Cross-Venue judging - a small commentary
I had a phone discussion today with someone and chose to post this publicly.
Several months ago, I was told by someone who judges a certain retriever venue, that another judge had earned a reputation for "throwing crazy tests". The basis behind this appeared to be the fact that this judge in question used to run venues A and B with former dogs, but now chooses to run venue C with current dogs.
While I do think that this sort of thing could be possible, I want to point out that this judge in question probably has an even more well-rounded set of experiences to draw from. Folks who have trained, run and handled dogs in multiple venues are probably, in general, more capable of dialing up or down the scale to suit their test setup to match the standard and rules for the venue they are judging on that day than those who only reside in one particular venue.
My suggestion: Don't automatically believe someone's criticism of another's judging style and experience as fact, unless you've witnessed and experienced it yourself.
Ironically, and I know this for a fact, the judge being criticized by the person making the comments has never run a dog, and never attended a test judged by this judge in question.