Here is a short description of the field events sponsored by the Nodrog Gordon Setter Club of Michigan, Inc. All events are held at the Highland Recreation Area. For premium information go to the Upcoming Field Event section below.
This event is open to all pointing breeds at the Master, Senior and Junior hunt test levels, with Master being the highest skill level for the dog and Junior the lowest. Each level has its own requirements and dogs are judged based on these expectations. Hunt Tests are designed to test the hunting ability of a dog in a traditional hunting setting. Handlers walk a set course with their dog which is then judged based on the criteria outlined in the hunt test rule book for each level. Advance levels require dogs to retrieve and honor.
Hunt test participants must obtain a qualifying (passing) score and obtain a total of four of these passing scores in order to earn a title for that class.
Every dog is different and it is up to the owner/handler to determine the expertise of the dog in order to enter the dog in the correct testing level. Dogs completing a title at a lower level (i.e., Junior) can advance to the testing at the next levels, if desired. However, dogs completing a title at a higher level (i.e., Master) cannot test for a lower level title.
Nodrog offers two back-to-back hunt tests in the spring at the end of March/beginning of April, depending on the weekend assigned by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Complete rules and regulations for AKC Hunt Tests (PDF-formatted) are available the following link:
UPCOMING HUNT TESTS
This event is open to all pointing breeds and has a variety of levels from puppy to adults. Dogs are judged based on the requirements set for each class. Dogs placing first through fourth may be awarded points that contribute to the awarding of a Field Championship title.
Every dog is different and it is up to the owner/handler to determine the expertise of the dog in order to enter the dog in the correct testing level. Dogs can compete at various levels in order to earn points towards a field championship title.
Field trials differ from hunt tests in that dogs may range further and cover more ground than dogs in a hunt test. Trials may be held as either a walking trial or by horseback. In a walking trial, handlers will walk the field with their dog. In a trial using horses, handlers may handle their dog from horseback.
Nodrog offers a two-day field trial on or about the second weekend in October depending on the weekend assigned by the AKC.
Complete rules and regulations for AKC Field Trials (PDF-formatted) are available the following link:
Nodrog offers an annual field training day to help owners and their dogs be successful in the field. The sessions are designed to be a starting point for new owners and dogs who do not have any field experience help experience owners and dogs work on those hard to master component that may be holding a dog back from succeeding in the field. This event is restricted Gordon Setters and their owners and is held on or about the last weekend of October.
UPCOMING FIELD EVENTS Training Days October 26 and 27, 2018 - Pointing Breed Training and WORKING CERTIFICATE TEST. 2019 Fall Field Trial - October 12 and 13, 2019. More information will be included here as it becomes available.
Contact Mary Duerksen, 248-924-4311 or Pat Franklin 989-871-9519.
See Premium List for details, below.
October 26 and 27, 2018 - Pointing Breed Training and WORKING CERTIFICATE TEST.
Fall Field Trial - October 12 and 13, 2019. More information will be included here as it becomes available.