roots of the Hunting Working Airedales, Inc. organization grew
from friendships among members of the Airedale Terrier Club of America
(ATCA) who used their Airedales for recreational hunting.
Three ATCA member breeders were instrumental in promoting the renewed interest in hunting Airedales: Stephen Gilbert (Ohio); E. Forbes Gordon (Texas); and Simon “Park” Peters (Michigan).
HWA Board of Directors
HWA Board of Directors
President: Mary Wright
Vice-President: Susan Hogsette
Secretary: Kimberly Zaborniak
Treasurer: Kate Ostrowski
Directors At Large
Sherri Glass, Cindy Green, John Noland & Linda Potter
American Kennel Club declined to open its Hunt Tests to Airedales, but
suggested that the Hunting/Working (H/W) Committee develop its own hunt
test using AKC Hunt Tests as models.
1989 the H/W Committee instituted AKC-approved “Guidelines for
Experimental Hunt Tests.” Those guidelines led to the inauguration of AKC-approved offical ATCA Hunt Tests and Hunt Titles in 1993.
In 2000, the ATCA Hunting/Working Committee presented the AKC with a fully-developed "Proposal for Admittance of Airedale Terriers to AKC Hunt Tests." It was denied. Airedalers did not give up.
The Airedale's Heritage
The Airedale's Heritage
In the 1860's the Airedale Terrier was developed for the farmers in the Valley of Aire (Yorkshire, England) to be "the do-it-all hunter". The region's hearty people needed a dog with a keen hunting instinct and a weather-resistant coat; the character to tenaciously stick to any job; the courage and ability to kill all manner of game; the capability and desire to guard his family and home; and the gentleness and sensitivity to live as part of the family household.
invite you to visit the Spotlight KC/HRC Title Holders section of
this website to meet some Airedales whose accomplishments are
re-establishing our breed as a hunting dog in the eyes of the wider
sporting dog world. Check out our website’s listings of Hunt Test Titled
Airedales to see a comprehensive listing of Airedales with hunt test
titles, many of them also proudly earning a variety of performance
titles in obedience or agility venues.
you looking for an Airedale hunting companion? Check out the Breeder
Referral section of our website. Do you support what Hunting Working
Airedales is accomplishing? Please consider becoming a member. Would you
like to meet more Airedales and join in Airedale field events? We
cordially invite you to participate.
inauguration of the Airedale Terrier Club of America's hunting tests in
1994 brought a significant opportunity for the breed.
the years of development of workshops and prototype tests, the H/W
Committee faced the crucial question: Does today's Airedale have the
instincts and abilities, the gameness and grit, for which the breed was
Now owners who have been training their Airedales can answer that question in three separate tests offered on junior, senior, and master levels.
In the Upland Bird test,
Airedales are required to find and flush two planted birds and do one
water retrieve. Qualifying dogs receive the Junior Hunter - Flushing
(JHF) certificate. Greater proficiency must be demonstrated by Airedales
competing for the Senior Hunter - Flushing (SHF) and Master Hunter -
Flushing (MHF) titles.
In the Retrieving Test,
a dog must retrieve two chukars on land and two ducks on water.
Qualifiers receive the Junior Hunter - Retriever (JHR) certificate.
Senior Hunter - Retriever (SHR) and Master Hunter - Retriever (MHR)
certificates are offered for advanced performances.
In the Fur Test, a dog must follow a pre-laid track of raccoon scent on an indirect route through fields to a tree holding a caged raccoon. The dog must then bark or bay to announce the find. First-time qualifiers receive the Junior Hunter - fur (JHFur) title. More difficult tracks await dogs entered in the Senior Hunter - Fur (SHFur) and Master Hunter - Fur (MHFur) competitions. When ATCA Fur Tests are run at HWA events, ATCA titles are earned, specifically, Junior Fur Tracker (JFT), Senior Fur Tracker (SFT) and Master Fur Tracker (MFT). The owner may register these titles with the AKC in order for them to appear on the dog’s AKC record, as in pedigrees and event catalogs.
dog who qualifies in all three basic tests receives the title Junior
Hunter - Versatile (JHV). SHV and MHV titles are further possibilities.
Dogs successful in this broad performance range have proven that the Airedale can indeed do it all.
Anyone can claim that he has the best hunting dog,and now we have a standard of competition to measure a dog's ability. If your dog qualifies, you know he has performed with a level of ability that's universal.
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