Central Maine Brittany Club
2017 Hunt Test
Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23
Kennebunk Wildlife Management Area - Kennebunk Plains
The weather was raining and cold on Saturday but broke into a nice day on Sunday. We had many dogs qualifying for Junior and Senior Hunter. Some dogs finished their Junior Hunter and Senior Hunter Titles. No dogs qualified for Master Hunter.
Some CMBC members had their first assignments at judging. Maryann Day, Paige Davis and Teri Plummer did a fine job on the Junior Hunter course.
Kevin Callum won the raffle of a dog bell handmade by member David Herrington and engraved with the CMBC logo.
A big thanks to CMBC members who volunteered to plant birds, do paperwork and provide support. Special thanks to Julie Harris and her friend Stacie for cooking all weekend.
CMBC folllows AKC regulations for Hunt Tests. CMBC welcomes Brittany's and other pointing breeds to join us for our next Hunt Test at the Kennebunk Plains in April of 2018.
Rocky Finishes SH
Parker Chase and his special Brittany friend "Rocky" was one of three qualifying dogs for Senior Hunter at the weekend hunt test. Rocky (Merrymeeting's Granite Pride JH) also finished his final leg for the AKC Senior Hunter Title on Sunday. We hope to see them both next year on the master course!
Many thanks to handlers and judges for participating in CMBC's Hunt Test and supporting our club!
The Kennebunk Plains Site
The Kennebunk Plains consist of open grasslands surrounded by upland forests - a 1,000 acre sandplain community supporting an abundance of wildlife. The hunt test is held in early spring before ground nesting birds are active such as the rare grasshopper sparrow and woodcock.
The Junior Hunter course is a mix of open plains and wooded areas. The bird field was partially burnt over but small shrubs and grasses provided plenty of cover for quail.
The Senior and Master Hunter course breaks away across the road from the parking area and Junior Hunter course. The plains are wide open so dogs can run large and still be seen. Chukars were planted throughout the jack pines where the gunners were at the ready.