Field trial rules and regulations

Rules and regulations

  1. Dogs entered at Kennel Club Licensed Field Trials must be registered at the Kennel Club in accordance with Kennel Club Regulations for Classification and Registration B
  2. The Flatcoated Retriever Society reserves the right to refuse any entry.
  3. Substitution of dogs is allowed.
  4. All dogs resident outside the UK must be issued with a Kennel Club Authority to Compete number before entry to the show/event can be made.
  5. If entries or nominations exceed the number of permitted runners, the right to compete in a Trial shall be decided by ballot.
  6. Should circumstances so dictate the Society, in consultation with the judges, may alter arrangements as necessary. Such changes and the circumstances surrounding them will be reported to the Kennel Club.
  7. No modification may be made to the schedule after publication except by permission of the Kennel Club, followed by advertisement in appropriate journals if time permits before the closing of entries.
  8. Judges at a Trial are prohibited from entering a dog which is recorded in their ownership or part ownership.
  9. After an applicant has been successful in the draw for a place in a Stake, or as a reserve has accepted an offer of a run, if the run is not taken up the applicant may become liable for the full entry fee if his or her place is not taken up by another competitor except : 
    • Where the applicant has qualified out of Novice Stakes (where applicable), or;
    • Where the dog drawn to run has qualified for the Championship after entries have closed, or;
    • On production of a Veterinary Certificate confirming that the dog entered for the Stake is unfit to compete, or;
    • On production of a medical certificate that the applicant or the applicant’s nominated handler is unable to compete.
  10. 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 criticize the host, ground or guns.
  11. Dogs in cars on hot days
    Your dog is vulnerable and AT RISK if left in a vehicle in high temperatures and even on days considered as slightly warm. Please take care of your dog.
    If your dog is found to be at risk, forcible entry to your vehicle may be necessary without liability for any damage caused.
  12. Welfare of dogs
    An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise.

A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the General Committee for disciplinary action under the
Kennel Club Rules and Regulations


The Society FT entry form can be submitted on our website.

  • Entry forms must be completed correctly
  • Please use a separate form and payment for each dog entered in each stake
  • Please ensure you have paid the correct entry fee
  • If you are posting your cheque for payment, allow enough postage time to meet the closing dates as no late posted, telephone or email entries can be accepted.
  • Please either include an email address or an sae for the result of the draw and directions
  • Substitution of entries will be allowed
  • The Society reserves the right to refuse any entry for a trial

The Draws

The draw will take place the day after the closing date, or on the following Monday if the closing date is a Friday or Saturday; they will be independently witnessed.  Anyone wishing to attend any or all of the draws, please contact the event organiser so that they can supply you with the place and time.


These will be sent out with the results of the draw.


  • The Society cannot accept liability for any claim arising from or relating to the running of their Field Trials
  • Should circumstances so dictate, the Society, in consultation with the Judges, may alter arrangements as necessary. Such changes and the circumstances surrounding them will be notified to the Kennel Club at the earliest opportunity. No modification will be made to the schedules except by permission of the Kennel Club followed by advertising in appropriate journals (should time permit) before the closing date of entry.
  • Anyone with a run and withdrawing within seven days of the Trial will forfeit the whole entry fee unless a veterinary certificate is made available. However, dogs that qualify out of Novice after the closing date will have their entry fee refunded in full.
  • On the day, please follow the red flag (for safety reasons).
  • No competitor may withdraw their dog or leave the trial ground without informing the Chief Steward; again this is for safety reasons.

There is a strict code of etiquette in the shooting field, primarily for safety reasons. There are also additional KC regulations relating to the sport and by signing the entry form (for either a field trial or working test), the handler is stating that they have read those regulations and will abide by them. It is therefore essential to know what they are and the Kennel Club produce a small booklet “Field Trial Regulations (including Gundog Working Tests)” which is updated annually and costs £2.50 (at the time this website was updated).

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