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«(Effective from 1st January 2009) Approved by the Australian National Kennel Council 27/9/1968 Revised 24/9/1971 24/9/1977 21/9/1982 21/9/1987 ...»

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Rules for the conduct of

Field Trials for

Pointers and Setters

(Effective from 1st January 2009)

Approved by the Australian

National Kennel Council 27/9/1968












Pointers, English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters and Irish Red and White Setters.

Other applicable Gundog breeds will be added as imported.

Registered (Main and Limited) de-sexed dogs as listed above shall be permitted to compete in Pointer and Setter Trials in all States and/or Territories in Australia.

1. General

1.1 The Shooting and Game Laws of each State or Territory must be observed and will govern the conduct of all Trials in conjunction with the Rules and Regulations of each State or Territory Canine Control.

1.2 The Rules of the Canine Control, as adopted for affiliated bodies, shall apply in all cases, where applicable in addition to these Rules. In these Rules the word "dog" shall include both sexes.

1.3 A "Field Trial" is a competition to assess the working ability of dogs in the field. A Field Trial may be limited to a specified breed or breeds of Gundog. However, no points will be allotted towards championship status unless the Trial is open to all eligible breeds.

1.4 Subject to approval by the Committee of the Canine Control preliminary Field Trials may be conducted in the closed season for quail, such trials to be conducted under the following

conditions and so that there is no infringement of the law:-

(a) They may not be taken beyond the stage at which there are four or fewer dogs eligible.

(b) If not finalised in an open season for quail then ensuing, or failing that, an open season for quail then following, they must be abandoned.

(c) No affiliated body shall conduct a trial in the open season for quail until such time as it has finalised its own novice or otherwise restricted preliminary trials commenced in a closed season for quail.

NOTE: The age of all dogs is computed from the date of their birth to the date on which the preliminary trial commences. The increase in age at the later finalisation of the trial, therefore, shall not affect the eligibility of the qualified contestants.

1.5 A "Stake" is a competition held at a Field Trial.

1.6 A "Restricted Stake" - Subject to approval of the Committee of the Canine Control, an affiliated body may conduct stakes limited to persons and/or dogs of certain specified qualifications. No points will be allotted towards championship status unless the trial is open to all eligible breeds.

1.7 A "Novice Stake" is a stake for dogs which have not won a first place in any unrestricted stake other than one novice or been placed second in a Championship Stake.

1.8 An "Open Stake" is a stake open to all registered dogs of named breed or breeds, without restriction as to variety, age or previous performance or to any membership qualification of the owner. The word "variety" in these Rules shall be taken as referring to the purebred Gundog varieties stipulated above for which separate registers are kept by the Canine Control at the date of the trial at which stakes are offered.

1.9 A "Championship Stake" is a Stake confined to dogs which in any Open Stake have won a Certificate of Merit, been placed first or second in a Novice Stake or an Open Stake, provided however all dogs entered in a Championship Stake must have been awarded a Qualifying Certificate.

NOTE: In each year there shall be held not more than one Championship Field Trial Stake for Pointers and Setters within each State or Territory, excepting that with the approval of the ANKC a National Championship Stake for Pointers and Setters may be conducted.

Such National Championship Stake may be in addition to, or instead of, the State/Territory Championship. Entry qualifications and points awarded for a National Stake are as for a Championship Stake.

1.10 Wins and other qualifications shall count as from and including the date they are gained.

1.11 No Stake at any Field Trial can be conducted unless there are at least four bona fide runners and at least four different owners. No Championship points shall be awarded unless there are six bona fide runners.

1.12 No trial shall be held on incapacitated game.

1.13 When a Trial has not commenced on the date for which the fixture has been advertised, it will be abandoned and the Club shall apply to the Canine Control for another date. All entry fees to be refunded and new schedules distributed.

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2.1 On application and payment of the fee set out in the Scale of Charges the Committee of the Canine Control may at its discretion grant the title "Field Trial Champion" (F.T.Ch.) to a dog that wins a Championship Stake and to any dog winning a total of ten points in Field Trials. A full five points must be won in an Open or Championship Stake. See also Definition of Terms, Clause 7.13

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2.2 On application and payment of the fee set out in the Scale of Charges the Committee of the Canine Control may at its discretion grant the title "Grand Trial Champion" (Gr.F.T.Ch.) to a dog that is awarded a total of 50 points aggregated from 1st Place awards in National, Championship and Open Stakes and/or 2nd Place awards in National or Championship Stakes. See also Definition of Terms, Clause 7.13

2.3 Completing the trial will not necessarily mean automatic Championship points, as they will be allotted at the discretion of the Judge, based on the merit of the dog’s performance.

2.4 (a) On application the Committee of the Canine Control may at its discretion grant the title of "Dual Champion” to a dog which has been awarded the title of Champion in breed judging and one of the following titles: Field Trial Champion, Retrieving Trial Champion, Obedience Trial Champion.

Such titles must be indexed as: for Ch. and F.T Champ. (F), for Ch. and R.T Champ. (R), for Ch and Ob.T. Champ. (O).

A dog which has won a National Championship Field Trial may be awarded the title of National Field Trial Champion.

(b) On application the Committee of the Canine Control may at its discretion grant the title "Tri Champion" to any dog which is awarded the title Champion in breed judging and Champion for any two of the canine activities as referred to above.

2.5 Certificate shall be issued in respect of each application for the titles "Champion”, "Field Trial Champion", "Dual Champion" and “Grand Field Trial Champion” granted by the Committee of the Canine Control.

2.6 A "Diploma of Merit" is not a prize and does not carry points, but may be awarded at the discretion of the Judge to any dogs, including prize winners, for outstanding work in a Championship Stake and the letters "D.M" will be added after the registered name of the dog.

2.7 A "Certificate of Merit" is not a prize and does not carry points, but may be awarded at the discretion of the Judge to any dogs including prize winners, in an Open Stake for outstanding work during the Trial and the letters "C.M." will be added after the registered name of the dog.

2.8 A "Qualifying Certificate" - A dog may be awarded a Qualifying Certificate in a Field Trial at the discretion of the Judge of the trial if it has shown that it is not gun-shy, and that it will hunt and point game and back naturally. These Certificates are awarded to work during and not after the Trial.

2.9 Every competing dog must be shot over before it can gain a prize or Certificate of Merit, Diploma of Merit or Qualifying Certificate, and must satisfy the Judge that it is not gunshy and that it will back naturally. These Certificates may only be awarded to dogs in actual competition.

2.10 Not more than one of the following titles may be used as part of the registered name of a dog: NFD, Field Trial Champion and/or Dual Champion and/or Tri Champion and/or Grand Field Trial Champion

2.11 No Diploma of Merit, Certificate of Merit, or Qualifying Certificates, other than those of the Canine Control, shall be awarded at Field Trials held under the Rules of the Canine Control.

2.12 CM and DM will be added after registered names of dogs receiving such awards regardless of whether they are Field Trial, Dual, Grand Field Trial or Tri Champions.

2.13 The title of Novice Field Dog (NFD) may be awarded to those dogs which are no longer eligible to compete in Novice Stakes because of wins in Novice or wins or placings in higher classes. (This Rule will be effective for dogs entering Trials as from 1/1/1993 and those completing qualification after that date).

3 Eligibility of Judges

3.1 No person shall be entitled to Judge a Pointer and Setter Field Trial Stake until he/she has supplied acceptable credentials to the Canine Control and has been placed on a list of approved Judges by the Canine Control.

3.2 Applications for listing as an approved Judge must be lodged each year with the controlling body in the State or Territory in which the applicant resides and in accordance with the Rules of such body.

The controlling body will consider, and where applicable, approve the listing of approved Judges for the ensuing year.

3.3 Before being eligible to judge an Open Stake the person must have completed to the satisfaction of the Canine Control at least two (2) Novice Stake judging appointments.

3.4 Before being eligible to Judge Championship Stakes the person must have completed to the satisfaction of the Canine Control at least four (4) Open Stake judging appointments.

3.5 All Judges accepting appointments to judge Pointer and Setter Filed Trials shall familiarize themselves with and observe the current ANKC National Judges Code of Practise for Field and Retrieving Trials.

4 Duties of Field Trial Stewards (Includes Judge’s Steward, Gallery Steward and Gun Steward)

4.1 Stewards shall be knowledgeable and experienced people, appointed to assist the Judge in all duties in connection with the Trial.

4.2 The "Draw" is the selection by ballot of the order in which dogs in a Stake are required to compete. Dogs the bona fide property of the same owner must be separated wherever possible. The draw must be made in public, at the trial site or meeting place on the morning of the trial.

4.3 Stewards officiating at the trial shall control and make all draws in public of the eligible dogs in attendance.

4.4 If any round there is an uneven number of dogs in the draw, at the end of that round the Judge shall nominate a dog to run against the "bye" dog, provided that the Judge may at his discretion bring in the "bye" dog in place of a dog which eliminates itself during the early part of a heat.

4.5 Subject to Rule 4.6, the position of the card shall be drawn for in each round immediately prior to such round and every dog shall be required to be tried in the consecutive order of each draw unless the Stewards otherwise decide. Only dogs actually present and/or left in competition shall be included in the draw.

4.6 After completion of the first round, the Judge shall have the discretion to order a further draw or draws or may choose the pairing of braces and the order in which those braces shall compete.

4.7 The Stewards shall, at the Judge's request, inspect any dog for sexual causes or for other cause which interferes with the safety or performance of its opponents.

4.8 When instructed by the Judge, a Steward shall take the place of the Judge and report to him results; for example, when two dogs come on point at the same time.

4.9 The Stewards shall, at the Judge's request, shoot for any handler. He must walk between the two handlers and operate under the instructions of the handler for whom he is shooting so that no interference occurs to the pointing dog.

Where a Steward has been instructed by the Judge to shoot for a handler safety to dogs and personnel must be of paramount importance.

4.10 A Judge or Steward may debar a gun if he considers it to be faulty.

4.11 No person shall have more than two cartridges in his gun at any time and at no time must any person carry a loaded gun at a Trial unless he is in line with the handlers.

4.12 A Steward shall not be required to carry game shot by the handler.

4.13 All dogs must be under the control of the Stewards, and must be brought on leads to participate without delay in their proper turn and if absent when called; a dog may be debarred by the Stewards from participation in the Stake.

4.14 In a Stake a dog may be handled by either its owner or a handler approved by the Stewards, but it must be one or the other. When dogs are working an owner may not interfere with his dog if another person has been deputed to handle it.

4.15 Any handler who is unacceptable to the Committee of the Trial for any cause whatever shall be excluded.

4.16 No owner or handler shall be permitted to withdraw a dog from a Stake on the field or at any time during the progress of the Stake, without the consent of the Judge. Any owner or handler withdrawing his dog or dogs without such consent may be debarred from any further trials.

4.17 No person other than the Judge and the Stewards shall be permitted to accompany the handlers of the dogs competing in any Trial unless the permission of the Steward has been previously obtained. Spectators shall not be allowed to encroach on the Trial ground.

4.18 All dogs, when required shall wear collars - red for the dog with the higher position on the card white for the dog with the lower position on the card. No other type of collar shall be worn. Generally whilst handlers are together in competition the hander of the red dog will walk on the left and the handler of the white dog will walk on the right.

4.19 Any person who openly impugns the actions or decisions of the Judge may be debarred from further participation in the trial and may be ordered from the ground and further dealt with at the discretion of the Committee.

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