Yesterday and today, Laddie ran in the Master stake of the Tidewater Retriever Club Fall 2013 Hunt Test.
I'm pleased to report that Laddie qualified.
That gave him his first leg toward an AKC Master Hunter (MH) title, which requires a total of five Master passes for dogs who, like Laddie, previously earned an AKC Senior Hunter (SH) title. It was the first Master pass for either of us. It may have also been the first Master pass ever by any retriever trained entirely without physical aversives.
The test consisted of three series, two yesterday (Saturday) and the third today. Descriptions of each series, together with the stake's statistics, follow:
59 dogs entered
Series A. Around-the-horn land triple with flyer go-bird and honor
6 dogs scratched
52 dogs ran
48 dogs called back
Series B. Walk-up water/land double, plus land and water blinds, which could be run in either order
38 dogs called back
Series C. Diversion shot and water blind, plus around-the-horn water triple with both memory-birds drifting downstream
38 dogs called back and qualified
(If possible, I'll add more detail later.)