Field Events for English Cocker Spaniels

The English Cocker Spaniel is an outstanding rough shooting dog! That is, it is used by a hunter to find, flush and retrieve shot upland game in a variety of cover. Over the years several events have been developed to assess the quality of the dogs’ ability to hunt. Currently there are three types of events available to English Cocker Spaniels.

Working Dog/Working Dog Excellent Test

This test was created by the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America to evaluate the basic abilities of the dog to find, flush and retrieve game. A short water retrieve is also required. To earn the “Excellent” title, the dog must also deliver to hand and be line steady at the water.

AKC Spaniel Hunt Test

This program was created in the late 1980’s by the American Kennel Club to evaluate a spaniel’s hunting ability at three different levels – Junior, Senior and Master. The dog is scored against a standard at each level in the areas of pattern, bird finding, flushing, marking and retrieving. At each level the standard increases to the Master level at which point the dog must be steady to wing and shot and complete a water blind in addition to the water mark. A series of passing scores at each level leads to a title.

AKC Cocker Field Trials

Cocker Field Trials began in 1925 and are the highest level of competition for English Cockers and Cocker Spaniels. The title of Field Champion or Amateur Field Champion is awarded to a dog that has earned at least 10 points from placements and a Win, or two Wins, in either Open or Amateur stakes. From “The Guide to Conduct and Judging of Cocker Spaniel Field Trials”,
“The purpose of field trials for the English Cocker Spaniel is to provide a competitive environment for the continuing enhancement of the hunting capabilities of the breed. The trial should demonstrate the performance of a properly trained spaniel in the field and should determine the dog with the finest qualities among the group entered in the stake. The judging will affect the values of the dogs put up and affect the breeding schedules of the future.”

Congratulations to

Warrener's Skylark the 2018 National Cocker Champiop (left) in an entry of 91, and to NAFC FC Juggernaut Cool Breeze. proudly owned and handled by Jordan Horak, Freemont, WI

National Championship Field Trial Winners

1998 – FC Flathome Accord (English Cocker)
2000 – FC Darag Caol Shraid Marshen (English Cocker)
2002 – FC Creignant Mordred (English Cocker)
2003 – Eng FC Chyknell Megan (English Cocker)
2004 – FC Mallowdale Naomi (English Cocker)
2005 – FC Diana Floss of Windmillwood (English Cocker)
2006 – FC Chyknell Red Kite (English Cocker)
2007 – NFC FC Mallowdale Naomi (English Cocker)
2008 – FC Shelmars Rudh Lowarn (English Cocker)
2009 – Trendsetter’s Black Beauty (English Cocker)
2010 – FC Ballymena’s Irish Rose (English Cocker)
2011 – FC Quailmoor Quilcene SH (English Cocker)
2012 – Warrener’s Chuck-Will’s-Widow (English Cocker)
2013 – FC Warrener’s Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (English Cocker)
2014 – Warrener’s Whip-Poor-Will (English Cocker)
2015 – FC Aikane Hokulani (English Cocker)
2016 – Absolute’s Whinnie (English Cocker)
2017 – FC Quailmoor Queen MH (English Cocker)
2018 – Warrener’s Sky Lark (English Cocker)
2019 – Abitt of a Dumb Blond (English Cocker)
1953 – FTCh Camino’s Cheetah (English Cocker)
1954 – Eng. FTCh Shawfield Glenfire (English Cocker)
1955 – FTCh Greatford Meadowcourt Pin (English Cocker)
1956 – FTCh Prince Tom III U.D. (American Cocker)
1957 – FTCh Berol Lodge Glen Garry (American Cocker)
1958 – FTCh Camino’s Red Rocket (English Cocker)
1959 – FTCh Greatford Charlie (English Cocker)
1960 – FTCh Berol’s Petey Boy (American Cocker)
1961 – Berol’s Buckaroo (American Cocker)
1962 – Ru-Char High Jinks (American Cocker)