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Just to be clear, the dogs have to pass 2 tests to earn the title. Visit our website to take a look, we have a nice hunt test and is a great way to test dogs in the upland spectrum of hunting. In all reality, the AKC does not offer this yet and is a big part of why we started. We fully support all hunt tests, and as dog owners, trainers, and handlers, we personally participate in several! We just wanted to offer an upland hunt test for all breeds (pointing and flushing) as another way to get dogs in the field, earn hunting titles, and to promote good dogs and good dog work.

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ALSO: as I read this thread i'm seeing various points being made and wanted to address them... For the UGA, our biggest objection is and always will be "your titles are not recognized by the AKC or UKC". This is a true statement, yet we feel that is not something that should deter us, or our participants from participating. I would not call our business a "money game", believe me there is no money in it! Our hunt tests filled a few voids that we saw in the industry. 1) upland hunt tests were hard to find for retrievers (UKC upland test is only offered at a Finished Level, which is not achievable by several retriever owners who still own outstanding hunting dogs that can hunt, handle, find birds, and retrieve). 2) Pointing labs do not have a lot of options in terms of competing for true pointing titles. Personally, I do not own pointing labs but for the people that do, they should have a place other than just the APLA to earn these types of titles. 3) The "money game" is being played by the AKC and UKC as well technically, entry fees are not too bad as they have lowered recently, however you need several passes to earn the title which may help evaluate a dog's ability more, but lets be honest, you then have to find at least two events which almost always means you travel. So our goal was to provide a really nice hunt test that can truly evaluate a dog's hunting ability that can be run twice on saturday to earn the title in one weekend/event. We want to make this more affordable and rewarding for our dogs, and us handlers, trainers, hunters, dog enthusiasts, etc. As for the titles being recognized, that is our goal to get our upland hunt tests in front of you guys, to show that they are legitimate hunt tests and that a dog needs to be at a certain ability level to compete. Our "gundog" level tests are somewhere between a junior level akc test and a senior level. All in all, the gundog level tests do not require steady to wing and shot, but the rest needs to be there. Advanced level tests are more master level. Case in point, for those of you that own kennels or are in the breeding aspect of hunting dogs, these titles still show your active participation in hunt tests, as well as success in the field and your training program which will never hurt your breeding/training business. For what it is worth, I have seen MANY dogs with all kinds of AKC or UKC titles in their pedigrees, as well as on the dog themselves who were not great "hunting" dogs. As I said above, I participate in AKC hunt tests with my dogs, and belong to an HRC club as well. I hesitate to call any other organization competition because I think these organizations are what make us successful as breeders, trainers, and hunters. I invite all of you to run our event and see what we are about!
 
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Are you going to have some closer to Colorado in the near future?
There is also compitition too?

Looks fun,,,
We appreciate your interest. We would love to get into Colorado if we had a place to host it. We like to turn to breed clubs and/or hunt clubs to look for prospective grounds to host the test. Being a midwest organization, we do not have a lot of contacts there. Any help would be appreciated! Currently, other than Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, we have a few groups working with us to get our tests in Oregon, and Mississippi.
 
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I completely understand your point, and we would love to get a test out to Colorado. Thank you for considering us!

Just remember, the UKC test is very much based on steadiness, and demonstrates a level of control that makes hunting with your dog much safer and efficient for you, the dog, and the hunting party. And when a dog can hunt with that level of control and steadiness, it is a true "Finished" level hunting dog, which is exactly what that test is designed for. For dogs or hunters that choose not to train to that level, or run their dogs that way in the field, our "Gundog" test is perfect for you, as it still demands a skillful dog to pass.

Keep us posted, and again, thank you for your questions and interest.

- Ryan
 
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We run a similiar type of test in Utah/Idaho. Its one of the ones that Bo runs as well. Its the NKC which is the National Kennel Club. They take a AKC registration and register your dog and you compete in events...all upland in trial stakes. Meaning placement. 1st through 4th places are awarded and given points. After a certain amount of points are achieved and the dog has to have a win to title. Any interest in doing one in the Idaho area? I have access to birds and land as well.

Kevin, your dogs would run the events pretty awesome!
Micah -
We have interest in running events anywhere possible! We would just need to iron out details, times, and making sure we can get enough dogs entered so that we can make the trip! Please contact me via email so that we can discuss. Thanks! [email protected]
 
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