Awards & Titles

RECENT AWARDS AND TITLES FROM MEMBERS:

 

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Nancy Rompa

1.5GMPR Kutya (APLA)

 

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Gary Chase

MPR Bodhi (APLA)

Orchard, CO

 

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Kevin Eskam

Seasoned Title

Hunter’s Retriever Club

Navajo Dam, Farmington, NM

 

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Hunter

Finished pass

Hunter’s Retriever Club

Navajo Dam, Farmington, NM

Proud owner:  Kevin Eskam

 

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Ike

Finished pass

Hunter’s Retriever Club

Navajo Dam, Farmington, NM

Proud owner: Kevin Eskam

 

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Blaze

Finished pass

Hunter’s Retriever Club

Navajo Dam, Farmington, NM

Proud owner:  Barbara Eskam

 

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Beau

Finished pass

Hunter’s Retriever Club

Navajo Dam, Farmington, NM

Proud owner:  Kevin Eskam

 

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Todd Stillwell

CPR

 

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Jimmie VanCleave

CPR Midge

 

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Tim Mueller

CPR Oakley (APLA)

 

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Vic and Nancy Rompa

APR Job (APLA)

Orchard, CO

 

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Jeff Fryhover

APR Whiskey (APLA)

Orchard, CO

 

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Rod Billet

APR Remi (APLA)

Orchard, CO

 

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Pete Shattuck

APR Butte (APLA)

Orchard, CO

 

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Fred Lysinger and Kevin Eskam

APR Champ and APR Champ (APLA)

Orchard, CO

 

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Scott Olson

CPR Willow (APLA)

Orchard, CO

 

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Rod Billet

CPR Remi (APLA)

Orchard, CO

 

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Bob Zachman

CPR Hank (APLA)

Orchard, CO

 

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Nancy Rompa

CPR Job (APLA)

Orchard, CO

 

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Link

2X and 2.5X GMPR (APLA)

Orchard, CO

Proud owner: Nancy Jurkoshek

 

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Beau

1.5X GMPR (APLA)

Orchard, CO

Proud owner: Fred Lysinger

 

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Hunter

3.5X and 4XGMPR

Orchard, CO

Proud owner:  Kevin Eskam

 

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Wyatt

3X and 3.5X GMPR (APLA)

Orchard, CO

Proud owner:  John Swindle

 

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Wyatt

Achieved 2.5 time Grand Master Pointing Retriever (2.5XGMPR) title in back to back passes!

Higginsville, MO

Proud owner:  John Swindle

Email: moc.l1511006162iamg@1511006162108411511006162eldni1511006162wsnho1511006162j1511006162

 

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Remi

First 2 HRC ‘Seasoned’ passes (and her first 2 tests).

Held by: Southern Colorado HRC out of Lanthrop State Park in Walsenburg, CO.

Proud Owner: Rod Billett

Email: moc.l1511006162iamto1511006162h@tte1511006162llib_1511006162dor1511006162

 

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Our members compete in many different hunt tests, the following is an explanation of the titles and awards from the many organizations by our Colorado pointing labs.

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Also, please click here for you to tell us about any titles and awards that your Labrador has achieved.  Our form is very easy to fill out.  We would really like to hear from you!  Email the form back to:   moc.l1511006162iamg@1511006162neden1511006162hoj11511006162.

American Pointing Labrador Association

Certified Pointer Retriever

The purpose of APLA’s Certified Pointing Retriever Test (CPR) is to evaluate a combination of basic natural abilities and basic trained behaviors in the upland field and waterfowl retrieves. Natural abilities and trained behaviors are equally important components of a good hunting companion. To score well in this test the dog must respond to basic obedience commands and have had enough exposure to hunting upland birds and water retrieves to show beginning proficiency in each. There is no minimum age for dogs running this test. The test will have two working parts: Upland Work and Water Retrieves. Testing will be scored on a noncompetitive basis on a zero to five (O to 5) scale in one half (1/2) point increments in each of seven (7) categories, for a maximum score of 35 points. Any dog scoring a one and one-half (1.5) or lower in any category of testing will fail immediately and will not be allowed to continue the test. The seven scoring categories are: NOSE, COOPERATION, DESIRE, SEARCH, POINT, LAND RETRIEVES, and WATER RETRIEVES. Nose, Cooperation, Desire, and Search will be evaluated throughout all parts of the test. Point will be evaluated in the Upland Field. A minimum total score of 21 of the 35 possible points is required in order to pass the test.

Advanced Pointer Retriever

The purpose of APLA’s Advanced Test is to provide a format for Pointing Labradors to demonstrate a significantly higher level of natural abilities and trained behaviors than are evaluated in the Certified Pointing Retriever Test. The tested abilities and behaviors are important components of a proficient hunting companion.

To score well in this test the dog must respond to its handler’s commands and must have had enough exposure to hunting situations to demonstrate that it is a good working pointing retriever. A dog must be a Certified Pointer (CP) or a Certified Pointing Retriever (CPR) before running the test.

The test will have four working series: Upland Work, Land Retrieves, Water Retrieves, and a Blind Retrieve. Testing will be scored on a noncompetitive basis on a zero to five (O to 5) scale in one half (1/2) point increments in each of eight (8) categories. Any dog scoring a two (2) or lower in any category of testing will fail immediately and will not be allowed to continue the test. The eight scoring categories are: NOSE, COOPERATION, DESIRE, SEARCH, POINT, LAND RETRIEVES, WATER RETRIEVES, and BLIND LAND RETRIEVE. Nose, Cooperation, and Desire will be evaluated throughout all parts of the test. Search will be evaluated throughout all parts of the test except the Blind Retrieve. Point will be evaluated in the Upland Field. A minimum total score of 24 out of the 40 possible points is required in order to pass the test.

Master and Grand Master Pointer Retriever

The purpose of APLA’s Master level test is to provide a format for Pointing Labradors to demonstrate the highest level of natural abilities and trained behaviors that the American Pointing Labrador Association tests. To accomplish this, all dogs entered are tested on Upland hunts and on both land and water retrieves and blinds. They are then scored on a noncompetitive basis in ten (10) categories. These categories are NOSE, COOPERATION, DESIRE, SEARCH, POINT, STEADINESS TO WING AND SHOT, LAND DOUBLE, WATER DOUBLE, LAND BLIND, and WATER BLIND. Nose, Cooperation, and Desire will be evaluated throughout all parts of the test. Search will be evaluated throughout all parts of the test except the Blind Retrieves. Point and Steadiness to Wing and Shot will be evaluated in the Upland Field. The tests are designed to prove at a high level the versatility of the Pointing Labrador as an all around working dog, bred and developed at the highest levels both for upland bird hunting on a variety of species and for waterfowl hunting.

Testing will be scored on a noncompetitive basis on a zero to five (O to 5) scale  in one half (1/2) point increments in each of the ten (10) categories. Any dog scoring a 2.5 or lower in any category will fail immediately and will not be allowed to continue the test. A minimum total score of 42 out of the 50 possible points is required in order to pass the test. While the test is demanding, experience shows that qualifying scores are attainable for dedicated hunters/trainers/handlers. A dog must be a Certified Pointer (CP) or a Certified Pointing Retriever (CPR) before running the test.

The tests for Master Pointing Retriever and Grand Master Pointing Retriever are identical and run together.  A dog’s first qualifying (i.e. on passing) score is awarded a Master qualifying score ribbon and earns the Master Pointing Retriever (MPR) title.  A second qualifying score earns a Grand Master qualifying score ribbon and the GMPR title.  A third pass earns a Grand Master ribbon and the 1.5XGMPR title.  Each additional qualifying score adds “.5” to the title thru to a maximum of 4XGMPR.  A dog may be entered in additional tests, and each additional qualifying score will be awarded a ribbon.  However, no additional titles are earned or recognized beyond 4XGMPR.

 

American Kennel Association

 Junior Hunter

In order to be recorded as a Junior Hunter, a dog must be registered with the AKC, and must have a record of having acquired Qualifying scores in the Junior Hunting Test at four (4) AKC licensed or member club Hunting Tests.

Dogs shall be tested on a minimum of four single marks, two on land and two on water. No more than two marks may be thrown in a series. Judges in keeping with simulation of realistic and natural hunting conditions must remember the use of numerous decoys, islands, points of land, rolling terrain, cover, ditch lines, wind direction, etc. are important factors to consider when designing test scenarios to evaluate Junior dogs as capable hunting companions. (1) Dogs may be sent to retrieve more than once, but only in cases of confusion. (2) Dogs shall be steady but may be brought to the line on leash with a flat buckle collar. The dog is under judge-ment when it leaves the holding blind. A Junior dog that is not under control when brought to the line (jumping, strongly tugging, etc.) even though it is on a leash shall risk receiving a lower score in trainability including zero in extreme cases. Dogs may be restrained gently with a slipcord looped through the flat buckle collar, or held gently by the flat buckle collar until sent to retrieve, (3) A dog must retrieve to hand. Failure to do so merits a grade of “0” in Trainability. (4) A dog may be encouraged to hunt, but excessive noise in encouraging the dog suggests a lack of hunting desire and a low grade in Perseverance is required.

Senior Hunter

In order to be recorded as a Senior Hunter, a dog must be registered with the AKC, and must have a record of having acquired Qualifying scores in the Senior Hunting test at five (5) AKC licensed or member club Hunting Tests, or, in the case of a dog that has been recorded as a Junior Hunter, that dog will be recorded as a Senior Hunter after having acquired Qualifying scores in the Senior Hunting Test at four (4) AKC-licensed or member club Hunting Tests.

Dogs shall be tested in a minimum of four hunting situations that shall include one land blind, one water blind (that may be run as a double blind on land and water), one double land mark, and one double water mark. There shall be at least one diversion shot and at least one of the hunting situations should include a walk-up. In Senior tests, a double mark is defined as two marks presented before the dog is sent to retrieve. Blinds shall not be run between marks in Senior Hunting Tests. (1) Hunting situations shall, to the extent that it is practical and realistic, make use of the natural hazards, numerous decoys, hunting equipment and obstacles that are encountered in true hunting. (2) Dogs shall be steady on the line, but a controlled break or creeping shall result in a relatively lower score in Trainability, than a controlled break or creeping would in a Junior Hunting Test. (3) A Senior Hunting dog must retrieve to hand. Failure to do so merits a grade of “0” in Trainability. (4) Dogs may be sent to retrieve more than once, but only in cases of confusion as described in Chapter 4, Section 7. (5) Dogs may be handled on marks, but excessive handling requires a lower score in Perseverance and/or marking. A dog that goes to the area of the fall and finds the bird unaided must be scored appreciably higher than a dog that must be handled to a bird. (6) A dog shall be required to honor a working dog at least once, but Judges must allow greater leeway in scor-ing the Senior Hunting dog on its Trainability than would be allowed a Master Hunting dog. (7) While diversion shot(s) shall be used, diversion bird(s) may be used. Such diversions may also consist of, or be incorporated with the use of one or more hidden duck or goose calls. (8) Dogs that switch shall be scored “0” in Perseverance and cannot receive a Qualifying score.

Master Hunter

In order to be recorded as a Master Hunter, a dog must be registered with the AKC, and must have a record of having acquired a Qualifying score in the Master Hunting Test at six (6) AKC-licensed or member club Hunting Tests, or, in the case of a dog that has been recorded by AKC as a Senior Hunter, that dog will be recorded as a Master Hunter after having acquired Qualifying scores in the Master Hunting Test at five (5) AKC-licensed or member club Hunting Tests.

Dogs shall be tested in a minimum of five hunting situations as follows: multiple land marks, multiple water marks, multiple marks on water and land, a land blind and a water blind (at least one that shall be a double blind in any combination). There shall be at least three series. At least one of the series shall include a walk-up. Diversion birds and/or diversion shots such as described in Chapter 3, Section 24, must be used at least once. In Master tests, in at least two multiple marking situations the dog’s marking/memory will be tested with at least (3) falls before the dog is sent to retrieve. The (3) falls must be presented before a dog is sent to retrieve any mark or blind. During a double set of marks (2 falls) Master judges shall include additional elements of testing, i.e. walkup, diversion bird, diversion shot, blind/s etc. in testing the dog’s abilities. (1) Natural hazards, obstacles, numerous decoys, hunting equipment and implements shall be utilized to a somewhat greater degree than in the Senior Hunting Test. (2) A Master Hunting dog shall honor and at least one opportunity to honor must be provided. Trainability must be evaluated more stringently than in Senior Hunting Tests. (3) Dogs that switch shall be scored “0” in Perseverance and cannot receive a Qualifying score. (4) As in Junior and Senior, situations must simulate natural and realistic hunting situations. While distance is not crucial, Master Hunting situations are more severe and difficult than Senior Hunting situations. (5) A Master Hunting dog must be steady and must deliver to hand. Failure to do so must be graded “0” in Trainability. (6) A Master dog that creeps shall be scored rela-tively lower than creeping in Senior. A controlled break in Master must be scored “0” in Trainability. (7) Dogs may be sent to retrieve only once except in the case of confusion (see Chapter 4, Section 7). A dog that displays unwillingness must be scored relatively lower on Marking and Perseverance than in the Senior Hunting Test. (8) Dogs may be handled on marks but must be scored with greater stringency than Senior Hunting dogs in Marking and/or Perseverance. A dog that goes to the area of the fall and finds the bird unaided shall be scored appreciably higher than a dog that must be handled to a bird. (9) Master Hunting dogs that require excessive han-dling on marks and blinds, that refuse voice or whistle commands, or appear unwilling to perform their work must be viewed in a different light than Senior Hunting dogs where a degree of tolerance is necessary for those not-so-seasoned Senior dogs. Master Hunting dogs must exhibit those qualities expected in a truly finished and experienced hunting companion.

Master National Hunting Test

A Master National hunting test for qualified Retrievers shall be run not more than once in any calendar year by a club or association formed for that purpose. The club shall file an application for permission to run the event under the Regulations and procedures for Retriever hunting tests subject to such modifications of these Regulations and procedures as may be considered necessary by the club. The Master National Hunting Test shall strive to achieve a level of testing equal to twice normal weekend Master level test. The event shall be run in as many divisions as the hosting organization deems necessary to achieve this end. The club or association may also make special Regulations and procedures as are deemed necessary for the conduct of the test. Modifications of the Regulations and procedures, as well as such special Regulations and procedures as may be made by the club or association are subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of The American Kennel Club.

 

United Kennel Club

UH- Upland Hunter

SHR- Started Hunting Retriever

HR- Hunting Retriever

HRCH- Hunting Retriever Champion

GRHRCH- Grand Hunting Retriever Champion