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Ron Mandsager

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Last-modified: 23 Oct 1995

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Copyright, 1995, The North American Hunting Retriever Association,
Inc., all rights reserved, used with permission.

This FAQ is maintained by Ron Mandsager, DVM

The North American Hunting Retriever Association is a not-for-profit
corporation with headquarters at:

P.O. Box 1590
Stafford, VA 22555

Fax: 1-703-659-6586

Table of Contents



Eligible Breeds

Testing Categories

* Beginner
* Started
* Intermediate
* Senior

Points, Awards, Titles and Certificates

How to join NAHRA



The North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA) was created
in 1983 to preserve the hunting instincts of our retriever breeds.

In general our breeds of hunting retrievers need improvement. Many
hunters have never seen good retriever work and do not know the
potential of their dogs. Hunters need a structure in which they can
learn to train and evaluate their dogs off season. They also need a
system of formal tests so that their dog's working accomplishments can
be demonstrated and recorded. A public record has been created to
provide a gene pool of working retrievers for hunters.

NAHRA helps clubs organize throughout North America with the purpose
of educating the public in the use of purebred hunting retrievers as
conservation animals and to promote the field testing of retrievers in
simulated hunting situations, for upland birds and waterfowl.

Dogs are tested in four categories based on ability, not age:
Beginner, Started, Intermediate, and Senior. Dogs do not compete
against one another for placements, but rather their performances are
judged individually against a "hunting standard". Dogs that pass the
standard at Licensed Hunting Retriever Field Tests and earn the
necessary points are awarded titles and certificates by NAHRA.

NAHRA publishes a quarterly magazine, the NAHRA NEWS, with
informative information on training and testing retrievers.

We must always remember that hunters go afield to hunt and a trained
dog is a valuable conservation tool. NAHRA's goal is to educate these
hunters and reward dogs that fulfill this need.

Please show your support by helping to insure working retrievers for
the generations to come.



NAHRA Facts:

* The originator of the national hunting retriever concept
* Largest Hunting Retriever association in the world - dedicated
solely to the hunting retriever and conservation of game
* Provides clubs throughout the US and Canada
* Provides technical assistance to clubs and individuals
* Publishes a quarterly magazine with test results, articles on
training and testing retrievers
* Membership advertising available in quarterly publication
* Conducts retriever training clinics and seminars for judging NAHRA
Field Tests
* Provides a rule book with a structure to test and reward the
hunting retriever under simulated hunting conditions for both
upland birds and waterfowl
* Provides a list of certified judges
* Awards titles and certificates to purebred retrievers that meet
the standard
* Offers recognition certificates to dogs that have earned a show or
field championship and a NAHRA working title
* Conducts the national "Invitational Field Test" annually for the
top Senior dogs
* Conducts 8 Regional Field Tests for the top Started and
Intermediate dogs


Eligible Breeds*:

* Labrador Retrievers
* Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
* Golden Retrievers
* Curly-Coated Retrievers
* Flat-Coated Retrievers
* Irish Water Spaniels
* Boykin Spaniels
* American Water Spaniels
* English Springer Spaniels
* Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
* Poodles

Approved Registries*:

* American Kennel Club
* Canadian Kennel Club
* Boykin Spaniel Society
* American Field Dog Stud Book


If a dog is unregistered, registered with an unapproved registry, or
is from an ineligible breed, they may participate in Approved or
Licensed NAHRA Hunting Retriever Field Tests following issuance of a
Field Test Number (FTN) by the NAHRA Board of Directors. Dogs with
FTNs are not eligible for NAHRA titles, but are eligible for the Brass
Band program and may participate in Regional Field Tests. Call NAHRA
at 1-800-421-4026 for more information on issuance of an FTN.

Beginner Tests

Beginner tests are informal tests offered by clubs to encourage
participation by individuals with young or inexperienced dogs. No
formal rules have been developed, nor are any titles awarded. Ribbons
or certificates of award may be offered to participants. The emphasis
is on the handler and dog having fun, and familiarizing both with the
hunt test environment.

Started Tests

A NAHRA Started Hunting Retriever Test consists of five single marks.
* Two single marks on land
* Two single marks on water
* A fifth mark on either land or water, at the discretion of the

Maximum allowable distances:
* 75 yards on land
* 50 yards on water

A leash, line or slip cord may be used to assist in achieving
steadiness at the line. (However, no dog shall be permitted to make a
retrieve wearing a collar, leash , line or similar device.)

Delivery to hand is not required. The dog must only deliver the bird
to within a reasonable radius of the point of origin.

Intermediate Hunting Retriever Field Tests

An Intermediate Hunting Retriever Field Test consists of five parts:
* an upland hunting test
* a blind retrieve on water
* a double marked land retrieve
* a double marked water retrieve
* a trailing test

Maximum allowable distances:
* 100 yards on land marks
* 75 yards on water marks
* 50 yards for the water blind

Steadiness at the point of origin is required.

Delivery to hand is required.

The upland hunting test will not have a flushed bird.

The water blind is not incorporated with the marks - a different point
of origin must be used.

Senior Hunting Retriever Field Test

A Senior Hunting Retriever Field Test consists of six parts:
* an upland hunting test
* a blind retrieve on land
* a blind retrieve on water
* a triple marked land retrieve
* a triple marked water retrieve
* a trailing test

Maximum allowable distances:
* 100 yards on land marks
* 100 yards on water marks
* 100 yards for the blind retrieves

Steadiness at the point of origin is required.

Delivery to hand is required.

The upland hunting test will have a flushed bird; steadiness to shot
and fall is required.

At least one of the blind retrieves must be incorporated with one of
the required triple marked retrieves.

Points, Awards, Titles and Certificates

To attain a Qualifying Score in any testing category, a dog must:
* pass all tests in that category
* attain a final average score of not less than 80%

A dog earns points for each Qualifying Score:
* Started = 2.5 points
* Intermediate = 5 points
* Senior = 20 points

NAHRA offers four titles and certificates:
* "Started Retriever" (SR): awarded to a dog that earns 10 points (4
qualifications) in the Started testing category.
* "Working Retriever" (WR): awarded to a dog that earns 20 points (4
qualifications) in the Intermediate testing category.
* "Master Hunting Retriever" (MHR): awarded to a dog that either
earns 100 points (5 qualifications) in the Senior testing
category, or has already earned its WR and then earns 80 points (4
qualifications) in the Senior testing category.
* "Grand Master Hunting Retriever" (GMHR): awarded to a dog that
earns 300 points (15 qualifications) in the Senior testing
* NAHRA titles are placed before the dog's name.

"Brass Band Program"
* If a dog qualifies in either 4 Started or 4 Intermediate tests
within a calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31) they will receive a
Started or Intermediate Brass Band Award. This qualifies that dog
to participate in the Regional Invitational Field Test Program for
that year at the appropriate testing level.

Richard A. Wolters/NAHRA Invitational Field Test:
* A dog qualifies for the RAW/NAHRA Inivtational Field Test either
by earning 100 Senior points within a calendar year or by earning
the MHR title.


Join NAHRA today!

Call 1-800-421-4026 and ask for a new membership packet. All
memberships include a NAHRA wallet identification card, a NAHRA decal,
and a one year subscription to the quarterly magazine, NAHRA NEWS.

Yearly membership rates:
* Individual: $30.00 per year ($37.00 for 1st class postage)
* Family: $35.00 per year ($42.00 for 1st class postage)
* Sponsor: $200.00 per year (New Sponsor members receive a Trebark.
jacket with an embroidered Sponsor patch)
* Club: $40.00 per year
* Add $10.00 per membership outside of North America

Please make check or money order payable to NAHRA and mail
application, consisting of your full name, address, and telephone
number, to:

PO Box 1590
Stafford, VA 22555

NAHRA also keeps a page on the web with more information, including
the complete rulebook and a listing of NAHRA affiliated retriever
clubs, at

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