We, a group of hunt test enthusiast, are pleased to announce that a Canadian Master National Hunt Test will be held in September of this year. We have been working for quite some time to establish this event and believe the time is right for such a test.

Hunt tests were first established in Canada nearly ten years ago in order to promote the natural abilities of retrievers. Dogs and handlers are tested against a standard, not against each other. It has become clear, however, that an additional challenge was necessary for those people who have achieved their Master Hunter or Grand Master Hunter. Like the AKC, we are aiming to offer an opportunity for those people to compete in a national event which will bring together the best hunting dogs in Canada.

The Master National Hunt Test will initially have no affiliation with the CKC, although this may change in the future. Testing will be closely based on current CKC Master rules but every effort will be made to utilize very realistic hunting scenarios and equipment on both land and water and in the upland test. For the first year only (2005) any CKC Master Hunter, AKC Master Hunter, UKC Hunting Retriever Champion and NAHRA Master Hunting Retriever is qualified to enter. Qualifications for future Master Nationals will be based on achievements within the CKC program only.

The first Canadian Master National Hunt Test will be held September 6, 7, 8 and 9 th , 2005 at Luther Marsh, Grand Valley, Ontario. Grand Valley is located n orth of Toronto, west of Orangeville and east of Arthur. The Horseshoe Hunting Retriever Club will be hosting this event. Our three judges are Ray Bester from Ontario, Ross Peden from the west and Daniel Desgagne from Quebec.

The entry fee is $200.00 and the entry is limited to 75 dogs. Information on the Canadian Master National Hunt Test rules, the By-Laws and Constitution and a biography on the judges can be found on our website www.canadianmasternational.ca .

This is your opportunity to show your support for the Canadian Master National. Any club or individual wishing to become a Charter Member may do so by submitting a onetime fee of $100.00. Charter members will be recognized yearly in the Canadian Master National Catalogues. Please make cheques payable to Canadian Master National and send to the Treasurer:

J. Bourgeois, 53 Westfield Trail, Oakville, Ontario L6H 6C5.

We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to seeing you in September

Susie Bell, Secretary Canadian Master National




last update: 2005-08-06 16:40