"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
"The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin
NAHRA and AKC hunt tests. NAHRA because there's a great club nearby that has training days, where my dog got her first real experience at the hunt test game. AKC hunt tests because, well, they're the 800 pound gorilla. I'm a glutton for punishment, but I get my regular dose running obedience trials and lusting after that elusive OTCH. When OB no longer satisfies my need for canine humiliation, I'll try my hand at FT.
Kelly Cassidy (person)
HR Maple Cassidy CDX JH RE (golden retriever)
Alder Cassidy CDX RE (standard poodle chipmunk chaser)
plus whacked-out weird Burka (elderly mix-breed rescue girl)
Baydog ..... as well as training for your land / water marks and blinds, just remember to also train for quarter, trail and sit to the flush as well!
I am FT person thru and thru both AKC & CKC, but with that said I have had a GMHR titled dog from the NARHA venue and another that became MH and I believe he received his MNH title. I enjoy training more than anything else and I want to take me and my buddy (s)to the highest level for each of us, I believe if you are going to do something do it to the max. Trials are the only way that I have seen that can reveal if the training has achieved the desired results. Running trials and accomplishing what I set out for us is the highest of highs, I have had more lows than highs. Judging and putting on trials is the entry fee for having the ability to run trials, I don't hate it but I don't love it either.
It's all about the blue
Mjolnir's Cassie QFTR JFTR - Cassie
Blackstorms Code Breaker - Cypher 2004-2009
Blackstorms Pull The Cord MNH - Tug 1999-2009
Nightwatch Better Bear*** - Bear 1999-2003
Black Storms Zip it up SH - Zip
Dubh Storim Errigh -Storm 1991-1993
Honcho's Hitman*** GMHR - (Gunner) 1981-1996
You can't win if you don't play, every dog has his day
Sunny Dee Light MH QAA (Sunny)
Sunny's Black Gold Texas Tea, Derby Dog (Crude)
I've run both HRC and AKC, I have more fun at HRC tests so that's what I run.
HRCH Brady's BlackGold Benelli "Nelli"
Blackgold's Lewd Lady "Kate"
Field trials, why? I am a stupid masochist and too old to find new friends.
I started out in AKC hunt tests, after my current dog earned her SH I started playing HRC in finished and decided to get the points needed for her HRCH and have started playing in Quals. I just like to play games with my dog. Heck since the winter has been so harsh in Missouri this year we have been getting ready to go into the obedience ring which we are doing 2 weekends of show this month. She love to work and I love to work her.
Blazinlakes Legally Blonde CDX JH NAJ RA WC OD (1st Retriever)
HRCH Smokingold Guns Up CCA WCX CD MH