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Hunt Point Retrieve Field Trial

Postby Robert Tawton » Fri 15 Apr 2011 4:05 pm

Hi All,

Gary Creighton is a Member of the ACTGS and is presently working in the UK and elsewhere. Gary recently sent me a copy of the Norfolk & Suffolk HPR Field Trial Club Newsletter which I found most interesting. The following is an extracft from that document.


2011 Spring Pointing Test
West Wratting Park Estate, Church End (B1052),
Weston Colville CB21 5PE

By the kind permission of Mr Henry D’Abo
Sunday 17th April
Meet: 08:30am for 9.00 start

Judges: TBA
Entry Fees: Members £10.00, Non-Members £15.00 per dog

Categories: Junior or Adult. Preference will be given to Norfolk & Suffolk HPR FT Club Members Junior dogs. In the event of excessive entries a ballot will take place

Bring your own lunch

There will be two sections JUNIOR and ADULT. Preference will be given to JUNIORS in the draw.

JUNIOR. For dogs of not more than 2 years old on the day of the test. They will be judged on all game. All game will be assessed for steadiness. Dogs which do not hold the point will be marked down.

ADULTS For dogs more than 2 years old on the day of the test. They will be judged on all game. All game will be assessed for steadiness. Credit mark up for dogs that hold the point and point partridge, snipe, woodcock and hare.

Each dog will be run into the wind for a minimum of 10 minutes with the first minute discounted to allow the dog to settle. No game will be shot, so retrieving will not be tested. Natural ability will come before steadiness and priority will be given to game finding. No dog will be eliminated unless it is out of control.

Dogs will be assessed at the end of the day and those worthy will be graded

Excellent, Very Good or Good

Norfolk & Suffolk HPR Field Trial Club
2011 Spring Pointing Test
West Wratting Park Estate
Weston Colville CB21 5PE
Sunday 17th April
Category: Junior Adult (please circle one)
Registered Name of Dog:
Breed: _______________________ Breeder: _________________________________________
Date of Birth: ____/____/____ Sex: D / B (circle applicable)

(Partridge & Pheasant)

The emphasis of these tests is on the natural working ability of the dog on open ground, assessing ground treatment, hunting and pointing with an element of steadiness. Spring Pointing Tests are an evaluation of potential in a pointing dog. Dogs are to be run and graded as individuals and not in competition against other

The Tests are to be judged in two age categories:

Junior - For dogs of 6 months of age on the day of the test and under 2 years of age on 1st January in the year of the test, to be judged on partridge and pheasant, ground game being judged for steadiness only.

Adult - For dogs over 2 years of age on the 1st January in the year of the test, to be judged on partridge only with all other game being judged for steadiness only.


Each dog shall run singly into the wind, quartering a beat of at least 100 metres on open ground.

Each dog shall be run for a minimum of 10 minutes before being considered for grading.

Each dog will be allowed one minute to settle unless out of control.

Dogs are required to hunt, point, and hold game and flush on command.

Each dog graded is to be given a verbal critique by the Judges and an Assessment Certificate at the end of the day.


The ideal pattern is when the dog is searching for game and is completely in tune with the handler. The dog should hunt with drive, purpose and with good pace, ranging wide, always turning into the wind and covering its ground with style. All game birds on its beat should be pointed and all other game honoured.


Good ground treatment/regular pattern - Turning into wind - Natural ability to hunt without intervention – Game finding -
*Good Pace - *Correct head carriage (*when considering these aspects judges must take into account the individual styles of the different breeds.) Steadiness to flush - Quiet handling.

Assessment of EXCELLENT
The dog must work to the ideal pattern and exhibit all credits.

Assessment of VERY GOOD
The work must be close to the ideal pattern without any persistent faults.

Assessment of GOOD
The work must be of a good standard showing natural aptitude.

Judging Notes:

Dog to quarter with its nose on the wind with correct head carriage, enabling it to make contact with game scent.

Quartering and turning on each flank into the wind.

Spending little or no time on ground or residual scent, giving only an indication of its presence.

Positive indication of game, ideally holding until handler is in close contact and working forward with determination to final point. With correct head carriage the dog should directly flush, not losing contact and not foot scenting the game.

Positive flush of game with dog steady. Game not to be chased in flight but exuberance quickly brought under control may be allowed for junior dogs.

A grading can be considered if birds flush off the dog's point of their own accord when the handler is not in close contact.

Dogs that complete the card in their first run and are graded will not be required to run again. Only dogs of sufficient standard, which have not obtained a grading in their first run, are to be considered for a second run. Judges should not be tempted to run a dog a second time to try and up-grade it if they have been able to give it a grading in its first run.


- Stickiness on point - Persistent false pointing - Persistent pointing of 'larks' - Persistently casting back on the wind -
Unsteadiness - Catching healthy game.

Elimination Faults

- Out of control - Failure to hunt or point - Not covering sufficient ground - Chasing game – Deliberately flushing game without pointing - Missing game birds on the beat - Whining or barking.

Enjoy, kindest regards, Robert T
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