There is no shortage of field events for the American Water Spaniel. From simply hunting your dog, to hunt test programs, to fun events sponsored by the AWSC, enthusiasts of our breed have a number of activities from which to choose. Most of those activities are listed below.
The Spaniel Hunt Tests are designed to evaluate the abilities and training of various spaniel breeds by testing them against performance standards for flushing spaniels. Titles are awarded at progressive levels corresponding to the dogs development as hunters. When the requirements of a level are met, the dog is awarded an AKC title. The AKC titles earned through the Spaniel Hunt Test program are the Junior Hunter (JH), Senior Hunter (SH) and Master Hunter (MH) titles. AKC Spaniel Hunt Test judges are required to evaluate AWS performance based upon the AWS Club’s description of the AWS's Field Working Qualities.
The Retriever Hunt Tests are designed to evaluate the abilities and training of various breeds against performance standards for retrievers. In 2011, the AWS became eligible to earn AKC titles as retrievers in addition to titles as flushing spaniels. This illustrates the versatile nature of the breed.
The AWSC offers a hunt test program designed to thoroughly test American Water Spaniels as all-around field dogs. These tests allow a team of judges to evaluate the trained ability of an AWS to perform in the field as both a flushing and retrieving dog. There are four test levels offered in the program that correspond to the following available titles: Started Dog (SD), Working Dog (WD), Working Dog Excellent (WDX), and Working Dog Superior (WDS).
For further information regarding this testing program contact Sue Liemohn at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Like the roustabout, the Water Trial is a field event offered during the four days of the AWSC's National Specialty and hunt tests. It is a competitive event to determine the relative merits of the AWS as a waterfowl retriever, simulating as nearly as possible the conditions met in a day’s shoot. Dogs may be entered in one of three classes depending on the level of their trained abilities: Novice, Gun Dog, and Open. The Water Trial is a new event in 2012.
Click this link to read the Water Trial Rules.
The roustabout is a field event offered during the four days of the AWSC's National Specialty and hunt tests. It is a slightly competitive upland hunting event involving a team of hunters and one AWS. The team scoring the highest number of points at the completion of the event wins the right to have and display a traveling trophy.
Click this link to read the Roustabout Rules.
The primary purpose of the Hunting Retriever Club (HRC) is the betterment of Hunting Retrievers as a whole and to influence the breeding and training of a better and finer Hunting Retriever; to provide hunters and Hunting Retrievers a series of actual Hunting tests in a controlled system and furnish an ongoing educational program for the Hunters, for their training, experience, and sporting competition.
The principal purpose of the North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA) is to educate the public in the use of purebred hunting retrievers as conservation animals and to promote the field testing of retrievers in simulated hunting situations.