FIELD TRIAL STANDING INSTRUCTIONS

Subject to Kennel Club Approval

FOR SEASON 21/22 STAKES

OPEN STAKE – A stake in which dogs have the opportunity of gaining a qualification towards the title of Field Trial Champion (K regulations refer) and towards entry in the Championship for its breed; in which entry is open to all dogs of a specific breed or breeds. It may be limited to a prescribed number of runners (J3 refers), in which case these shall be decided by a draw conducted in accordance with Regulation J7.i so that preference is given to previous performance.

ORDER OF DRAW

Open: Preference in the ballot will be given in the following order on achievement of the qualifying criteria:

A first, second or third in an Open Stake, a first and second in All Aged Stakes, a first in an All Aged Stake and first in a Novice Stake, two firsts in Novice Stakes.

(1) Members’ first preference dog which have gained a first, second or third award in an Open Stake or a first or second in an All-Aged or a first in a Novice Stake.

(2) Members’ second preference dog which have gained a first, second or third award in an Open Stake or a first or second in an All-Aged or a first in a Novice Stake.

(3) Non-members’ first preference dog which have gained a first, second or third in an Open Stake or a first or second in an All-Aged or a first in a Novice Stake

(4) Non-members’ second preference dog which have gained a first, second or third in an Open Stake or a first or second in an All-Aged or a first in a Novice Stake

(5) Members’ dogs which have gained other awards

(6) Non-Members’ dogs that have gained other awards

(7) Other dogs

NB: Any dog that had gained the necessary awards for preference in an Open draw prior to 02/02/2021 retains that preference

ALL-AGED – A Stake which is open to dogs of a specified breed or breeds without restriction as to their age, but which may be restricted by any other conditions which may be determined by the Society subject to the approval of the General Committee of the Kennel club.

ORDER OF DRAWS

Preference in the ballot will be given to dogs which have gained a field trial award, in the following order:

(1) Members entering GWPs

(2) Members entering other breeds.

(3) Non-members entering GWPs

(4) Non-members entering other breeds

NOVICE – A Stake which is confined to dogs which have not gained a place which would qualify them for preference in the draw for Open Stakes

ORDER OF DRAWS

Novice: Preference in the ballot will be given in the following order.

(1) Members’ first preference dogs

(2) Members’ second preference dogs

(3) Non-members’ first preference dogs

(4) Non-members’ second preference dogs

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

All entrants/competitors will accept and adhere to all health and safety protocols attached to the trial including the GWPC risk assessments and in particular those Covid-19 related; as stipulated by the government, DEFRA, as advised by the Kennel Club and applied by the GWPC.

RUNNERS:

All field trials are for breeds which hunt, point and retrieve, and are restricted to 12 runners. The GWPC may reserve to itself the right to refuse any entry without stating the reason.

ENTRY FEES:

Members £45.00

Non-Members £50.00

There will be a 50% refund if a trial is cancelled due to bad weather.

ENTRIES:

All entries via FosseData unless otherwise stated on the schedule.

An entry is an application for a named dog, registered at the Kennel Club in the name of applicant.

All dogs resident outside the UK must be issued with a Kennel Club Authority to Compete number before entry to the event can be made. All overseas entries without an Authority to Compete number will be returned to the exhibitor/competitor.

DRAW

The draw for each stake will take place as indicated under each Stake detail

Entries must be received by the date shown on the schedule.

Anyone unable to run must notify the Field Trial Secretary by telephone and/or the chief steward for the day as soon as possible.

The draws will take place at approximately 7.00pm the day after the closing date for entries via FosseData

In the event of excessive entries, a ballot will be held.

Results will be sent out by e-mail.

PLEASE NOTE – SUBSTITUTION OF DOGS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

In accordance with Kennel Club Field Trial Regulations the GWPC reserves the right to accept entries as follows:

MEMBERS Members are those that are fully paid up on the closing date for entries. NON-MEMBERS include those applying for membership or whose membership has lapsed and have not yet been before the Committee for consideration.

MORE THAN ONE DOG Owners entering more than one dog in a stake – please indicate your first choice. If your first choice is allocated a run in the draw, your second choice will go into the draw as described above. When dogs are owned in joint partnership, two dogs may be entered equally in the draw providing a different handler handles each dog. KC Reg J.(8)(b)(6) Except in the Championship, no handler may handle more than 2 dogs in a stake. KC Reg J7j.

MEETING AND START TIMES Competitors should report to the Chief Steward not later than 15 minutes prior to
the published starting time, but for the purpose of substitution of reserves, the trial will be deemed to have
commenced when the Chief Steward calls competitors and Judges together and makes his/her introductions.

LOGISTICS All persons attending any trial do so at their own risk and must consider themselves absolutely under
the control of the judges and officials. . At all times, except when in the line, everybody should remain close to the
steward carrying the red flag to minimise the risk of accidents, and noise levels should be kept to a minimum.
Anyone continually disobeying this instruction will be asked to vacate the ground. All dogs must be kept on a lead
except when in the line. Nobody should bring a dog to a trial unless it is competing. Competitors may exercise
their dogs prior to the trial by permission of the Steward of the Beat, but only when and where indicated. Any
bitch found to be in season must be removed from the ground immediately.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF DOGS ENTERED KC FT Regulations J (E) (1.) Dogs shall be required to quarter ground
systematically in search of quarry (hereafter game), to point game, to flush on command, to be steady to flush,
shot and fall, and to retrieve tenderly to hand on command from land or water.

COMPETING KC FT Regulations J(E)(4) Dogs shall be run singly in order of draw under two Judges, judging as a
pair. A dog must have been tried twice in the line, excluding the water test before receiving an award.
Field Trial Committee for the Day: Should circumstances so dictate the GWPC in consultation with the Judges, may
alter arrangements, as necessary. Such changes and the circumstances surrounding them must be reported to the
Kennel Club at the earliest opportunity. A Field Trial Committee For The Day will be appointed to act on behalf of
the GWPC, from any Field Trial Committee Members present and/or fully paid up members of the GWPC who are
familiar with field trial regulations and procedure.

RETURN OF ENTRY FEES After an applicant has been successful in the draw for places in a Stake, or as a reserve has
accepted an offer of a run, if the run is not taken up the applicant will become liable for the full entry fee if his or
her place is not taken up by another competitor except:

  1. Where the applicant has qualified out of Novice Stakes (where applicable)
  2. Where the dog drawn to run has qualified for the Championship after entries have closed
  3. On production of a Veterinary Certificate confirming that the dog entered for the Stake is unfit to compete
  4. On production of a medical certificate that the applicant or the applicant’s nominated handler is unable to
    compete

GUNS/QUARRY Some types of quarry may not be killed with lead shot. It therefore depends on what type of
ammunition the guns have loaded at the time an opportunity presents itself as to whether duck; geese, moor hen
or coot are killed.

LIABILITY Neither the GWPC nor the hosts of any meeting will accept liability for any accident, damage, illness nor
injury to dogs, owners, handlers, spectators or any other person or property whatsoever. The GWPC reserves the
right to (a) withhold any prize or award or cancel any stake, (b) refuse any entry without stating the reason. The
making of an entry constitutes acceptance of the Kennel Club Rules and Regulations for Field Trials and the
forgoing GWPC Standing Instructions.
Persons attending the trial do so at their own risk. The GWPC accepts no liability whatsoever for injury to persons,
property or dogs however occasioned.

Judges at a Trial are prohibited from entering a dog which is recorded in their ownership or part ownership.
Videography and photography will only be permitted with the express permission of the Chief Steward and the
host.

The Kennel Club’s Codes of Conduct specify the sort of behaviour expected of those who take part in
competitive gundog work. Participants should be aware of their contents and, in particular, should never
publicly impugn decisions of the Judge or Judges. Neither should they criticise the host, ground, or guns.