Do any hunt test titles really matter to anyone except the dog owner?
I can breed my dog to a MH for $500-900.00 or I can breed to an AFC, an FC, or an FC AFC for $500-900.00.
I can buy a puppy out of a MH for $500-900.00 or I can buy a puppy out of an FC AFC for $500-900.00.
Some hunt test people take themselves way too seriously and they usually know a lot less than they think they do.
Judges often do not know what they are setting up or what they are looking for in a test. They'll make a big issue out of the color of a shirt, hat, or gloves and then set a test where the wind gives up all the birds. Then they'll throw a bunch of breaking birds to get the Pass % down to an acceptable number because the marks and blinds did not eliminate many dogs.
Hunt test should be easier so that owners can get their ribbons, dogs can get their titles, and handlers can socialize at the club steak fry (instead of running until 9pm).
If owners want more of a challenge, they can run a Q somewhere.