CMBC FIELD TRIAL
Saturday, May 29
Sunday, May 30
The Central Maine Brittany Club Field Trial
A field trial is a competitive event where dogs are given the opportunity to earn points towards a championship title. The CMBC holds licensed AKC field trials for pointing breeds. CMBC Field Trials are open to all pointing breed dogs that are 6 months or older on the first day of the field trial. Visit the AKC for registration requirements and eligible breeds.
CMBC members and friends have been working on grounds maintenance and habitat improvement at the Maine Bird Dog Field Grounds in Fryeburg, Maine where the field trials are held. There is lots of space to camp, to tie out dogs and horses and its a fun place to meet other trialers and be social.
This is an AKC walking field trial open to all AKC registered pointing breeds. If your dog is registered in the Field Dog Stud Book, they must also be registered with AKC before the trial. Placements are sent to AKC and American Field. Judges may be on horseback for some stakes. Dogs compete to earn points towards field champion titles. Additionally, CMBC participates in the “Northeast Gundog Standings” where an award is given annually to the Brittany earning the most points in the Amateur Walking or Horseback Gundog stakes for ABC/AKC participating clubs throughout the northeast.
If your dog is not AKC registered, and want to give your dog practice in pointing birds, you can enter any dog in the Amateur Walking Hunting Dog stake. AKC registered dogs are also eligible for this stake. This is a stake that is judged on bird finding ability, but the dog does not have to be steady to the flush or shot. Ribbons are given for the top 4 placements, but all entrants get to experience a “hunting experience”. All you need is a desire to get your dog on birds and have a blank gun.
If you are interested in field trialing with your pointing dog but don't know where to begin, we invite you to join us at the field trial to observe, meet our club members and get some tips on how to get started. Field events are a great way for you and your dog to have fun together from puppy to experienced pointing dogs. Junior handlers are welcome - walking the puppy stakes in the gallery can be very inspiring when you see how motivated these dogs are to find birds even at a very young age!
Field Trial Training Day Handout
Get Gary Anderson's excellent short guide to field trials. A must read for first timers and a good refresher for us all.
NEW ENGLAND & NY BRITTANY CLUBS
Phil Thayer, Jr
P.O. Box 1031
North Hampton, NH
Upper New York
116 Reservoir Rd
Ft. Edward, NY 12828