Qualification standards for the Master Amateur Invitational are established by the Board of Directors of the Master Amateur Retriever Club, Inc. (MARC) The Board may change qualifications at any time provided that any changes must be published no less than 90 days
before the beginning of the upcoming qualifying period. The qualifying period for the 2018 Invitational begins on March 1, 2017 and ends February 28, 2018.
On October 27, 2016 the Board announced that, beginning March 1, 2017, handlers must be a member in good standing of MARC in order for the handler to qualify for the 2018 Invitational. The handler’s membership must be current at the time of the Hunt Test at which any qualifying pass is earned. Membership is not retroactive. In other words, a pass earned by a handler in April who joins the club in May will not count.
A club does not have to be a member of MARC in order for their event passes to qualify.
The full qualifying standards are as follows:
(1) Dogs who, during the defined qualifying year, earn at least 6 qualifying scores in master stakes held by AKC licensed or member clubs’ AKC Hunting Tests for Retrievers when handled by an amateur as defined by the AKC. The handler of the dog must be a member in good standing of MARC at the time of the event. Qualifying dogs of the previous year's Master National Hunting Retriever Test shall receive credit for two qualifying scores, provided the dogs were handled by amateurs in all series and at all tests in which the dog qualified for the MN. In subsequent years dogs that qualify in the previous year’s MAI shall receive credit for two qualifying scores, provided that no more than two credits between the MAI and MN may be used in any single year.
(2) Contestants who enter exclusively in Alaska must obtain qualifying scores in a minimum of four master stakes held by member clubs, when handled by an amateur as defined by the AKC and have an MH title.
(3) Dogs, domiciled in Canada, running exclusively in CKC Master Hunt Test events, that passed the most recent CKC Canadian National Master Hunt Test prior to the MARC qualifying end date and are handled by amateurs.
(4) Dogs having passed three prior MN or MAI annual events are exempt from the requirements of this section and are qualified for all future MAI annual events provided that the dogs were handled by an amateur in all series and at all tests in which the dog qualified for the events.
(5) Only amateurs may enter or handle dogs at the Master Amateur Invitational.
(6) No handler may enter or run more than 3 dogs that are not wholly owned by that handler or a household family member of the handler.
NOTE: Entry Express and Retriever News are the official service for identifying, reporting and tracking qualifications for the Master Amateur Invitational. That process will be automatic for all events managed by EE. Clubs that do not use EE may, at their option, report the event results through EE for a fee. If an event is not on Entry Express owners must confirm with the club whether or not the club will report the results through EE. If not, any passes earned will not count towards a dog’s qualification for the Invitational. National events and breed club national specialty events that do not use Entry Express may submit their qualifying information directly to Retriever News.
MARC will maintain a list of passes by amateur handlers and a list of dogs as they qualify for the Invitational. Only those dogs listed by MARC as qualified may enter the Invitational. If your dog(s) is not properly listed please contact MARC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HANDLERS PLEASE NOTE: It is your responsibility to make sure that the handler information as listed in the event catalog is correct. The event catalog submitted by the club is the only way Retriever News has to verify results.
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