2024 Fall Hunt Test Weekend

MSDA’s annual Fall Hunt Test Weekend will be Friday September 13, Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15 at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton MD.

Except for the Friday afternoon hunt test, all events are sponsored and run by MSDA.

Premiums for the AKC events are now available on HuntSecretary, and the individual URLs are provided below. Entries for all of these events are now open. Please note that, if you have not used HuntSecretary before, you will need to create a login before you are able to view event information and submit entries. Entries for the Pointing Mock Junior Hunt Test will be taken via this website; see the information below.

There’s a lot going on during our Fall Hunt Test Weekend, so here is an outline of what we’re planning, as well as links to the detailed event information and all entry forms.

  • Friday, September 13:
    • Judges and Handlers seminar for AKC Spaniel Hunt Tests. This will be a full-day and in-person seminar (8 am – 4:30 pm) with a classroom portion in the morning, panel discussion during lunch, and guided observation of a small hunt test in the afternoon. This seminar is targeted at current and prospective hunt test judges as well as new and experienced handlers who want to understand AKC spaniel hunt test procedures and performance requirements. This seminar will be presented by Tom Meyer (AKC Senior Field Rep for Spaniel Hunt Tests/Field Trials). The fee is $60 per attendee, including lunch. See https://www.huntsecretary.com/eventinfo_s.asp?mhuntid=1006673
    • AKC Spaniel Hunt Test. There will be a hunt test in the afternoon, starting at 1 pm. Observation of this hunt test is an integral part of the all-day Judges and Handlers Seminar. Seminar attendees may enter the hunt test itself (via a separate entry form), but you do not need to attend the seminar to enter this hunt test. The test is being sponsored by the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America (FCRSA) with mentoring support from MSDA. The test is open to all eligible AKC flushing breeds, but Flat-Coated Retrievers will have priority. Entries will be limited to four dogs each in Junior, Senior and Master for a total of 12. To enhance the educational experience for the seminar, callbacks will not be used and all dogs will be expected to run all parts of their test. The entry fee is $80, with no lunch provided. See https://www.huntsecretary.com/eventinfo_A.asp?mhuntid=1006627
  • Saturday, September 14:
    • AKC Spaniel Hunt Test. This will be a full-day hunt test with an entry limit of 37 dogs. The test is open to all eligible AKC flushing breeds. The entry fee is $85, including lunch. See https://www.huntsecretary.com/eventinfo_A.asp?mhuntid=1006676 . (This link covers both the Saturday and Sunday spaniel hunt tests.)
    • Pointing Mock Junior Hunt Test. This will be MSDA’s third annual mock pointing hunt test. If you have done some training, including at MSDA’s Field Day, and are curious about hunt tests for pointing breeds, are getting ready for your first hunt test, or just want a bit of extra practice (and some feedback), this is a great opportunity. Entries will be limited to 16 dogs: 8 in the morning and 8 in the afternoon. The fee for the mock hunt test is $35 per dog per test. Lunch, which is optional, is $10. See https://mdsportingdog.org/pointing-mock-ht/
    • Afternoon “tailgate” celebration with the spaniel hunt test ribbon ceremony. Pointing hunt test people are welcome, too!
  • Sunday, September 15:
    • AKC Spaniel Hunt Test. This will be a full-day hunt test with an entry limit of 37 dogs. The test is open to all eligible AKC flushing breeds. The entry fee is $85, including lunch. See https://www.huntsecretary.com/eventinfo_A.asp?mhuntid=1006676. (This link covers both the Saturday and Sunday spaniel hunt tests.)

Questions? Please contact Pamela DeSmidt via Pamela@mdsportingdog.org.