Art. I.1 The purpose of international field trials and international hunting tests for
continental pointers, held under patronage of the F.C.I., is the selection of dogs which hunt
efficaciously in a breed-appropriate style, in order to provide an essential contribution to the
selection of the genetically best-transmitting dogs for improvement of the various
continental pointer breeds and to stimulate the interest in high-grade dogs.
Art. I.2 International field trials and international hunting tests for continental
pointers, under F.C.I. patronage, are organized by breeder’s associations, regional dogfancier
associations and user associations of hunting dogs, recognized by the governing
national canine organizations having F.C.I. membership.
Art. I.3 An association intending to organize an international field trial or
international hunting test endowed with the Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat
International de Travail (CACIT), makes a timely request for F.C.I. patronage via the
governing national canine organization of its country. The F.C.I. grants its patronage only if
the field trial or hunting test conforms to the Rules and Bylaws formulated here. A CACIT can
be awarded only if the governing national canine organization endows the field trial or
hunting test with a Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat de Travail (CACT).
Art. I.4 The fields should be tended before commencement of the field trial or
hunting test. During the competition no game shall be put out.
Art. I.5 The international field trials and international hunting tests for continental
pointers under F.C.I. patronage are open to all pure-bred continental pointers registered in
an F.C.I.-recognized studbook. The owner’s or handler’s nationality and place of legal
residence are irrelevant.
Art. I.6 Excluded from participation are: inadequately vaccinated dogs, aggressive
dogs, dogs suffering from a contagious disease, bitches in heat, monorchid or cryptorchid
dogs, dogs suffering from testicular atrophy, and dogs belonging to persons who are
members of an association designated as dissident by the governing national canine
organization of their country or persons who are excluded to competitions by the governing
national canine organization of their country.
Doped dogs are forbidden, dogs which are doped will be excluded and those who are
responsible will be disciplined.
Art. I.7 Participation may be restricted to one breed or a number of breeds, on
condition that this restriction is announced in advance.
Art. I.8 Participation may be restricted in view of merit (qualifications obtained
earlier), on condition that this restriction is announced in advance.
Art. I.9 The organizing association may limit the number of participating dogs, on
condition that this limitation is announced in advance. The limit may not be placed at less
than twelve participants.
Art. I.10 Participation may be not restricted on the basis of gender or age.
Art. I.11 Application to enter the competition must be made prior to the entry
deadline determined and announced by the organizing association; after this date no further
entries will be accepted.
Art. I.12 Entries are not accepted unless the required registration fee is paid. Nonresident
participants can pay upon arrival at the competition site before the start of the
competition event. A registration fee will not be returned unless the participant has
announced withdrawal prior to the entry deadline.
Art. I.13 In the event of force majeure the field trial or hunting test may be cancelled
and, if this is the case, the registration fees will be used to meet incurred obligations.
Art. I.14 Authorized to judge during international field trials and international hunting
tests for continental pointers under F.C.I. patronage are only those judges who are qualified
to judge during these competitions and whose names occur on the lists of judges in their
country of current legal residence. Foreign judges may officiate only if permission is obtained
from the governing national canine organization of their country. Such permission should be
timely requested by the governing national canine organization of the organizing country.
Art. I.15 A judge cannot judge any dog that he has either owned, co-owned, trained,
kept or sold in the six months preceding the competition where he is officiating as a judge,
the same applies to dogs owned by members of his immediate family or partners.