Wisconsin, Alabama, and Alberta, BC. Among those attend- ing were six ATCA Board members, including the current and last past president of the Parent Club, reflecting the support the hunt- ing revival effort enjoyed from its inception.
The three-day event involved extensive behind the scenes work by committee members and members of the Ohio River Valley Airedale Terrier Club, which hosts the event. Dorothy Miner, chairman of the Hunting/Working Committee, is a key per- son in the clockwork operation. She draws upon her experience as a former AKC Tracking judge to develop Fur Tests in accor- dance with AKC rules. However, she can’t control the weather.
Friday’s Fur Test day dawned COLD, with an even colder wind. The Airedales, noses ready, didn’t seem to mind, even if their owners found it daunting. Before the tests, handlers reviewed the ground rules. All dogs run the course off-leash, one dog at a time. The dog must follow a raccoon-scented track through the woods, with the handler and judge following from a distance. When the dog finds the caged raccoon in the tree, the dog must bark to signal the find. Dogs entered in the Junior Fur Test follow a track of approximately 100 yards and need only give a signal bark. Senior and Master Fur Test entrants follow longer tracks, with distraction cross-scent trails and a caged “off-scent” critter just off the Master track. Advanced dogs must bark loud and long to announce their find.
Right, CH. Stone Ridge Dwy-Aire Annie, JHFur dis- plays proper loud enthusiasm to announce finding the caged rac- coon in the Junior Fur Test. Annie is owned and handled by Sheila Mors of Antioch, IL
Left, Warming up before the Fur Test, dogs meet a caged raccoon under controlled condi- tions. The warm-up site is off test grounds in accordance with AKC regulations. These Airedales are CH. Traymar's Comic Relief (mid-air) and CH. Westchester Traymar's Wild Rose, CD, both owned by Chris, Tom and Angie Halvorson and Margo Dupre.
King’s Herald Winter 2003
This year eight Airedales qualified in the Junior Fur Test. There were four Senior Fur qualifiers and three Master Fur qual- ifiers.
Saturday’s events involved the land segments of the Upland Game (flushing) and Retriever tests. The morning’s Upland Game Test was judged by Bethann Roettger of North Branch, Minnesota, assisted by Jeff Coton. Both are experienced spaniel breeders and professional field trainers. The Junior Upland Test requires a dog to find and flush two pre-planted chukar while run- ning the course, with the judges and gunners following. Senior dogs must flush and retrieve their birds, but more teamwork with the handler is reflected in rules such as no “uncontrolled” chas- ing of missed birds. The Master level Upland Test requires the dog to work in tune with the handler. This is proofed in the test’s “Sit to Flush” exercise in which the dog flushes a bird; then sits on the handler’s whistle; and only completes the retrieve when so signaled by the handler.
Left, CH. Fyrebrick's Artists Proof is right on her game during the Upland Game test. Sydney is owned by Cary and Rhae Drijber of Lincoln, NE, and handled by Cary.
Right, Lead on MacDuff, CD, JHV, SHF, MHR lives in a Manhattan apartment and regu- larly trains at New York's finest spaniel and retriever clubs. MacDuff is owned and handled by David Morgan, president of the Airedale Terrier Club of Metropolitan New York