Fall 2022 Spaniel Hunting Tests

Saturday September 17 (AKC Event #2022441909) and
Sunday September 18 (AKC Event #2022441910)
at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton MD
Much more information is below!

ALSO happening this weekend:

Mock AKC Junior Pointing Hunt Test on Saturday, 9/17

Mock AKC Junior Retrieving Hunt Test on Saturday, 9/17

MSDA Open House for Members & Prospective Members on Saturday 9/17

Spaniel Working Dog (WD) Tests on Sunday 9/18.

The rest of this web page is about the Spaniel Hunting Tests and WD Tests, and where to stay & eat nearby. Follow the link to learn more about the Pointing and Retrieving mock hunt tests and the Open House.

MSDA will hold two days — two separate events — of AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton MD. Rebel Ridge provides spacious grounds, ample ponds, and excellent fall cover. (They let the grass grow extra tall just for our hunt test weekend!) Photos from two previous MSDA hunt tests at Rebel Ridge are here (Spring 2022) and here (Fall 2021).

Junior, Senior and Master stakes will be available each day and all eligible flushing breeds are welcome. Chukars will be used for all testing. The entry limit is 42 dogs (total) each day. The judges are:

  • Mary Lou Dunn and Jean-Marie Tate (Juniors on Saturday, Seniors and Masters on Sunday), and
  • George Cacchio and Noel Cacchio (Seniors and Masters on Saturday, Juniors on Sunday).

Both Saturday and Sunday, judging begins promptly at 8 am and continues until completion, typically ending after 3 pm. A midday lunch break will be taken as decided by the judges, and ribbons will be awarded at the clubhouse after the end of the testing.

Lunch is included in the spaniel hunting test entry fee and will be provided each day at the clubhouse. If you read about the other MSDA activities going on Saturday at Rebel Ridge, you will see references to bringing a potluck dish. Spaniel hunt test entrants do not need to contribute a dish for lunch.

We will not be offering coffee, tea or similar in the morning. Please allow time to stop at the Dunkin’, McDonalds, Royal Farms, Starbucks or other caffeine provider, of which there are many located near the intersection of Rte 40 (Pulaski Hwy) & Rte 213 (Augustine Herman Hwy) in Elkton, about five minutes from Rebel Ridge Farms.

Information about some area hotels and  restaurants is provided below.

Official Premium information and online entry is via HuntSecretary.com.

For all hunt tests, entries close at 11:59 pm (Eastern) on Tuesday September 6th, or when entry limits are reached, whichever occurs earlier. Entries will be drawn, and running orders established, by Hunt Secretary on September 7. The running order will be electronically randomized but may be adjusted to accommodate handlers running multiple dogs.

Scratches prior to the closing date will be refunded by Hunt Secretary. After the closing date, entry fees will be refunded by MSDA for a bitch withdrawn because of coming in season or for a dog withdrawn because of an injury or illness or for a dog that dies. A veterinary certificate is required for all refunds, and a $5 service fee per entry will be withheld from all refunds requested after the deadline. Refund requests and documents must be presented prior to the test. There will be no refunds for “no shows”.

If a waitlist is necessary and utilized, waitlisted dogs will be offered a position based on their order on the waitlist, irrespective of level. (So, for example, a Junior Hunter test entry may be replaced by an entry at the Master Hunter stakes.)

Tests will be conducted according to the American Kennel Club’s Regulations for AKC Hunting Tests for Spaniels available at https://images.akc.org/pdf/rulebooks/RHTSPN.pdf.

If you have any questions about how the hunt tests are conducted or would like to volunteer to help, please contact the Event Chair, Steve Roth (huntingchair@mdsportingdog.org).

USE OF CALLBACKS: On Saturday ONLY, 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 callbacks that reduce the number of dogs participating as the test proceeds each day. On Saturday, 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. The Sunday hunt tests will be run using callbacks so that, if your dog does not qualify on one portion of the test, they will not be called back to continue that day.

AKC JUNIOR HANDLER PROGRAM: Anyone up to the age of 18 is eligible to participate as a Junior Handler in hunting tests and other AKC performance events. MSDA welcomes Junior Handlers and offers a reduced entry fee of $40 for dogs handled by a Junior Handler. To participate as a Junior Handler, you must obtain a number from the AKC by having a parent or guardian submit this form. The regular $75 entry fee must be paid when entering the test but, on test day, a Junior Handler should notify the Hunt Test Chair (Steve Roth) and a rebate on the entry fee(s) will be provided.

WORKING DOG TESTS: Before there were AKC Hunt Tests, MSDA held the first Working Dog Test for English Cocker Spaniels in 1977. In keeping with that tradition, we are once again offering our annual Working Dog Tests (WD, WDX) on Sunday September 19th ONLY. You do not have to be entered in the AKC Hunting Tests to participate in Working Dog Tests, though we offer a discounted entry fee to dogs signed up for both WD and either Junior Hunter or Senior Hunter, since those can be judged simultaneously. The fee for entering a standalone WD test is $35 per dog. If the dog is also entered in either JH or SH on Sunday and WD can be judged simultaneously, the WD fee is only $15.

Approval to hold these tests must be obtained separately from each breed club. This year, so far we have approval for: Clumber Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, and English Springer Spaniels, with more on the way. If you have a breed not listed here, be sure to contact Pamela DeSmidt via FieldDays@mdsportingdog.org as soon as possible so that we can apply for approval. Please check with your breed’s parent club for WD/WDX upland hunting test requirements and judging guidelines. Such information is usually on the parent club’s website.

There is no pre-registration for the WD tests. Just sign up and pay for WD testing at Rebel Ridge on Sunday, 9/18. If you want your dog to be judged for WD simultaneously with your Junior or Senior Hunter test, you must sign up and provide payment (cash or check) by 8 am that day. If you want to do a standalone WD test, you must register and pay no later than 10 am on Sunday 9/18. Capacity for standalone tests is limited to 10 dogs. Hunt Test Weekend Committee Member Pamela DeSmidt will be handling WD registration.

LOCATION: Once again our hunt tests will be at Rebel Ridge Farms located at 295 Woods Road, Elkton, Maryland 21921. 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. Most GPS will find Rebel Ridge easily using the address. After you turn in to the property, drive very slowly approaching the dip before the bridge! Follow the driveway in and stay right at the fork. The clubhouse is the last low building on the left. Pull in there to get field assignments for the day and ask questions.

BLAZE ORANGE REQUIRED: The AKC, the State of Maryland, and MSDA require that all people in the field (where there is live fire) wear blaze/fluorescent orange clothing. This includes judges, gunners, handlers, marshals, bird planters, and observers in the field. A cap by itself is not sufficient to meet this requirement. You need a “vest or jacket containing back and front panels of at least 250 square inches of solid fluorescent orange color (worn as outer garment at all times) or an outer garment of camouflage fluorescent orange worn above the waist which contains at least 50% fluorescent orange color.” If you are a spectator remaining outside the fields, blaze orange is not absolutely required. It is also not required during hunt dead and water portions of tests. However, blaze orange is strongly recommended for everyone and it is the favorite fashion statement color for these events! A very limited number of plain blaze orange t-shirts will be available for sale at the clubhouse for $5.00 each.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Hunt tests go on rain or shine! If the weather is particularly warm, be sure to bring water into the field for your dog. The marshal may require you to show your water bottle before proceeding with the test.
  • Severe correction or discipline will not be allowed on any part of the grounds at any time.
  • Training by dogs and handlers entered in the hunt tests is not permitted. Dogs can be aired or exercised only in designated areas (areas that will not be used during the course of the tests).
  • Please scoop poop from where people will be walking and remove it from the property. Do not leave poop bags in the field or put them in the trash cans.

WHERE TO STAY and WHERE TO EAT: Please do not call Rebel Ridge to ask for hotel and restaurant recommendations! An updated list of hotels and restaurants is provided below. Rebel Ridge does not permit overnight RV parking or camping. Instead, check the Lums Pond RV/camping site, about 10 minutes away.

Here is information on some local accommodations. This is not a complete list. Please read the notes below the list about nightly rates, pet policies, etc.

  • Self-Described as “Pet Friendly”:
    • Days Inn by Wyndham: 311 Belle Hill Rd Elkton, MD Ph: 410-392-5010. This hotel showed no availability for these dates as of early June, but has rates of $115/night for many earlier dates.
    • Motel 6: 223 Belle Hill Rd Elkton, MD Ph: 410-392-5020. $70 per night
    • Sutton Inn: 405 E. Pulaski Hwy Elkton MD Ph: 410-398-3830 $119 per night
  • “Pet Friendly”, but policy says only small dogs allowed in rooms:
    • Hampton Inn: 117 Sandhill Dr Middletown, DE Ph: 302-378-5656. $256 per night.
  • Policy says no pets in rooms or service animals only:
    • Hampton Inn: 2 Warner Rd Elkton, MD Ph: 410-398-7777. $160 per night

Important notes:
In early June 2022, we checked rates for a room for one person, assuming a two-night cancellable stay 9/16-9/18. Rates do not include any special discounts, taxes or pet fees. Please use this as a general guide only: rates change frequently, so we suggest you check into several options before booking a room.
“Pet friendly” hotels usually have restrictions such as a limited number of rooms, weight limits on dogs, limits on number of dogs and, of course, extra charges. Be sure to check pet policy carefully when booking, especially since we have observed that stated policies may differ from reality and may change over time.
These are not complete lists and specifically there are many more hotels and restaurants in Newark DE, near the Univ of Delaware.

For dinner while you’re in the area, local restaurants include the following.

  • Baker’s Restaurant: 1075 Augustine Herman Hwy Elkton, MD 21921. 410-398-2435 Known locally for: American/comfort food. Just five minutes from Rebel Ridge, if you’re looking to join a group of fellow hunt-testers, you’re most likely to find some at Bakers on Saturday evening.
  • The Blue Crab Grill: 322 Suburban Plaza Newark, DE 19711. 302-737-1100 Known locally for: Seafood
  • Chesapeake Inn Restaurant: 605 Second St Chesapeake City, MD 21915. 410-885-2040 Known locally for: Upscale (!) seafood & American
  • Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen: 270 E Main Street Newark, DE 19711. 302-444-8646 Known locally for: Burgers & more, specialty beers
  • Jo Jo’s Super Dogs: 214 E Pulaski Hwy Elkton, MD 21921. 410-392-9830 Known locally for: Diner style, breakfast favorites
  • Olive Garden Restaurant 304 E. Pulaski Hwy Elkton, MD 21921. 410-392-8701 Italian franchise
  • Schaefer’s Canal House: 208 Bank Street Chesapeake City, MD 21915. 410-885-7200 Known locally for: Upscale (!) seafood & American
  • Tender Bones Rib Shack: 2504 A Red Lion Rd, Bear, DE 19701. 302-832-7427 Known locally for: Ribs, cheesesteak & more
  • Woody’s Crab House: 29 S Main St North East, MD 21901. 410-287-3541 Known locally for: Seafood, especially crabs.
  • Just looking for fast food? There are a LOT of options on Rte 40 near the intersection with Rte 213, Augustine Herman Hwy.

If you have any questions about how the hunt tests are conducted or would like to volunteer to help, please contact the Event Chair, Steve Roth (huntingchair@mdsportingdog.org).

2022 Spring Spaniel Hunting Tests

Saturday May 7, 2022
& Sunday May 8, 2022
Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton, MD

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 all eligible flushing breeds were welcome.

Yes, it rained on Saturday. But hunt testers are made of sturdy stuff. And, they have bright orange raincoats! Either way, the dogs don’t seem to mind. Here are some photos of the weekend, courtesy of Ken Harringer.

Rebel Ridge Farms is a 250+ acre private property located in northeastern Maryland. Many photos and an aerial tour of the property are available on the Rebel Ridge Farms website.

Not just for spaniels, the hunting tests are open to all eligible flushing breeds. Currently, these are: 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, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Poodle (Miniature and Standard), 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. All dogs must be six months of age or older.

Please direct any questions or comments concerning these hunt tests to the Event Chair, Steve Roth via HuntingChair@mdsportingdog.org .

AKC Spaniel Hunt Test Seminar for Judges and Handlers (with Hunt Test) – Fall 2021

Friday, September 17, 2021
Rebel Ridge Farms,
Elkton MD

MSDA hosted a unique AKC Spaniel Hunt Test Seminar for Judges and Handlers in conjunction with our September Hunt Tests. This event was presented by Tom Meyer (AKC lead rep for Spaniel Hunt Tests/Field Trials) and was conducted entirely in the field, revolving around a licensed AKC Spaniel Hunt Test. Tom conducted the seminar as he was judging the test with one other judge, and used the actual field set-ups and dog performances for teaching in lieu of a classroom lecture.

Thanks to Tom Meyer and all of the participants and volunteers.

If you have any questions about how the seminar and hunt test were conducted or have some follow-up comments, please contact the Event Chair, Steve Surprenant (Surprenant@mdsportingdog.org).

2021 Fall Spaniel Hunting Tests

Saturday September 18 (AKC Event #2021441910) and
Sunday September 19 (AKC Event #2021441911)
at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton MD.

MSDA held two days — two separate events — of AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton MD. Rebel Ridge provides spacious grounds, ample ponds, and excellent fall cover. (They let the grass grow extra tall just for our hunt test weekend!)

One or more of the following breeds ran in the hunt tests: Boykin Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Poodle, Standard Poodle and Welsh Springer Spaniel.

Thanks to all the human and canine participants, judges, gunners, committee members and all volunteers who helped make this weekend a success. Thanks also to members who attended the Members’ Open Day on Saturday for providing the awesome potluck dishes for the hunt testers’ buffet lunches for the weekend.

If you have any questions about how the hunt tests were conducted or have some follow-up comments, please contact the Event Chair, Steve Roth (huntingchair@mdsportingdog.org).

Spaniel Hunting Tests, May 8-9, 2021

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).

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.)

If you have any follow-up questions about hunt tests, please contact the Event Chair, Steve Roth at huntingchair@mdsportingdog.org .

September 2019 Hunting Tests for Flushing Breeds

AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests
For All Flushing Breeds
September 14th & 15th, 2019
Rebel Ridge Farms
Elkton, Maryland 21921

MSDA held two days — two separate events — of AKC Spaniel Hunting tests on Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15, 2019 at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton MD.

Mark your calendar for MSDA’s hunting test weekend next year:
September 12-13, 2020!

A big THANK-YOU to: judges Mary Lackey and Kate Ostrowski; gunners Walt Mullen, Brian Schmidt, and Barry Schroeder; CGC Evaluator Karen Cottingham; all the owners and handlers (many of whom also pitched in to help shag, drive the ATV, throw birds, contribute potluck dishes – yum! – and set up lunch); spectators; the hunt test committee; and Rebel Ridge Farms.

Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter levels were held both days. There also was Working Dog certificate testing and CGC evaluations on Saturday. Not just for spaniels, hunting tests are open to all eligible flushing breeds. These are:

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-Cwereoated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Poodle, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, 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.

We had a great entry! One or more of the following participated: Boykin Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and Standard Poodle. Attendees came from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ontario, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. In all, there were 27 dogs participating in hunt tests on Saturday and 32 on Sunday. Of these 13 qualified (passed, or “earned a leg” toward their hunting titles) on Saturday and 16 on Sunday. Overall, that’s about a 50% pass rate though, not surprisingly, the Juniors and Seniors had a greater success rate than the Masters did.

Ken Harringer got some great photos of his own dogs and of dogs entered in Senior Hunter on Saturday. Here are some of his shots:

Some pictures from Saturday’s Hunt Tests:

Pictures from Sunday’s Hunt Tests:

If you have any questions about hunting tests or working dog tests for flushing breeds, please contact Steve Roth . If you have some photos to share, please send them to the hunt test secretary Pamela DeSmidt and/or post them to our Facebook group.

September 2018 Hunting Tests for Flushing Breeds

MSDA’s 2018 AKC-licensed Spaniel Hunting Tests were Saturday September 15 & Sunday September 16 at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton, MD. We ran Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter stakes both days, as well as Working Dog certificate testing on Saturday. (See more info below.) Not just for spaniels, the hunting tests are open to all eligible flushing breeds. Also on Saturday, there was optional Canine Good Citizen evaluations available. (See more info below.)

We ran 26 dogs on Saturday and 23 dogs on Sunday, fairly evenly divided among Junior, Senior, and Master levels. Seventeen dogs earned qualifying scores each day and many had completed titles by the end of the weekend. Dogs also earned WD, WDX, and CGC titles. The following ten breeds were represented: Airedale Terrier, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, and Standard Poodle.

Something different this year: we provided 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.”) It seemed to work well, and we will consider doing this again. The elements of the AKC spaniel hunting tests, by level, are:

  • Junior Hunter: Land work, Marked water retrieve
  • Senior Hunter: Land work, Hunt dead, Marked water retrieve
  • Master Hunter: Land work, Hunt dead, Blind water retrieve, Marked water retrieve

Some pictures are posted below.

Before there were AKC Hunt Tests, MSDA held the first Working Dog Test for English Cocker Spaniels in 1977.   In keeping with that tradition, we once again offered our annual Working Dog Tests, in association with our AKC Spaniel Hunt Test, on Saturday, September 15th.  Dogs did not have to be entered in the Spaniel Hunting Tests to participate in Working Dog Tests, though we offer a discounted entry fee to dogs signed up for both Junior Hunter and WD since those can be judged simultaneously.

The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Almost one million dogs have participated in the program since it began in 1989. The heart of the CGC program is the 10-step Canine Good Citizen test. At MSDA’s hunt test weekend, a CGC evaluator was available most of the day Saturday.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Steve Roth,  HuntingChair@mdsportingdog.org .

AKC Spaniel Hunt Test Seminar February 2018

Presented by AKC Field Representative Tom Meyer
and hosted by the Maryland Sporting Dog Association

Sunday, February 18th 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mason Dixon Hunting Farm, Inc.
5112 Hildebrand Road, Glen Rock PA 17327
$45 fee included light breakfast and lunch

The Hunt Test Seminar was held in conjunction with a Grouse Trial sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Hunting Spaniel Club on Saturday, February 17th.

The Hunt Test Seminar was designed to review and explain the regulations and guidelines for the AKC Spaniel Hunt Test program. 24 seminar participants improved their understanding of the performance requirements and standards as well as additional AKC policies. The program was presented using multimedia demonstrations, lecture and group discussions. All presentations were indoors. Attendance at the seminar was recommended for anyone interested in learning about the program as well as newcomers already participating in the program. In addition, all AKC judges are required to attend once every five years to maintain active status. This seminar was for humans only (no dogs).

For questions or follow-up, please contact Steve Roth.

September 2017 Hunting Tests for Flushing Breeds

MSDA’s September Hunting Test Weekend was September 16th-17th. Despite hotter than usual temperatures, MSDA’s hunting tests were quite successful. Iced water and plenty of extra ponds on the property ensured that both humans and dogs kept their cool and had fun. There were more than 50 entries, and participating breeds included: Airedale Terrier, American Water Spaniel, Boykin Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, and Standard Poodle.

(Click on any photo below to expand the gallery.)

There actually were three consecutive days of AKC-licensed spaniel (flushing breed) hunting tests at the Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter levels. They were held by the Maryland Sporting Dog Association (Saturday & Sunday) and by the Susquehanna Valley English Springer Spaniel Club (Friday’s event). Not just for spaniels, all three events were open to all eligible flushing breeds. On Friday 9/15 and Saturday 9/16 MSDA also offered Working Dog certificate testing. WD testing is subject to each breed’s parent club approval; we received approval for English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Field Spaniels, and Welsh Springer Spaniels. Dogs entered in Junior Hunter could sign up for concurrent WD testing for a reduced fee. All of these events were held at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton, MD. This beautiful property provides more than 250 acres of fields, ponds, and woods as well as an air-conditioned clubhouse.

If you have any follow-up questions or comments relating to hunting test weekend, please contact Steve Roth,  HuntingChair@mdsportingdog.org .


Check our Calendar for more MSDA activities as well as training opportunities and hunt tests offered by other local clubs.