Gércei-Vadász Magyar Vizsla Kennel
WHAT ARE FIELD TRIALS?
The vizsla is a pointing dog, this means that the vizsla is very suitable for the work before the shot. Vizslas can not only retrieve or tracking a blood trail but they also are able to search living game in the fields and woods for the hunter or the handler. Searching and pointing of game is called "the work before the shot".
For us, at the Gércei-Vadász kennel, it is very important that the dogs which are used for breeding have proven that they do have the natural abilities to work before the shot. In western and central Europe these abilities are tested during competitions for pointing dogs. For most of new vizsla owners this kind of work is a completely unkown item. That is the reason why we are trying to give here a brief explanation about this kind of competition.
The handler and his dog get a field assigned by the judges where the dog is supposed to search for birds (pheasant, partridge, quail) in a preferably systematic pattern usually with favourable wind and to point them.
n the spring field trials principally the dogs are searching for partridges in low cover while in the autumn field trials the dogs have to work on real hunting grounds and can make a "point" on every kind of bird.
The run of the dog usually lasts up to 15 minutes. This means that the chances to find birds in that time span are higher for a fast dog with a good nose than for a dog which is less gifted. If the dog lasts a excellent run but didn't had the chance to point a bird the judges can give it up to two additional runs which end in all cases at the moment the dog had a chance to point a bird.
A "point" begins when the dog winds the bird and points it standing and rigid (with the nose facing the place where the bird is hiding itself). Next the dog exercises a commanded approach or a commanded flush, whereby he remains immobile when the bird leaves and stay steady at the gunshot. The point is only ended when the dog is back on leash.
At spring field trials, when the birds are leaving, a shot is given with a pistol and no retrieving is requested.
At autumn field trials a shot is fired with a pistol or a shotgun. If the bird is not killed a "cold" retrieve (with a already dead bird) is requested.
If the birds are shot (what is more and more not the case) the dog has to wait for the command to retrieve and to bring it to his handler. Without retrieving in autumn field trials no other qualification than a C.Q.N. is possible.
WHICH QUALIFICATIONS ARE POSSIBLE?
CACT - RCACT - CACIT
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FIELD TRIALS
C.Q.N. (certificate of natural abilities):
For the dog which made a excellent run and a excellent point but which made a dressage fault (e.g. not remaining steady, hare chasing) not allowing him a other qualification.
"Good", "Very Good" and "Excellent"
may be granted by the judges according to their appreciation for the performance of the dog (search pattern, style during the run, quality of the point and eventually of the retrieving).
On national field trials the judges can grant the, in their opinion, best dog next to the excellent even the CACT ((certificate for the national championship) and when appropriate the, in their opinion, second best dog next to the "excellent" a RCAT (reserve certificate for the national championship). On international field trials the dogs which were attributed with the CACT can also compete for the CACIT (certificate for the international championship) and possibly the RCACIT (reserve certificate for the international championship).
"junior": for dogs under the age of 2 years (in Belgium and the Netherlands);
"derby": for dogs under the age of 30 or 36 months, depending on the country where the competition takes place;
"novice": for dogs older than 2 years without a qualification in all breed field trials (in the Netherlands);
"amateurs": for dogs handled by their owner or their breeder without a higher qualification than "very good" in all breed field trials (in Belgium);
"open": open for all continental pointing breeds;
"club": only for the dogs belonging to the breed represented by the organizing breed club;
"interclubs": open for more but not all continental pointing breeds.
Anyone interested in this type of dog competition can contact me.
I will give her/him with pleasure all the necessary information and advice regarding training, competition and regulations.