We work in closely with the Canterbury Gundog Club who hold a
Club trial each month, which is a starting point for those wishing
to take up the sport. At various times during the year we
hold our own training sessions, where we use our own throwers, and
these are open to all members who wish to
In field trials the dogs have to
retrieve pigeons which are thrown from catapult like throwers
and a blank shot is fired in the air.
Puppy is very simple consisting of a simple retrieve over land
and one over water.
Novice is similar but the distance is longer and sometimes it is
2 single birds on both land and water.
Limit is more difficult with 2 birds to be retrieved over Land
and 2 over Water.
Then we come to the Open and Retriever Championship Trials.
These often consist of 3 birds with the 3rd one quite often being
blind and the dog having to take direction from the handler.