Kennel Club Sets Date For Hunt, Point, Retrieve Championship

The Kennel Club has announced that it will be holding a Hunt, Point, Retrieve (HPR) Championship again this year, at the Swinton Park estate, North Yorkshire, on 14th and 15th November.

The championship, sponsored by Skinner's pet foods, will test the quartering, hunting and retrieving skills of HPR breeds in a competitive setting, and handlers will be expected to demonstrate the working skills of their dogs at a championship level.

The championship follows the success of last year's competition, which saw Field Trial Champion, Jhebron's Nephrite of Stubblemere, otherwise known as Orca, a four year old German Shorthaired Pointer from Nairn in Scotland, named as the winner.  Orca, owned and handled by Mick Canham, beat some of the UK's most talented working dogs from the HPR breeds and was also named Guns' Choice at the competition.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "We are very proud to be holding the HPR Championship again this year.  We have seen the quality of work within the HPR community consistently improve over the past few years and the championship is the perfect opportunity for handlers and their dogs to showcase this in a competitive setting.

"The Kennel Club also holds a Cocker Spaniel Championship and supports a Retriever Championship, English Springer Spaniel Championship and Pointer and Setter Champion Stake, so the HPR Championship sits with these as a platform for the best of British working gundogs to show off their natural instincts and carry out tasks that they were originally bred to do, as fit for function dogs."

Will Delamore, Sales and Marketing Director for Skinner's said: "We are delighted to be involved with the HPR Championship again this year. Skinner's has a proud heritage of supporting working gundogs, clubs, tests, trials and championships across the UK and Ireland and we are very much looking forward to another fantastic event this year."

To qualify for the event, dogs will have to have gained a 1st or 2nd place in an Open Hunt, Point and Retrieve Field Trial, and the qualifying award must have been gained in the two preceding seasons, which for the purposes of the HPR Championship means awards gained since 14th November 2012.

The HPR Championship will be held at the Swinton Park estate by kind invitation of Lord Masham and will be judged by Steve Kimberley and Tony Russell.  Spectators are welcome to come along and watch the competition. 

More information on this year's HPR Championship can be found at

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