Bucks/Central Area Working Test

The Bucks/Central Area Working Test arranged for 12th Sepmtember 2020 has been cancelled. Please contact Vivienne Gatter for further details.

Working Flatcoats Website

There is a web site called "Working Flatcoats" which is administered by the Field Trial Secretary of the Flatcoated Retriever Society containing a wealth of information about the Working side of the Flatcoated Retriever Society.  For further information please contact David Savory; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Link for the Working Flatcoats website:



Cancelled Working Tests and Training Days

In view of recent Government guidelines and recommendations from The Kennel Club in response to the Covid-19 epidemic, the following Flatcoated Retriever Society events are CANCELLED:

Bucks/Central Working Tests 17 May
The Shirley Radburn National Working Tests 13 June
The FCR/Golden Working Tests 21 June
Inter Area Team Competition 27 June

While training events are seen as lower risk, in view of the recommendation to curtail unnecessary travel, the following training days are also CANCELLED:

Novice Handler days on 18 April, 2 May and 16 May
Wessex Water Training 23 May
John & Liz Barnes 7 June
SW Training 28 March, 9 May, 20 June

Events scheduled after the end of June are subject to reassessment as the situation changes and we will keep you advised via social media and workingflatcoats.org

Survey of Gundog Lameness

The Society received this message from John Houlton, it may be of interest to people who work their dogs.


"I have a favour to ask of you for the benefit of working gundogs!  I am a semi-retired veterinary surgeon who specialised in canine orthopaedics while in clinical practice. For the last 25 years I have had working Labradors (currently I have six) and pick-up around 80 days each season. I am passionate about the health and well-being of gundogs and some years ago undertook a survey on their injuries. This was published (Houlton, J.E.F. (2008) A survey of gundog lameness and injuries in Great Britain in the shooting seasons 2005/2006 and 2006/2007 Veterinary Comparative Orthopaedics & Traumatology 21, (3), 231-237) and now I want to investigate why gundogs stop working. We all think we know but there is no good data on this subject and I suspect there may be some surprises. So I have launched a survey which takes around 3 minutes to complete.

I would be very grateful if you could bring this to the attention of your members either by email or via social media. The link is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M5J7K38

Thank you in anticipation and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07901 622639".

South West Area Gundog Working Test

The schedule and entry form is now available for the South West Area Gundog Working Test on the following pages Working Test and Dates and Working Forms, to be held on 15th March 2020 at Spreyton, Devon.  Entries close on 7th March 2020.  Schedule

The Flatcoated Retriever Society: 176th Field Trial Meeting

The Flatcoated Retriever Society held its 176th Field Trial Meeting - an Open Stake for up to 16 flatcoated retrievers - on Thursday, 24th October 2019, at Bretby Shoot, Burton-upon-Trent, Derbyshire by kind permission of the keeper, Mr Matt Smith.

Very grateful thanks to our judges Mr Dave Brown (A3357), Mrs Sarah Comber-Smith (A25), Mr Steve Cullis (B2759) and Mr John Yarwood (B3484) for giving up their time.

Thank you also to the team of guns who ensured a plentiful supply of game: David Bellamy, Geoff Derrick, Simon McKay, John Troop, David Savory, Gary Shelbourne and Vinny Wilkinson.

Chief Steward was Roz Bellamy who kept track of the day with her usual skill and expertise. Thanks also to the many helpers who helped the day run smoothly.

After a couple of late withdrawals, we started the trial with 12 dogs in line. The first drive produced plenty of birds for the guns who shot very well resulting in plenty of game on the ground. Early casualties could not resist the temptation of a flapping bird just a few yards in front of the line or the pricked cock bird that ran the line.

The judges took 4 dogs through to a walk up on rough ground with mixed cover. Game was less plentiful but sufficient birds were shot to test the remaining dogs.

Having called "trial over" competitors, judges and helpers retired to the yard where a delicious hot lunch, prepared by Roz Bellamy, was served. After lunch the result was announced:
1st Skeppartops Enjoy the Freedom handled by Ms Linda Vågberg from Sweden, competing in her first UK trial.
Ms Vagberg was awarded The Winch Challenge Cup, The Birch Challenge Cup for the highest placed retriever handled by its owner and The Hellingley Retriever Cup (Oliver Trophy) for the highest placed retriever handled by a lady but these trophies can only by held by members resident in the UK. (photo below)

2nd Mahinda Pompoko handled by Mrs Hilary Rosser who received The Creton Trophy and The Olaf Trophy for the "Guns Choice".
Congratulations to our winners and to David Savory for organising another successful trial.

FCRS Shooting Dog Certificate Assessments

Congratulations to those who passed their FCRS Shooting Dog Certificate assessments on 19th October 2019 at the Fretwell Shoot, Beckingham courtesy of Paul and Helen Fox.

Our judges were Phil Wagland, Anne Crookes and 2nd Assessor Roz Bellamy.

In the awards were:

Portledge Belle Amy of Wolfthistle handled by Andy Sweeney "A" Certificate

Gemswin Disco Inferno handled by Gemma Jacobs "B" Certificate

Donascimento Danilo From Casblaidd handled by Caroline Hewison "A" Certificate

Mahinda Pompoko and Mahinda Fester handled by Hilary Rosser "A" Certificates

Hopevalley Morning Arizona handled by David Savory "A" Certificate.

Training - Working Test - Field Trial Dates

The above pages have been updated with new dates in the Working Section.  (Training, Working Test Dates and Field Trial Dates).


Nationals Results

Click here for the results or visit the Results 2018-2019 page.

Newsletter from Field Trial Secretary

Are you a member of the Flatcoated Retriever Society? Have you received the email newsletter sent out on 1st May by the Field Trial Secretary?
Yes - great, we hope you find it informative.
No - it means we haven't got a current email address for you. Please contact the Membership Secretary, Brian Broadbent via email to update your details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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