A friend wrote to AKC for information and received these reponses with permission to pass along the info. This is just a very long cut 'n paste. There was also an attachment listing all the Committee Reps. I tried to copy & paste, but it messed up. So I'll put that in a separate post.
Please forgive my tardy response; I ran into a little medical incident on March 16 and am just now catching up on ‘lots of mails’ and I appreciate your patience. As usual, Mr. Mann has done an excellent job of responding to some of your inquiries.
By copy of this mailing, I’m copying each member of the committee and your submission will be discussed. A current roster of the committee is attached; feel free to communicate w/any of us. My response is in your text in italicized red:
Have a great day!
Bill T. Teague, Chairman
Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee
American Kennel Club
734 CR 630
Nacogdoches, TX 75964
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014 1:54 PM
To: Jerry Mann; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc: Julie Dean
Subject: Re: Customer inquiry: Master Hunt Test Entries
Thank you for your response. I've only been in the Hunt Test Venue for about 6 years. I was told that entries were limited previously but it did not work out. I don't know if this is true or not.
I’m not aware of any previous opportunity to limit entries in a retriever hunting test. If any of the committee members or AKC reps receiving this mailing knows of any, please let us know. Entries can be limited in other AKC events such as agility tests.
You are right, more and more clubs are limiting the Master entries whether it be for financial reasons, manpower or lack of grounds. I also think Master numbers have increased because of trying to qualifying for the Master Nationals.
There are two issues you did not address. Opening dates/times and entering multiple dogs. I know that for the Golden Nationals this year the Master filled in 1/2 a day for the limit of 90 dogs. I think that is terrific. But there were some disappointed people. The difference with this Master is that the Opening date and time was announced and people were prepared to enter. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think Field Trials and Hunt Tests are the only AKC venues that do not publicize an opening date/time.
I’m not sure if FT’s & HT’s are the only venues not publicizing an opening date/time; if they are, someone needs to let us know. the suggestion that all HT clubs publish opening date & time at least 10-14 days before it opens has been submitted and is under discussion by the committee.
The only people that know when the Hunt Tests are open are the Club Members and their friends. Also pros and amateur handlers enter multiple dogs with just one click on Entry Express. I heard that in some parts of the country pros enter 10 or more dogs. I know this is their business but it really affects the people training and handling their own dogs because we love to do what out dogs were bred for. Is it possible for Entry Express to also list opening dates/times on the premiums?
This possibility will be discussed w/EE as the committee progresses thru the discussion.
Can anything be done to limit the number of entries per handler?
This suggestion has been submitted and is under discussion as well.
If there is nothing to be done about limiting entries maybe the entry method should be random draw with an earlier closing date.
If you don't object, I would like to forward these emails to people I know that are also having problems entering Master Hunt Tests.
Please feel free to share this info w/others and if they have suggestions, encourage them to submit them to either their time zone committee rep or me; our plan is to have all submissions discussed by the committee.
When the committee has completed it’s work, I’ll send you a report on the discussion. In the interim, if you have questions or other suggestions, please let me know.
Thanks for your interest and good luck w/your dogs.
Again, thank you for your time.
From: Jerry Mann <email@example.com>
Cc: Julie Dean <JFE@akc.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:56 PM
Subject: RE: Customer inquiry: Master Hunt Test Entries
In 2012 the Retriever Hunt Test Advisory Committee received a recommendation to review the issue of possibly allowing clubs to place a limit on the number of entries they have to accept in the Master level of testing. The reason for the request was that many clubs felt they had neither the manpower nor area to continue sponsoring Master test when the numbers were getting so outrageous! The Advisory Committee after much debate and club contact felt clubs should have the ability to control the number of dogs they would accept in Master test based on each clubs capacity to sponsor these events. With that in mind and by vote of the committee, they recommended to the AKC that clubs be allowed to limit entries at the Master level. From there, as you know the recommendation was reviewed and approved.
As far as what can be done to rectify the problem, I would recommend you contact the Retriever Advisory Committee with any recommendations you might have as this is already being done by numerous clubs around the country! The chairperson of that committee is Mr. Bill Teague, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope this helps with you question and maybe Mr. Teague can explain what is currently being done!
Jerry D. Mann