GUEST BLOG: Whid Isle Brittany Club: AKC Hunt Test 7/21/12 and 7/22/12 By Kevin McDonnell
Kevin McDonnell is the President, Whid Isle Brittany Club, WA and is no stranger to hunting with dogs. This time he shares his insight on The Whid Isle Brittany Club AKC Hunt Test 7/21/12 and 7/22/12 and everything that it involves.
This July, the Whid Isle Brittany Club held its 3rd annual Hunt Test in Fall City, a farming town just 40 minutes outside of Seattle, Washington. Thanks to Jim Cochran of JC Sporting Dogs, we were able to secure the private grounds at Carlson Canine Country Club; a beautiful 265 acre property surrounded by the Snoqualmie River www.jcsportingdogs.com
At Saturday’s event we reached a high temperature of 78 degrees and a high of 69 degrees on Sunday. We could not have asked for better Hunt-Test-Weather! We even have picture proof that it doesn’t always rain in Seattle.
And while we’re showing off, let’s talk about the variety of pointers we had participating including: Brittanys, German Shorthaired Pointers, Vizslas, Irish Setters, Griffons, Weimaraners, German Wirehair Pointers, English Setters and Spinones.
We even had one participant; Arwen Daab, who drove 13 hours from Alberta, Canada to participate in this year’s Hunt Test.
Keeping things exciting this year, we also switched things up this year and decided to run two separate courses: one course just for the Junior Hunter Dogs and the other for Senior and Master Hunter dogs. Knowing a long day in the saddle can be brutal on anyone, we ran two pairs of judges to keep everyone fresh.
For Saturday’s event, we had eight braces of Junior Pointing Dogs, six braces of Senior Dogs and six braces of Master Dogs. With local Starbucks coffee in the morning and a quick BBQ sandwich for lunch, everyone was kept happy, full and caffeinated. We were also fortunate enough to have a published freelance photographer, Rob Johnston on hand Saturday. He took some amazing photographs of our four legged friends on point with his high-powered lens. We finished the day just around 3pm with plenty of sunlight to spare and time to rest up for the next day of events.
Sunday greeted us with cooler conditions. We had another full-scheduled day with seven Master braces, five Senior braces and eight Junior braces. Sunday’s event ended just around 4 pm with many happy handlers and dogs.
Our judges were thrilled to receive the gifted Filson merchandise and we would like to give a special thanks and shout out to Filson for their generous support.