The Kennel Club gundog working tests

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2024 Gundog Working Test

The Kennel Club’s Gundog Working Test will be held on Thursday 6 June to Sunday 9 June at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire by kind permission of Sir William and Mr Nicholas Bromely-Davenport. The Gundog Working Test is kindly sponsored by Skinner's and Sporting Saint

2023 Gundog Working Test

The Kennel Club’s 150th Anniversary Gundog Working Test was held from Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 June at the spectacular Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire. The event which was kindly sponsored by Skinner's was a great success with expertly set tests which replicated scenarios found in the shooting field to challenge the dogs and handlers.
We would like to thank our hosts Sir William Bromley-Davenport and Mr & Mrs Bromely-Daveport, whom we were delighted to welcome for the prize giving ceremony.
Thank you to the judges who gave their time and expertise to judge the dogs over the course of the four days, their knowledge and understanding of the dog work was exemplary.

Timetable of Events

Thursday 6 June 2024

  • Training day for Retrievers, Spaniels and HPRs max 30 handlers per breed group.
  • Barbet Sub-Group Assessment   
Kate Dogs group sitting on a green hill

Friday 7 June 2024 The Kennel Club Gundog Team Challenge (for Retrievers, Spaniels and HPRs)

  • Each team must consist of two retrievers, two spaniels and one HPR breed.   
  • All dogs must be Kennel Club registered and from the Retriever, Spaniel or HPR subgroup.
  • One dog per handler.  
  • The tests will be set to an open standard, but no qualification will be required of the dogs for entry, or for preference in the draw.
  • Teams can be made from any arrangement of handlers, for e.g. Shooting teams, Gamekeepers, country teams, club teams, internationals or training groups.
  • Entries will only be accepted from complete teams, not individual handlers.
  • The Kennel Club Gundog Team Challenge Entry Form

Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2024

Gundog working tests

The Kennel Club's gundog working tests are held in high regard by competitors for the varied and challenging nature of the tests. Together with the superb surroundings and terrain offered by the Capesthorne setting, it is easy to understand the attraction for the very best handlers and dogs in the country to prove themselves. With nearly 200 dogs comprising Retrievers, Spaniels and HPR breeds competing over the two days of competition, this is the landmark event of the calendar.

How to enter the tests
Further information for 2024 are coming soon.
Camping information

You can camp or bring a caravan, but you need to fill out a camping form. Further details are tbc and will be released shortly.

Spectator information

Spectators are welcome to attend any of the tests. Viewing of the Retriever and HPR tests is generally good, the Spaniel tests take place in woodland where viewing is restricted by the nature of the terrain.