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A special Master Hunter Excellent (MHX) Test, hosted by the Westminster Kennel Club and the AKC Performance Events Department took place on November 4-5, 2023 in Oxford, NC.  This event was the first Master Hunter Excellent test to be held and consisted of two series, one each day.

The purpose of this MHX test is to recognize the most accomplished dogs in the Pointing Breed Hunting Test program. The MHX dog is expected to consistently give a finished performance. This MHX test consists of two series.  A dog must demonstrate its consistency by passing both series in order to pass the MHX test.

A special thank you to the Westminster Kennel Club for hosting such a wonderful event. Thank you to all who made this event possible and congratulations to those that earned two qualifying scores each day in each series.

Remember a dog must qualify in both Series 1 and Series 2 (2 quals) of a Master Hunter Excellent Test in order to earn one qualifying leg towards the MHX title.

Congratulations to those that passed both series and earned their first leg towards a MHX title at the the first Master Hunter Excellent Test!

GRCH CH Sansouci Dobrocat Csako MHA TKN BCAT
Owned and Handled by: Linda Pruitt
Vizsla Breeders: Linda Pruitt and Don Brown
Sire: CH Sansouci Czuda Vadasz MH CDX CGC x Dam: Dobrocat CG Bryn JH

Top Gun Fond Memories of Frank MHA CGC TKN
Owned and Handled by: Michael Lis
German Shorthaired Pointer Breeder: Stephen Ries
Sire: DC AFC Shill Rests Impressive CDX MH x Dam: Top Gun Gotta Have Hope

Windchimes Steel The Thunder MH
Owned and Handled by Richard Osborne
German Shorthaired Pointer Breeder: Stacie Smith
Sire: Fairfields Windchime Ruger x Dam: Lexi Vam Stillwater

A dog must have previously earned the Master Hunter (MH) title to be eligible to enter the Master Hunter Excellent test.

News and Updates

Check out the latest article featured in the AKC PerspectivesWow-What a Master Hunter Excellent Weekend For Me!– by Florence Duggan

***check out the latest podcast with EVP of AKC Sports and Events, Doug Ljungren who discusses the new Master Hunter Excellent Test.*** 


For questions regarding the judging and format of the Master Hunter Excellent Test, please contact AKC Field Director of Pointing Breeds, Tom Maneely 402-606-9936 or