Cocker spaniel amateur field trial
Canadian National Spaniel Field Trial Association
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Last year, AKC approved the addition of amateur stakes at cocker field trials. An initiative led by members of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America.
Description:Cocker field trials average an entry of 30 to 45 cockers. To earn a field or amateur field championship, it has to retrieve game from water after a swim. As is in the open stakes, a dog needs to have earned one point in the three years previous, including the year of the championship to be eligible to compete in the national event. She said, "Our goal is to provide the competitive opportunity for amateur handlers without the pressure of competing against professionals handlers. And if a dog earns a champion of record, obedience trial champion and field champion, the dog is designated as a "Triple Champion". Some springer trials routinely number more than 60 dogs and national events are topping dogs and take almost a week to complete. Last year, AKC approved the addition of amateur stakes at cocker field trials.