Field Events

Field events were developed to showcase the hunting abilities of dogs – their bird finding, pointing and retrieving skills, and their trainability.  Irish setters compete in two different types of field events for pointing breeds – Field Trials and Hunt Tests.

Field trials are competitive events in which dogs compete against each other in the field, with the winners earning points towards Field Trial Championships.  Hunt tests are non-competitive events in which the dog’s natural hunting ability and training are evaluated according to a written standard for performance.  Each dogs that meets this standard receives a pass towards Hunt Test titles.

Click here to learn more about Field events:  AKC Field Events
For Hunt Test rules:  AKC Hunt Test Rules
For Field Trial rules:  AKC Field Trials Rules

2018 Hunt tests

Our 2018 Hunt tests will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13 at Scatter Creek.  For info, contact Susan Orlicky at

2017 Hunt tests

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2015 Hunt tests

The Irish Setter Club of Seattle held its annual pair of Hunt Tests June 27 and 28, 2015 at Koopman Farm in Oakville, WA.

The event was a great success and pass or fail, everyone attending, including the dogs, had a great time. On Saturday we saw temperatures in the mid 90's and Sunday greeted us with thunder, lightening and rain. Our Hunt Test committee, volunteers and very efficient judges kept the event running safely and smoothly. Congratulations to the following club members and their dogs for their passes:


Starbright Just A Lil Irish Bryteagle Irish Setter owner/ handler Susan Orlicky
Tuxedo's August Moon Pointer owner/handler Keely Ghirardelli

Gold GCH Windntide Mr. Sandman RE JH CGC VCA Irish Setter owner Carol, Patrick, & Michael McGarry / handler Michael McGarry

GCH Mi Jean's Reason To Believe SH AX AXJ OF VCX Irish Setter owner/handler Andy Middleton.
This pass finished Oscar's Master Hunter title!


Ch Dorigan Bound To Be Loved, Irish Setter owner Ginger Kenney / handler Dean Kinney Finished Junior Hunter title
Kaerdon's Oh Here Comes Trouble, Irish Setter owner S&J Kinney & Leta Graham & Susan Orlicky / handler Susan Orlicky
Tuxedo's Anisette, Pointer owner/handler Marsha Henkel
Tuxedo's August Moon, Pointer owner/handler Keely Ghirardelli

GCH Mi Jean's Reason To Believe SH AX AXJ OF VCX Irish Setter owner/handler Andy Middleton

Plan to attend next year.