First hunt test of the season NAHRA Sunday hunter level test. Double on land, double on water, trailing test. Land distances 75 yards, water distances 50 yards, trailing 50 yards. This will hopefully be easy peasy for Riot. It's the same grounds that the first 2 derbies of the season will be held at in 2 weeks. The grounds are all private, so this will be my only opportunity to check the grounds out before those derbies.
We've been working hard on water de-cheating. Riot is getting better. But we'll see how he does in the heat of the moment of a derby when he has to make decisions at the line without the benefit of an ecollar to help him make choices. I've seen many good dogs cheat up here at a derby that the owners thought were properly de-cheated. So far the entries for the derbies are quite small, I'm crossing my fingers that we will have 10 dogs.
One dog I watched run derbies last summer, a chessie, the owner also entered him in junior hunt tests all summer. The owner told me that any time that he can take a dog to the line for experience, the better off the dog will be. This year that young chessie is aged out of derbies, but now running qualifying field trials. It will be interesting to see how he does. Chessies mature very late.
This summer I'm judging 2 AKC junior tests. I'll also be apprenticing for spaniel hunt test judging. Our club has you apprentice for junior, senior, and master the same day. I've only got senior passes, so I'll need to get some master passes before I can judge master. To judge spaniel tests you have to apprentice each level 2 times, not a bad idea.
~ Stacey with Hunter, Lucy and Riot, missing Reilly, Tiger and Pennie