HR(2xHRCH) Ashland's Big Black Ruby to Go SH
Dorie's Lady of the Lake(1K bird club)
Never play leap frog with a unicorn.
I've come to accept that no one thinks this is a good idea except for me, so.....
anyway. ahem. back to work.
willing slave to the whims of
Kerrybrooks Magical Atticus MH
Coastalight Kiowa Ravenhawk MH
Would absolutely continue to run the occasional Master test. Agree with John that having the MH title attached to your dog is a worthy goal. I have given very little thought to the Master National but might be interested if it was very nearby and the qualifying for, and participating in, didn't conflict with our primary focus of running Field Trials. Was thinking about just that with my older dog who would have been retired from Trials. We never trained for Hunt Tests but enterered them as a diversion and reward from Trial training. He loved running Hunt Tests.
I voted 'Yes" because I am running the AKC Master tests until I earn a MH title on my dog. Then to the MN. IF there was no MN I would have no desire to continue running master tests.
DISCLAIMER: The above post is the opinionated and biased view of your's truly, Lonnie Spann, and is in no way intended to reflect the opinions or views of the unfortunate individuals named below who just happen to be doomed with guilt by association.
Member of CAHRC and North AL HRC. I train with AND AM FRIENDS WITH: Fishduck, Laidback, Splash_Em, RF2, Drake2014, Claimsadj, Hooked on Quackers, RookieTrainer and Roseberry.
HRCH Spann's Quacker Jack "Jack" 500 Pt. Club (But no free jacket).
For me...just being at a Hunt Test and seeing old and new friends, catching up on gossip and news and watching dogs run is reason enough to go and run my dogs in local a HT. My yellow girl got her MH title 2 years ago, and I'm looking forward to this weekend, the the first HT in our area this Spring and Mercy will be running. I have no aspirations of running in Master National, I couldn't afford the expenses. I just like watching my dogs run and being around friends for a weekend!
Duckback's Lord Have Mercy, MH 8/07
Duckback Armbrook's Indigo Pearl, SH 10/10
I would not run a dog that has a title, very many times a year , likely only if I was going to be there with an untitled dog. The MN is not my goal , so has no bearing on what I do. If it is in my neighborhood and I qualified to run I would , but I won't go chasing tests to get qualified on a dog that has a title
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Southern Cross at Sight to Sea SH "Crosby" (by NAFC FC AFC Cody Cut a Lean Grade)
Tealwood's Willing at Sight to Sea JH ( by CH I am Able)
Briarglen's Running on Faith JH (by FC Fish River's Out of the Park)
Glendair's Come Home to the Sea ( By Ch Topform's Edward MH, QAA)
Sight To Sea's Take Aim SH (by Sight to Sea's Southern Comfort SH )Aug 23 2003-Feb 2013 Go get em , Man!
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I'm just as likely to run a Master given by non-MN club as one by MN club. I have no real interest in the MN.
One of the advantages of having a CBR(the same could hold true for Goldens) if I want to take off and run dogs for 7-10 days I would rather run a Specialty and the 2 FTs the weekends before and after.
You order a Lab; ask a Golden; but negotiate with a Chesapeake!
20 to 50 % of the dogs entered in a master test have MH titles. 50% or more of the passing dogs are MH titled dogs. A good portion of those are trained and run by professional trainers.