The AKC requires that a club holding a licensed field trial have the two major stakes and at least one minor stake, but typically all four stakes are offered. As stated in the AKC rules for Retriever Field Trials, the purpose of a trial is to determine the relative merits of Retrievers in the field. The dogs should be judged on their natural abilities including memory for marks, intelligence, attention, nose, courage, perseverance and style, and their abilities acquired through training including steadiness, control, response to direction, and delivery. The abilities acquired through training are tested to a greater extent and more emphasis given to those abilities at each higher level; Qualifying more so than Derby and the All Age stakes more so than Qualifying.
The Open Championship format and qualification
AKC Titles & More
The Amateur Championship sometimes referred to as the British Amateur or British Amateur Championship outside the UK is a golf tournament which has been held annually in the United Kingdom since except during the two World Wars, and in and when Ireland hosted the championship. It is one of the two leading individual tournaments for amateur golfers, alongside the U. It normally has the widest international representation of any individual amateur event, with 38 golf federations from all six continents represented in the championship. Before World War II it was regarded as one of golf's major championships , but given the modern dominance of the sport by professional golfers , this is no longer the case. The inaugural championship was held in by the Royal Liverpool Golf Club and was, for many years, regarded as an unofficial event. The tournament was played on 20, 21 and 23 April and was "open to all amateur members of recognised golf clubs".
The Open Championship qualification was first introduced in ,  and is the process that a player goes through to qualify for The Open Championship. The Open Championship is the oldest golf competition in the world, and generally regarded as one of the most prestigious. In the modern era, the main way players qualify is by an exemption due to their performance in major golf tours, major tournaments, or their position in the official world golf rankings. For those who are not exempt, they can qualify by performing well in the Open Qualifying Series of international sanctioned tournaments, or via local qualifying in the UK.
The Field Championship titles appear before the name. They are AKC's competitive Field work titles-simulating hunting. Similar to the Hunt Tests but usually much further distances and more demanding tests. We generally breed to Field Trial dogs because they are the best of the best due to the competitive nature of the test and need for intelligence and trainability. Points are awarded for placements.