We just recently had this discussion...I was browsing through AKC secretaries minutes and BOD minutes. Here is what was said:
Retriever Hunting Test – Retrieves Up To 150 Yards
The Board reviewed a recommendation from the Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee to amend the Regulations For AKC Hunting Tests For Retrievers to increase
the distance for retrieves in the Master level Retriever Hunting Test from 100 yards to “should not normally exceed 150 yards.” The Junior and Senior level test would remain unchanged. This will be discussed further at the October meeting.
--------from the AKC site.
How do we comment on this process? Can we even do so at this point? How do we find out who is on the RHTAC?
I still think this goes back to the whole MN qualifications.....among other things. It is an issue of concern for me.
I reiterate what others have said, leave the weekend tests alone. AND for those that will say you need to train more.....I DO train.....and work with a group, belong to a retriever club, obedience and regional specialty club and am active in all. I also work full time and have limited training days and access to grounds. I'm really afraid that this sport is going to get to the point where hardworking people won't be able to get it done....not without spending a fortune...