NOTE: E-Collars may not be used on dogs entered into any class.
SHOTGUN RULE: 20 gauge or smaller and break action (over-under, side-by-sides).
Sportsman class will run first followed by Novice. The Youth Class will begin appox. 10:00 AM. The Open Class will run after lunch.
Open Adult Class Guns: Handlers must shoot for themselves. This class is designed for those that participate professionally in dog training and whose dogs are used in their job, such as a plantation manager or dog trainer. This is the highest level of competition. However, it is open to anyone interested in competing at this level. The perpetual trophy will be given for the winner of the open adult class.
This is a timed event where the handler has 10 minutes to hunt a bird course and shoot and retrieve 5 quail on a marked bird field. In this event, the handler must walk, not run, and the dog must flush the birds. The handler has a total of 1 shell per bird to successfully bag the bird. A missed shot will result in a 1 minute penalty. If the judge calls an “Unsafe” shot the handler must not shoot or will be disqualified. There is no time penalty for a handler choosing not to shoot a bird for his dog, for instance if the handler considers the shot unsafe or too long. A bird caught and retrieved to the handler by the dog will count as a shot bird. Handlers can take one step from the shooting location in order to collect the bird during a retrieve by their dog. Additional steps will be penalized by 1 minute.
Time penalties- 1 minute will be added to team (dog and handler) score for:
Each bird less than 5 retrieved during the 10 min period;
For purposely assisting the dog in retrieving a bird beyond the allowed one step (except for puppies);
Each additional shot taken over the allowed “one shot” per bird
Failure to retrieve a downed bird.
(Handler cannot throw any object to help direct the dog to a downed bird or a 1 minute penalty will be assessed.)
Sportsman’s Class Guns: Handlers in the Sportsman’s class can opt to have a judge approved designated “gun” shoot for them. This class is open to all but those that participate in training or hunting dogs professionally. The sportsman class is identical to the open class in every respect except the shooter is allowed two shells to bag a bird, rather than one. There is also a perpetual trophy that will be given for the winner of the sportsman’s class.
Puppy Entries All dogs born 1 previous year from the trial or after shall qualify as puppies. These may compete in either Open or Sportsman Class with the advantage of being able to assist the retrieve. Verification of a puppy’s age may be required at the judge’s discretion.
Young Shooters Class This class is limited to children 10-16 years of age with parental consent. Shooter must have completed a hunters safety course or hold a current state hunting license. The only penalty in this class is 1 minute for every bird under the required 3. Entries for this class are at no charge. (All ages, puppies and adult dogs)
Novice This class is limited to women only. The only penalty in this class is 1 minute for every bird under the required 3. Entries for this class are at no charge. (All ages, puppies and adult dogs)
Senior Class This class is for women or men over the age of 75. The only penalty in this class is 1 minute for every bird under the required 3. Entries for this class are at no charge. (All ages, puppies and adult dogs)
Youth Class (Kid’s Event) This class is limited to children 12 years of age or younger. There are five age divisions, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12. There are no penalties or shooting in this class. Children participating will be guided through a course and their dog will be provided the opportunity to retrieve up to 3 previously shot quail. Nine years of age or older will need to retrieve 5 previously shot quail. Entries for this class are at no charge.
All flushing spaniels are allowed in the trial.
The same handler cannot run the same dog more than once per stake.
Entry fees: $75 dollars per dog in each event (you can pay at the trial or drawing dinner).
Lunch will be provided about 12:00 noon for all Trial entries.
Entry limited to 150 spaniels: Please RSVP Drawing Dinner
To be in Drawing for the trial you must contact or register online:firstname.lastname@example.org