MSDA’s next AKC-licensed Spaniel Hunting Tests will be Saturday September 15 & Sunday September 16 in Elkton MD. Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter stakes will be available. We also expect to offer working dog certificate testing. Not just for spaniels, the hunting tests are open to all eligible flushing breeds.*
The AKC has approved our events and judging panels, and you can download the official Premium List and Fillable Applications. Mailed entries will close at 8 pm on Sunday September 9th. Entries will be limited to 25 dogs in Junior and 30 dogs in Senior and Master combined, each day.
Early registrations are greatly appreciated since it helps our planning for the test days. Entries may be withdrawn for any reason, with a full refund, up to the closing date by simply emailing or phoning the Test Secretary or Test Chair. If you are interested in working dog tests, please contact Steve Roth HuntingChair@mdsportingdog.org well in advance of the test dates since approval to hold these tests must be obtained from each breed club.
Depending on the number of entries and the weather, we are hoping to provide all participants the opportunity to be judged in all the elements of their test, rather than using “call backs” that reduce the number of dogs participating as the test proceeds each day. (AKC Regulations state that, “if a dog fails to qualify in a particular ability, it is important to score as accurately as possible in all other abilities to provide the handler with information to plan future training.”) We will assume that all dogs will be available in running order for all portions of the testing. Of course, if you choose to withdraw your dog at any point, you may do so simply by informing the marshal.
Once again we will be at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton, MD. Convenient to I-95, a variety of restaurants, hotels that welcome dogs, and an RV/camping site, this beautiful property provides more than 250 acres of fields, ponds, and woods as well as a heated and air-conditioned clubhouse.
The average early morning low temperature at Elkton in mid-September is below 60(F); the average late afternoon high is in the upper 70s.
Registrants who travel with an RV or camper are directed to Lums Pond State Park in Bear DE, about a 10-minute drive from Rebel Ridge Farms. (Limited overnight camping on the Rebel Ridge property is reserved for hunting test volunteers who need to be present before the site opens at 7:30 am.)
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Steve Roth, HuntingChair@mdsportingdog.org .
*Eligible for AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests: Airedale Terrier, American Water Spaniel, Boykin Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Curly-Coated Retriever, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Poodle, Standard Poodle, Sussex Spaniel, Welsh Springer Spaniel. Dogs of these breeds recorded with the Purebred Alternative Listing Program/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP) or dogs with Conditional registration are eligible to participate. Spayed and neutered dogs are eligible to participate. Bitches in season are not eligible to participate, nor are they allowed on the grounds. Dogs with Limited Registration are eligible to participate.