How to Qualify for the AKC Master National

Member Clubs
Each year, clubs across the U.S. pay an annual fee to be a member club in the Master National Retriever Club (MNRC). When a dog passes or qualifies at a weekend Master hunt test held by an MNRC member club, that qualifying score counts towards qualifying the dog to run in the annual Master National event. Only Master hunt tests held by MNRC member clubs in good standing count towards qualifying for the annual MN event. For a list of member clubs who have paid their annual dues, click here.

Qualifying Scores
To qualify for the Master National event, a dog (with the exception below) must have a total of 6 qualifications each year in the Master category from a MN member club(s). In addition, every dog running in the MN event must also have an MH title from the AKC.

Exception to the above: Contestants who enter exclusively in Alaska must obtain qualifying scores in a minimum of four Master tests held by member clubs and have an MH title.

Dogs, domiciled in Canada, running exclusively in CKC Master Hunt Test events, that passed the most recent CKC Canadian Master National Hunt Test prior to the July 31st MNRC qualifying end date.

Time Frame
Qualifying scores for the upcoming Master National event are counted from August 1st of the year before the event through July 31st of the year of the event.

Qualifying Scores - Exception
Any dog that ran and qualified at the previous year's Master National event needs only 4 qualifications during the next year to qualify to run the upcoming MN event.

Each year our friends at Retriever Field Trial News (RFTN) track and keep count of every dog that has passed a Master hunt test that was held from a MN member club during the year. The MN secretary will start to post these qualifiers in late May. In mid summer, the MN Secretary starts sending out the premiums to the annual event to those dogs who have already reached the required number of qualifications. It is a very good idea, however, to keep track of this information yourself. If you think your dog has qualified and you do not see it listed on this website when qualifiers begin to be posted, please contact the MN Secretary. Please do this before August, especially if your count does not agree with what the RN has reported to the MNRC. In the past, there have been clubs that neglected to send RN a marked catalog, or had not paid their annual dues, and therefore the scores did not count.

Additional Questions and Answers

When did the new qualifications go into effect?

The new qualifications were put into effect on August 1, 2009.

What if I do not see my dog on the qualified list, but I know it is qualified?

Contact Master National Secretary, Frank Barton. Give him the clubs and dates where the passes occurred. He in turn will contact Retriever News that does our tracking, and will find out what happened. In most cases a catalog was not marked correctly or was not received at all by RN.

For any further questions or clarifications, please contact MNRC secretary, Frank Barton.