Pointer & Setter Club

The Pointer & Setter Club was formed by a group of working gundog enthusiasts in Rotorua in 1983. The Club is based in the North Island and is dedicated to improving the standard of working pointer and setter breeds in New Zealand by running field trials and training days for these dogs.

Trials on wild game (pheasant and quail) are held in the North Island each year, usually either side of the game bird shooting season. In these, judges are looking for the best shooting dog performances; dogs must prove their hunting skills in the company of another dog, find birds, point staunchly, produce game for the gun, have good manners around birds and efficiently retrieve dead game to hand. When the trials are held outside the shooting season, then a blank shot is used and dogs are tested with a ‘cold’ game bird retrieve.

Who competes in these trials? Most competitors are active hunters (both male & female) who spend a lot of hours chasing pheasants and quail with their dogs. There is an old and well-proven adage that “birds make a bird dog”. While field trialling cannot make an average dog into a great shooting dog, it will always make him a better hunting companion. He will learn discipline and self-control, and how to work with you as a team. He will be a pleasure to hunt with!

Training days and novice trials are run regularly by the Club, on both wild game birds and using homing pigeons. The Club is affiliated to the NZ Gundog Trial Association. New members and dogs of all abilities are welcomed.