On March 4th, the Retriever Field Trial Council voted to adopt a new process for amending the Retriever Field Trial Rule Book. It is the Council's intention to improve communication and give members of the field trial community a greater say in and clearer understanding of the rules which govern their sport. The process gives members of the field trial community an opportunity to:
When amendments to the rule book are being considered by the Retriever Field Trial Council, they will be published here. This will give members of the field trial community the opportunity to review and discuss any changes to the rules and regulations that govern their sport.
When proposed rule book amendments are being considered by the Retriever Field Trial Council, a link to an online poll will be available here. CKC member clubs which have hosted a retriever field trial in the last 2 calendar years will be eligible to vote.
When proposed rule book amendments are being considered by the Retriever Field Trial Council, a link to an online feedback form will be available here. Anyone from the field trial community is welcome to voice their opinions and provide feedback.
3.2.6 n the Qualifying stake, there must be at least 2 judges and their combined experience must be such that they have judged a total of 3 Qualifying and/orAll-Age stakes. If 3 judges are used, their combinedexperience must be such that they have judged a total of 5 Qualifying and/or All-Age stakes. It is recommended that one of the judges be a judge, who on at least one occasion, has judged an All-Age stake at a CKC approved trial. A judge who has not, within the previous 5 calendar years, judged a Qualifying stake at a CKC approved retriever trial, shall not be approved to judge a Qualifying stake, unless within the same period he has judged at least one Junior stake or an All-Age stake at a CKC approved retriever trial or he is judging with a judge who has judged at least 5 Qualifying and/or All Age stakes within the previous 5 years or a combination of the two.
3.2.7 In the Junior stake, there must be at least 2 judges and their combined experience must be such that they have judged a total of 3 Junior and/or Qualifying and/or All-Age stakes. It is recommended that at least one of the judges be a judge who has judged at least one All-Age stake at a CKC approved retriever trial.
3.2.10 If an AKC qualified judge has no previous CKC judging experience, the judge must successfully complete and submit a mandatory open book test of the rulebook per Section 3.2.3. This will help ensure the new judge is familiar with the CKC rules for the event.
9.2.1 It shall be deemed unsportsmanlike conduct if a person during the running of or in connection with an event abuses or harasses a judge, handler, trial official or any other person present in any capacity at the event.
9.2.2 Any participant, including any person serving in any capacity at an event who displays unsportsmanlike conduct or who is seen to kick, strike or otherwise roughly manhandle a dog while on the grounds of a Retriever field trial at any time during the holding of the event, may be expelled from the trial by the Retriever Field Trial Committee.
9.2.4 The Retriever Field Trial Committee shall investigate, at once, any instance of alleged unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of any participant, including any person serving in any capacity at an event, or any report that a handler has been observed kicking, striking or otherwise roughly manhandling a dog. If the Retriever Field Trial Committee, after investigation, determines that a person is in violation of this section, and that the incident, if proven, would constitute conduct prejudicial to the sport or the CKC, it shall exercise its authority in accordance with the Complaints section of these rules.
3.2.10 This change ensures that AKC qualified judges that intend to judge CKC events are familiar with the CKC Retriever Field Trial Rules and Regulations. This rule does not apply to AKC judges that have judged CKC events in the past.
9.1.5 The Council felt that all persons present and participating in retriever field trial events should uphold a high code of sportsmanship. In an effort to reinforce this notion, the code of sportsmanship for judges has been further defined.
9.2.1, 9.2.2 & 9.2.4 These paragraphs define how individuals who display unsportsmanlike conduct are handled. Members of the council agree that anyone who participates in an event should be treated with respect and dignity. Furthermore, anyone participating in an event including persons acting in an official capacity should be held to the same standards of conduct as handlers and are subject to the same rules and procedures in instances of misconduct.
Please note that a new rulebook amendment process begins later this year. If you have concerns or any changes that you would like to see introduced, please contact your field trial council representative. A list of field trial council representatives can be found under Official Business. Guidelines on the new rulebook amendment process can also be found here.