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CBSRC Constitution and Trial Rules
Updated August 15, 2004

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 ARTICLE I                                NAME AND OBJECTIVES

 ARTICLE II                              CLUB YEAR AND ANNUAL MEETING

 ARTICLE III                              CLUB MEMBERSHIP

ARTICLE IV                              DISCIPLINE

 ARTICLE V                              VOTING AND ELECTIONS

 ARTICLE VI                              MEETINGS

ARTICLE VII                             ORDER OF BUSINESS

 ARTICLE VIII                          DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

ARTICLE IX                              COMMITTEES

 ARTICLE X                             AMENDMENTS

 ARTICLE XI                             CLUB MAIL AND CHANGE OF ADDRESS

 ARTICLE XII                           DISSOLUTION


 

ARTICLE I

NAME AND OBJECTIVES

SECTION 1.          The club name shall be the Carolina Boykin Spaniel Retriever Club (CBSRC) herein after called the Club. 

SECTION 2.    OBJECTIVES       
(a) To encourage and promote the breeding of purebred Boykin Spaniel retrievers; to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.
(b) To encourage the use of trained Boykin Spaniel retrievers while hunting, thereby preserving game.
(c) To protect and advance the interest of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at hunting tests.
(d) To conduct Club hunting tests as closely as possible to hunting situations
(e) To publish a newsletter for our membership, keeping them informed as to the outcome of each hunting test. It shall also inform the membership of other items of interest.

SECTION 3.           The Club shall not be conducted for profit and no part of any profits or remainder from dues or donations to the Club shall benefit any Club member. 

SECTION 4.          Club members may revise and amend the Constitution and By-Laws as may be required to better carry out these objectives.

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ARTICLE II

CLUB YEAR AND ANNUAL MEETING 

SECTION 1.          The Club fiscal year shall begin July 1st and end June 30th of the following year.

SECTION 2.          ANNUAL MEETING. The annual Club meeting shall be held at the end of the hunting test in June of each year. At this meeting, the newly elected members of the Board of Directors shall be announced. The Club's meeting place and time shall be decided upon by the President or by majority vote of the Board of Directors. The Club Secretary will mail a notice to each member stating the time and place of such meeting. Said notice must be given at least ten (10) days in advance of the meeting. The quorum for Club meetings shall be twenty percent (20%) of the members in good standing.

  

ARTICLE III

CLUB MEMBERSHIP 

SECTION 1.          (a) Application for membership is open to all persons age twelve (12) and above. Applications may be obtained from the Club Secretary. Upon completion of application and payment of dues, applicant will be considered a member in good standing provided a simple majority of the Board of Directors do not reject the application within thirty (30) days of its inception. Should an application be rejected, the Club Secretary, by registered mail, shall give written notice to the applicant together with a complete refund of dues within ten (10) days of the date of rejection.
(b There shall be one type of membership. Said membership shall include the member and all dependents in his/her household.
(c) The rate of membership dues shall be set by the board. During the first week of July, the Club Treasurer shall, by mail, send each member a statement of his/her dues for the upcoming year.
(d) Benefits of Club members shall include but not be limited to: one vote at all Club meetings and elections, reduced entry fees at Club hunting tests, and receipt of the newsletter.

SECTION 2.          TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP Memberships may be terminated by:
(a) LAPSING: A membership will be considered lapsed if a member's dues remain unpaid sixty (60) days after the first day of the fiscal year. The Board of Directors may by majority vote grant an extension if they deem necessary. Any person whose membership has lapsed must reapply to the Club Secretary for reinstatement.
(b) SUSPENSION: Club members may be suspended as provided for herein under Article IV, Section 3.

  

ARTICLE IV

DISCIPLINE  

SECTION 1.           CHARGES. Any member may prefer charges against any Club member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interest of the Club. Written charges with specification must be filed in duplicate with the Club Secretary together with a deposit of fifty dollars ($50.) which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained. Upon filing of charges, the Board shall have not less than fourteen (14) nor more than thirty (30) days to set a date for a Board Hearing. The Secretary upon receipt of these charges shall have not more than five (5) days to send one (1) copy of the charges to the accused member by registered mail together with a notice stating the time and place of the Board Hearing. Said notice must inform the accused member of his/her right to appear in his/her own behalf and to present witnesses.

SECTION 2.           BOARD HEARING. The purpose of the Board Hearing shall be to hear all evidence and testimony pertinent to the charges against the Club member. It shall be the complainants obligation to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the conduct of the accused member has had or will have a detrimental effect on the Club or the Boykin Spaniel. Immediately after hearing all testimony, the Board shall make a recommendation to drop all charges or to proceed with disciplinary action. Should the Board recommend to take action, it will immediately go into executive session at which time a vote by secret ballot will be held to determine if the suspension shall be for loss of all or part of the member's Club privileges. Upon completion of this vote, the Board shall notify all parties of their decision.

SECTION 3.          SUSPENSION. Suspension of a member may be accomplished only after and as a direct result of evidence gathered at a Board Hearing. It shall take a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors to suspend a Club member. The Board shall have complete authority to suspend any part of the member's privileges including, but not limited to, participation in Club sponsored hunting tests. Should the Board recommend to suspend all of a member's Club privileges, a special Club meeting must be held within thirty (30) days of recommendation. All of a member's privileges may be suspended only at a special meeting of the club following a Board Hearing. The Board's recommendation of suspension shall be upheld unless two thirds (2/3) of the members vote against the suspension at this special Club meeting. Suspended members may reapply for reinstatement at the beginning of the fiscal year following the expulsion unless otherwise stipulated by the Board.

  

ARTICLE V

VOTING AND ELECTIONS  

SECTION 1.           VOTING
(a) A membership is entitled to one (1) vote at Club meetings and elections.
(b) Only members in good standing are allowed to vote. A member will be considered in good standing provided he/she is not indebted to the Club.
(c) Voting may be by secret ballot.

SECTION 2.           ELECTIONS
(a) Any Club member in good standing is eligible for nomination to the Board. Candidates receiving the majority of votes cast shall be declared elected.
(b) Nominations must be submitted to and received by the Club Secretary no later than 6:00 p.m. May 15th of each year.
(c) Prior to being mailed, each ballot shall be initialed by the Club Secretary and one other person from the general membership selected by the Board.
(d)The Club Secretary shall mail out paper ballots to each member on or before May 20th of each year. In order to be counted, Club members must return their ballots by 6:00 p.m. May 30th of each year.
(e) On May 30th of each year the Club Secretary together with one Club member designated by the Board will tabulate all ballots. Upon completion of the vote count, the Secretary shall inform all candidates as to the outcome of the election
(f) Results of the election shall be announced to the membership at the Annual Meeting.
(g) The Secretary shall retain all ballots for sixty (60) days for the purpose of inspection by any Club member so inclined.

  

ARTICLE VI

MEETINGS 

SECTION 1            SPECIAL CLUB MEETINGS. Special Club meetings may be called by the President or by simple majority vote of the Board of Directors which are present and voting at any meeting. Special Club meetings may also be called by the Secretary by having received a petition signed by no less than eight (8) Club members; this petition must state the purpose for such meeting. When a special Club meeting is called, the President or the simple majority of the Board will state a time and place for the meeting and the Secretary will mail a notice to each member at least five (5) but not more than fifteen (15) days prior to said meeting. The quorum for these meetings shall be twenty percent (20%) of the Club members in good standing.

SECTION 2            BOARD MEETINGS. Meetings of the Board of Directors will be called by the President or by simple majority vote of the Board. Meeting of the Board will be held at a time and place selected by the President or by simple majority vote of the Directors. The Club President shall preside at these meetings. The Club Secretary shall send written notice to each Board member at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting stating the time and place of the meeting. The quorum for all Board meetings shall be a simple majority of the Board.
(a) Club members are allowed to attend Board meetings but cannot enter into discussion unless recognized by the Board.
(b) The Board, by simple majority of those present and voting, may enter into executive session at which time any Club member present shall be asked to excuse himself/herself.

 

ARTICLE VII

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

SECTION 1            CLUB MEETINGS. The President shall preside at these meetings, The order of business shall be as follows: Minutes of the last meeting, Report of the Secretary, Report of the Treasurer, report of Committees, Unfinished business, New business, Adjournment.

SECTION 2            BOARD MEETINGS. The President shall preside at these meetings. The order of business shall be as follows: Minutes of the last meeting, report of the Treasurer, Unfinished business, Report of the Committees, New business, Adjournment.

 

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ARTICLE VIII

DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

SECTION 1            BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The Board shall be made up of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and five members at large and will serve in their respective capacities with regard to both Club and Board meetings.(b) Officers of the Board/Club shall serve in their capacity for one (1) year terms but may be re-elected.
(a) Each Board member will serve one (1) three (3) year term. After the completion of one (1) term, the member must sit out one (1) year before being eligible to run again.
(b) Officers of the Board/Club shall serve in their capacity for one (1) year terms but may be re-elected.
(c) All HRC and UKC rules and policies will be followed at all UKC licensed, HRC Hunts sponsored by this Club. HRC Club Officers must be members in good standing with HRC, Inc

SECTION 2            DUTIES
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club and Board as well as call all hunting tests.
(b) The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President in the event of his/her absence or death.
(c) The Secretary shall keep a written record of all meetings. He/she shall be responsible for notifying members of meetings, notifying Directors of their election to office, keeping membership records and other duties as prescribed in these by-laws.
(d) The Treasurer shall be responsible for maintaining an accurate written record of all monetary transactions conducted on behalf of the Club. He/she shall receive all Club money and promptly deposit all receipts into a Board approved bank account in the name of the Club. The Treasurer shall render a written account of the Club's finances at each meeting of the Club or Board. Upon the close of the fiscal year, he/she shall prepare a written annual report and submit it together with all records to the Board of Directors on or before July 10th of each year. Club records kept by the Treasurer are subject to inspection and/or audit as the Board deems necessary but shall be audited at the close of each fiscal year. Said audit shall be performed by an Audit Committee consisting of two (2) members selected by the Board. The Audit Committee shall in turn prepare an audit report and make relevant recommendations to the Board.

SECTION 3            VACANCIES
((a) Any vacancies occurring on the Board during the year shall be filled for the unexpired term by nominations from the Board followed by a simple majority vote of all members of the Board at its first meeting following the creation of such vacancy. Should two (2) or more years remain on the unexpired term, member shall be treated as if he/she had served a full term; therefore, he/she will not be eligible for election until siting off for one (1) year.
(b) Should the office of the President become vacant, it shall automatically be filled by the Vice President. All other vacant offices shall be filled by the Board's simple majority vote.
(c) Any Board member may be removed for cause upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Board then serving. Cause shall be presumed to exist if a Board member has failed to be in attendance at more than fifty percent of the meetings of the Board of Directors held during any continuous twelve month period and duly called in accordance with Section 2 of Article VI.

 

ARTICLE IX

COMMITTEES

SECTION 1.           The President and/or Board may appoint committees to help the Club in projects such as hunting tests, trophies and ribbons, or any other causes which the President and/or Board deem necessary. These committees are always subject to the final approval of the simple majority of the Board. 

 

ARTICLE X

AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1.          Amendments to the Constitution and by-laws may be proposed by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors or by written petition signed by fifteen (15) Club members addressed to the Secretary. All proposals shall be voted on by the membership. Amendments shall be passed by two thirds (2/3) of those members voting.

SECTION 2.            VOTING
(a) All proposed constitutional amendments shall be addressed and delivered to the Club Secretary.
(b) All proposed amendments will be voted on by secret mail ballots.
(c) Upon receipt of each proposal, the Secretary shall have ten (10) days to prepare a ballot and submit same to each member. The Secretary together with one (1) member chosen by the Board shall initial each ballot prior to mailing.
(d) Club members shall have at least ten (10) but not more than fifteen (15) days to return their ballot. The Board of Directors shall set a date and time for all ballots to be returned. Votes received after said date and time will not be counted.
(e) The Secretary together with one (1) person selected by the Board shall tabulate ballots promptly upon the close of the vote.
(f) Results of the vote shall be announced to the membership within forty five (45) days of the close of the vote.
(g) The Secretary will retain all ballots for sixty (60) days for the purpose of inspection by any Club member so inclined.

 

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ARTICLE XI

CLUB MAIL AND CHANGE OF ADDRESS

SECTION 1.           CLUB MAIL. All Club mail shall be sent out by first class U.S. mail unless otherwise stated herein.   

SECTION 2.           CHANGE OF ADDRESS. It shall be the sole responsibility of the member to provide the Club with any address change. All address changes must be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary to ensure receipt of Club mail.

 

ARTICLE XII

DISSOLUTION

SECTION 1.          The Club may be dissolved at any time by written consent of no less than two thirds (2/3) of the members. In the event of dissolution, the first step taken shall be the payment of all Club debts. Any assets left over shall be donated to the Boykin Spaniel Society.  

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Trial Rules
Hunting Test Regulations and Procedures

TABLE OF CONTENTS
         GLOSSARY

 Chapter I                               General Regulations and Procedures for CBSRC Hunting Tests

 Chapter II                              Hunting Trial Chairman

 Chapter III                             Equipment Manager 

Chapter IV                              Game Steward

 Chapter V                             Field Trial Committee

 Chapter VI                             Stakes

Chapter VII                            Eligibility

 Chapter VIII                         Regulations and Minimum Test Requirements for Junior Puppy Stake

 Chapter IX                            Regulations and Minimum Test Requirements for Senior Puppy Stake

 Chapter X                             Regulations and Minimum Test Requirements for Novice Stake

 Chapter XI                            Regulations and Minimum Test Requirements for Intermediate Stake

 Chapter XII                           Regulations and Minimum Test Requirements for Open Stake 

 Chapter XIII                           Upland Shooting Dog

 

CHAPTER I

GENERAL REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR

CBSRC FIELD TRIALS  

SECTION 1.          The purpose of a field trial for retrievers is to determine their relative merits in the field. Tests should simulate as nearly as possible the conditions met in a day's shoot. Dogs are expected to retrieve any type game bird under all conditions.  

SECTION 2.           The function of a non-slip retriever is to seek and retrieve fallen game when ordered to do so. He should sit quietly on line or in the blind, walk at heel, or assume any position designated by his handler until sent to retrieve. When ordered, a dog should retrieve quickly and without disturbing too much ground, and should deliver tenderly to hand. He should then await further orders. 

SECTION 3.          Dogs shall be judged on their natural abilities as well as abilities acquired through training, including steadiness, control, response to direction and delivery. Dogs should also be judged for their natural abilities, including memory, intelligence, attention, nose, courage, perseverance and style.  

SECTION 4.          A "test" shall be defined for these purposes as the evaluation of a dog as required by the Regulations and Procedures and during which the dog is being scored.

 SECTION 5.          There will be a designated area at each event where handlers may air their dogs.

 SECTION 6.          Dogs must be kept on a leash and under control at all times unless the dog is being aired in a designated area. Dogs are prohibited from buildings at a CBSRC event.

 SECTION 7.           The term "dog" includes male and female dogs.

 SECTION 8.           Females in season will not be permitted on the test grounds.

 SECTION 9.          All tests shall be judged by two judges.                

A.            The judges are representatives of the CBSRC and shall abide by the Regulations herein.

B.            Duck blinds, numerous decoys, boats, game calls, and other hunting implements shall be     utilized when appropriate.                        

C.            Judges shall decide on the placement of the gunners and bird boys.

D.           Handlers, bird boys, gunners, judges and others shall be required to wear camouflaged                or dark clothing.

E.             A judge shall not judge any family member or their dog at a CBSRC field trial.

F.             Events shall utilize dead pheasants, pigeons, ducks or other game birds. Exception:         live birds may be used for fly away, shot fliers and flushed birds

G.            The CBSRC considers the judging of dogs to be an art and not a science.

H.            Events shall utilize dead pheasants, pigeons, ducks or other game birds.

                Exception: live birds may be used for fly away, shot fliers and flushed birds. 

SECTION 10.         No dog shall be entered or run in any hunting test, and if brought on to the test ground, shall be immediately removed, if it shows any symptoms of or is known to have been in contact with any communicable diseases within the 30 days immediately preceding the date of the hunting test.                

SECTION 11.         Prior to the start of each test, the judges shall explain to the handlers the hunting scenario and the object of each test and expected performance of the dogs. (CBSRC's purpose in establishing these Regulations and Procedures is to discover and reward dogs that can fulfill the hunter's needs in the field while performing in a manner consistent with the demands of actual hunting conditions. The purpose is to test the dog's natural as well as trained abilities.)  

SECTION 12.        Unless otherwise instructed by the judges, dogs should be considered as being tested from the time they are called to come to the point of origin until they have left same and are behind the judges on a leash.  

SECTION 13.         A dog is to be released by the handler on the judges command unless otherwise instructed by the judge.  

SECTION 14.        Voice or whistle commands shall be allowed to steady the dog at the point of origin. However, voice or whistle commands that are excessive in the opinion of the judges shall be marked down.  

SECTION 15.         Handling on marks regardless of category shall be the handler's option but to do so shall require a mark down.  

SECTION 16.        The judges of a particular category shall have the authority to expel a handler from any further participation in that category if they observe unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of the handler or see the handler kicking, striking, or otherwise manhandling a dog while on the hunting grounds. It shall be the duty of the judges to promptly report to the hunting test committee the expulsion of a handler from a category. The hunting test committee may then expel the handler from all other categories at the event if, in the committee's opinion, such further action is warranted. Whenever a handler is expelled from a category or from participation at a hunting test under this section, the dog or dogs that he is handling may continue to be tested with another handler. The hunting test committee shall submit in writing to the Board of Directors a complete report of any action taken under this section.  

SECTION 17.         Handlers must not allow their dogs to view the test of any stake in which their dog is entered prior to coming to the line with said dog. Violation of this section is grounds for elimination. 

SECTION 18.        All firearms are assumed to be loaded with live ammunition and must be handled accordingly. The handler must hold the firearm in a safe hunting position. Mishandling of firearms will result in immediate disqualification. It shall be the duty of the judges to promptly report to the hunting test committee the expulsion of a handler from a category. The hunting test committee may then expel the handler from all other categories at the event if in the committee's opinion, such further action is warranted. Whenever a handler is expelled from a category or from participation at a hunting test under this section, the dog or dogs that he is handling may continue to be tested with another handler. The hunting test committee shall submit in writing to the Board of Directors a complete report of any action taken under this section.  

SECTION 19.         Incidents of intentional hard mouth or stickiness resulting, in the opinion of the judges, in a bird unfit for the table, shall be grounds for failing a test. The dog should pick up a bird tenderly but firmly and without delay. A dog shall be eliminated for hard mouth or badly damaged game, but before doing so, both judges should inspect the bird and be satisfied that the dog alone was responsible for the damage. A dog that drops the bird more than necessary to get a better grip shall be marked down. The dog should pick up a bird tenderly but firmly, and most importantly, without hesitation and without dispatch. Hovering over a bird shall be marked down. The dog should not drop a bird for any reason except to get a better grip; a dog that drops a bird to shake shall be marked down.  

SECTION 20.         Dogs requiring help from the bird boys shall be disqualified. Stone or object throwing is not allowed.  

SECTION 21.         All persons participating in or observing any event are expected to maintain reasonable silence and display good manners. Any person who interferes with the orderly process of any test may be requested by the judges or the hunting test committee to leave the hunting test grounds.  

SECTION 22.         A judge shall not be required to discuss his or her judging evaluations with any participant. The decision of the judges shall be final. 

SECTION 23.         Handlers shall not point out the location of a gunner and bird boys to the dog prior to the time the first bird is thrown. A violation of this section will result in elimination. (Exception: Junior and Senior Puppy.)  

SECTION 24.        Dogs will be eliminated for unprovoked fighting or attacking handlers, participants, spectators, judges or CBSRC officers. Dogs that are disqualified under this section must be immediately confined or removed from the hunting test grounds. It shall be the duty of the judges to promptly report to the hunting test committee the expulsion of a dog from a category. The hunting test committee may then expel the dog from all other categories at that event if, in the committee's opinion, such further action is warranted. The hunting test committee shall submit in writing to the Board of Directors a complete report of any action taken under this section.  

SECTION 25.         In the Senior Puppy, Novice, Intermediate and Gun Dog stakes, hidden gunners and bird boys shall be used unless they are at the point of origin. When hidden gunners and bird boys are used, an attention getting shot or shots shall be fired or a game call shall be blown prior to each bird being thrown and additionally, a shot fired when each bird is at the top of its arc. At the discretion of the judges, but no more than once in each event, the gunners may be visible in order to stimulate specific situations such as dove hunting. It is the intent of these Regulations to provide the dog with adequate opportunity to focus its attention on the area of the fall.  

SECTION 26.        A "re-cast" may be granted if an initial misdirection is taken by a dog and the handler immediately brings the dog back to heel to re-cast. A re-cast shall never be granted to a dog that goes out into the field, establishes a hunt, doesn't find the bird and returns to its handler. This is grounds for elimination rather than another chance. Re-casts are allowed in the Junior Puppy, Senior Puppy and Novice stakes only. 

SECTION 27.         A "no-bird" will be determined solely by the judges of the testing category, e.g., a flyer that is unintentionally missed by the gunners or a bird that sinks during a water test, etc.  

SECTION 28.        A "re-run" may be granted if in the opinion of the judges, an unfair or unforeseen circumstance occurs during the test such as a "no-bird".  

SECTION 29.        A "controlled break" occurs as soon as a dog leaves the point of origin and manifests an intent to make the retrieve without being so ordered and is immediately stopped and brought under control.  

SECTION 30.        "Creeping" should not be considered as a dog manifesting an intent to retrieve. Therefore, "creeping" shall not be considered a break and the judges shall not instruct the handler to re-heel the dog. However, if the creeping is excessive where it takes the dog out of the area of the point of origin, then it should be considered a controlled break and the handler should be required to control his/her dog. The judges should designate the area of the point of origin and advise the handlers of this designated area before the test begins.  

SECTION 31.         Dogs participating in Junior Puppy, Senior Puppy and Novice stakes may wear a collar, provided said collar is made of nylon or leather. Dogs participating in the Intermediate and Gun Dog categories are not allowed to wear any type of collar. Leash or line dragging in any stake is prohibited. (The intent of these Regulations is to protect the dogs rather than restrict their handlers.)

SECTION 32.        When at the point of origin, the handler shall not possess any exposed training aid that might intimidate the dog (including but not limited to leash, lead, whip, quirt, cane, prod or similar implements) or indulge in any behavior that may in any way intimidate the dog.  

SECTION 33.        These printed guidelines supersede any printed prior.  
 

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CHAPTER II

HUNTING TEST CHAIRMAN 

A.           The responsibilities of the Field Trial Chairman are as follows: 

1.            Secure adequate grounds to hold a field trial. Secure portable restrooms if needed.

2.             Deliver to the CBSRC Secretary detailed directions and a map at least six weeks prior to the scheduled field trial date.

3.             Select judges, marshals, bird boys and arrange for lunch-time meals.

4.            Secure required birds for the field trial. Once the birds are delivered to the field trial grounds the Game Steward will assume responsibility for the handling of the birds and the delivery of the dispatched birds to the judges of the various stakes.

5.             Coordinate with the Equipment Manager to confirm that all equipment will be available to stage the field trial. Such equipment would include, but not limited to, bird cages, guns, poppers, dove stools, blinds, boats, life preservers, paddles, decoys, waders, duck calls, pencils, scoring sheets, spray paint, etc.

   

CHAPTER III

EQUIPMENT MANAGER 

A.           The Equipment Manager's responsibilities are as follows:

1.            Taking care of all club equipment and making sure it is available at every field trial.

2.            Issuing all necessary equipment to the judges and explaining to the judges that it is their responsibility to return all equipment to the Equipment Manager at the end of the field trial

3.             Seeing that all equipment is accounted for at the end of each field trial.

 

CHAPTER IV

GAME STEWARD 

A.           A Game Steward may be appointed by the Board of Directors to oversee the humane treatment and dispatch of birds used in the field trial. The Game Steward will be responsible for the birds once they arrive on the field trial grounds, but not responsible for providing birds for the tests.

  

CHAPTER V

FIELD TRIAL COMMITTEE 

A.           The Field Trial Committee will be composed of three members of the Board of Directors and up to five members at large appointed by the Board. The Field Trial Committee as appointed by the Board will serve a one year term beginning with the August trial and ending with the following June trial.

B.            It is the responsibility of the Field Trial Committee to oversee club field trials.

C.            All tests must be approved by at least one member of the Field Trial Committee before any dogs are run.

D.            Once a test has been approved, judges will maintain full responsibility for conducting the test and their decisions are final.

E.             Judges, marshals, and club members should report anyone found in violation of club policies to the Field Trial Committee.

CHAPTER VI

STAKES 

A.             Stakes are to be offered as follows:

                1.          Junior Puppy - pups up to six months of age.

                2.          Senior Puppy - pups from six to twelve months of age.

                3.           Novice - young dogs not yet ready for intermediate and have not accumulated over 15 points based on the 54321 system, and for new members with older dogs that have not been entered before in a field trial.

                4.           Intermediate - any age dog that has not accumulated more than 25 points based on the 54321 system in this class.

                5.            Open - any age dog may compete in this class

 

CHAPTER VII

ELIGIBILITY 

A.           CBSRC members and non-members are eligible to participate in CBSRC field trials. However, in order to accumulate dog of the year points both the owner and handler must be a member of the CBSRC.

B.            Only full blooded/pure bred Boykin Spaniels are eligible to compete at CBSRC field trials and accumulate points toward Championship status or Dog of The Year awards.

C.            A minimum of three entries that compete, are required in a stake to award championship or dog of the year points. In the event that a stake has less than three entries that compete, ribbons only will be awarded.

D.            After the conclusion of the June trial each year, the CBSRC will recognize the dog of the year to the high point and runner up high point dog in each stake.

E.             Dog of the year points will be kept separately from and in addition to the Championship points. Dogs will be awarded 5 points for first place, 4 points for second place, 3 points for third place, 2 points for fourth place, and 1 point for a completion.

F.             The Puppy Stakes are divided into Junior and Senior categories. A Junior Puppy is defined as pup that is six months of age or under on the day of the field. A Senior Puppy is defined as a pup twelve months of age or under on the day of the field. G. H.

G.              A puppy that is under six months of age may enter in both the Junior and Senior Stakes at the same field trial. Dog of the year points will be recorded based on the single highest ribbon earned.

H.            Once a dog has earned 15 points based on the 54321 system in Novice, it will have to move up to a higher class, but may remain in Novice to compete for the Dog of The Year award for the remainder of that club year. These points are cumulative for each year the dog is competed.

I.              In the Intermediate stake, a dog is eligible to compete until he has earned 25 points based on the 54321 system, and may remain in the Intermediate stake the remainder of the club year to compete for the Dog of The Year award. These points are cumulative for each year the dog is competed.

J.             Any dog is eligible to enter the Open stake.

K.            The CBSRC will award the title "Champion Hunter" to any Boykin Spaniel that has earned a minimum of 100 points. Points toward this title are awarded as follows: Novice Stake ribbon is equal to 2½ points; Intermediate Stake ribbon is equal to 5 points; and Open Stake ribbon is equal to 7 points. A maximum of 15 points may be earned in the Novice Stake, and a maximum of 25 points in the Intermediate Stake. The additional 60 points required must be earned in the Open Stake. It is possible for all points to be earned in the Open Stake.

 

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CHAPTER VIII

REGULATIONS AND MINIMUM TEST REQUIREMENTS

FOR JUNIOR PUPPY STAKES

 

NOTE:    The passages enclosed in parentheses are additional guidelines for judges. SECTION 1. SECTION 2.

SECTION 1.             Puppies that have not surpassed their sixth month birthday on the day of the event may compete in this category.

SECTION 2.            Tests will consist of a minimum of three simple single land marked retrieves. Water retrieves are prohibited.

SECTION 3.           Maximum test distances are not to exceed 20 yards.

SECTION 4.           Tests should be run in very low cover. (Every effort should be made for birds/bumpers to be visible to pups at all times.)

SECTION 5.             Pigeons or bumpers only are to be used in this stake.

SECTION 6.            Pups may be restrained at the point of origin without penalty.

SECTION 7.            Handlers may point out the birds/bumpers boys prior to the birds being thrown.

SECTION 8.             Firearms will not be used in this stake.

SECTION 9.            Hand delivery is not required in this stake. However, pups must deliver the bird/bumper within a reasonable radius of the point of origin.

SECTION 10.          Pups may be cast from the point of origin no more than twice. (If the pup is "re-cast", see Chapter 1, Section 26, it shall be marked down. After two unsuccessful attempts, the judges must inform the handler that he/she is no longer in contention, but time permitting, every effort will be made to allow the pup an opportunity to participate in additional retrieves for practice.)

SECTION 11.          Prior to each mark being thrown, duck calls or voice shall be used as an attention getting device (extra effort should be made to ensure pups get a good look at the falls).

 

CHAPTER IX

REGULATIONS AND MINIMUM TEST REQUIREMENTS

FOR SENIOR PUPPY STAKE

 

NOTE:     The passages enclosed in parentheses are additional guidelines for judges.

SECTION 1.          Puppies that have not surpassed their twelfth month birthday on the day of the event may compete in this stake.

 SECTION 2.            Tests will consist of a minimum of three simple single marked retrieves. (Water retrieves are encouraged, weather permitting, but should not be required under harsh conditions.)

SECTION 3.            Maximum test distances are as follows; land retrieves are not to exceed 40 yards and water retrieves are not to exceed 30 yards.

SECTION 4.            Tests should be run in low cover.

SECTION 5.          Pigeons only are to be used in this stake.

SECTION 6.           Pups may be restrained at the point of origin without penalty.

SECTION 7.            Handlers may point out the bird boys prior to the birds being thrown.

SECTION 8.            Pups will not be required to retrieve from a boat or through decoys.

SECTION 9.            A blank pistol or a single shot shotgun with primer may be fired from the point of origin by the judges. Shots should be fired from the retrieving line rather than from behind the dog and handler. (See Chapter I, Section 25)

SECTION 10.           Hand delivery is not required in this stake. However, pups must deliver the bird within a reasonable radius of the point of origin.

SECTION 11.           Pups may be cast from the point of origin no more than twice. (If the pup is "re-cast", see Chapter 1, Section 26, it shall be marked down. After two unsuccessful attempts, the judges must inform the handler that he/she is no longer in contention, but time permitting, every effort will be made to allow the pup to participate in additional retrieves for practice.)

SECTION 12.           Prior to each mark being thrown, duck calls or voice shall be used as an attention getting device. (Extra effort should be made to insure pups get a good look at the falls.)
 

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CHAPTER X

REGULATIONS AND MINIMUM TEST REQUIREMENTS

FOR NOVICE STAKE

 

NOTE:   The passages enclosed in parentheses are additional guidelines for judges.  

SECTION 1.           Any age dog that has not pointed out of this class may compete in this stake. This class is primarily for new members with dogs that have never entered a field trial or for dogs that have aged out of the puppy class and are not yet ready for the Intermediate class.   

SECTION 2.           A Novice Field Trial shall consist of a minimum of four single bird marking tests at least one of which shall be marked a water retrieve and at least two of which shall be marked land retrieves. The fourth marked retrieve may be either on land or water. (The purpose of a Novice field trial is to bring young or started dogs along as hunters. Desire and cooperation with the handler are important factors. It should consist of simple tests to evaluate the dog's natural abilities, assess the ability of the dog to follow the flight of a bird to the area of the fall, ability to go directly to the area of the fall, retrieve the bird and return to the handler. When back to back marks are thrown from the same retrieving line, judges should make every effort to assure wide separation between the falls.)

SECTION 3.            Maximum test distances are as follows: land retrieves are not to exceed 75 yards and water retrieves are not to exceed 60 yards.

SECTION 4.          Tests in this stake should be run in moderate cover.  

SECTION 5.             Pigeons and/or ducks only are to be used in this stake.

SECTION 6.           A dog should be steady at the point of origin; however, it may have a flat buckle collar and/or slip line around its neck and/or may be held by one hand to assist in achieving steadiness. Dogs that are restrained shall be penalized a one point deduction per occurrence. (See Chapter I, Section 31)

SECTION 7.           A controlled break shall not fail a dog but shall result in a one point score reduction per occurrence. (As soon as the dog manifests intent to make the retrieve without being so ordered, it must be stopped. If a dog is immediately brought under control, it shall be considered a controlled break which is a minor infraction in this category.)  

SECTION 8.             An uncontrolled break shall not fail a dog but shall result in a three point score reduction per occurrence. (The judges should evaluate the dog's temperament as displayed in its spontaneous behavior in order to assess its suitability as a hunting companion. Hyperactivity, wildness, jumping about, barking, excessive disobedience, lethargy or lack of interest shall be marked down.)

SECTION 9.             Handlers are not allowed to point out the bird boys or gunners prior to the bird being thrown. (Violation of this section is a major infraction and is grounds for elimination. See Chapter I, Section 23.)

SECTION 10.           A Novice dog is not required to deliver to hand. However, the dog must deliver the bird within a reasonable radius of the point of origin which is easily accessible to the handler. Therefore, it is not appropriate to require the dog to deliver the bird into a boat or blind. (The dog should return to its handler without delay.)

SECTION 11.          A dog may be urged to hunt by voice, whistle or hand signals, but shall be marked down if the voice, whistle or hand signals are excessive in the opinion of the judges.

SECTION 12.         A Novice dog may be cast from the point of origin no more than twice. (If the dog is "re-cast", see Chapter I, Section 26, it shall be marked down. After two unsuccessful attempts, the judges must inform the handler that he/she is no longer in contention, but time permitting, every effort will be made to allow the dog an opportunity to participate in additional retrieves for practice.)

 

SECTION 13.         A Novice dog may be cast from the point of origin no more than twice. (If the dog is "re-cast", see Chapter I, Section 26, it shall be marked down. After two unsuccessful attempts, the judges must inform the handler that he/she is no longer in contention, but time permitting, every effort will be made to allow the dog an opportunity to participate in additional retrieves for practice.)

SECTION 14.         Dogs shall not be required to honor another dog in this stake.

SECTION 15.          Handlers may be required to carry hunting paraphernalia. Handlers may be required to hold an empty shotgun in the firing position. (Chapter I, Section 18 shall be in effect.)

SECTION 16.           Walk-ups to simulate jump shooting may not be used in this stake.

SECTION 17.           Hidden gunners or bird boys are to be used unless they are at the point of origin. From the area which the bird is to appear, an attention getting attraction shot or shots shall be fired or a game call blown prior to the bird's being thrown. Additionally, a shot shall be fired when the bird is at the top of its arc. This shot may be at the line by the judges or the handler, if the judges so allow. (It is the intent of these Regulations to provide the dog with adequate opportunity to focus its attention on the area of the fall.)

SECTION 18.         . At the discretion of the judges, but not more than once, the gunners and bird boys may be visible in order to simulate specific hunting situations such as dove hunting.  

SECTION 19.         Dogs shall not be required to be placed at a point of origin at a distance from the handler.  

SECTION 20.        A shotgun with blanks loads (poppers or primers) or a blank pistol shall be used at the judges discretion. Shots should be fired from the retrieving line rather than from behind the dog and handler. SECTION 21. At the option of the handler, a dog may be walked from the holding blind to the retrieving line off lead. 

SECTION 21.        At the option of the handler, a dog may be walked from the holding blind to the retrieving line off lead. 

 

CHAPTER XI

REGULATIONS AND MINIMUM TEST REQUIREMENTS

FOR INTERMEDIATE STAKE

NOTE:    The passages enclosed in parentheses are additional guidelines for judges.

SECTION 1.             Any age dog that has not pointed out of this stake shall be eligible to compete in this class. (The purpose of the Intermediate Field Trial is to bring working dogs to a higher standard of performance. Desire and teamwork with the handler are important factors. They shall consist of tests that enable the judges to evaluate natural ability and handler control.)

SECTION 2.             An Intermediate Field Trial shall consist of a minimum of three tests which must include the following: a double marked land retrieve, a double marked water retrieve and one blind retrieve which, at the discretion of the judges may be on land or water.

SECTION 3.           Maximum test distances are as follows: land retrieves are not to exceed 100 yards, water retrieves are not to exceed 75 yards and blind retrieves are not to exceed 50 yards.

SECTION 4.            Live or dead pigeons, ducks, pheasants or other game birds may be used in this stake. (Refer to Chapter I, Section 9.H.)

SECTION 5.             A dog shall be steady at the point of origin; therefore, an uncontrolled break shall result in disqualification. (For marks, the point of origin is the point at which the dog is located at the time the first bird becomes visible.)

SECTION 6.            Moderate commands shall be allowed to steady a dog at the point of origin.

SECTION 7.            A dog may be touched or patted at the point of origin to steady, but once the "ready" signal has been given to the judges by the handler the dog may not be touched again.

SECTION 8.            A controlled break shall not fail a dog, but it shall be considered a fault. (As soon as the dog leaves the point of origin and manifests intent to make the retrieve without being so ordered, it must be stopped. If the dog is immediately brought under control, it shall be considered a minor infraction. Repeated evidence of this fault may be considered serious, and in the opinion of the judges, an eliminating factor.)

SECTION 9.            All birds must be delivered to hand. (The dog shall return to the handler without delay.)

SECTION 10.           A dog may be handled on marked retrieves with voice/whistle/hand signals, if in the opinion of the handler, the dog can't find or has missed the mark. (The dog is being tested for its marking ability and memory, not handling; however, a crisp cast is preferable to a long hunt.) Repeated evidence of lack of memory, marking ability or lack of control may be grounds for elimination.

SECTION 11.          A dog may be cast from the point of origin only once. (If the attempt is unsuccessful, the judges shall step in and direct the handler to pick up his/her dog. However, if in the judges opinion, the dog exhibits confusion at the point of origin, the judges may allow a re-cast.)

SECTION 12.          Handlers will be required to handle a shotgun loaded with blank loads (poppers or primers) with both hands in the firing position. (Chapter I, Section 18 shall be in effect. All firearms are assumed loaded with live ammunition and must be handled accordingly. Handlers must hold the firearm in a safe hunting position. Mishandling of firearms will result in immediate disqualification.)

SECTION 13.           Tests for this event shall be held in appropriate cover on land and water.

SECTION 14.          Walk-ups to simulate jump shooting may be used in this class. The dog shall be brought to an area designated as the point of origin at heel or under control within ten feet of its handler. (Section 8 of this chapter be in effect.) The judges may signal for the bird while the handler and dog are walking.

SECTION 15.           Blind retrieves on land and/or water shall be used in this class, but shall not exceed 50 yards in length through appropriate cover. Dogs may be cast from the point of origin only once. (See Section 11 of this Chapter regarding confusion.) Blind retrieves shall not be incorporated with marking tests. The general area of the retrieving line for marks shall not be used as the retrieving line for blind retrieves. (The purpose of an intermediate test is to bring working dogs to a higher standard of performance. Desire and teamwork are important factors. This stake shall consist of tests that enable the judges to evaluate both natural and trained abilities. An Intermediate dog should display a willingness to cooperate with its handler. "Handling" should be a demonstration of obedience acquired through training and should be scored on the crispness of the response. Dogs are expected to stop on a whistle and take a cast. Failure to stop on the whistle or take a cast is a serious infraction. Multiple whistle or cast refusals shall be grounds for failure. The judges must decide on the seriousness of the refusal(s) by taking into account the conditions at hand.)

SECTION 16.         A diversionary bird must be thrown as the dog returns from the walk-up, blind, or as the last bird of a double mark. (The diversionary bird should be thrown where the dog can see it, but not directly in the return path. A dog that drops and leaves its bird and retrieves (switches) the diversionary bird shall receive a lower score.)  

SECTION 17.         All dogs must be walked from the holding blind to the retreiving line off lead.

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CHAPTER XII

REGULATIONS AND MINIMUM TEST REQUIREMENTS

FOR OPEN STAKE

NOTE:    

SECTION 1.            The passages enclosed in parentheses are additional guidelines for the judges. SECTION 1. Any age dog may compete in this class. This Open Stake is for the finished dog. Dogs will be tested on both their natural and trained abilities. To successfully compete in the Open stake, a dog must accomplish the tasks required with both style and precision. Dogs must respond promptly to voice or whistle commands and be under control at all times. (Excessive noise or intimidation to prevent a "break" should result in failure.)

SECTION 2.             The Open Stake must include a minimum of three series which shall include the following: a multiple marked land retrieve, multiple marked water retrieve and a blind retrieve which would be incorporated with one of the required marking tests. Dogs are required to honor during one of the marking series. (Time permitting judges are encouraged to setup additional series to further evaluate a Open dog's ability. These tests may include the following: diversion marks, walk-ups, or additional blind retrieves or marking series.)

SECTION 3.            Maximum test distances are as follows: land marks not to exceed 125 yards, water marks not to exceed 100 yards and blind retrieves not to exceed 100 yards.

SECTION 4.           Live or dead pigeons, ducks. pheasants or other game birds may be used in this class. (See Chapter I, Section 9.H.)

SECTION 5.             A dog shall be steady at the point of origin, therefore an uncontrolled break shall result in disqualification. (For marks, the point of origin is the point at which the dog is located at the time the first bird becomes visible.)

                A.Moderate commands shall be allowed to steady a dog at the point of origin.            

                B.            A dog may be touched or patted at the point of origin to steady, but once the "ready" signal has been given to the judges by the handler, the dog may not be touched again.

                C.              A controlled break shall not fail a dog, but may be considered a serious fault. (As soon as the dog leaves the point of origin and manifests an intent to make the retrieve without being so ordered, it must be stopped.)

SECTION 6.             A dog shall deliver all birds to hand. (The dog shall return to its handler without delay.)

SECTION 7.            A dog may be handled on marked retrieves with voice/whistle/hand signals, if in the opinion of the handler, the dog can't find or has missed the mark. (The dog is being tested for its marking ability and memory, not handling; however, a crisp cast is preferable to a long hunt. Repeated evidence of lack of memory, marking ability or lack of control shall be grounds for elimination.)

SECTION 8.           A dog shall be cast from the point of origin, by its handler, only once. (if the attempt is unsuccessful, the judges shall step in and direct the handler to pick up his/her dog. However, if in the judges opinion, the dog exhibits confusion at the point of origin, the judges may allow a re-cast.)

SECTION 9.            Handlers shall be required to handle a shot gun loaded with blank loads (poppers or primers) with both hands in the firing position. (Chapter I, Section 18 shall be in effect. All firearms are assumed loaded with live ammunition and must be handled accordingly. Mishandling of firearms will result in immediate disqualification.)

SECTION 10.          Tests for this event shall be held in appropriate cover on land and water.

SECTION 11.          Tests for this event shall consist of double or triple marks on both land and water.

                A.            Quadruple marks shall not be used.

                B.           Judges may not dictate the order in which marked birds are retrieved.

                C.            Dogs may be required to be placed at a point of origin at a distance from the handler.

                D.            Simultaneous falls with birds and shots originating from the same location may not be used.

                E.            Delayed marks or falls may be used.

 

SECTION 12.        Dry shots may be fired. (A dry shot is defined as a shot for which no bird is thrown or appears.) Game calls and additional birds with or without shots may also be used as diversions as a dog returns from a retrieve. (A dog that drops and leaves its bird and retrieves the diversion bird shall be failed.) 

SECTION 13.           Walk-ups to simulate jump shooting may be used in this class. The dog shall be brought to an area designated as the point of origin at heel or under control within ten feet of its handler. Section 5C of this chapter will be in effect. The judges may signal for the bird while the handler and dog are walking.

SECTION 14.          Blind retrieves on water or land shall be used. Maximum test distance shall not exceed 100 yards. (Handling in these tests must be done with precision. The dog must stop on whistle and take a cast. Failure to stop on whistle or take a cast is a serious infraction. The judges must decide on the seriousness of the refusal by taking into account the conditions and situation at hand.)

                A.            At least one blind shall be incorporated with the required multiple marked retrieves,

B.           Additional blind retrieves may be incorporated with the required multiple marked retrieves.

SECTION 15.          Handlers may not point out the bird boy prior to the first bird being thrown. Violation of this section is a major infraction and is grounds for elimination.

SECTION 16.          All dogs must be walked from the holding blind to the retreiving line off lead.

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CHAPTER XIII

UPLAND SHOOTING DOG

revised 2013

1. Competitors: Teams consist of one hunter/ handler and one dog. Handlers unfamiliar with firearms ( and therefore presumed unsafe) may request a shooter ( their choice) accompany them in the field. Judges will allow designated shooters on a case by case basis. "I don't shoot very well" is not grounds to request a shooter. The roustabout is a competition to test a dog and the hunters abilities as they work together. Missing birds is part of a day afield. Standard bird sets will be 3 birds of any mixture but the same set for everyone in the tournament. Time limit for each event will be 12 minuets. Teams must register prior to their run. All birds shot must be carried by the hunter and not dropped in the field. Birds will be counted in the field at the end of each run to ensure correct count.

2. Disqualification: Teams may be disqualified for the following: shooting a bird on the ground, shooting more than the allowed set, shooting a non-designated species, unsafe or reckless use of a firearm, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, abusing the officials, excessive use of foul language, mistreatment of a dog, poor sportsmanship, a dog that is completely out of control, communicating with spectators while in the field.

3. Guns: All guns must be 12 gauge or smaller. No shells over 2 3/4 inch. A gun malfunction shall be considered bad luck. It is the option of the hunter to get another gun, but they cannot appoint someone else to enter the field in their place. hunters will be limited to 6 shells.

4. Safety: Hunters are responsible for safe use of firearms at all times and are required to wear at least one article of orange clothing. A safety may be requested in the event that a obstruction (such as a judge, vehicle, gallery or building) makes taking a shot dangerous. A bird for which a safety has been awarded shall be scored in full and a shell forfeited. A requested safety may be denied for the following reasons: In the judges opinion, the hunter had a clear shot and failed to take it, the bird was shot at before or after the safety was requested, or the bird relocated in bounds.

5. Stocking: Teams must remain in the holding blind or out of sight of fields while it is being stocked for that run. Failure to do so will result in a disqualification. The first stocking of the day will have 1 more bird than the standard set placed in the field. All birds left in the field will be considered luck of the draw as fields will not be flushed after each run. Judges shall watch the planting of fields. If they notice birds leaving the field after planting they shall instruct bird planters to plant 1 bird for every 1 seen departing.

6. Out of bounds: Dogs can be sent out of bounds. Birds may be located by the dog out of bounds and full credit will be given for bird work done by the dog out of bounds, retrieves count only if bird is brought back to hunters in bounds. Hunters may not go out of bounds for any reason. If a dog flushes a dog out of bounds the hunter may take a shot provided he remains in bounds.

7. Spectators: Spectators shall be limited to designated areas only. Spectators are not allowed to communicate with competitors in any way.

8. Judges: In any situation not specifically covered under the rules, the judge will be allowed to use common sense to arrive at a decision. Judges decisions are final, no appeals will be heard.

9. Ties: ties will be decided according to the time remaining and then the time the first bird is retrieved to hand.

10. Scoring: Clock stops only when the last bird is in hand. Time remaining will be rounded up or down to the nearest minute. If seconds are 30 or more, you round up. 29 or lower you round down. No more finds, qualified points, birds or retrieves shall be scored than the number of birds in the standard set. No scoring shall be awarded for work on non-designated species. Birds must be palatable. Birds destroyed by dog or gun shall be assessed a 10 point penalty. In the case of a multiple find, flush, or covey rise, scoring will not exceed the standard bird set. Once the handler signs his/her name to the official score sheet after the run, there will be no changes made to the scoring.

10 A. Dogs : Dogs are not required to be steady. However a dog that stops on the flush will receive a higher score than dogs that break on the flush. A dog that stops on the flush may be sent for the retrieve only after the bird has hit the ground.

11. Birds: A bird bumped by a judge that comes down in-bounds will be hunted as if the bird flew on its own. If a bird bumped by a judge flies out of bounds, full points will be awarded for that bird. If a dead bird is found in the field and is still warm the judge will award full points as if the dog trapped the bird. If a dead bird is found and is cold no points will be awarded. All birds found dead must be inspected by the judge.

12. Scoring:
Birds in the bag...............25 points
find.....................................15 points
full retrieve........................15 points
Partial retrieve...................5 points
shells remaining..................10 points
minutes remaining................3 points
Steady to flush, shot and fall…..1.5 points
Seconds remaining...............tie breaker
time bagged 1st bird............tie breaker

Definitions section:

Bird in bag: 25 points will be awarded for each bird, up to the number of birds in the standard set, that is bagged during the run and in possession at the time of the in the field count at the end of each run. Any birds bagged but not in possession during the in the field count will not be awarded. If time remains on the clock hunters will be given an opportunity to "fill their limit".

Find: A find will be awarded when the dog traps, catches or in the judges opinion, causes a bird to take flight. In the case of a trap or catch, a shell will be forfeited.

Full retrieve: To receive credit for a full retrieve the hunter must remain stationary after the shot. They will be allowed one pivot foot but must not advance or retreat. Retrieves must be within a pivot foot step and can be picked up off of the ground or taken from the dogs mouth. Hunters may kneel down to accept the retrieve but may not lay down. Once the hunter moves for any reason, a full retrieve can no longer be awarded.

Partial retrieve: A partial retrieve will be awarded when a full retrieve can not be awarded and the dog finds the bird, picks it up and makes an attempt to bring it to the handler.

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GLOSSARY

 

bird boy:  The person who throws the bird or dummy for the dogs to retrieve. As nearly as possible, his throw should reach the height and distance of a live bird, which is thrown and shot. 

blind:  1. A "blind retrieve" is one in which the dog does not know the location of the bird but the handler does. The dog is sent out and controlled by the handler's signals. Sometimes the word "blind" is used to refer to the bird or dummy used on a blind retrieve. 

             2. A "blind" is also the canvas cover behind which the dog and handler stand while waiting to go on line in a trial. It prevents the waiting dog from seeing any of the falls or the work of the dog working ahead of him. 

break:  To leave on a retrieve before being instructed to do so. In a hunting test, a dog is said to break if he leaves to retrieve before the judge has called his number. 

cast:  The directions given a dog working on a blind retrieve after he has stopped on the whistle. The handler gives the signal with his arm and voice, either a right or left "over" cast, or a "back" cast. The dog, taking this direction, is considered to be on cast. 

cover:  The natural growth covering a land area, such as grass, grain stubble, bush, etc. 

creeping:  When a dog who is meant to be sitting quietly and steadily at his handler's side while the birds are being shot moves forward, or in any way leaves his position without actually breaking, he is said to be creeping. Dogs will creep from excitement, and in order to see the falls better. If the handler has to speak to the dog or otherwise control him, he is considered to have broken. 

diversion:  A retrieve, usually a mark and usually fairly short, which is used in conjunction with a more difficult retrieve, usually a blind and longer. A dog may have to pick up one or more diversion birds, and then pass that area on a longer retrieve without stopping and hunting. 

double mark:  A marking test in which two birds are thrown or shot individually, so that the dog can watch for one and then the other. He is expected to retrieve first one and then the other, remembering each fall. 

flushing:  The act of quartering to find live game for the hunter to shoot. 

freezing on the whistle:  When a dog working on a blind retrieve stops and sits to the whistle and refuses to take a cast - refuses to move at all, but just sits there - he is freezing on the whistle. 

handling:  Working a dog on a blind retrieve, or stopping a dog and casting him on a mark if he needs directions to find it. 

honoring:  The act of sitting quietly and steadily on line while another dog works. 

line:  1. The line at a hunting test is the spot from which the dog and handler work. A dog is "on line" when he takes his turn to work. 

          2. To line, used as a verb, is to send a dog out on a straight line on a retrieve. It is a very important part of a blind retrieve. A dog is expected to hold his original line until he finds the bird or is stopped by the whistle.

line manners:  A dog's behavior on line, while walking up to take his position, while birds are being shot, while he is being sent, while delivering, while honoring, and while walking off. A retriever is expected to be well mannered.

mark:  A bird which the dog sees fall. He is expected to remember the exact position of the fall and to go directly to it when commanded to do so.  

popping:  Stopping and looking to the handler for direction without having been commanded to do so by the whistle. 

quartering:  A dog's manner of hunting back and forth in front of the handler within reasonable gun range seeking to find game. 

re-cast:  To send a dog on a retrieve for a second time. If a dog starts out to retrieve, returns to his handler, and has to be resent, he is said to be re-cast. 

single mark:  A marking test with only one bird to be retrieved. 

staunch, steady:  A dog is staunch or steady when he does not move to retrieve until commanded to do so. 

switch:  To leave an area of one bird, having hunted for it without finding it, and go to the area of another bird. 

tracking:  A dog's ability to use his nose to find lost game. 

triple mark:  A marking test in which three birds are thrown or shot individually, so that the dog can watch each fall. He is expected to remember each mark, and to retrieve each one separately when commanded to do so. 

walk-up:  A test in which the handler with dogs at heel, the guns, and the bird boys all walk before the birds are thrown and shot, to simulate natural hunting conditions. 

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