“Mock” Spaniel/Upland Hunting Test ***Cancelled***

Saturday April 4, 2020

Seminar Location:
Thornhill Farm
Woodbine, MD

Advanced Entries Close: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 11:59:59 PM EST

Thornhill Spaniel & Retriever Training Group

***THIS IS NOT A SEMINAR, IT IS A DEMONSTRATION AND EDUCATION SESSION. To attend the demonstration, you must "Enter Seminar" below. ***

**The $10 fee is being charged to cover the basic costs of birds and ammunition. Huntsecretary.com is helping sponsor this demonstration. Although there will appear to be a charge of $4 from huntsecretary.com as part of the $10, hunt secretary.com will be reimbursing the Sponsors for the majority of the $10 total charge.

Seminar Schedule & Entry Fees: Saturday April 4, 2020
Category Fee Start Instructors
Seminar  $6 1 PM **See Premium/Below (Several Instructors)


Entry Limit Information
Seminar: entries close on the 20TH entry received.


Hunt Sec LLC
708 CR 3140
Crockett, TX 75835

ENTRIES AFTER Wednesday, April 1, 2020

DIRECTLY TO CLUB Seminar Secertary

Steve Surprenant
5 Stevens Court
Rockville,MD 20850

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

Welcome Statement

Thornhill Spaniel & Retriever Training Group (Thornhill) is pleased to sponsor a “Mock” Upland Hunting Test as a demonstration of the basics of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Spaniel Hunting Tests.

This demonstration is for beginner-level individuals who are interested in learning about, or gaining a better understanding of, this AKC performance sport.

The Mock Test will demonstrate the basic aspects of an AKC Spaniel Hunting Test run at the master dog level. The Mock Test will include four hunting test elements: land (quartering/flushing/retrieving), hunt dead, water retrieve, and water blind. There will be three handler/dog teams running – all handlers are AKC Spaniel Hunting Test judges, and all dogs are running at a polished master level.

Instructors (explainers) include Trish Jackson, Steve Roth, Theresa Schroeder, Barry Schroeder, Brian Schmidt, Tim Zimmerman and Steve Surprenant.

The demonstration will begin with an overview of the spaniel hunting test and a comparison of the AKC retriever hunt test versus the AKC spaniel hunt test. A certified gun captain will review how the gunners will work and provide an overview of gun safety.

The instructors will explain how the dogs would typically be scored under an established standard for the test level under consideration. The ability categories are: (1) Hunting ability, (2) Bird finding ability (3) Flushing ability, (4) Trained abilities, (5) Retrieving abilities.

Once the Mock Test begins, handlers who are not running dogs will explain what is transpiring in the field and answer questions from the gallery. There will be a pause between each hunting test element to answer questions and move field locations for the next series. At the end of the mock tests, discussion will be invited between judges, handlers, gunners, and spectators. Attendees are welcome to bring water, other beverages, snacks, and the like as there will be no food or refreshments provided in order to keep demonstration costs at a minimum.

Seminar Committee
Seminar Chairman
Betsy Harringer
Seminar Secretary
Steve Surprenant
5 Stevens Court
Rockville,MD 20850

**The $10 registration fee is being charged to cover the basic cost of birds and ammunition. Huntsecretary.com is helping sponsor this demonstration by donating a portion of their entry fee charge. Although there will appear to be a charge of $4.00 from Huntsecretary.com as part of the $10 fee, hunt secretary.com will be reimbursing Thornhill Farm for the majority of the $4.00 registration fee total registration charge.

No spectator dogs are allowed – sorry, but this is a demonstration event for owners and handlers only.

NOTE: Spectators should wear an article of BLAZE ORANGE clothing above their waist, an orange hat is not sufficient. Can be an orange T-shirt, sweatshirt, game vest, etc.

Background: Spaniels were originally bred to hunt, find, and flush upland game out of their hiding places – retrievers did the retrieving. Today’s upland spaniels and retrievers are expected to hunt, find, and flush, be steady to wing and shot, and retrieve.

Those interested in AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests* (often referred to as Upland Hunt Tests) are encouraged to attend. Mock judges and handlers will explain the performance of dogs based on their ability to hunt, find game, flush, and retrieve. Judges and handlers will also explain how a dog’s work in the field is scored based on its learned abilities – range, pattern, gun response, and response to commands. Every dog is assessed based on its breed hunting style and skills, and performance is scored on a pass/fail basis.

The first AKC Spaniel Hunt Test was held on July 13, 1988. Only 7 breeds were allowed to participate: English Springer, Welsh Springer, English Cocker, American Cocker, Field, Sussex, and Clumber Spaniels. Over the next few years, interest grew steadily every year and additional spaniel breeds were allowed entry. In terms of retrievers, AKC approved the entry of Flat-Coats and Curlies in 2012, Goldens and Labs in 2013, Chessies in 2015 and Tollers just last year.

Today, AKC eligible breeds include: Airedale Terriers, American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Clumber Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, Curly-Coated Retrievers, English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Sussex Spaniels, Poodles, & Welsh Springer Spaniels.
Cancelations prior to closing date will be refunded by HuntSecretary.com unless Club Cancelation Policy below states otherwise.
After the closing date, all cancelations will be handled based on the Club Cancelation Policy specified below.
Club Cancelation Policy

After the closing date, there will be no refunds.

Seminar LOCATION/Map/Directions

Woodbine, MD
Thornhill Farm
15480 Woodbine Morgan Rd
Woodbine, MD 21797-8717

Please use the following map coordinates to get to the demonstration site:
39°21'25.8"N 77°03'18.4"W