Welcome to Burns and Becks Gundog Club

The Burns and Becks Gundog Club was formed in 1965 by a small group of retriever trainers who ran training days and tests against other local clubs.

Since Kennel Club affiliation in 2012 the club has re-affirmed its aims to help handlers improve the standard of their dogs through training classes, working tests and field trials. Members of all ages and levels of experience are welcome, including young handlers who are the future of the sport.

ANNOUNCEMENT 4th Oct 2020: It is with huge disappointment and after much deliberation the Burns & Becks committee have come to the sad decision to cancel our Field Trials in the 2020 season. Although the committee had remained enthusiastic to run the events increasing local lockdown restrictions and Covid 19 infection level left us feeling that it was not ethical to encourage people to travel and compete potentially risking everyone’s health. We would like to thank you for understanding what has been a difficult decision and look forward to running a full programme of working tests and field trials in 2021.
If your query cannot be answered by the website you may contact the club officials on the details below. Please note all officials have full time jobs and would therefore appreciate email being used as the main method of communication.

General & Membership Secretary: Lauren Sykes. Email:

Working Test & Field Trial Secretary: Kirsty Howson. Email:

Treasurer: Richard Howson. Email:


At the end of another very successful year for the club it is good to look back as well as forward to a new set of challenges in 2020.

One of the few clubs to offer large-scale retriever training sessions with expert guidance, we ran six sessions in 2019 These were again very well supported by the membership and many members of the committee who were happy to give their time and expertise to help others develop both their dogs and their own skills in handling. These sessions remain the core of the club’s activities, in line with our overall aims.

Our regular tests were also well supported, including the Puppy safari/Novice walk up at Brackenbrough, PNO safari at Winster and Open Walk up at Brackenbrough. Sadly we are unable to continue training at Plumpton and this is a real loss to Cumbrian gundog training, such ground being very difficult to find. We are hopeful that other venues can be found and would welcome offers or suggestions.

Our fourth AV novice trial in November at Roeburndale was as successful as the previous three and we were lucky to have David Jackson once again as our A panel judge. Birds came regularly to hand and the final round featured dogs all performing at Open standard.

Open Qualifying Trial Status
With field trials in mind we are delighted to inform you that the club has been awarded an Open Qualifying AV field trial in 2020 by the Kennel Club. This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and a consistent high standard of organisation over the last four years in particular. We have received a great deal of support for other local trialling clubs and panel judges who have judged our novice trial and we are grateful to them all. This will mean that we can contribute more directly to the quality of AV breeds, with the possibility that competitors in our trial could gain FTCH status at the event and qualify for the Retriever Championship. Naturally this will bring extra financial and organisational issues to the club, but we are very confident that we have an excellent team of officers who can take these in their stride.

Meanwhile we offer best wishes to all our members for the Christmas period, and continued enjoyment to those using their dogs for picking up, shooting and trialling, hopefully making the most of the training they enjoyed earlier in the year with the Burns and Becks Gundog Club

Contact us for details about membership and latest events.