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    Default HT History - Foundation

    I am looking for some assitance in finding out how the AKC Hunt Test Program was established, to include details such as its intent, audience, founding year, etc. I have reviewed what is on the AKC website, just wondering if there is anything that goes beyond that as their information doesn't really answer my questions.

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    While you are waiting, do some searching on this site. Or, perhaps even better, search the site via google. There have been some great posts on this subject as well as some folks putting up some historical documents that relate to your search.

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    I googled quickly and came up with these:

    NAHRA:
    First Hunt Test - February 25, 1984 - NAHRA/AKC event (later split into separate AKC and NAHRA events) Curles Neck Farm, near Richmond, VA (Can read about it here: http://www.nahra2.info/HistoryProject/NNV-I1-051984.pdf)

    http://www.nahra.org/history.html
    http://nahra2.info/HistoryProject/BE...GRayArnett.pdf
    http://www.nahra2.info/HistoryProject/NNV-I1-051984.pdf



    UKC/HRC:
    http://www.webbedpause.com/hrchist/news1.htm
    April 28 and 29, 1984 First HRC Test - Arcadia, Louisiana (can read about it in the above link)

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    The first hunt tests started in in 1984. Much has evolved over the years to get us where things are today.

    Chris
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    Thanks for the guidance!

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    Don't believe everything Arnett wrote... but it is funny.

    I had some correspondence with A. Hamilton Rowen in January 1985, but it wasn't entirely polite. If you have a bottle of Lagavulin, I might re-create it .

    The first hunt tests started in 1984 BC. You have to check that on the stone-chisled internet. NAHRA and HRC started something in 1983 AD and AKC joined in. But to my mind it has all evolved away from a hunter and her/his retriever.

    It HAS grown quite large (except for NAHRA.)
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    [QUOTE=Chris Atkinson;1229120]I googled quickly and came up with these:

    NAHRA:
    First Hunt Test - February 25, 1984 - NAHRA/AKC event (later split into separate AKC and NAHRA events) Curles Neck Farm, near Richmond, VA (Can read about it here: http://www.nahra2.info/HistoryProject/NNV-I1-051984.pdf)

    http://www.nahra.org/history.html
    http://nahra2.info/HistoryProject/BE...GRayArnett.pdf
    http://www.nahra2.info/HistoryProject/NNV-I1-051984.pdf



    UKC/HRC:
    http://www.webbedpause.com/hrchist/news1.htm
    April 28 and 29, 1984 First HRC Test - Arcadia, Louisiana (can read about it in the above link)

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    Chris, I am sure glad you posted this. Thank you. This really brought back thousands of memories. Got to meet Richard a few times a long with some very very nice people. Tiltled my first Master Hunting Retriever, which I actually learned a lot of from Richards book. I also remember they use to do a quarter & flush part of the test that I really liked. Lord, reading some of these materials really takes you back. I really enjoyed those hunt test. Thanks alot Chris for the 80's flashback

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    AKC published the "Hunting Test Herald" when they first got into the Hunting Test Game. They explained the how, what's and why's. If you can get any copies, they would be very enlightening.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Gassner View Post
    AKC published the "Hunting Test Herald" when they first got into the Hunting Test Game. They explained the how, what's and why's. If you can get any copies, they would be very enlightening.

    John
    This stuff has been surprisingly easy to find via search engine.

    http://www.akc.org/events/hunting_te...rs/history.cfm

    Here is a link from AKC giving some history of AKC hunt tests. It mentions starting with NAHRA and then later going their "separate ways" with the first AKC Hunt Tests in 1985
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    Here's another one that I know a little bit about. The only thing I could readily find is one of the oldest threads remaining on the RTF database!

    http://www.retrievertraining.net/for...on-is-Launched!

    This was NFRA, which ran for a couple years but did not sustain for very long.

    Chris
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    James Spencer has written extensively about the history of Hunt Tests. And he tells the stories in such an engaging manner. A complete pleasure to read. I just bought ALL of his books because they are so wonderful to read!

    http://www.alpinepub.com/SPORTINGDOGGBOOKS.html

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