Last updated 16-09-2021

Field trials are run for both Retrievers and Spaniels at Open and Novice standard. The Club Trials are held under ‘KENNEL CLUB FIELD TRIAL REGULATIONS’

The club runs a full programme of Field Trials, licensed by the Kennel Club, on shoots in Devon by kind permission of land owners and shooting syndicates.  We work closely with shoot managers and their game – keepers to ensure that Trials are run to a high standard.

The winners of Open stakes are rewarded with the opportunity to compete in the National Championships.

Dogs that win an award at our Trials gain an entry into the Kennel Club Stud Book.

The Club is licensed to run the following trials each season :

> Two one-day Novice Any Variety Retriever Stakes
> Two one-day Open Any Variety Retriever Stakes
> A Novice Cocker Spaniel Stake
> An Open Cocker Spaniel Stake
> Novice AV Spaniel (except Cocker) Stake
> Open AV Spaniel (except Cocker) Stake

Please note this year the preferred method of entry will be via the Field Trial Management System (FTMS) but paper Field Trials Entry Forms can be downloaded and printed by clicking on this link hereFIELD_TRIALS_ENTRY_FORM .  

Completed entry forms should be sent by first class post to the relevant FTSec, accompanied by a Cheque for the entry fee.


Field Trials Secretary (Spaniels)
Valerie BrookesPhone:   07932 159978

Address:  Worston Farm, Worston, Nr Yealmpton, Devon PL8 2LN  

Email :

Field Trials Secretary (Retrievers)
Julie Taylor

Phone: 07815 209722

Address:  The Firs, Crowcombe Heathfield Taunton TA4 4BU. 

Email :



Entries will be preferably be made online via the Field Trial Management System (FTMS) for both Spaniel and Retriever trials. This means payment details will be taken online as part of your entry on the system but won’t be taken from your account, unless you are offered a run. There is a non-refundable £3 admin fee taken upfront for all entries on the FTMS system. The draw is carried out by FTMS on the day following the closing date and the entrants will be notified by an FTMS email. After this, all communication should be to the relevant Field Trial Secretary. (Where it is not possible to make an entry via FTMS, a paper entry will be accepted.  Please contact the relevant Field Trial Secretary asap). By entering a trial, you are committed to abiding by the KC JRegs and the Club’s Conditions. Directions to the venue will be sent with the running order.

Members          : > Retriever Stakes -Open £40 -Novice £30
> Spaniel Stakes -Open £35 -Novice £30
Non-Members : -£50 all Stakes

All entries on FTMS carry an additional £3.00 Admin fee

Please enclose your :   > Applicable Field Trials Entry Form(s), download from : HERE          
  > Payment & ^SAE
  > Separate *cheque payment for each dog, and each Trial

*Please make cheque(s) payable to : ‘The North Devon Working Gundog Club

^Members who wish to receive running orders before the event must enclose a stamped addressed envelope.  Directions to the venues for all trials will be sent with the running order.

Paper Entries should be sent to the relevant Field Trials Secretary, as follows : (Please ensure entries are sent in good time, as first class post does not guarantee ‘next day’ delivery)

Spaniels     : Val Brookes, Please see above         Tel: Please see above               EMail:

Retrievers : NAME: Julie Taylor, Please see above          Tel: Please see above                 EMail:


Retrievers :   >Open   -1st £35   -2nd £25   -3rd £15
  >Novice   -1st £30   -2nd £20   -3rd £10
Spaniels     :   >Open   -1st £30   -2nd £20   -3rd £10
  >Novice   -1st £25   -2nd £15   -3rd £5

In addition, food vouchers will be awarded to the top three dogs in each stake.

Draws  :The draw for spaniel & Retriever stakes will take place  on the day following the closing date using FTMS.  Members welcome for all draws by arrangement.

We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship provided by Roger Skinner Ltd.

HELP AT TRIALS is always appreciated; please give a call in advance.



OPEN STAKE – A stake in which dogs have the opportunity of gaining a qualification towards the title of Field Trial Champion (K regulations refer) or towards entry in the Championships or Champion Stake for its breed and in which entry is open to all dogs of a specified breed or breeds, except that such Stakes may not be confined to Any Variety Spaniel [except Spaniel (English Springer) and Spaniel (Cocker)], it may be limited to a prescribed number of runners, in which case these shall be decided by a draw conducted in accordance with Regulation J6.g so that preference is given to previous performance.

Preference in the draw for Open Stakes

> Members’ dogs which have gained awards as shown below

> Non-members’ dogs which have gained awards as shown below

> Members’ dogs which have gained other awards

> Non-members’ dogs which have gained other awards

> Other dogs

AWARDS – Retrievers – First, Second Third or Fourth award in a 24 dog Open Stake; or First, Second or Third award in a 12 Dog Open Stake; or First award in All-Aged or Novice Stakes.

Spaniels – First, Second or Third award in an Open Stake or a First award in an All-Aged or Novice Stake.

NOVICE STAKE – A stake which is confined to dogs which have not gained the following awards:

Retrievers: First, Second, Third or Fourth award in a 24 Dog Open Stake; or First, Second or Third award in a 12 Dog Open Stake; or First in an All-Aged or Novice Stake.

Spaniels: First, Second or Third in an Open stake; or First in an All-Aged or Novice Stake.

1. Dogs entered at Kennel Club Licensed Field Trials must be registered at the Kennel Club in accordance with Kennel Club Regulations for Classification and Registration B.

2. The society reserves the right to refuse any entry.

3. No substitute is allowed unless a veterinary certificate is produced certifying ill health or ‘bitch’ in season.

4. All dogs resident outside the UK must be issued with a Kennel Club Authority to Compete number before entry to the event can be made. All overseas entries without an Authority to Compete number will be returned to the competitor.

5. If entries or nominations exceed the number of permitted runners, the right to compete in a Trial shall be decided by ballot.

6. Should circumstances so dictate the Society, in consultation with the judges, may alter arrangements as necessary. Such changes and the circumstances surrounding them will be reported to the Kennel Club.

7. No modification may be made to the schedule after publication except by permission of the Kennel Club, followed by advertisement in appropriate journals if time permits before the closing of entries.

8. Judges at a Trial are prohibited from entering a dog which is recorded in their ownership or part ownership.

9. Videography and photography will only be permitted with the express permission of the Chief Steward and the host.

10. Welfare of Dogs. An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the General Committee for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations.

11. Dogs in cars on hot days. 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.

12. Withdrawals – Regulation J7(f) applies viz: after an applicant has been successful in the draw for a place in a Stake, or as a reserve has accepted an offer of a run, if the run is not taken up the applicant may become liable for the full entry fee except :-

(i) Where the applicant has qualified out of Novice Stakes (where applicable)


(ii) Where the dog drawn to run has qualified for the Championship after entries have closed


(iii) On production of a Veterinary Certificate confirming that the dog entered for the Stake is unfit to compete


(iv) On production of a medical certificate that the applicant or the applicants nominated handler is unable to compete


(v) Where the dog drawn to run is withdrawn more than 7 days prior to the stake.


1. Entries for all field trials must be sent in hard copy by post or delivered by hand to the relevant field trial secretary. Payment must be made in advance for all stakes – cheques received from unsuccessful applicants will be destroyed unless a late withdrawal is made (see Reg J7f).

The result of the draw will not be sent to the applicant unless a stamped addressed envelope or email address (clearly written) is enclosed with the entry form. Telephone entries will not be accepted. Illegible entry forms will not be accepted.

2. More than one dog may be entered but second applications will not be balloted until after the first applications have been balloted. Names of the dogs should be entered in order of choice.

3. Any member who is successful in the draw, or as a reserve subsequently accepts a run, will be given second priority in any subsequent draw for the same type of stake unless:

(i) the subsequent draw is under subscribed


(ii) the dog drawn to run has qualified out of Novice Stakes after the closing date for entries


(iii) the dog drawn to run has qualified for the Championship after the closing date for entries


(iv) a Veterinary Certificate is produced confirming that the dog drawn to run is unfit to compete or is a bitch in season


(v) a medical certificate is produced stating that the applicant or the applicants nominated handler is unfit to compete.

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

5. All dogs must be kept on a lead except when in line or used for picking-up under the direction of the judges or steward of the beat.

6. Competitors must make their own arrangements for lunch.

7. The OWNERS, including all JOINT OWNERS, of dogs entered for field trials must be members of this Society to get preference in the draw. Joint ownership will be considered the same as single ownership to have preference in the draw.

8. All spectators attend the Trial at their own risk and must at all times obey the directions given by the Stewards.

9. Competitors are required to dress for the occasion in line with our Hosts, Guns and Keepers.

10. Trophies will be held for one year and it is the recipient’s responsibility to ensure the safe return to the relevant Field Trial Secretary in time for the following year’s Trial. The recipient is responsible for the engraving required and must return the trophy in the condition it was received.