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Understanding Pointing Dog Field Trials

Learn all about field trials, how to get started, and why they are beneficial.

Understanding Pointing Dog Field Trials

The winning dogs line up for pictures after a great field trial. (Photo courtesy of Ben Brettingen)

When many think of pointing dog field trials, the image of horses and pointers running big enough to cover multiple counties comes to mind. Let’s just say something about trialing happened to really pique your interest. Odds are you entered a black hole, and what information you can find is so laden with jargon; it might as well be written in a combination of Mandarin and hieroglyphics. If you happen to be fluent enough in this language, and you find a trial to attend, many times it can be intimidating, as everyone pulls in with large trucks and horse trailers.

Sounds fun, right? Why in the world would any average hunter want to get into this game? Well, for me, I have an...

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