B REGULATIONS FOR THE CONDUCT OF FIELD TRIALS FOR BRITISH BREEDS OF POINTING DOGS

Field Trials for British Breeds conducted by the Member Clubs shall be held in terms of the provisions hereof.

1. DEFINITIONS

1.1 "Brace" means two dogs paired to hunt together.

1.2 "COM" means a Certificate of Merit.

1.3 "Dog" means a registered British Breed or Continental Breed dog of either sex.

1.4 "Host Club" means a Member Club hosting a field trial.

1.5 "Round" means a complete set of pairings of dogs drawn to compete with one another.

2. GENERAL QUALIFICATION

2.1 Subject to 2.2 below, only dogs which have not been sterilized and which are registered with the NFTA or with any recognised organization,

shall qualify to participate in a field trial conducted by the Member Clubs.

2.2 Dogs which have been sterilized shall qualify to participate in a field trial provided a veterinary certificate has been submitted to the

executive committee of the NFTA, stating the reason for sterilization which reason must have been ratified by that committee. The NFTA

executive committee shall be obliged to ratify dogs that are sterilized (grade C, D, E) because of hip dysplasia, upon submission of the

relevant veterinary hip evaluation certificate(s).

2.3 Except in the Puppy Stake, a dog younger than 4 (four) months of age may not be entered in a stake.

2.4 A dog may not be entered or handled in a trial held by the Member Clubs or the NFTA National Championships event or other events unless the owner is a

member in good standing with his club, or of an organisation which forms part of the NFTA

3. STAKES

3.1 Puppy Stake: is open to dogs not older than 12 months as at the date of a trial, irrespective of prizes previously won.

3.2 Derby Stake: is open to dogs not older than 24 months as at the date of a trial, irrespective of prizes previously won.

3.3 Maiden Stake: is open to dogs which have not been placed first, second or third in a Maiden Stake, Brace Stake or Championship Stake.

3.4 Brace Stake: is open to two dogs of the same breed handled by a single handler and owned by a single owner or partnership. Alternatively,

both dogs must have an owner in common. At least one of the dogs must have qualified to participate in the Championship Stakes.

A dog may be entered only once in a Brace Stake.

3.5 Championship Stake: is open to dogs which have been placed first, second or third or have been awarded a COM in a Maiden Stake or Brace Stake.

Member Clubs are permitted to hold only one Championship stake per annum.

3.6 Open Stake: is open to all dogs irrespective of prizes previously won.

3.7 St Hubert and F.I.D.I.C.: are open to all dogs irrespective of prizes previously won.

3.8 National Championship Stake: is open to British Breed dogs only that qualify in terms of the provisions set out hereunder:

3.8.1 "A" Qualifiers: are those British Breed dogs which were placed first, second or third in the previous 2 (two) National Championship Stakes

and in the Member Clubs Championship Stakes of the current and previous year, wherein a minimum number of 14 (fourteen) British Breed dogs participated.

3.8.2 "B" Qualifiers: are those British Breeds dogs which were awarded certificates of merit in the stakes referred to in 3.8.1 above.

Participation of dogs qualifying in terms hereof shall be at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

3.8.3 Participation by invitation: To obviate a bye and to ensure sufficient number of dogs at the commencement of the National Championship event,

the Executive Committee, shall invite at it’s discretion suitable British Breed dogs qualified for Championship Stakes to participate in the event,

provided that such dogs cannot be placed in the event.

3.8.4 Entries: The secretary of the NFTA shall within 14 (fourteen) days of completion of the last Member Clubs Championship Stake, give written

notice to the owners of qualifying dogs of their entry into the National Championship Stake.

4. AWARDS

4.1 Certificate of Merit

4.1.1 The Judges shall be empowered to award a COM.
4.1.2 The Judges are to place COM awards in sequential order.
4.1.3 A COM does not constitute a placing.
4.1.4. The Judges are not empowered to award more than 6 (Six) COM awards in a Championship Stake event.

4.2 Placing

4.2.1 The Judges shall be empowered to award a first, second or a third place in any Stake.
4.2.2 The Judges are not empowered to award shared placings.

4.3 Certificates

Dogs that have been awarded a place or a COM shall be entitled to a certificate specifying the stake and the details of the placing or COM.

4.4 Field Trial Champion

4.4.1 A dog which has won a Member Clubs' Championship stake wherein a minimum number of 14 (fourteen) British Breed dogs competed,

shall be entitled to carry the prefix F.T.Ch. to its name.

4.4.2 A Continental Breed dog which has won a Member Clubs British Breeds championship stake shall be entitled to carry the prefix (B.B.) F.T.Ch to its name.

4.5 National Field Trial Champion

A dog which has won a National Championship Stake shall be entitled to carry the prefix Nat.F.T.Ch. to its name.

4.6 NFTA Colours Award


The NFTA shall annually award NFTA Colours to:

4.6.1 The winner of the National Championship Stake.

4.6.2 The three dogs, excluding the winner of the National Championship Stake, which have accumulated the most points during the current field trial season,

as per the ranking system referred to in Clause 5 below.

4.6.3 In the event of there being a tie involving the dogs referred to under clause 4.6.2, all such dogs shall be awarded colours.

4.7 Dog of the Year

The NFTA shall annually, at the conclusion of the National Championship Stake, award the prize of "Dog of the Year" to the dog which has accumulated the most points

during the current field trial season in accordance with the ranking system referred to in clause 5 below. The dog which has been awarded the prize of

"Dog of the Year" shall be entitled to a certificate specifying that award.

5. RANKING OF DOGS

5.1 All championship dogs will be ranked in descending order based on the cumulative points earned by each dog in the previous ten championship stake events

held by the NFTA and the Member Clubs. (NFTA AGM 2010)

5.2 The points earned by each dog shall be calculated as follows:

5.2.1 A dog will be allocated a Ranking Value (RV) at the beginning of a championship stake as per table 1:

Table 1

Ranked Position RV
1 to 10 3
11 to 20 2
21 to 30 1

5.2.2 A Total Field Value (TFV) is then calculated by adding the ranking values of all the dogs competing in that championship stake event.

5.2.3 The dogs which are placed or are awarded certificates of merit in that event will earn the points allocated in table 2 below, multiplied by the

total field value.

Table 2

Placing Points
First      --------- 25
Second --------- 12
Third     ---------- 8
COM1   ---------- 5
COM2   ---------- 4
COM3   ---------- 3
COM4   ---------- 2
COM5   ---------- 1
COM6   -----------1

5.3 The Secretary or his nominee shall be responsible for the management and updating of the ranking system.

6. SELECTION OF WORLD CUP TEAMS AND TEAMS FOR OTHER INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

6.1 The selection of world cup teams and teams for other international events shall be made by a selector's committee appointed by

the Executive Committee.

6.2 The Selector's Committee shall select dogs in order of preference according to the ranking system referred to in Clause 5 above, subject to those

dogs being able to comply with the basic retrieving requirements on land and water in accordance with the Continental Rules.

7. DATES FOR FIELD TRIALS

7.1 Member Clubs shall apply to the NFTA at the Annual General Meeting for dates to hold their field trials. Such applications shall include proposed dates,

venues and stakes to be run.

7.2 The Executive Committee shall allocate trial dates with traditional dates taking preference.

7.3 The National Field Trial Championship shall be held annually on a date to be determined by the Executive Committee.

8. THE PROGRAMME

8.1 A Host Club shall publish a programme that contains the following:

8.1.1 The name of the Host Club.
8.1.2 The date/s of the trial.
8.1.3 The names of the Judges and Learner Judges for each stake, with the Chief Judge’s name to appear first.
8.1.4 The name of the convenor.
8.1.5 The name of the Chief Field Steward for each stake.
8.1.6 The venue and starting time of the trial.
8.1.7 A definition of each stake to be run.
8.1.8 The prizes offered.
8.1.9 The entries to include the following particulars of each dog:
8.1.9.1 Registered name and number.
8.1.9.2 Name and address of the owner.
8.1.9.3 Breed.
8.1.9.4 Sex.
8.1.9.5 Date whelped.
8.1.9.6 Registered name of the sire and dam.
8.1.9.7 Colour of the dog.
8.1.9.8 Name of the handler.
8.1.10 A statement that the trial is held under the National Field Trial Rules and Regulations.
8.1.11 A statement that the Host Club accepts no responsibility for injury, loss or damage to person or property, however caused.
8.1.12 A list of results of the previous season's events.
8.1.13 A notice to entrants that:
8.1.13.1 Bitches in season within the precincts of the trial are forbidden.
8.1.13.2 Sterilized dogs are not eligible to participate unless a veterinary certificate is submitted stating a valid reason for sterilization,

which reason must have been ratified by the Executive Committee.

8.1.13.3 Only registered dogs may compete.
8.1.13.4 The trial has been sanctioned by the NFTA.
8.1.13.5 A dog may not be entered or handled in a trial held by the Member Clubs or the NFTA National Championships event or other events

unless he is a member in good standing with his club, or of an organisation which forms part of the NFTA

9. COPY OF THE RULES & REGULATIONS

A host Club shall ensure that the Regulations for the conduct of Field Trials and the Rules and Guides for the Judging of Field Trials

are available at the venue during a trial.

10. APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES

10.1 The Judges’ “List”

The NFTA shall record, update and issue to the Member Clubs, a Judges’ “List” within 2 (two) weeks after an Annual General Meeting indicating

which persons are Judges or Senior Judges.

10.2 Minimum qualifications for Judges.

10.2.1 Judge

A person shall not be approved as a Judge until that person has acted as a Field Steward in no less than 2 (two) stakes and has acted as a Learner Judge

in no less than 2 (two) Maiden, Brace and/or Championship Stakes and has had 4 (four) years experience in competing with dogs in field trials and has

produced at least 1 (one) dog that has qualified for Championship Stakes.

Should more than one stake be run and judged simultaneously, such stake shall be considered as a single stake in terms of these requirements.

Continental Breed / HPR stakes are accepted as a recognised stake under these requirements.

A Puppy Stake will be considered as a recognised stake for the appointment of judges, should all requirements for holding a puppy stake be complied with.

10.2.2 Senior Judge

A person shall not be approved as a Senior Judge unless that person has judged no less than 7 (seven) stakes and has had at least 7 (seven) years experience

in competing with dogs in field trials and has produced at least 2 (two) dogs that have qualified for Championship Stakes.

Should more than one stake be run and judged simultaneously, such stake shall be considered as a single stake in terms of these requirements.

Continental Breed / HPR stakes are accepted as a recognised stake under these requirements.

A Puppy Stake will be considered as a recognised stake for the appointment of judges, should all requirements for holding a puppy stake be complied with.

10.3 Recommendations to the Judges “List”

10.3.1 A person may be recommended to the Judges’ “List” by a Member Club which shall make recommendations to the Executive Committee

in writing at the Annual General Meeting indicating the minimum requirements reflected under clause 10 (ten) above, have been met.

Such person shall be added to the Judges’ “List” if approved by the Executive Committee.

10.3.2 It is incumbent on any person who is to be included in the Judges’ “List”, to have knowledge and understand the logic of field trials,

and to be able to interpret the ”Regulations for the Conduct of Field Trials” and the “Rules and Guides for the Judging of Field Trials”.

10.3.3 It may be required that aspirant judges write and pass an exam set by a sub-committee appointed for that purpose by the Executive Committee.

10.4 Foreign Judges

A Member Club may appoint foreign Judges to judge a stake provided that the Executive Committee has approved the appointment. A foreign judge may not be appointed as Chief Judge.

10.5 Compulsory Number of Judges

10.5.1 There shall be a minimum of three (3) Judges per stake.
10.5.2 At least one (1) Senior Judge shall be appointed for each stake.
10.5.3 The Chief Judge shall be a Senior Judge.
10.5.4 The National Championship Stake shall have a minimum of two (2) Senior Judges.

10.6 Appointment of Judges

10.6.1 Judges shall be appointed from the Judges’ “List” by the Host Club which shall ensure that a judging panel is well balanced.

10.6.2 The Judges of the National Championship Stake shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. It shall be preferable for the judging panel

to consist of judges from different Member Clubs with the Chief Judge to be nominated by the Host Club.

10.6.3 Learner Judges shall not be permitted at a National Championship Stake.

10.6.4 Should a Judge be prevented from attending or completing a trial due to ill health or otherwise, the Committee members of

the Host Club present at the trial, together with the Chief Field Steward, shall appoint another Judge from the Judges’ “List”

to attend to or complete the trial.

10.7 Learner Judges

10.7.1 A person shall qualify as a Learner Judge if they have acted as a Field Steward in 2 (two) stakes and competed in field trials.

10.7.2 There may not be more than one Learner Judge per stake.

10.8 Physical fitness

Judges must be able to meet the physical demands of their task by being with, but never in front, of the handlers for the duration of a stake.

The nature of the terrain on which a stake is to be held should be taken into account when selecting judges.

10.9 Judges Report


The Executive Committee may require a Chief Judge to submit a written report of a stake judged by him.

11. THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF JUDGES

11.1 The Judges shall assist the committee members of the Host Club to set the course that will test the standard of the dogs.

11.2 The Judges shall liaise with the Chief Field Steward to ensure the efficient running of a trial.

11.3 The Chief Judge shall control the stake and issue instructions through the Chief Field Steward on all matters connected with the stake

and shall call for the assistance of the Chief Field Steward or the committee members of the Host Club to assist wherever he/she may require.

11.4 The Judges may in consultation with the Chief Field Steward and any of the committee members of the Host Club, consider whether the weather

is unfit for holding a trial and if possible to set a new date for the trial, failing which to cancel the event.

11.5 The Chief Judge shall be the spokesman for the judging panel.

11.6 The Judges shall determine the duration of the rounds.

11.7 The Chief Judge shall position the other Judges while judging a stake.

11.8 The Judges shall eliminate a dog from a stake whose handler does not, without good reason, obey them or wilfully interferes with another handler

or his dog.

11.9 The Judges may at their discretion, but not without undue justification, eliminate a dog from a stake for drug abuse and may require a dog which

is awarded a prize to be tested for drug abuse.

11.10 The Judges may require a dog to wear a distinguishing coloured collar.

11.11 The Judges shall have an equal say in evaluating the work of a dog and placing a dog at the end of a stake.

11.12 The Judges shall conclude their deliberations in making a decision as to the final result at the end of a stake before leaving the field,

with sufficient time to be able to run any dogs which the judges have not been able to sequentially place.

11.13 In the event of the Judges being unable to reach consensus the Judges shall vote to obtain a result.

11.14 Withholding Prizes

11.14.1 The Judges shall withhold a prize or award if, in their opinion, the dogs competing do not show sufficient merit.

11.14.2 In the event of a prize winner being disqualified due to a technical disqualification, the dogs next in consecutive order of merit

may at the Judges discretion be awarded higher prizes.

11.14.3 Technical disqualifications are those which are deemed to be infringements or non-compliance of these rules and regulations,

including drug abuse.

11.15 A dog may not compete in a stake if it is owned by the Chief Judge judging that stake.

11.16 A Judge may not judge a dog owned or handled by a family member but shall refer any decision to the other two (2) judges who shall be assisted

by either the Learner Judge or Chief Field Steward. This includes any eliminating faults.

11.16.1 When a dog owned by a judge is running in a stake the judge may not handle or interfere in any way with the dog nor will the dog be

permitted to report back to its owner who is a judge.

11.17 A Judge’s duty is to determine the prize winners of an event solely on the merits of a dog’s performance during that stake and no other factor

should enter into their consideration.

12. FIELD STEWARDS ELECTION, DUTIES AND POWERS

12.1 A person shall qualify as a Chief Field Steward if he/she is completely aware and capable of performing the duties of a Chief Field Steward as described

in the Regulations for the conduct of Field Trials for British Breeds of Pointing Dogs and the Rules and Guides for the Judging of Field Trials for British Breed Dogs

and has had some experience as a Deputy Field Steward or has attended or competed in field trials.

12.2 A Host Club shall elect the Chief Field Steward who shall be responsible for:

12.2.1 The running of a stake.
12.2.2 The setting of the course on the recommendations of the committee of the Host Club and by the Judges.
12.2.3 Being acquainted with the course to be used during a stake.
12.2.4 Jointly, with the Judges, deciding on which ground is to be re-used.
12.2.5 Appointing as many Deputy Field Stewards as are required to assist him in running a stake.
12.2.6 Acting as timekeeper.
12.2.7 Appointing two persons to act as “Gun Stewards” for the duration of the stake.
12.2.8 Ensuring that there are two shotguns and sufficient ammunition available.

12.3 The Chief Field Steward shall:

12.3.1 Seek the co-operation of the Judges to successfully complete a stake;

12.3.2 Run the stake on time, in a time-saving manner, so as to present the competing dogs to the Judges to their best advantage;

12.3.3 Control the movements of the spectators and followers to ensure that they do not obstruct the work of the dogs or the Judges;

12.3.4 Ensure that the shotguns and ammunition are ready to be handed to the handlers when they are called up and at the same time

relieve the handlers of their leashes;

12.3.5 Enforce the “no-smoking” rule strictly, in the interest of safety and shall announce smoking breaks at suitable places;

12.3.6 Brief each pair of handlers personally as to the direction they must follow;

12.3.7 Insist that the handlers maintain the set course unless a dog is off-course due to working scent or roading game;

12.3.8 Deviate from a planned course at the request of the Judges;

12.3.9 Ensure the handlers are assisted in negotiating fences by temporarily relieving them of the shotguns;

12.3.10 Promptly relieve the handlers of the shotguns and hand back the leashes at the completion of each Brace;

12.3.11 Subject to instructions given by the Chief Judge, call the dogs up in the event that game in an area proves to be abundant when both dogs

have had a point and a back, to put the next brace down for the purpose of saving time and conserving the ground;

12.3.12 On instructions of the Chief Judge, immediately call up a dog that has committed an eliminating fault and to call a dog which has drawn

a bye to complete the round with the remaining dog;

12.3.13 Announce the draw and the duration of each Brace;

12.3.14 Ensure that he is ready to make a draw for the second round upon finalisation of the Judges deliberations after the first round;

12.3.15 Ensure that the dogs which were paired in the first round are not paired in the second round;

12.3.16 Limit the time given to each brace in each round according to the number of dogs remaining and the time available, subject to directions

given to him by the judges;

12.3.17 At the end of the second round and upon finalisation of the Judge’s deliberations, make a further draw;

12.3.18 After completion of the third round, announce the names of the dogs which the judges have elected to remain in the stake.

13. MISCELLANEOUS GENERAL PROVISIONS

13.1 Record of Entries

A Host Club shall, within seven days of completion of a field trial, submit to the Secretary of the NFTA a list of all dogs which competed in a trial

with their registration numbers.

13.2 Removal of dogs from a trial venue

Should the committee of a Host Club, after consultation with the Judges or a veterinary surgeon, consider a dog unfit to compete

or which interferes with the safety of other competing dogs or interferes with the prospects of success of its opponents,

such a dog shall be immediately removed from the trial venue.

14. DRAWING OF DOGS

14.1 A draw shall follow the procedure of assigning a card with an individual number to each entry. The numbered cards shall then be placed

together, drawn randomly and the dogs paired into braces.

14.2 The Judges and Chief Field Stewards shall ensure that the dogs which met in the first round shall not run together in the second round.

14.3 Unless eliminated for committing an eliminating fault, a dog shall be entitled to participate in the first two (2) rounds.

14.4 At the conclusion of the second round the Judges shall select such dogs as they consider to have shown sufficient merit to be entitled to remain

in the stake. Another draw or pairing shall then be made among those dogs for the next round.

14.5 At the conclusion of the third and subsequent rounds, the Judges may run dogs in pairs as they think fit and shall ensure prior to termination

of the stake that the dog placed first has run with the dog placed second unless they are handled by the same handler.

14.6 Those dogs chosen for consideration for placing by virtue of their success in the early rounds could be held back. The event can then run

to its conclusion by using those dogs that have been unfortunate in having had only barren rounds and those which have not had the opportunity to back.

14.7 Where one handler in a stake is competing with two (2) or more dogs, such dogs shall not be paired together.

14.8 All the dogs, except those previously eliminated or withdrawn, must remain available for further participation until eliminated or until

termination of the stake.

15. MANAGEMENT OF A FIELD TRIAL

15.1 Management entrusted to Member Clubs

The management of a field trial shall be entrusted to the Host Club.

15.2 Association Representatives

A Host Club shall appoint an Executive Committee Member to be present at its Championship Stake.

15.3 Duration of Field Trial Events

15.3.1 A Championship Stake shall be allocated a minimum period of one and a half days.

15.3.2 In the event that a large number of entries are received for a stake, the host club may, at their sole discretion, decide to lengthen

the duration of the event beyond two days, provided this is published beforehand to all participants as well as in the official program.

15.4 Procedure in the Case of Objection

15.4.1 Any member of a Member Club who handles a dog competing in a trial may make an objection to the committee of the Host Club

against any dog, official, or person competing in the trial, either before or after the conclusion of the stake. Such an objection shall be

in writing, shall identify the dog/person/official and specify the basis of the objection and shall bare the signature and address of the

person who makes it.

15.4.2 In order for the objection to be heard, the objecting person shall lodge an amount determined from time to time by the Executive Committee,

with the secretary or representative of the Host Club.

15.4.3 The secretary or representative of the Host Club shall notify the committee members of the Host Club who are present, of the objection.

15.4.4 An objection shall be adjudicated on the day of the objection by simple majority of committee members of the Host Club who are present

at the trial and who are not involved in the dispute. The decision taken by those committee members shall be final.

15.4.5 In the event of an objection being upheld in favour of the objector, the objector shall be refunded his money. In that event the Judges must

remedy the cause of the objection.

15.4.6 In the event of the objection being dismissed, the Host Club shall retain the money paid by the objector, which shall be forwarded together

with a full report by the committee of the Host Club, duly signed by all the committee members who adjudicated upon the objection,

to the Executive Committee, within two (2) weeks of the trial.

15.5 Impugning of Decisions

In the event of a participant covertly or overtly impugning the decision of the Judges without following the procedures prescribed, shall render the participant liable to be disciplined by the Host Club.

15.6 Gambling

Gambling or betting at, or on the outcome of any field trial is strictly prohibited.

15.7 Safety Measures

15.7.1 A handler may only carry his shotgun closed when about to fire.

15.7.2 The carrying of a shotgun or the loading and unloading of shotguns must be effected with due regard to the safety of competitors and spectators.

15.7.3 Only double barrelled breaking type shotguns may be used.

15.7.4 The committee of the Host Club, sub-committee, judges, stewards or officers of the day, have the right to prevent the use of any shotgun which they

consider might be a source of danger in any respect.

15.7.5 Only blank saluting cartridges may be used at any event, other than when live rounds are required for specific events,

such as FCI/ F.I.D.I.C, St Hubert.

15.8 The NFTA Colours/Badge

The colours of the NFTA are Gold and Green and the Badge is approved and registered with the Department of Heraldic Services.

15.9 Remuneration

Any form of remuneration for handling of dogs in field trials is prohibited.

15.10 Stake Money

Competing for a purse or stake money is prohibited.

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