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From what I see most everyone is pointing out the negative to the jump to field trials. If your dog can do master work then going to the Qualifying should be no big jump. Depending on the judges, Qualiifying stakes are run with all gunners out and the blind is outside of the marks. Some judges will retire one mark.

If you train your dog on 100 yard marks and blinds you may have a problem. Learn to stretch your dog out on longer marks and blinds because if they can do the longer blinds and marks then there should be no problem doing the shorter ones.

I can only train on weekends, but still enjoy running the Open and
Amateur stakes. If I can make it to the blinds I feel I have acomplished something.

You pay your entry fees in field trials, which are similar to the entry fees in hunt tests. In the master, or any other stake, there is no guarantee you will be called back for the 2nd series or even qualify. Last hunt test I entered there were 44 dogs entered. 15 dogs were called back for the 2nd series.

In field trials they drop dogs to get to the last series to choose a winner. In hunt tests you still have to pass a standard. If you do not do the work you will get dropped no matter what game you are playing.
 

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There are several dogs that have done well coming from hunt tests. Don Wolf had Desert Storm. I know Lynn Yelton runs some of her dogs in hunt tests and Larry Wharton had FC/AFC Ko-z Acres McGyver MH (who is the sire of my older female).

I personally think that the master tests are more involved with walk-ups, diversion birds thrown in close to the dog returning with a bird, remote honors and every mark retired. Yes some qualifying blinds are through the marks but most master tests have the blinds through the marks.

In 2004 the field trial clubs will have the option to have an owner handler Qualifying stake where the amateurs will not have to go head to head with the pro's. Hopefully, this will get more hunt test people involved in field trials.
 
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