General Regulations of NASHDA Hunt Test and Qualifiers

(Note: In these rules Shed hunt test and Qualifiers will be from here on both referred to and represented by the words hunt test.)

Eligibility of Clubs to Hold Hunting Tests and/or Qualifiers

The Board of Directors of the NASHDA may, at its discretion, grant permission to clubs or individuals to hold a NASHDA Hunt Tests. Event organizing club must confirm that the property that the event will be held on has insurance.

Rules Applying To Registration

All of NASHDA’s Rules Applying to Registration and Discipline shall apply to all NASHDA sanctioned, licensed and member club hunt tests.

Making Application

An individual or club that meets all the requirements of the NASHDA and wishes to hold a Hunt Test at which Qualifying scores toward titles may be awarded, must make application to NASHDA on the form provided for permission to hold a Hunt Test. Each club or individual holding the event is responsible to have their own Disaster and Emergency Plan for the event and insurance.

Entry Requirements

Hunt Tests shall be open to dogs six months of age or over on the first day of the event. Hunt tests must be open to all breeds (including mixed) of dogs. Proof of age must be submitted immediately to judge upon request. Proof of age can be shown by AKC/UKC registration and/or official Veterinary vaccination certificate.   All competitors must sign the NASHDA disclaimer at the event before competing.

No Special Inducements

A hunt test giving club or individual which accepts an entry fee other than that published on its entry form, or in any way discriminates between entrants, shall be disciplined. No club, member of any club or individual shall give or offer to give any owner or handler any special inducements, such as reduced entry fees, allowances for board or transportation or other incentive of value for a certain number of entries or shall give or offer to give in consideration of entering a certain number of dogs, any prizes or prize money, except the officially advertised prizes or prize money, which prize money shall be for a stated sum or a portion of the entry fees. (Exception: a club, at its discretion, may allow for a reduced entry fee for dogs handled by juniors. A junior handler is someone less than 18 years of age on the first day of the test.)

Problem Dog Disqualification

A dog is not eligible to be entered or run in any NASHDA Hunt Test in any category if the dog has on two occasions been made the subject of the following report: If a dog, while under judgment at a NASHDA licensed or member club Hunting Test attacks another dog, and if the Judges are unanimously of the opinion that such attack was without reasonable cause, the Judges shall identify the offending dog on the judging sheetand the name of the offending dog shall be listed in the report of the Hunting Test sent to NASHDA.

Any dog, that in the opinion of the Hunt test organizer or NASHDA, attacks a person or a dog at a NASHDA event, resulting in injury, and is believed by that Hunt test organizer or NASHDA to present a hazard to persons or other dogs shall be disqualified. When the dog is disqualified a report shall be filed immediately with the NASHDA secretary. The disqualified dog may not again compete at any NASHDA event nor be on the grounds of an NASHDA event unless and until, following application for reinstatement by the owner to the NASHDA, the owner receives official notification in writing from the NASHDA that the dog’s eligibility has been reinstated.

Any dog that presents an unprovoked and obvious threat, or an uncontrollable clear and present danger to other dogs or people, either by attacking or through continued exceedingly aggressive behavior, may be ejected from the hunt test grounds. Expulsion of dogs may be the individual act of which any assigned Judge who observes the aforementioned behavior, or by the Hunt Test Organizer, following a corroborated report. Spectators and participants should report such incidents to the Hunt Test Organizer. Any dog that is ejected by a Judge or by the Hunt Test Organizer shall forfeit the privilege to run in any test that day, and shall not receive a qualifying score at the event in which the attack occurred. While an actual attack need not be observed by an official to bring about a dog’s ejection, a report alone is not sufficient proof to justify such drastic action. There shall be sufficient evidence, which may entirely include reports from reliable eyewitnesses, of an attack or aggressive behavior before officials eject any dog.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

(A)  It shall be deemed unsportsmanlike conduct if a person during the running of or in connection with an event abuses or harasses a Judge or official or any other person present in any capacity at the event. The Hunt Test Organizer shall act in accord with paragraph (D) of this Section.

(B)  Any person who displays unsportsmanlike conduct or who is seen to kick, strike, or otherwise roughly manhandle a dog while on the grounds of a Hunt Test at any time during the holding of the event, shall be expelled from the test by the Hunt Test Organizer, which shall also act in accord with paragraph (D) of this Section.

(C)  The Judges shall also have the authority to expel a handler if they observe unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of the handler or see the handler kicking, striking or otherwise roughly manhandling a dog while the event is in progress. It will be the duty of the Judges to promptly report to the Hunt Test Organizer the expulsion of a handler and the Hunt Test Organizer shall then proceed in accord with paragraph (D) of this Section.

(D)  The Hunt Test Organizer shall investigate, at once, any instance of alleged unsportsmanlike conduct, or any report that a person has been observed kicking, striking or otherwise roughly manhandling a dog. If a Hunt Test Organizer, after investigation, determines that a person is in violation of this Section, and that the incident, if proven, would constitute conduct prejudicial to the sport or NASHDA. The incident should be reported to NASHDA and the person or person(s) should be asked to leave the grounds.

(E)  Foul Language, arguing with the judge, event organizer or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs are grounds for disqualification.

Bitches In Season.

Bitches in season shall not be eligible for entry in any Hunt Test and shall not be allowed on the grounds. Entry fees paid for a bitch withdrawn because of coming in season or for a dog withdrawn because of an injury or illness, or for a dog that dies, shall be refunded in full by the test giving club or individual. Prior to paying such refund, the club may require an appropriate veterinary certificate. In the event a dog is withdrawn for other reasons, the test giving club is free to formulate its own policy with reference to refunds provided that said policy shall be set in advance of the test date.

Ribbons.

A club or individual must use and purchase the official NASHDA ribbons by using the ribbon order form Make sure to order ribbons at least 8 weeks in advance

Publications.

All individuals or clubs holding a hunt test are required to have copies of the latest NASHDA rules available and have entrants sign a copy of the rules on the day of the event.

Advertising and Banners.

NASHDA has set sponsors that supplies banners, all other banners and advertisements must be pre- approved by NASHDA. NASHDA Sponsor banners must be displayed at each event, Please submitted request to NASHDA at least 8 weeks before your event. NASNDA sponsor banners must be mailed back to NASHDA within 5 days following the event.

Cell Phones, Pagers, GPS and Electronic Devices.

In order to not distract the dogs, handlers and judges cell phones, pages, GPS and electronic devices are not allowed in or on the immediate vicinity of the test, holding blind or course. No communication about the placement of sheds is allowed with a contestant or between contestants.

Weather.

Weather is an important consideration for the hunt test event organizer. The safety of participants and animals is of utmost importance. Extreme weather such as lightening, strong winds, heat or cold, snow or heavy rain can create hazardous conditions. The hunt test event organizer, in consultation with the judges, has the responsibility to decide if an event should be halted due to weather and at what point the event shall resume. If a weather delay results in an entrant being unable to participate, the refund of entry fees, in whole or in part, will be at the discretion of the event organizer. If an entire event or part of an event is cancelled due to weather, the refund of entry fees, in whole or in part, will be at the discretion of the event Organizer.