Spaniel Hunting Tests, May 8-9

MSDA held two days — two separate events — of AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton MD. Junior, Senior and Master stakes were available each day and there was Working Dog (WD) testing on Sunday. Many thanks to our judges John Dunn, Steve Surprenant, Jeffrey Thomas and Jim Zimmerman and to all the many volunteers who made this weekend so successful.

Not just for spaniels, the hunting tests were open to all eligible flushing breeds. Look who participated! We had one of more of the following breeds entered: Airedale Terrier, Boykin Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and Welsh Springer Spaniel.

Congratulations to the weekend’s qualifiers: Ace (Labrador Retriever), Blarney (English Springer Spaniel), Breck (English Springer Spaniel), Carter (Welsh Springer Spaniel), Cooper (English Cocker Spaniel), Elsa (Golden Retriever), Emma (Flat-Coated Retriever), Flyer (English Cocker Spaniel), Freddie (Boykin Spaniel), Gatsby (English Springer Spaniel), Jemma (English Springer Spaniel), Jet (Golden Retriever), Luke (English Springer Spaniel), Mocha (English Cocker Spaniel), Nimmy (English Cocker Spaniel), Paddy (English Cocker Spaniel), Patton (Labrador Retriever), Porter (Boykin Spaniel), Rose (English Springer Spaniel), Sonny (English Cocker Spaniel), Taffy (English Springer Spaniel), Thor (English Springer Spaniel), Weyland (English Springer Spaniel), Winnie (Clumber Spaniel), and Ylva (English Springer Spaniel).

We love seeing pictures! If you took some photos that you would be willing to share, please send them (or a link to where they can be retrieved or viewed) to the Hunt Test Secretary (Pamela) at Secretary@mdsportingdog.org. If you’re a member of our private Facebook Group, we also invite you to post photos there.

For starters, Claire Podlaseck took some great photos that you can view at https://www.joelprescottphoto.com/DogEvents-1/MSDA-Hunt-Test-May-8-2021/ . Really, follow the link – the photos are awesome!

And, here are some more pictures from the weekend. (Click on any photo to enlarge them.)

We’re already looking forward to returning to Rebel Ridge for our regular fall hunt test weekend September 18-19, 2021. More information about that event will be available this summer.

If you have any follow-up questions about hunt tests, please contact the Event Chair, Steve Roth or the Hunt Test Secretary, Pamela DeSmidt.