Working Tests for AV Retrievers

Midland Gundog Society tests are kindly sponsored by Skinners



Dates for your diary:


3rd July 2021: Puppy, ND/NH

                      Chief Stewards: Stuart Arch and Tim Brain

                           at Packington Estate, CV7 7HE


31st July 2021: Novice and Open

                       Chief Steward: Steve Richardson

                            at Packington Estate, CV7 7HE


All Tests 9:00am for 9.30am prompt start

Entry Fees: £10.00 members; £15.00 non-members


Closing date for entries 7 days before test

Working Test 2021 entries accepted by FTMS​ only

due to Covid


FTMS (Field Trial Management System)

Please note the following links for those new to FTMS: 


                          User Guide:

Please note that Working tests will be run according to Covid Guidelines
in operation at the date of the event



PUPPY STAKE  By age.  A Puppy is any dog or bitch which is under 18 months old on the date of the test. 


NOVICE DOG/NOVICE HANDLER (unclassified) Neither dog nor handler to have won any award, including certificate of merit at a Field Trial, or 1st 2nd, 3rd or Reserve in an Open or All-Aged Working Test, or 1st in ANY Working Test. 


NOVICE Any dog or bitch of any age not having won:

a) a place or Certificate of Merit at a Field Trial

b) a 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any Open Working Test;

c) a 1st in a Novice test;

 (A 1st in a Puppy Stake or a 1st in a Novice Dog/Novice Handler is discounted for this purpose). 


OPEN (Classified): Open to all dogs although preference may be given to dogs which have gained an award or Certificate of Merit at a Field Trial, been placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in an Open Working Test or 1st in any Test.


VETERAN (Unclassified): Open to all dogs aged EIGHT YEARS or over on the day before the Test is run


General conditions

  • All dogs must be fully vaccinated and registered with the Kennel Club breed register.

  • Bitches in season must not be brought to the ground.

  • Anyone knowing of their dog being in contact with any infectious disease should not attend the test.

  • All dogs must be kept on lead except under judges' instructions.

  • Spectators and competitors must consider themselves under the control of the judges and stewards at all times. 

  • Dogs arriving after the judging has commenced will not be allowed to run without the permission of both judges and organisers.

  • The Organisers, Midland Gundog Society and the Land Owner or their Agent, cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or accidents that occur on the day.

  • Vehicles & dogs are the responsibility of their owners.

  • Please clean up after your dog.

  • 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.


Any contributions for raffle prizes will be gratefully received.



All tests are run under UK Kennel Club Field Trial rules and regulations (J Regs). 

PDF download at this link:


Judges are invited on merit and experience by the Society and will judge according to the Kennel Club J Regs.


Competitors will receive a zero if a dog fails or commits a Serious Fault (according to J Regs) in any part of a test including in a multiple exercise. It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they have read and understood the J Regs and the definition of Serious Faults before entering a test.


Competitors are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the Kennel Club code of conduct which specifies the sort of behaviour expected of those who take part in GWTs and Field Trials, namely:


  • Ensuring KC licensed events are friendly and welcoming

  • Being co-operative and above all creating a safe environment for all to enjoy their sport

  • Behaving in an appropriate fashion, showing good manners and respect towards others, including the host, competitors, officials and judges

  • Not impugning the decision of the Judges or criticising the host, ground or helpers


Please note:


  • Any verbal communication with a judge should take place after judging has taken place and must be conducted in a polite and professional manner.

  • Abusive or aggressive behaviour towards anyone - including judges, other competitors, organisers will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

  • Mobile phones should be turned off or on silent during the Test.

  • Any complaints should be logged in the KC Incident book which can be requested from either the Chief Steward or WT Secretary.

  • It is important that competitors should stay until the presentations at the end of the Test in order to thank the hosts properly for allowing use of their ground, and also to thank the helpers, judges and club officials for giving up their day.




  • Most of the judges, helpers, committee members and officers currently run dogs and are missing the opportunity to compete, in order to organise and help for your benefit.

  • Please volunteer to help at Tests so that others have the opportunity to compete with their own dogs. You will learn a lot by helping Tests and Field Trials.



Thank you