The RetrieverTraining.Net Forums The Retriever Academy
Total Retriever Training with Mike Lardy
Hawkeye Media Gunners Up Tritronics Outdoor Media
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: New here and want to learn

  1. #1
    bigboy
    Guest

    Default New here and want to learn

    Hi, Im new here and I want to learn field trials, I haven't ever been to one. What are the different categories you can run the dog in? I have heard the term, Derby, Open, Ametuer but I have no clue what any of them mean. And what is required of the dog in each one? If you could fill me in that would be most helpful.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Boxford, Massachusetts
    Posts
    206

    Default

    Derby = dogs under two years of age
    Qualifyer = If your dog becomes Qualified All Age you can enter the restricted stakes
    Amateur = No professionals
    Open= eveyone can run(only the best dogs should enter)

    Go to www.akc.org for the rules and requirements in detail

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    233

    Default

    What are Derbies like?

  4. #4
    Senior Member Gun_Dog2002's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Mohawk Valley
    Posts
    8,671

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexM View Post
    What are Derbies like?
    Here are some past threads that describe them and provide first time runner expereiences...

    http://retrievertraining.net/forums/...ighlight=derby

    http://retrievertraining.net/forums/...ighlight=derby

    http://retrievertraining.net/forums/...ighlight=derby

    http://retrievertraining.net/forums/...ighlight=derby

    /paul
    Paul Cantrell
    Black Ice Retrievers
    Marcola OR

    Too many dogs to list (By some Bitch)

    https://www.facebook.com/BlackIceRetrievers
    http://gundog2002.blogspot.com/
    "Helping Hunters Train Their Dogs"

  5. #5
    bigboy
    Guest

    Default

    Can dogs under two run in the qualifier? And what is that like? And if you pass the qualifier your dog becomes QAA? How much different is the qualifier than and AKC MH test?

    And once the dog is QAA he can run in the Ametuer and Open? How many points does it take to get the FC and AFC titles?


    Its a lot of questions I know. But Im really trying to figure it out.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Boxford, Massachusetts
    Posts
    206

    Default

    Doubles on land, then on water
    Distances from 120 - 300yds

    Go to a trial or two and observe.
    If you think your dog is ready, ask to be test dog first.

    good luck!

    Also order the rule book from the AKC

  7. #7
    Senior Member jeff t.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    2,733

    Default

    The rulebook is online here

    http://www.akc.org/pdfs/rulebooks/RFTRET.pdf

    I recommend saving the above link in your "favorites"

    or, you can download it and save it on your hard drive
    Jeff Telander
    Durham, NC

    FC AFC CT Broad Reach Devil Made Me Doit CD "Sinner"
    Broad Reach Smarty Pants

    Forever in my heart
    OTCh Broad Reach Diesel TD MH UDX2***
    CH Broad Reach Gripper UD MH
    OTCh R Labs Darth Wader TD JH
    OTCh Teracroft Topaz TD JH

  8. #8
    Senior Member Ken Bora's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Burlington, Vermont
    Posts
    11,388

    Default

    Hey BigBoy,
    Tell us what part of the world you are in and I bet we can tell you about a retriever club in your neck of the woods. Then these folk can give you a demonstration and help evaluate your dogs level of work. And steer you to a trial for you to see.
    "So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold

    "The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Boxford, Massachusetts
    Posts
    206

    Default

    There are no restrictions other than being old enough, to run a qualifier.
    There are only placements 1,2,3,4,RJ, and Jams
    Dogs finishing 1st & 2nd would be QAA

  10. #10

    Default

    What is usually involved in a Qualifier? Is it relatively open fields or water. Are there poision birds, diversions? What's required at the line.....what happens if dog creeps or has a controlled break? Newbie here and wanted some information. I will be attending some events in the future.
    Thanks in advance!

Similar Threads

  1. Learn Economics and History
    By tpaschal30 in forum POTUS Place - For those who talk Politics in the Gallery!
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-23-2009, 05:18 PM
  2. Want to learn about FTs
    By WaterDogRem in forum RTF - Retriever Training Forum
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 04-14-2009, 05:37 PM
  3. You learn something new every day...
    By K G in forum RTF - Retriever Training Forum
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 06-29-2007, 09:07 AM
  4. What did I learn this weekend?
    By J Hoggatt in forum RTF - Retriever Training Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-25-2007, 08:45 AM
  5. How long did it take you to learn to read?
    By Ken Bora in forum RTF - Retriever Training Forum
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 12-14-2006, 03:32 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •