This communication is to inform your club of a recent change to the Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedures for Retrievers. This change originated from the Retriever Field Trial Advisory Committee and was approved by the Performance Events Department and the AKC Board of Directors.
Effective with stakes held on or after June 1, 2017, in at least one test involving the retrieve of a marked fall in all stakes, except Derby, every dog shall be kept on line off leash while another dog works. The word “should” has been changed to “shall,” clarifying that honoring is a required element of the test.
The specific change is:
Standard Procedure for Non-Slip Retriever Trials, Basic Principle #5 (page 28).
Judges shall in their discretion determine the number of dogs that shall be worked or kept on line simultaneously. In at least one test involving the retrieve of a marked fall in all stakes, except Derby, every dog should shall be kept on line off leash while another dog works. If a dog has failed the test and is asked to remain on line to honor the work of the next running dog, the Judges may direct the dog honor on lead or off lead as they deem appropriate.
This change will be reflected in the next reprinting of the Retriever Field Trial Rule Book.
This e-mail is being sent to the President and Secretary of all clubs licensed to hold Retriever Field
Trials and will be posted on the AKC Retriever Field Trial website. Comments can be e-mailed to
the AKC at Fieldtrials@akc.org.