“Mock” Spaniel/Upland Hunting Test ***Cancelled***
Saturday April 4, 2020
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. ***
|Seminar Schedule & Entry Fees: Saturday April 4, 2020|
|Seminar||$6||1 PM||**See Premium/Below (Several Instructors)|
|Entry Limit Information|
Seminar: entries close on the 20TH entry received. |
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*$4.00 fee per entry $25 and below
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.
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5 Stevens Court
|ADDITIONAL SEMINAR INFORMATION|
**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.
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