Field trials and working tests measure the ability of a gundog in a competitive arena. They are designed to resemble a day’s shooting as closely as possible, to fairly compare gundogs in the discipline they have been bred for. Here you will find all you need to know about field trials and working tests, how they work plus advice on how to improve your gundog’s performance and training tips

champion stake

Pointer and setter Champion Stake 2019 report

Six dogs ran in that first Champion Stake in 1869 and the winner was Mr. Garth’s pointer dog Drake. One hundred and fifty years later we gathered on Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum’s beautiful Bollihope Estate to see forty-two pointers and setters compete for the oldest and most prestigious field trial…

Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen attends Cocker Championship at Sandringham

An £800 pair of dummy launchers proved key in the training of young bitch Abiann Flawless, which landed the ultimate accolade at the 88th Cocker Spaniel Championship, held on the 6,400-acre Sandringham estate on 8 and 9 January 2018 by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen. After two days…

Is your gundog ready for Crufts 2016?

The gamekeepers’ classes at Crufts 2016 are open to gamekeepers, owners of working gundogs, gundog teams and young handlers. Once again the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) -the UK’s largest shooting organisation –  will host these particular classes which will be held on Gundog Day, Friday 11 March 2016,…


How do I stop my gundog from whining?

Mark Whitehouse says: Making noise and whining are major eliminating faults in field trialling events, and this could be one of the reasons he has been sold as a shooting companion You would expect him to have undergone a reasonable amount of patience training, but it is never too late…

Retriever Championships 2014

Gundog Retriever Championships 2014

Windsor Great Park in Berkshire makes a superb location for the gundog retriever championships — which have been held there before — because of its history, its landscape and its accessible nature. It is a 16,000-acre rural oasis that has held urbanisation at bay, while its proximity to major airports…

How can I get involved in field trials?

I have an 18-month-old cocker spaniel, which I work, and I am considering going to a field trial with a view to spectating and, at a later stage, taking part myself. I live in Lancaster — could you tell me what I need to do to get involved?