Field Trials

The purpose of Field Trials is to test the dogs for their suitability as gundogs.

Field Trials are of special value to Breeders for the selection of working strains of gundog’s, to shooters looking for the right type of dog with working ability, and to handlers wishing to gain experience in the handling of their dogs.

Who can participate

To participate in Irish Kennel Club approved competitions, a dog must be registered with the Irish Kennel Club or another FCI Kennel Club.

You can find more about the process of registration, and the eligibility requirements, here. You can find out more about the FCI here.

If you are in any doubt about the eligibility of your dog to participate in an event, contact the organiser. He or she will be able to advise you of any steps you need to take.

How can I participate

Each event will have different registration and entry procedures.

Contact the Irish Kennel Club for information on upcoming Field Trial events.


At a field trial and at the judge’s discretion, awards may be given to the dog and handler team who reach a required standard.

Awards at Open Field Trial competition level are a route to the title of Field Trial Champion. Awards are graded as Excellent, Very Good and Good and carry appropriate points towards the title of Field Trial Champion.

Other awards which do not have a value in points but are a reflection of the standard of the trial may be offered. At a Championship Trial and at the judge’s discretion, a Diploma of Honour may be issued and at an Open Trial Certificates of Merit may be issued.

Entry Form

Download the Irish Kennel Club Field Trial  Entry Form

Field Trial Regulations

IKC Field Trial Rules and Regulations