Field Trials
Most owners are appreciative of their dog’s
abilities and are keen to relate them to any-one
who will listen, however, the saying tells us that
“self praise is no recommendation” and a somewhat
less biased account is more likely from a third party.
This can be provided through the medium of a Field Trial
where dogs can be tested under controlled conditions.  

The Kennel Club formulates the rules and approves the
judges for these events which are conducted during the
shooting season in conditions as close as possible to a
normal shooting day. As is the case with all such
they do have their detractors but they are at
least tangible evidence of a dog’s ability

The ultimate accolade in field trial circles is the
Field Trial Champion which is attained by
a dog winning two field trials designated as championships. No Ghyllbeck dog has, as yet,
achieved this status although Geoff as a
Kennel Club panel Judge since 1984
has been instrumental in awarding a number of
dogs the qualification. However, we have had
a lot of fun along the way, and since 1973
when a Ghyllbeck dog first entered a field trial,
a total of 68 F.T.Awards has been amassed.

In keeping with the Ghyllbeck policy of continuous expansion of HPR knowledge, several trials have
been visited on the continent in both Germany and Denmark, where it has been possible to observe
the differences in procedure and objectives as well as the variety of rarer breeds of HPR. With the
expansion of the EU it is hoped to further broaden Ghyllbeck experience of methods and breeds.

Field Trial Gallery

The following are some of the Ghyllbeck dogs to have gained Field Trial Awards
Champion Foxbrae Flora
of Ghyllbeck
Bowside Kestrelle Champion
Ghyllbeck Vinca
Ghyllbeck Tipula
Ch Ghyllbeck Holcus
Midlander Brown Velvet
Ghyllbeck Crecca
Ch Ghyllbeck Falco
Champion Ghyllbeck Rallus
Champion Ghyllbeck Raphidia
Midlander Will Scarlet
Ghyllbeck Tringa