Working tests are held for Retrievers and Spaniels at Novice and Open standard, and for puppies. The Club Tests are held under ‘KENNEL CLUB FIELD TRIAL REGULATIONS’

We actively encourage young handlers and new handlers at these events.

Working tests are designed to simulate real situations that are found in the field on a shooting day but do not involve live game. They are always great fun and provide a valuable opportunity for the less experienced handler to enter into competition. Whatever the outcome, much will be learned and new friends made.

The events are always very sociable and attract lots of participants who enjoy the opportunity of working their dogs during the summer and enjoying a picnic in a wonderful countryside setting.

The Club takes every opportunity to sponsor teams to enter inter-club competitions. Nominees are usually drawn from those who have done well in our working tests.

Working Test Entry Forms can be downloaded and printed by clicking on this link here : WORKING_TEST_ENTRY_FORM


Working Test Secretary (Spaniels)
Charlotte Colquhoun
Tel: 07375 887621
Working Test Secretary (Retrievers)
Julie Adams

Tel: 07503 181271





Entry fee : £10.00 per dog (members only)

Please enclose your :   > Applicable Working Test Entry Form(s), download from : HERE
  > Payment & ^SAE
  > Separate cash or *cheque payment for each dog, and each Test

*BACS payment preferredNTH Devon Working Gundog Club (NatWest Business Banking)

Registered Office: PO Box 1, 41 High Street, BARNSTAPLE, Devon, EX31 1HJ

Sort Code: 51-70-16    Account Number: 79366309

^Members who wish to receive running orders before the event must enclose a stamped addressed envelope.

All tests start at 9.30am for 10am unless otherwise stated.

Raffle prizes will be much appreciated.

Additional ‘Working Tests’ Entry Forms can be downloaded and printed by clicking either on the link above, or on this link here : WORKING_TEST_ENTRY_FORM

Entries should be sent to the relevant Working Test Secretary, as follows :

Spaniels     : Charlotte Colquhoun 

Tel: 07375 887621  Email:

Retrievers Julie Adams

Address : 3 Prospect Place, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4SB

Tel: 07503 181271        Email:


Open      : Open to all dogs

Puppy    : Confined to dogs less than 18 months of age at the date of the test.

Veteran : (Unclassified) Open to all dogs aged EIGHT YEARS or over on the day before the test is run.

Novice   : Confined to dogs of any age not having won: a Field Trial Award, or 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an Open Test or 1st in any other Test (Puppy and Novice Dog/Novice Handler are discounted for this purpose)

Novice Dog/Novice Handler: Neither dog nor handler to have won any award, including commendation at a Field Trial or 1st, 2nd or 3rd, in any Open or Novice Working Test. This includes a Puppy Test but not Junior Handler.

Dogs may be allowed to enter any Working Test on a Not for Competition (NFC) basis at the discretion of the relevant Working Test Secretary, by arrangement prior to the day of the event