Last Fall Angie and I had the fun of campaigning our four puppy litter mates through the Carolina's as they participated in AKC Junior Hunt Test events. We haven't been in a Junior Hunter gallery in a while and we had a blast. The excitement and enthusiasm was very refreshing and in many cases the anxiety was none less than that of a national level event . We sometimes forget what got us in this sport and what some of those early feelings were like. We also assume that everyone should just know what they're suppose to be doing or what is expected of them. It was fun this fall just talking to new handlers and explaining what an "airing area" was, the difference in slip leads, and all the other "little things" that they weren't sure of. It was those thoughts that spurred the idea of offering a "Hunt Test 101" at our next club event. We plan to start Junior one hour later on Saturday and use the first hour of the day to present this "Hunt Test 101" seminar (at no extra charge). We plan to have an outline which will be presented by an AKC judge (not the event judge) and explain the topics just previously mentioned as well as what a flat buckle collar is, suggestions on courtesy, general rules and requirements of the test and how and when to chat with a Judge regarding your score just to name a few. I would also entertain suggestions from any of you that have ideas on topics you feel are worthy of mentioning. We hope this might encourage some of the folks that are hesitant about giving the sport a try because of lack of information. Getting involved with a club that has training days to support these folks is not always as easy as they need it to be. I plan to have detailed information on our Event on the Events page later. I don't want to get this post in the wrong place but for now I guess it's OK to say keep looking in the "Events" section for the Carolinas Retriever Association AKC Hunt Test in Mullins, SC this Spring.
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