Retrieving and Field Trial Committee

The Retrieving & Field Trials Committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7.00pm. Meetings are held at:

Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs
44 Luddenham Road
Orchard Hills, NSW

For more information contact DOGS NSW on (02) 9834 3022 or

Committee contacts

Chair: Mr Paul Hamson - 0498 441 520 -
Member: Mr Peter Serle - 0412 361 743 -
Member: Ms Louise Bennett - 0437 875 158 - 
Member: Mr Mick Allen - 0413 225 842 -
Member: Mrs Kirsty Blair - 0481 216 409 -
Member: Mr Brad Leggett - 0410 590 470

  • Please click here to download the Retrieving & Field Trial Committee Report - February 2023
  • Please click here to download the Retrieving & Field Trial Committee Report - March 2023


RAFT Hall of Fame

The Retrieving and Field Trial Hall of Fame 2020 Nominations are now open. More information can be found here.

Nomination form template for Outstanding Gundog

Nomination form template for Prominent Person


Mission Statement

  1. Act at all times pursuant to any directions issued from time to time by the Royal NSW Canine Council Ltd – (DOGS NSW).
  2. Monitor the organisation of Retrieving Trials for Gundogs, Field Trials for Utility Gundogs, Field Trials for Pointers and Setters, Field Trials for All Pointing Breeds of Gundogs, Field Trials for Spaniels and Retrievers, Retrieving Ability Tests for Gundogs and Utility Gundog Ability Tests (Gundog Trials and Tests).
  3. Promote the conduct of Gundog Trials and Tests in NSW through:
    -The efficient and transparent exercise of DOGS NSW RAFT functions
    -Consultation with interested parties
    -The use of DOGS NSW publications and social media, and
    -Other assorted means
  4. Advise DOGS NSW on the organisation and conduct of Gundog Trials and Tests.
  5. Administer and oversee the application of the relevant rules and regulations for Gundog Trials and Tests by appropriate means including, but not limited to:
    -Ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, that Gundog Trials and Tests are conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations
    -Providing advice on the application and the interpretation of rules and regulations relating to the conduct of Gundog Trials and Tests
    -Making recommendations to DOGS NSW for amendments to rules and regulations as they relate to Gundog Trials and Tests
  6. Consult, where appropriate, with members of the DOGS NSW Gundog Trials and Tests community, and the RAFT Committees for other States and Territories, in the best interests of the sports.
  7. Represent the interests of DOGS NSW and its members on the National Retrieving and Field Trial Committee.
  8. Facilitate the training and examination of judges for Gundog Trials and Tests.
  9. Consider applications, allocate, approve and amend dates for Gundog Trials and Tests.
  10. Consider reports from Gundog Trial and Test Representatives and respond appropriately to any issues or incidents that may arise.
  11. Conduct the State and National Championship Retrieving and Field Trials as required by the DOGS NSW Board of Directors.
  12. Supervise all Working Parties allocated to the Retrieving and Field Trials Committee by the DOGS NSW Board of Directors.
  13. Carry out any other functions, that may arise from time to time, to ensure the continued success of Gundog Trials and Tests.