Another thread on RTF is a discussion on the pros and cons of the amendment revision the MNRC has proposed regarding changing the rules to qualify to run in a Master National. The MNRC is recommending that a dog pass 6 more master tests to qualify after it receives its MH title. The reason for this change is to reduce the number of entries in the master national; another rationale is that younger dogs are becoming qualified, but are not mature enough to run the master national.
According to Retriever Results, as of last weekend (April 21), 312 dogs have qualified to run the 2013 Master National. 48 dogs obtained their MH title just last weekend.
With these figures in mind, it is understandable why the MNRC is trying to come up with ways to cut the MN entries by making it more difficult to qualify for the national event.
It does make one pause when 48 dogs obtain an MH title on one weekend.