French Brittany Spaniels from Pheasant Country
Plum Creek Kennels
DEFINITION OF CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES
The following is a list of abbreviations regarding
To become a champion, a field trial dog has to be rated at least "VERY GOOD" in a show, and to become a Show Champion, a dog has to be awarded in a field trial.
AWARDS REQUIRED FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
CHA or CHP = 4 CACT (dogs) or 3 CACT (bitches) in solo under
different judges + a "Very Good" in show.
French Field Trials
Field trials in Europe, and specifically France, are considerably
different than those we are used to in the U.S. A summarization of a field trial in
At spring time trials, the dogs are expected to run approximately at 100 yards on each side, 30 yards before the handler - who must walk in a promenade pace - generally held on short wheat. At fall trials (shot game trials) the dogs are expected to run approximately 60 yards each side, often on sugar beets). In itself it is not the distance that is appreciated, but the fact that if the game is scarce the wider and faster a dog goes, the more chance it has to meet birds. The birds for field trials are wild grey partridges in spring trials, wild or released greys in summer (stubble or beets), released pheasants in shot game field trials (except for some specific trials held on woodcocks, snipes and black grouse). ALL field trials are WALKED - NO horseback at all.
Once on point, the dog has to keep steady until the handler rejoins him, orders the dog to flush (or flushes the bird himself - either way is acceptable). Must be steady to wing and shot. If the bird is shot, the retrieve is ordered by the judge to the handler who then orders his dog. Bird giving seated and in hand is apreciated. When running in couple, the dogs must honor without intervention of their handler.