Field tri­als and tribu­la­tions

Shooting Gazette - - Gun Dogs - by amy Bates

Here we all are back at the start of the field tri­alling sea­son. As my col­umn is writ­ten in ad­vance there will al­ready be a win in a two-day open by the time this hits the stands! We will all be wait­ing for draws and keep­ing ev­ery­thing crossed that we get a run. I was re­ally glad to hear that we may well be get­ting a lot more re­triever one-day open field tri­als if the rec­om­men­da­tions put for­ward by the re­triever work­ing party of Sara Chich­ester, Jane Co­ley, and phil High­field for the Field trial Com­mit­tee are put into place. Hav­ing read their pa­per on col­lect­ing and col­lat­ing the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion to make the rec­om­men­da­tions re­gard­ing pref­er­ence in re­triever Open Stake Draws, I think we are fi­nally on the road to com­mon sense. Us­ing another award in a field trial as well as win­ning an all-age or novice stake is also very sen­si­ble. It won’t be news to many that the av­er­age en­try in cen­tral eng­land for a two­day open is 127; the av­er­age in south­ern eng­land is 113; and the high­est en­try for an open stake last sea­son was 164.

the best place to trial is un­doubt­edly North­ern Ire­land in which both two-day and one-day opens are ac­tu­ally un­der­sub­scribed. the new reg­u­la­tion they are putting for­ward is: “So­ci­eties whose Open re­triever trial/s are sig­nif­i­cantly over-sub­scribed for two con­sec­u­tive years or more, may ap­ply for a li­cence to hold an ad­di­tional one-day Open re­triever trial each sea­son.” Hur­rah! this is great news. Hope­fully they will let ret­ro­spec­tive dates ap­ply.

the wheels turn very slowly at the Ken­nel Club so it may be a few years be­fore this hap­pens but at least we are on the right track. I wish ev­ery­one the very best of luck for the forth­com­ing sea­son.

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