As you know, Golden Retrievers were bred to be gun dogs with the ability to find waterfowl and retrieve it undamaged. With a Golden Retrievers ability to learn and love of water, the breed is a natural when it comes to hunt and field work. A hunt test is where the natural ability and training of your Golden Retriever is evaluated against a written standard. Dogs are required to prove their ability to retrieve and find birds under a variety of conditions and situations. A field trial is a event where hunting dogs compete against one another at various levels. Retriever field trials require dogs to retrieve over longer distances following a more complex course than a Retriever hunt test. All hunt and field events are a test of your dogs breed specific skills, instinct and ability.