AKC Hunt Test Dates
'23 Fall AKC Hunt Test
Dec. 2-3, 2023
Master: 66 Dogs Maximum
Master Judges: William Clark & Tom McKenzie
Senior Dec. 2, 2023
Senior Judges: TBD
Junior Dec. 3, 2023
Junior Judges: TBD
Event Chairs: Alfredo Arguelles & Fred Collins
'24 Winter AKC Hunt Test
Master: 132 Dogs Maximum
Master A Judges: Wilson “Boogie” LeJeune & Kevin Buchman
Master B Judges: Rick & Andrea McConico
Senior Jan. 27, 2024
Senior Judges: TBD
Junior Jan. 28, 2024
Junior Judges: TBD
Event Chair: Kevin O’Neill
'24 Spring AKC Hunt Test
Feb. 24-25, 2024
Master 1 on Feb 24-25
Master 2 on Feb 24-25
Event Chairs: Bennett Sheltra & Randall Gerbino
AKC Field Trial Dates
'23 Owner Handler Qual
Dec. 1, 2023
Owner / Handler Qualifier
Judges: William Clark & Tom McKenzie
Event Chairs: Bennett Sheltra
'24 Derby & Qualifier
Jan. 6-7, 2024
Derby & Qualifier
Event Chairs: Mike Dixon & Greg McGinn
Upcoming Training Days
August TBD 2023
September TBD 2023
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Participate In Retriever Hunt Tests & Field Trials?
It’s as simple as signing up online and showing up on test day! There are certain AKC Rules and Regulations that must be followed to participate. Check out some of the answers to frequently asked questions below. We welcome you to join us on our training days to get prepared to run in AKC events!
What Breeds Can Run In AKC Retriever Tests?
All dogs six months of age or older from the following breeds are eligible to participate in Retriever Hunting Tests:
- Airedale Terriers
- American Water Spaniels
- Boykin Spaniels
- Chesapeake Retrievers
- Curly-Coated Retrievers
- Drentsche Patrijshond (Drent)
- English Springer Spaniels (11/1/22)
- Flat-Coated Retrievers
- German Shorthaired Pointer
- German Wirehaired Pointer
- Golden Retrievers
- Irish Water Spaniels
- Labrador Retrievers
- Miniature Poodles
- Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
- Small Munsterlander
- Spinone Italiano
- Standard Poodles
- Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
- Wirehaired Vizsla (6/1/22)
Visit the AKC Hunt Test Eligibility Page for Retrievers for updates or changes
What Is Required To Be A Handler In An AKC Test?
You can be a handler in a hunt test simply by listing your name as the handler when you enter your dog to run. Yes, professional dog trainers can run your dog for you or you can run your dog yourself. It is a lot of fun to run your own dog and we can help you learn the ins and outs of how to run in a hunt test! Join us on one of our training days to learn more.
What's the difference between an AKC Field Trial & Hunt Test?
In an AKC Hunt test you and your dog are competing against the test. YOu are not competing against other dogs and handlers. You either pass or fail the test.
In a Field Trial you are competing against the other handlers and dogs and have the ability to win First place.
According to the AKC, hunt test work as follows, “Judges score dogs on their natural ability to mark and remember a fall, on their hunting style, perseverance or courage. They are also scored on learned abilities such as steadiness, control, response and delivery.
This non-competitive environment creates a very warm and communal atmosphere where everyone encourages each other to succeed. Even though you have to remain quiet during the test, you should hear the round of applause afterward! It’s not to be missed.”
What's Required To Earn an AKC Hunt Test Title?
In order to earn a hunt test title you must pass the required number of tests as laid out by the AKC for each level of competition. Currently the number of passes to earn each title are as follows…
Junior – In order to earn a Junior Title, you will need to successfully pass four tests
Senior – In order to earn a Senior Title, you will need to successfully pass four tests, as long as you already have a Junior Title. If you haven’t completed your Junior Title, there is an additional pass needed.
Master – In order to earn a Master Title, you will need to successfully pass six tests, as long as you already have a Senior Title. If you haven’t completed your Senior Title, there is an additional pass needed.
Fall/Winter 2023 & Winter/Spring 2024
TCRC Training Days
TCRC holds club retriever training sessions from the fall through spring each year. In the heat of the summer months, training sessions are on hiatus. Input from members is important so when there is a meeting scheduled, please plan on staying for the meeting. All training dates are subject to change or cancellation.
Requirements To Train With TCRC
1. For Liability Insurance reasons all people who participate in our Club Training Days must be a member of Treasure Coast Retriever Club. You can go to our Membership page and download the form to bring to the training day or get a form at the training day and fill it out on site before training.
2. Come prepared to have fun and have an open mind to learn how to become a better handler and improve your dogs skills. All attendees will take turns with the wingers, drills, and help with the set-up and tear-down for the day. If you’ve never done it before, it’s OK, we will show you what to do. It’s easy and fun!