Penn Woods Pointing Breed Hunt Tests
by Mike Aldrich, Executive Field representative
The Penn Woods Pointing Breed Trainers club is a dedicated group of upland bird hunters that get together twice a year to run Pointing Breed Hunt Tests. These are not just tests they are EVENTS. The grounds are privately owned by a member and are large enough to hold two levels of tests at one time and still provide ample parking, plenty of room to camp and room for kids to wonder and not get into the test area. The clubhouse has a lounge area and a fully equipped kitchen. A hot breakfast and lunch is available both days along with an open fire cooked Saturday evening meal. Roast pork butts and turkeys were the main course for this weekend. Club members who pride themselves on the quality of the feast do all of the cooking.
Club members also keep the area groomed to provide the best test possible for the many breeds attending. On this rare occasion there were more masters and seniors being tested that juniors, which is a testament to the dedication of these hunters. Providing an honest test is the objective of the committee so they spare no expense to bringing in quality experienced judges. This weekends arbitrators were from Michigan and Pennsylvania. These gentleman all have many years of experience judging and are also upland bird hunters, which is a most important attribute.
As the weekend progressed under sunny skies and mild temperatures, dog after dog was brought to the line to be tested under conditions as natural as could be provided. Some passed while others didnt perform up to the standard. After a brace would return from the field, groups would get together to hear the owners story. All of the people on this day understood the rules well and knew what it took to get a qualification. If one is to become interested in this sport it is best to read and understand the rules and expectations. The best way to do this is by following the guide presented below.
1) Join a local club that presents AKC Pointing Breed Hunt Tests.The Rules and Regulations can be downloaded from the AKC website. Also, a list of breed clubs, upcoming hunt tests and seminars are available on the website.
2) Attend an AKC Pointing Breed Hunt Test Seminar.
3) Attend a few tests and follow the dogs and handlers as the are being tested.
Breaking a brace away.
A Master qualifier.
The chairman announces raffle winning numbers.