The Master National Board of Directors is committed to providing updates regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020 event. The Board has completed an initial assessment and analysis of available 2020 qualification information, AKC hunt test cancellations, and the potential impact of these on the AKC hunt test community and the 2020 Master National.
The MNRC Board has decided the 2020 MNRC Qualifications will be determined as follows:
1. MNH dogs (3 MNRC qualifications) remain qualified for life.
2. MNR dogs (2 MNRC qualifications) are automatically qualified for the 2020 event.
3. MH dogs that qualified for the 2019 event are automatically qualified for the 2020 event.
4. MH dogs with at least 4 MH passes during the current qualifying year (08/01/2019 – 07/31/2020) will be qualified for the 2020 event.
There will be no adjustments to the MNRC standard of judging or test requirements for the 2020 MNRC Event.
There will also be changes to other elements of the event such the conduct of the various meetings, parties, and other ceremonies. These will develop as we determine what life after the COVID-19 pandemic may hold for us.
This effort was not easy as the information was voluminous and the circumstances were changing daily. The conversations and opinions were many and while the discussions and debate were rigorous, they were also thoughtful and respectful. I am proud of the manner in which this Board developed this one-time solution to what we hope is a one-time issue.
We thank you for your continued support of AKC performance events, our hunting test sport and the Master National Event. We continue to hope for an end to the pandemic and until then, we wish everyone good health and sincerely look forward to seeing everyone in St. Cloud, MN on September 24, 2020 for Opening Ceremonies of our 29th Event.
Allen Dillard, President MNRC