HRC Introduction Upland
So the clubs is thinking of putting on an Upland training day, to basically introduce everyone to the HRC style of test. However of our club members, only 2 people have ever ran the HRC test. So the questions is who's ran these tests and what were the novel aspects of them in regards to setup. We basically want to hit every type of inventive upland scenario that's out there, (HRC/NAHRA etc.) (quarter into a trail, running in brace, etc.) to get people to prepared for an upland test, but also have some fun with their dogs on aspects a lot of people never see in training.
HRC upland (at least what I remember)
Quarter with 2 natural flushes (steady to shot-flush)
Walk-up; ideas on how to make it flow with the rest of the test.
NAHRA upland portion (Got a bunch of NAHRA dogs in our club)
Quarter, Sit to flush & Trail
For the most part I have only seen the standard UPland test that you saw in Montana, I have never seen a brace even though it is allow the problem can be the difference in breeds of dogs running the test. A Clumber Spaniel vs a Lab for example, are you going to expect the Lab which is a much more fast dog to hit the field into a quarter, to stay back and not invade the spaniels part of the course? With different breeds of dogs comes different styles and speed.
Trails are fun but again during a test if the conditions are not right you will be dragging that trail more frequently, you can use them in your example to trail into a the quarter portion of the test. There are several videos on the web that show different upland tests.
I've not seen a HRC Upland but if you are doing an upland hunt with a flush for training...... after a dog retrieves the shot bird have them postion themselves in a safe place as close as possible to honor. Then when the running dog picks up and delivers it's bird have the honor dog run a blind retrieve with suction from the flush. Then keep dogs a coming. You get work on upland hunting, steady to flush to shot and fall, an honor and a blind. Run free then come under control,control, control. Sounds like some fun. HPW
Harry what you just describe is a possible new level of Upland testing in HRC.. more to come on that soon.
I personally wish Upland would get more interest. In the Southeast, many clubs no longer have an upland.
Tom, I actually mentioned that to Kim Smith not too long ago. Maybe we can talk him into giving it a try. Nor sure how far judges would have to come from though.