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Making the Jump: Junior to Senior/Master Hunter Seminar

Learn what judges expect in AKC Senior and Master Hunting Tests for pointing breeds and methods to train your dog to reach these levels.

This is an educational seminar designed to help people transition from a Junior Hunter level dog to a finished Senior/Master Hunter level dog. We’ll discuss what judges are looking for and how each test category is scored. You’ll learn the essential behaviors to train and some different ways to go about it. You’ll watch a brace of Master Hunter dogs, score it yourself, and discuss your decisions with the group. This seminar will provide the tools and confidence you need to jumpstart your training so that you and your dog can find success when you are ready for testing season.


Attendees should read the Regulations for AKC Hunting Tests for Pointing Breeds booklet, available at Listen to the following episodes of the Accidental Bird Dog Podcast, available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get podcasts.

All proceeds will go to the Sandhills Quail Habitat Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 that was formed to purchase the 100-acre property where the Sandhills Pointing Breeds Club trains. Seminar fees are fully tax-deductible.

To register, email Please bring payment to the event in the form of cash or a check made out to Sandhills Quail Habitat Foundation.


Richard “Ozzie” Osborne

Ozzie has 12 years of experience as an AKC hunt test judge. He also trains pointing dogs and has put Master Hunter titles on many dogs from a variety of breeds. Ozzie believes in training the dog in front of you and adapts his methods to what works for the individual dog. Ozzie is currently training his seven-year-old GSP, Thor, for the NAVHDA Invitational.

Terry Ann Fernando

Terry Ann is the host of the Accidental Bird Dog Podcast, which covers hunting dog events for pointing breeds. She also offers virtual coaching to help dog owners succeed in hunt tests and field trials. Terry Ann’s 10-year-old vizsla, Zara, started out as a pet, but is now a Master Hunter, a NAVHDA Versatile Champion, and has multiple AKC field trial placements and wins. When Terry Ann was starting out, she found it really difficult to find good resources, so she is passionate about making the training process easier for others.

Seminar Itinerary

8:30am: Registration
9:00am: Overview of the Senior and Master Hunting Tests, the test categories, required behaviors, and answer participant questions
10:00am: Go into field to watch a brace of Master-level dogs. Participants will carry scorecards and score the dogs as they see fit.
11:00am: Discuss what was observed and go over score cards
11:30am: Lunch (bring your own)
12:30pm: Training retrieving discussion with demos of force-fetch
and force-free methods
1:30pm: Training steadiness with discussion of various methods
and troubleshooting problems
2:30pm: Break
2:45pm: Training honoring, recall/handling, and heeling discussion
3:45pm: Wrap up


Saturday, April 13, 2024
8:30 am to 4:00pm
Rain date: Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sandhills Pointing Breeds Club
3280 Jackson Springs Rd
Jackson Springs, NC 27281

Anyone interested

$50 per person

What to Bring

  • A camp chair
  • An article of blaze orange clothing
  • Comfortable walking shoes/boots
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Notebook/pen
  • A crate for your dog if you’re bringing one
  • Testing and training questions

Email Ozzie at or
Terry Ann at

Presenters will use personal dogs for demonstration purposes. Attendees can bring their dogs, but they will need to be safely contained in a crate or kennel during the seminar. Attendees’ dogs will not be worked.