Working
Introduction

The Flatcoated Retriever Society has an experienced team of individuals on the Field Trial Sub-committee who work hard to promote the “retrieving” side of the flatcoat.

We run breed only KC Working Tests in the spring and summer months around the country, The Nationals and an Inter Area team event in the summer which is designed to encourage new handlers to be able to compete in a relaxed atmosphere with the support of more experienced handlers, each team must have a Novice Handler/ Novice dog in the team, a Novice and or puppy and an Open standard dog.

We also run Breed only qualifying KC Field Trials in the shooting season, the Shooting Dog Certificate which is designed to recognise the retrieving qualities in a dog but not yet trained to the standards required for a Field Trial, of course we hope those dogs continue with their training so that they in time are also entered in our Field Trials.

We arrange training days/events at various times in the year, we are always pleased to welcome new flatcoat owners to our events.

For further information please contact the Field Trial Secretary Helen Ford or any member of the Field Trial sub-committee in your area.

Upcoming events

Notes for Novice Handlers - Working Tests

O'Neill 'Pewcroft' Trophy

Just to remind anyone whose dogs might be eligible for the O'Neill 'Pewcroft' Trophy that the criteria has been changed slightly (in bold below). As per the Year Book, the point system is now as follows: "Points as for the Riverside Cup plus Championship Show Points where CCs are offered for the Breed. At least one Show point must be obtained by winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd or Reserve in a Breed Class other than the Field Trial Class"Please refer to Page120 in the Year Book 2010 for the relevant points.

The Kennel Club Code of Best Practice for Retriever Field Trial Competitors

Kennel Club guidance for Retriever handlers competing in Field Trials can be viewed here

Starting Pistols and Dummy Launchers

Please click here for the BASC guidelines relating to starting pistols and dummy launchers; we thank them for allowing us to reproduce them.