Owner: Rick Russell
UKC #: R121-421
Breed: Golden Retriever
Sire: HRCH Sir Charlie II
Dam: HR Solid Gold Tequila Sunrise
Hunter came to Kim and I via Solid Gold Golden Retrievers in Big Spring, Texas. Claudene Christopher is the owner and has a reputation for producing quality field bred Goldens. She is also the Administrative Secretary for HRC National and the sole reason I became involved in HRC. I would’ve never dreamed Hunter and I could have a career in the hunt test game together. She encouraged me to run my first Started test, when all I really wanted was a good hunting companion. I was truly blessed to have a dog like Hunter to enter into the hunt test game with. He has all the tools anyone could ask for in a hunting companion. Whether it’s chasing Pheasants in Iowa, Ruffed Grouse in Northern Michigan or retrieving waterfowl in fields or marshes you can always count on his ability to make the hunt better.
Hunter had earned his HR title by the age of 2 years and his HRCH, UH and WCX titles by the age of 3. During that time frame he also had to overcome several injuries, 2 of which required surgery causing some lengthy downtime. Every time he would bounce and continue his reckless ways! After reaching the goals that in the beginning seemed so far away, we went an entire season running only a couple tests. Then sometime over the long winter break it was suggested to me I should run him for the 500 point club. It almost seemed crazy at first, but come Spring I had entered a handful of test and the journey had begun.
Over the course of the next 2 years Hunter had compiled enough points to become only the 10th Golden to reach the 500 point mark at that time. Anyone having set out to run the amount of test it takes to earn enough points to reach a goal like this knows what dedication it takes. You have to train hard and be on the road every weekend sacrificing many other events taking place. It’s a special feeling and a great reward to reach this milestone and to give Hunter a much deserved place in UKC history.