Just wanted to vent. I realize it's very difficult to plan Nationals, etc., etc., etc., but I'm still pissed off. The Hunt Test is scheduled for the thursday BEFORE Nationals week. Field Trials are sat. and sun. and Nationals start tues. This scheduling basically eliminates ANYONE from entering the Hunt Test who doesn't field trial their dogs. Is any agility person going to go to Pittsburgh 8 days (without travel time) before the agility trial to enter the Hunt Test? Or would any Obedience person travel 5 days before the Obedience trial? I think not. One of the reasons the Hunt Test was implemented was so that people with spayed or neutered Bassets could compete in the venue the Basset was bred for. I also heard via Joann Hilliker (the Hunt Test chairperson) that Gene McDonald wanted to eliminate the Hunt Test from Nationals because it doesn't make the BHCA any money!! I'm so angry. THE one event that epitomizes all of the Basset's history is the Hunt Test. The Hunt Test has nothing to do with Field Trials. Molly earned her Master Hunting Hound title and I've never even been to a Field Trial. And won't until they change the spay/neuter exclusion. We had such a great spectator attendance at last years Hunt Test I would have thought that this years entry would be full to overflowing. Not now! They'll be lucky if they make the $200 needed to rent the grounds. By this poorly thought out scheduling Gene McDonald's observation will be realized. By the way, Ken Engle opposed this decision. I for one will not be in Pittsgurgh in Oct. (or rather Sept. and Oct.!). What a shame, and shame on the BHCA Board. Belinda.