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I would like to know how/if your club holds picnic trials. What stakes do you have? Do you give awards or placements? Any special rules? Who judges? What do you like or dislike?
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Central MN Retriever Club

We have them Dec through April. ( All dead birds)

Puppy- 10.00 entry for dogs 1 year and under, Singles, delivery to hand and pigions are used.

Hunter- $12.00 entry singles and/or doubles with the possibility short blind, dog can be restrained, ducks are used

Derby
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Open---- Same as a lisc. trial only there is no water and most likely only 3 series.

I personally think there great, good income for the club, gets HT people involved in the FT game, gets future new FT judges involved.. Wish more clubs had them...
 

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Our club used to have picnic trials. A lot of fun and it got many people involved. This was before hunt tests. I don't think there'd be enough interest today.

We had 10 a year. One a month except August and December.

Open, Qual and Derby. They gave out ribbons at each trial and kept track of the high point Open and Derby dog for the year. Added your name to a trophy that you kept 'till next year.

The members took turns judging each month and of course did the work involved with a trial.

There were a few wonderful people that organized everything. Got the birds and the permits. There was a newsletter that was compiled and mailed telling everyone where it would be, including directions that someone had to figure out. (before the internet)

As time passed and interests changed the picnic trials stopped. It takes a lot of work from a few people to do it. Ours required a permit for each trial so that was an obstacle in itself. Some grounds required a work party the weekend before cutting brush etc. Someone always had to pick up the birds.

The people at the core that did most of it didn't run trials, or ran very few. This same core group put on the licensed trial too. The picnic trials is where most people got started and provided workers for the licensed trial. The people that followed ran trials and trained their dogs in their free time leaving no one to do the prepatory work necessary to make the trials happen.
 

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Central MN Retriever Club

We have them Dec through April. ( All dead birds)

Puppy- 10.00 entry for dogs 1 year and under, Singles, delivery to hand and pigions are used.

Hunter- $12.00 entry singles and/or doubles with the possibility short blind, dog can be restrained, ducks are used

Derby
Qual
Open---- Same as a lisc. trial only there is no water and most likely only 3 series.

I personally think there great, good income for the club, gets HT people involved in the FT game, gets future new FT judges involved.. Wish more clubs had them...
the prizes are ribins, and 1st also gets a ss mug or thermas as well, they are allot fun and do help to get new people involved. The turn out has been grate this year for our club.
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Our club has two club picnics/trials per year, usually June and November.

We have 4 stakes (Novice / Gun Dog / Open Gun Dog / O/H Amateur). The difference in the stakes allows for combined set-ups to be able to please the hunt test crows and the field trial crowd within the club.

Ribbons for placements. Trophy to first place. Judges are the first place winners from same picnic prior year (i.e. June in 2011 will judge in June 2012).

The hardest component to it all is planning. The hardest thing for the judges is timing. How do you have a great day, offer fair tests to the dogs in each stake, have time to eat lunch and socialize, and still finish at a reasonable time so people who traveled will get home at a decent time.

Oh and one other thing. You will always have people who were in attendance (and sometimes those who were not) who will complain about the set-ups / food / or anything else they feel was not to their liking. I guess that falls into human nature.
 

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I would like to know how/if your club holds picnic trials. What stakes do you have? Do you give awards or placements? Any special rules? Who judges? What do you like or dislike?
Thanks in advance.
Our club has had picnic trials every month since 1964. Ribbons and points are awarded and high point trophies are given out at our yearly January AGM.
Club members sign up to judge at our AGM for each month and also for marshalling. It is judged using the same rules as licensed trials.
We are proud of our long standing tradition.
 

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Our club has had picnic trials every month since 1964. Ribbons and points are awarded and high point trophies are given out at our yearly January AGM.
Club members sign up to judge at our AGM for each month and also for marshalling. It is judged using the same rules as licensed trials.
We are proud of our long standing tradition.
This is exactly what we are hoping for.
 

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I really enjoy picnic trials! That may be the main thing I miss from SC, along with high quality training days. If anyone knows of any picnic or field trial training days happening within a 5 hour radius of north central New Mexico, puhleeeeze post up!;)
 
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