Field Trials Liaison Council

The Field Trials Liaison Council is an annual forum for the proposal and discussion of items generated directly from field trials societies, clubs and individuals. It is an opportunity for the field trials fraternity to submit requests, changes, problems and discussion items to each other and The Kennel Club.

What is the Field Trials Liaison Council?

The Field Trials Liaison Council is made up of representatives nominated by all field trial clubs with open status, elected for a three-year term to act as a channel of communication between field trial clubs, competitors and The Kennel Club. The council is an annual forum for the proposal and discussion of items generated directly from the grassroots within the sport.

Early in the year, notification of the forthcoming meeting and a request for submission of items will be issued. Clubs are encouraged to discuss any proposals with their membership and notify their representative and The Kennel Club of their item. Individuals can also put items forward through a representative. Once produced, the agenda is circulated to the representatives who are required to discuss all items with their clubs and gather feedback. The agenda is also available online.

At the council meeting, items must be seconded and are spoken to by the appropriate representative. Once they have been discussed, a vote is taken by the representatives as to whether outcomes should be recommended for approval or not. Following production of the minutes, the approved recommendations are submitted to the field trials committee. The responses from the committee are fed back to all representatives via the results of recommendations document. 

Note: no recommendation from the Field Trials Liaison Council becomes policy until it has been agreed by the field trials committee and then the board.

How to become a liaison council representative

Representatives are elected for a period of three years and the current term of office of all The Kennel Club Liaison Council representatives ends on 31 December 2021. 

Representatives are elected by The Kennel Club's registered societies and clubs that have an active interest in field trials.

Field Trials Liaison Council meetings and agendas
Field Trials Liaison Council representatives
Club Name  Phone number

The Setter & Pointer Club

Mr N Ackerley-Kemp

 

Irish Setter Association, England

Dukeries (Notts.) Gundog Club

Mrs M Asbury

 

Scottish Field Trials Association

East Anglian Labrador Retriever Club

Mr P Askew

 

Eastern Counties Retriever Society

Utility Gundog Society

Golden Retriever Club

Mr G Bird

 

Yellow Labrador Club

Labrador Retriever Club

Mrs H Bradley

 

Herts, Beds, Bucks, Berks and Hants Retriever Society

Essex Field Trial Society

Mrs C Bridgwater

01962 793152
07818 093244

Meon Valley Working Spaniel Club

The Suffolk Gundog Club

Mr K Byron

01480 213356

Cambridge Field Trials Society

Strabane & District Setter & Pointer Club

Miss C Calvert

 

Northern Ireland Pointer Club

Ulster Irish Red Setter Club

North of Scotland Gundog Association

Mr M Canham

 

Lothian & Borders Gundog Association

Midland Gundog Society

Mr D Capel

 

Coventry & District Gundog Society

Bristol & West Working Gundog Society

Ms C Carpenter

 

Hungarian Viszla Club

Golden Retriever Club of Scotland

Mr J Castle

 

Moray Firth Spaniel & Retriever Club

Weimaraner Club of Great Britain

Mr S Chant

01305 848257
07709 693086

Weimaraner Association

Yorkshire Gundog Club

Mr S Charlton

07951 776854

Tyne, Tees & Tweed Field Trial Association

Three Ridings Labrador Club

Lancashire & Merseyside Field Trial Society

Mrs C Clarke

 

North West Labrador Retriever Club

Cornwall Field Trial Society

Mrs M Cox

07887 665114

West of England Labrador Club

The Spaniel Club

West of England Labrador Retriever Club

South Western Golden Retriever Club

Mr S Crookes

0114 230 1436
07801 343261

Northern Golden Retriever Association

Flatcoated Retriever Society

Eastern Counties Retriever Club

Arun and Downland Gundog Society

Mr S Cullis

 

Southern & Western Counties Field Trial Society

Gordon Setter Field Trial Society

Mr R Gould

 

Southern Pointer Club

South Eastern Gundog Society

Mrs D Harrison

 

Guildford Working Gundog Club

International Gundog League

Golden Retriever Club of Northumbria

Mrs J Hay

 

Yorkshire Golden Retriever Club

Scottish Gundog Society

Mr J Henderson

 

Strathmore Working Gundog Club

East Midland Gundog Club

Mr P Highfield

0116 259 7366
07860 503584

Dove Valley Working Gundog Club

Leicestershire Gundog Society

Midland Counties Field Trial Society

Mr A Hopkins-Young

 

Cocker Spaniel Club

Hungarian Vizsla Society

Miss J Hurley

01869 324210

German Shorthaired Pointer Association

West Dartmoor Working Gundog Club

Mrs S Jenkins

07811 212924

The Westward Gundog Society

Norfolk & Suffolk HPR Field Trial Club

Mrs A Johnson

 

Italian Spinone Club of Great Britain

Ulster Retriever Club

Mr R Johnston

 

Labrador Retriever Club of Northern Ireland

The Pointer Club of Scotland

Mr J Kean

07525 208236

The Northern Counties Pointer and Setter Society

English Setter Club

Mrs F Kirk

 

International Gundog League (Pointer & Setter Society)

Mid-Sussex Working Spaniel Club

Mrs W Knight

01206 251426
07534 402735

Eastern Counties Spaniel Society

London Cocker Spaniel Society

The German Longhaired Pointer Club

Mrs S Kuban

01483 763538

The German Shorthaired Pointer Club

Chiltern Gundog Society

Mrs B Kuen

01494 713081
07778 424928

Mid Norfolk Gundog Club

Cheshire North Wales and Shropshire Retriever and Spaniel Society

Mr H Lane

01746 861667
07866 714441

The West Midland Field Trial Society

The Large Munsterlander Club

Mr R Major

01526 388616
07786 322857

Brittany Club of Great Britain

Ulster Gundog League

Mr W Megaughin

07703 463857

Craigavon Gundog Club

Welsh and English Counties Spaniel Club

Mr J Organ

07887 610909

Shropshire Gundog Society

English Springer Spaniel Club

Mr R Proctor

01782 721536
07973 151922

Midland English Springer Spaniel Society

Shropshire & Staffordshire Working Spaniel Society

German Wirehaired Pointer Club

Mr T Rigby

07769 608698
01526 860834

Worcestershire Gundog Society

English Springer Spaniel Club of Scotland

Mr C Scott

 

Gamekeepers National Association

The Antrim and Down Springer Spaniel Club

Mr P Smith

 

English Springer Spaniel Club of Northern Ireland

Mid-Ulster Gundog Association

The Pointer Club

Mrs H Smith

01474 853573

Mid Herts Gundog Club

English Springer Spaniel Club of Wales

Mr S Smith

01905 936629
07754 298867

Wiltshire Working Gundog Society

Duchy Working Gundog Club

Mr M Stanbury

 

North Devon Working Gundog Club

Arfon Working Gundog Club

Mrs V Stanley

07879 426229

Clwyd Retriever Club

Dorset Working Spaniel Club

Mrs J Thompson

 

Western Counties & South Wales Spaniel Club

Ulster Golden Retriever Club

Mr P Turner

 

Northern Ireland Gundog, Field & Show Society

Isle of Wight Gundog Club

Mrs J Venturi-Rose

 

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Labrador Retriever Club

Hampshire Gundog Society

The Lincolnshire Gundog Society

Miss S Whyte

 

Northumberland and Durham Labrador Retriever Club

Midland Counties Labrador Retriever Club

Yorkshire Retriever Field Trial Society

United Retriever Club

Mr F Wright

01594 653070

Labrador Retriever Club of Wales

Usk Valley Working Gundog Club

North West Ulster Spaniel Club

Mr R Young

07523 205944

Fermanagh Gundog Club

Next steps - judging

Once you have competed, you might like to start judging. Find out how you can become a field trial judge.