AKC Spaniel Hunt Test Seminar for Judges and Handlers

Friday September 17, 2021

Seminar Location:
Rebel Ridge Farms
Elkton, MD

Entries Close: Monday, September 6, 2021 11:59:59 PM EST

Maryland Sporting Dog Association
mdsportingdog.org

THE SPANIEL HUNT TEST ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SEMINAR IS OPEN TO ALL AKC ELIGIBLE BREEDS, HOWEVER, PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO THE DOGS WITH HANDLERS WHO ALSO REGISTER FOR THIS AKC SPANIEL HUNT TEST SEMINAR FOR JUDGES AND HANDLERS.
MDSA is also holding a Seminar for Judges and Handlers along with our Spaniel Hunt Test. Please click on Spaniel Hunt Test Hosted by MDSA to enter the Hunt Test.

Seminar Schedule & Entry Fees: Friday September 17, 2021
Category Fee Start Instructors
Seminar  $50 8 AM Tom Meyer
Seminar-With Hunt Test Entry  $25 8 AM Tom Meyer

Birds:
Chukars will be used in the associated Spaniel Hunt Test.
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ENTRIES CLOSE Monday, September 6, 2021 11:59:59 PM EST

CLUB Seminar Secertary

Betsy Harringer
10310 Greenacres Dr
Silver Spring,MD 20903
Flushing@mdsportingdog.org

*$2.00 fee per entry $25 and below
*$4.00 fee per entry $26 - $100
*$4.50 fee per entry $101 - $149
*$6.50 fee per entry $150 - $249
*$8.00 fee per entry $250 - $400

Welcome Statement

The Maryland Sporting Dog Association (MSDA), a group of dog owners and friends working for the good of all dogs, but especially sporting dogs, is hosting a unique AKC Spaniel Hunt Test Seminar for Judges and Handlers in conjunction with our September Hunt Tests. This event will be presented by Tom Meyer (AKC lead rep for Spaniel Hunt Tests/Field Trials) and will be a different format than the typical seminar for judges and handlers. The entire forum will be in the field and revolve around a licensed AKC Spaniel Hunt Test – Tom will conduct the seminar as he is judging the test with one other judge, and use the actual field set-ups and dog performances for teaching in lieu of a classroom lecture.

Participants may enter dogs in the Hunt Test if they would like or attend the seminar as a standalone event. Attendees will have two seminar registration options:

1. Register as an individual at a cost of $50 which includes a light breakfast, lunch and liquid refreshments throughout the day.

2. Enter a dog in the Hunt Test and subsequently register as an individual for the seminar at a discounted cost of $25 which includes a light breakfast, lunch and liquid refreshments throughout the day.

To achieve seminar certification, registrants must attend all three Hunt Test levels (junior, senior and master) to observe the dogs and hear scoring and rules commentary from the judges. Registrants not running a dog may participate as gunners, shaggers, bird planters, marshals or walk in the gallery as long they are in the field to hear Tom Meyer discuss each dog’s run. To enhance the educational experience, there will be no callbacks during the Hunt Test so all dogs will run in each series.

For the associated Friday, September 17 Spaniel Hunt Test entry, preference will be given to handlers who have registered for the seminar. The Hunt Test is limited to 20 dogs and open to all AKC eligible breeds (https://www.akc.org/sports/spaniels/hunting-tests/eligibility/). When the 20-dog limit is reached, a managed waitlist will become available. However, if the Hunt Test event is full and a handler who has registered for the seminar wants to enter the Hunt Test, MSDA holds the right to bump the last entered “non-seminar” dog and handler to the waitlist.

This seminar is required for anyone who wishes to become an AKC Spaniel Hunt Test judge, and is also required for any current judge to fulfill their obligation of attending a seminar every five years to maintain their eligibility to judge.

This seminar is also very useful for handlers, perspective handlers, workers and gunners. The seminar is designed to review and explain the regulations and guidelines for the AKC Spaniel Hunt Test program, and preview and highlight any upcoming changes or recent changes. Seminar participants will improve their understanding of the performance requirements and standards as well as additional AKC policies. Additionally, you will see how the judges are taught and what they should be looking for at all levels based actual dog performance and scoring discussion.

Each attendee will receive a copy of the AKC eligible breeds’ “Hunting Style” as well as the latest “Regulations & Guidelines for AKC Hunting Test for Spaniels” and “Dealing with Misconduct at AKC Events”. MSDA will provide Hunt Test scoresheets, for each dog entered in the Test, to all the seminar participants.

SCHEDULE AND FORMAT
7:45 am: Check-in; enjoy coffee and a light breakfast.
8:00 am: Introductory remarks by Tom Meyer.
8:30 am: Hunt Test begins.
12:00 pm (approximately): Lunch in the field.
3:30 pm: Seminar Q&A.
4:00 pm: Seminar ends.

Seminar Committee
Seminar Chairman
Steve Surprenant
5 Stevens Ct.
Rockville, MD 20850
Surprenant@mdsportingdog.org
Seminar Secretary
Betsy Harringer
10310 Greenacres Dr
Silver Spring,MD 20903
Flushing@mdsportingdog.org
ChairmanSteve Surprenant
SecretaryBetsy Harringer
Committee MemberTrish Jackson
Committee MemberBrian Schmidt
Committee MemberChristina Gebhard
Committee MemberDale Soper
ADDITIONAL SEMINAR INFORMATION

The Seminar activities will be held entirely outside. This event will be held rain or shine.

Covid precautions will be as required by CDC, Maryland, Cecil County, and Rebel Ridge Farm.

Registrants will have to sign a release w/ MSDA and Rebel Ridge Farm.

WHAT TO BRING

All Participants:
• Clothing/footwear appropriate for dog training and appropriate to the weather forecast.
• Pad of paper, a pen, and a highlighter pen
• Chair and a clipboard or something else to write on
• Sunscreen and bug spray
• Plenty of water
• Lots of Questions

Working handlers also should bring:
• Water for your dog
• Flat buckle collar and/or flea/tick collar
• Regular 6' lead or slip lead
• Whistle (spaniel whistle preferred)

Seminar topics and schedule may be adjusted based on the needs of the working teams, the weather, or other factors. Topics listed in this premium are representative and not meant to be all-inclusive as every dog is different.
CANCELLATIONS
Cancellations prior to closing date will be refunded by HuntSecretary.com unless Club Cancelation Policy below states otherwise.
 
After the closing date, all cancellations will be handled based on the Club Cancellation Policy specified below.
 
Club Cancellation Policy

No refunds for cancellations by registrants after the Closing Date. Registrations are transferable to others if approved in advance by MSDA.

EVENT EMERGENCY AND VETERINARIAN INFORMATION

ALL EMERGENCIES CALL 911

Veterinarian
VCA Glasgow Animal Hospital
(formerly VCA Elkton Animal Hospital)
650 Peoples Plaza, Newark, DE 19702
410-398-8777 or
302-834-1118


ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations in alphabetical order:
Days Inn, 311 Belle Hill Rd, Elkton, MD 21921 Phone: 410-392-5010
La Quinta Inn & Suites, 304 Belle Hill Rd, Elkton, MD 21921 Phone: 410-620-9494
Motel 6, 223 Belle Hill Rd, Elkton, MD 21921 Phone: 410-392-5020
Hampton Inn, 2 Warner Rd, Elkton, MD 21921 Phone: 410-398-7777
Sutton Inn, 405 E Pulaski Hwy, Elkton, MD 21921 Phone: 410-398-3830

MSDA has not worked out special hotel rates with the hotels listed above and is not endorsing these particular hotels. Please check directly with hotels regarding rates, dogs in room, and deposits that may be required.


MEAL INFORMATION

Coffee and pastries in the morning, and lunch in the field will be provided. Cold liquid refreshments will be available throughout the day.


Seminar LOCATION/Map/Directions

Elkton, MD
Rebel Ridge Farms
295 Woods Rd
Elkton, MD 21921

No Map uploaded

Rebel Ridge Farms, 295 Woods Rd, Elkton, MD 21921

Directions from Elkton, MD:
Take Rte. 213 South approximately 3 miles from the intersection of Route 40 and 213. Turn left onto Elk Forest Road at the flashing light. Take an immediate right onto Knights Corner Road. Go 0.4 miles. Turn left onto Woods Rd. Go 0.7 miles. Turn left into Rebel Ridge Farms.

Directions from Newark, DE:
Take Rte. 896 South. Turn left onto Rte. 71. Go 0.7 miles. Turn right onto Chesapeake City Road. Go 2.3 miles. Turn right onto Steele Road (which becomes Woods Road in MD). Go 1.4 miles. Turn right into Rebel Ridge Farms.