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April 2015

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10 APRIL 2015 ■ RETRIEVER NEWS HUNTING TEST commUNITy news Copy of E-mail sent to submitters of suggestions, recommendations and concerns regarding Limited Entry Master Retriever Hunting Tests on March 17, 2015 by the Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee Folks, As promised when you kindly provided your thoughtful submission(s) on how to deal with Master tests hosted by clubs who chose the limited entry option, this is our follow up to your submission. As you know, the issues are complex and multiple, so it has taken considerable time to get them addressed and your patience is appreciated. The committee has provided multiple 'interim' reports to the public, which have been highly publicized in The Retriever News, at the Master National Retriever Club's annual meeting and on the Master National Retriever Club websites in an attempt to keep folks informed. The committee has received almost 80 submissions with over 200 suggestions on how to address the issues. If you know someone who provided a submission but didn't get this response, please forward it to them or let me know and we'll follow up. We've diligently tried to keep track of all submissions and reply to each but it's always possible we've inadvertently missed someone and want to provide this info to each submitter. Before getting into specifics, some general comments are in order. First and foremost, we believe the challenges associated with the limited entries are the result of an incredibly successful AKC program and in my opinion; this is a very good thing. Entries in the Master tests are up almost 15% and for the first time in history, entries in the Retriever Hunting Test program exceed entries in the Retriever Field Trial program. Second, with rare exception, your submissions have been thoughtful, amicable, supportive and well-intended; this is greatly appreciated. Additionally, the telecoms we've had with various folks followed similar attributes. Finally, I tip my hat to both AKC and Entry Express for their substantial collaboration; they have worked well together for the good of the overall program and performed admirably; we are deeply grateful for those efforts and are proud of each of them. They deserve our respect and admiration for their individual and collective efforts! As the committee reviewed the issues, it became apparent there were two totally distinct issues involved. The first was equality; did everyone who wanted to enter have a fair shot at getting into the test. The second was quantity/capacity; did everyone who wanted to enter get to enter. The recent approval by AKC of new regulations (copy of notice sent to the Presidents & Secretaries of all clubs licensed to hold RHT's by the AKC) is attached. Recent system's changes by Entry Express are designed to primarily address the issues dealing largely with the equality issue and will be published shortly. I think they have done a good job and leveled the playing field. The quantity/capacity issue still needs some work and if you have ideas on how this issue can be addressed, please let us know. The goal is to expand the capacity of master tests to accommodate everyone who wants to run a master test. For example, some clubs have moved from a 60 dog, two-day test to a 90 dog, three-day test. That expands the capacity by 50%. Other clubs have exercised the recently approved regulation to have 5 or 6 events instead of the previous limit of 4 events; that, too has increased the capacity. It's realized some clubs will not be able to make changes like the above but all clubs are encouraged to take a look at how they might increase capacity in the Master Tests. What ideas do you have? Send them to the RHTAC. Please note the three AKC Regulations regarding the entry process become effective when a club's contracted entry service is prepared to implement them or no later than July 1, 2015. The use of shotgun simulators becomes effective April 1, 2015. Thank you again for your submission, guidance and support of this great sport and if you have any questions, feel free to contact the AKC, EE or any member of the RHTAC. We wish you and your dogs the best in your efforts! Best regards, Bill Have a great day! Robert Rascoe, Eastern Time Zone John Blackbird, Central Time Zone Keith Winch, Mountain Time Zone Tom Quarles, Pacific Time Zone Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee – American Kennel Club __________ Bill T. Teague, Chairman 734 CR 630 Nacogdoches, TX 75964 713-252-3918

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