Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedure for Spaniels
AKC Spaniel Field Trial Rules and Regulations
SECTION 3. A dog is not eligible to
or to compete in any field trial in any
in which championship points are given, if
Judge of that stake or any member of his
has owned, sold, held under lease, boarded,
trained, or handled the dog, within one year prior
to the date of the field trial.
SECTION 21. An Amateur All-Age Stake shall be for dogs over six months of age that are handled by amateurs. The status of the handler is to be determined by the Field Trial Committee of the club holding the trial.
Definition of A Professional:
The determination of amateur status
these directives for the purpose of any
field trial shall be made by the Field
Committee for that trial.
"A Guide to the Conduct and Judging of Cocker Spaniel Field Trials" available from the ECSCA.
Novice Stake Decision Made By ECSCA/FECIn summary, the consensus of the ECSCA FEC is as follows:
Dogs may continue to run in Novice until such time they receive an Open placement.
In an effort to get a meaningful dialog regarding the Gun Program the FEC is presenting the following outline of the historical rationale for developing a cocker gun program and its various points open for discussion and evaluation. It would be helpful if everyone considers what they value in cocker field trial guns and gun captains and develop ideas for the program based on those values.
1. In 2004 it was suggested by several AKC
that eventually the AKC would establish a gun program for all field
that didn’t already have something in place.
Listed below are suggestions and comments voiced by others since the development of the Cocker Gun Program:
1. New gunners can be tested on rules, procedures, and conduct before being selected as a gun in training. Gunners in training would then be mentored by guns and gun captains in the field. A gunner in training should be continually reviewed by a mentor and should not become a gun until successfully serving some defined term as a gun in training.
2. Gunning is a job and every job has a
The job description has rules
3. Questions 1 through 5 and question 8 of the Gunning Questionnaire are appropriate and are the relevant questions to determine eligibility as a Cocker Gun. Eligibility for Gun Captain or gun team member status could be established based upon the number of Cocker Field Trials (number to be established) at which a gun has officiated as a gun captain or participated as a gun team member or by a “grandfathering” process for existing Cocker Gun Captains and gun team members.
4. The approved mentor should be the one to determine when a gun “is ready.” Someone who has significant experience in shooting over spaniels and who has worked extensively with his mentor may well be ready prior to shooting an arbitrarily arrived at number of events. Our observation is that a potential gun member should have satisfactorily demonstrated their capabilities well before shooting 15 events.
5. The ECSCA does officially recognize differences between English Springer Spaniel and Cocker Field trials. To quote from The ECSCA Guide to the Conduct and Judging of Cocker Spaniel Field Trials, (preface pg. 2), "...In many instances the guide is a duplication of what is found in the ESSFTA's publication the Conduct and Judging of Spaniel Field Trials. Much of this duplication should be expected since the two breeds operate under the same AKC rules and indeed share similar qualities in the field. The new reader should be aware, however, that this guide has been developed specifically for cocker spaniel field trials for English Cocker and American cocker spaniels, and therefore differs in some important areas of interpretation and emphasis from all other breed guidelines." In many cases, it is these "differences" that create different shooting situations, conditions or unique gunner interactions with judges.
6. A Captain should be an active voice on the field trial committee, not just get the shells and call the people to shoot! Improving safety needs to be a group effort.
7. Could we start with an easier program and gradually make it more stringent in future? If we made it too easy, would this jeopardize gun safety?
8. Should there be “Grand-fathered” Cocker Guns based on ESSFTA? If not, what other criteria? What about our loyal Cocker Gun’s that were not ESSFTA qualified?
9. Did we need to modify that attendance so as not to exclude someone qualified if the seminar was not available in their area. i.e. take a test.
10. Is there a possibility of
spaniel gun program for both springers and cockers?
Listed here are additional concerns shared with the FEC since the development of the Cocker Gun Program:
1. Most Cocker Field Trials do not have entries which compare to our Springer counterparts. Breaking even financially can be difficult, if not sometimes impossible. Not only do our guns give of their own free time to shoot for us, in many instances they also absorb all of their travel and accommodation expenses. A burdensome qualification process may be “the straw that breaks the camel’s back.”
2. The open book review and questionnaire was too long.
3. The questionnaire had questions not relevant to gunning.
4. Should there be a distinction between shooting springer trials versus shooting cocker trials?
5. The time frame established was too tight for all gun teams to meet the new requirements.
6. The field trial clubs were not fully
or involved with the development process of the Gunning Criteria.
Thank you all for your input!
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