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Field Trial Information

For local Field Trial dates, go to the Regional Clubs page. There you will find email addresses for club contacts, or check out the Periodicals page. Some events are listed in our Events Calendar.

For detailed information on Field Trial locations and dates please visit

Introduction to Spaniel Field Trials by Kathy Sonier
Approved Gunners List
Field Trial Entry Form (MS Word Version)
Election Procedures for Interclub Chairs
Field Trial Clubs by Interclub
Field Trial Awards
National Field Trial Awards Page
Field Trial Judges
Guidelines For Double-Dating Field Trials
Club Insurance Info
AKC Field Trial and Hunting Test Clubs
Field Trial Booklets
The Field Trial Hall of Fame
AKC Policy Manual - Check here for policies that may affect field trials.
History of the NAC by Evelyn Monte
The "Bluebook" - The Conduct and Judging of Spaniel Field Trials (HTML)


The following links pertain to Field Trial Events.  They are posted in various formats so that you can use the one most familiar to each of you.


PDF of AKC rules

DOCX of Field Trial Rules

JPG of AKC Rules

Page 1 Apprentice Judge Program

Page 2 Apprentice Judge Program

PDF Apprentice Judge Program

DOXC of Apprentice Judge Program

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All-Age Judges List:  Follow this link to the complete* list of All-age ESS Judges.
*  This list is a work in progress, as it has been a project to pick up all those who were grandfathered prior to commencement of the Apprentice program.  Please click here to e-mail any changes to the Field Trial Judging Committee.

Apprentice Program Graduate Judges: This link will take you to a list of people who have gone through the ESSFTA Field Trial Apprentice Program since 1998. You may use the AKC Judges directory to verify their current judging records or see link to the complete all-age judges list above.

Apprentice judge candidates list

The AKC Searchable Judges Directory

Field Trial Apprentice Rules and Evaluation Forms
The evaluation form is required to be filled out by the teaching judge after each stake is completed.

If you are an AKC licensed judge, and your information has been omitted from the AKC Judges Directory, or has recently changed, please contact:

Pat Conaway
AKC Performance Events
5580 Centerview Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606

919-816-3905 fax

Please include your judge's number in the correspondence. Over the recent weeks, we have found many errors on the AKC website concerning judges information. Please take the time to check the site and correct any errors.

Note: Field trial judges must have judged a combination of 12 All-Age stakes between them. The AKC directory should be able to tell you how many championship stakes each have judged. If the judge is a new judge, or a foreign judge who has never judged in the USA, FT committees must ask if he/she has passed the requirements mandated by the ESSFTA as of 1998. (See Apprentice Rules above.) If there is any doubt, please contact the Apprentice Program Coordinator.


The Booklets below are now available as a PDF (Acrobat Reader) file. They are still for sale in hard copy, but you can read and/or print from the links below. For information on how to order hard copies, go to the ESSFTA Store .

The Conduct and Judging of Spaniel Field Trials (The Blue Book)

Field Trial Management (The Green Book)

On-line Newsgroup for Field Trial Clubs:

The ESS Field Club Newsgroup is a non-reply newsgroup, used for the purpose of notifying AKC Licensed English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Clubs of ESSFTA proposed Field Trial Rule changes, policy changes and/or other ESS field trial related information and interests. Primary recipients are, but not limited to, field trial club contacts, all five Interclub Chairs, and all ESSFTA Field Governors.

Click to subscribe to essfieldclubnews

Examples that can be used for a field trial entry form.

* Field Trial Entry Form PDF
* MS Word Version

Guidelines For Double-Dating Field Trials Within A Regional Interclub

In order for the two clubs to double date within their Interclub, there must be a compelling, underlying reason such as:

  1. The two clubs having a history of entries consisting of 50 or more dogs for each All Age Stake.
  2. The two clubs having a distance of 500 miles or more between them.
  3. A history of consistent adverse weather conditions, i.e. too hot.

Both clubs must consent to the double dating, along with approval by the Interclub Chair and the Field Vice President. If the health of either club is adversely affected (for instance, lower than average entries) the double dating may not be subject to approval the following year.

Election Procedure for Interclub Chair:

All five Interclub Chairs will be elected for a 2 year period to run from December 1 to November 30 on an even year basis. Hence, future terms will run from December 1, 1999 to November 30, 2000; December 1, 2000 to November 30, 2002 and ongoing.

Election replacement and staffing procedures are detailed herein. Elections will be held as follows:

A) By July 1, (even year) the current Interclub Chair will ask each local club for nominations for the position of Interclub Chair. Each club may nominate one person, an active field trial person, from anywhere within the interclub. The current interclub chair may be nominated.

B) Nominations must be received by the Interclub Chair by August 1, (even year) to be valid. The Interclub Chair will contact each nominee to assess their willingness to serve in the office and join the ESSFTA.

C) A ballot listing the nominees will be prepared by the current Interclub Chair and forwarded to each local club by September 1 (even year) with instructions to return ballots directly to the Regional ESSFTA Governor.

D) Ballots are due at the Regional Governor’s address by October 1 (even year). The Regional Governor will count the ballots and announce a winner. If no nominee gets a majority, a second ballot for a run-off election between the 2 highest vote getters will be prepared, forwarded to clubs and due back at the Regional Governor’s home by November 1 (even year). Balloting must allow at least 2 weeks for club voting.

E) The second highest vote getter will become the Vice-Chair and will be the alternate Chair in case the Chair is unable to fulfill the duties throughout the term.

F) If the Interclub Chair resigns and the Vice-Chair is unable or unwilling to serve in the position, the Field VP of the ESSFTA will appoint a Chair for the term.

G) The Interclub Chair may appoint an Interclub Secretary to share the workload within the interclub.

H) The outgoing Chair is responsible for finalizing preliminary trial dates for the following year to be delivered to the Field-VP ESSFTA at the Amateur Nationals Meeting.