Please Note: This sign-up is ONLY to volunteer for the Master Stake on Day 1 for Shift 1.
What is a Stake Marshal?
Stake Marshals are the person or persons responsible for keeping a stake at a Hunt Test running smoothly, and make sure the Judges and workers needs are met. They also are the point of contact for handlers who have questions that need to be addressed by the test Judges.
Willingness to work at least a 5 hour morning or afternoon shift at the PSLRA Spring Hunt Test.
- If you are willing to work the entire day at one of the Master Stakes, please let the Chief Marshal: Nina Mann know in advance, and sign up for both Shift 1 and Shift 2 for that day.
- If you have no prior experience Marshaling, please let the Chief Marshal: Nina Mann know in advance so she can team you up with an experienced person.
- Prior to the test coordinates with Chief Marshal as to which stake(s) Marshals will be assigned to.
- The morning of the test, checks in with the Chief Marshal to get Judges’ notebooks & Marshal’s clipboard for the stake.
- Helps with remaining physical set up of test/last minute test details.
- Hands out catalogs and checks in handlers as they arrive before the start of the test.
- Calls out numbers of which dog should be at the starting line, and which dog should be ready to run next (in holding blinds).
- Keeps test running by making sure dogs and handlers are ready to run.
- If there are 2 marshals at a stake, 1 person can stay at the line and the other can stay behind the gallery area letting handlers know when to get ready.
- Indicate which dogs have run by checking appropriate box on running order sheet.
- Rearranges running order as necessary for handlers that may be running dogs in other stakes.
- If there is a “no bird” the Marshal should put that dog back in line according to the judge’s instructions.
- If any handler has a question about their dog’s performance or a ruling by the judges, they should relay their question through the Marshal, who will ask the judges.
- Ensures gallery/spectators remain far enough from the line as not to interfere with the working dog(s) and handler(s), and that nothing is done to distract the dog’s attention from its work, including excessive noise from the gallery.
- Delivers lunches and beverages to Judges and workers.
- Announces call backs for each series.
- Serves as main radio contact for particular test site.
- Lunch and drinks will be provided by the Club.
- Volunteer should bring a chair and other personal items needed for the day.
- Even if experienced, Marshals should review the AKC Rules for Hunt Tests prior to attending the test as a refresher. The rules are located at https://images.akc.org/pdf/rulebooks/RHTRET.pdf
Chief Marshal: Nina Mann
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