Double Hunt Test – Double the Funt

By: Mary Tyson

The St. Croix Valley Brittany Club and Twin Cities Vizsla Club partnered to create a new type of Hunt Test venue – a Double Hunt Test weekend. The two clubs each held two Hunt Test events – one on Saturday, April 4 and one on Sunday, April 5. The tests were held side-by side. It involved four fields, eight judges, two sets of gunners, and approximately 600 quail. Over 60 dogs participated in each event, including 15-16 Brittanies each day. Each dog entered had the opportunity to run one to four legs in two days, possibly qualifying for a title in a single weekend.

As well as being the first time we had a double hunt test event, several Junior Handlers participated. Congratulations to the young participants – including Thomas Swanson who handled his Brittany Mc's Fred Bear O'Dee MH to a pass. St Croix Valley Brittany Club also had a HT judge apprentice both days.

The Double Hunt Test venue allowed the clubs to leverage purchasing birds, grounds, and lunch. Committee members had several planning meetings, coordinated the running orders and sent out joint club messages to participants. Saturday was a cool, dry long day with approximately 16 Junior Hunter braces and 16 Master/Senior braces for each club the evaluating of hours continued into the evening hours. Sunday morning greeted the crowd with several inches of snow on the ground, which quickly melted by mid-morning. Like the actual hunting season, everyone was dressed in blaze orange. There were participants and volunteers of all ages.

Please take some time to look at pictures on the Twin Cities Vizsla Club site (TCVC.org)
http://tcvc.org/2009/Hunt_Test_2009_photos.html and
http://tcvc.org/2009/ribbons_awarded.html