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    The Thunder 100 is equivalent to the shotgun FT...

    The Thunder 100 is equivalent to the shotgun FT popper, much louder than any blank pistol. Also the Thunder 100 is cheaper to operate. Cons are related to toting the Thunder 100 around vs a pistol,...
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    I think you can use a training pistol/starter's...

    I think you can use a training pistol/starter's gun in all 50 states. You might not be able to use a real .22 cal pistol in all 50 but doesn't apply to a training pistol that can't shoot live ammo....
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    Someone mentioned UGA being competitive this year...

    Someone mentioned UGA being competitive this year & they usually are but can't win the big one when needed of late. And this year since Richt has kicked the starting defensive backfield off the team...
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    Jim Van Engan & his brother do gun dog training...

    Jim Van Engan & his brother do gun dog training as well as young dog training for HT & FTs. I believe Jim's brother does most of the gun dog training & he is good. They are at Sheboygan Falls, WI.
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    Yep it takes a good dog that has received good...

    Yep it takes a good dog that has received good training, a reasonable amount of handling skill & luck to achieve AA success. And I would measure AA success progressively as finishing AA stakes,...
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    My recollection as well. I know Nelson served on...

    My recollection as well. I know Nelson served on the RAC for a number of years. Recall Kate Simonds' husband being RAC chair for years succeeded by Kate at his death & was recently replaced by John...
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    EE is seeing a substantial increase in scratches...

    EE is seeing a substantial increase in scratches for HTs with limited master stakes about 10x compared to other stakes and events.
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    Wasn't attempting to provide a history of the...

    Wasn't attempting to provide a history of the RHTAC. Only stating the current organization. To provide additional background of the current organization, Keith Griffith was first appointed as the...
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    The RHTAC is a good thing & it provides a...

    The RHTAC is a good thing & it provides a recognized and competent body that can communicate on behave of HT clubs and enthusiasts with AKC Performance. Folks will always want to be more in the...
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    EE appreciates your comments & I'll make sure...

    EE appreciates your comments & I'll make sure Tara knows too. Tara is doing her best but can't work 24/7 so sometimes clubs will still close events with less than a full/limited field. ...
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    Lots of folks bring dogs into the gallery & most...

    Lots of folks bring dogs into the gallery & most times there are no issues. But an entered dog could be eliminated by causing a distraction for a working dog. A dog with lots of drive & an...
  12. I've noticed that clubs that hold a double...

    I've noticed that clubs that hold a double junior/senior in conjunction with their master tests have a substantially larger entry of junior & senior dogs than those clubs that only hold a single...
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    I think this is a good approach to a point, but...

    I think this is a good approach to a point, but don't forget that whether its your 1st judging assignment or your 100th, when it comes to placements your opinion is just as important because the...
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    I'm like most who have run FTs for a while. You...

    I'm like most who have run FTs for a while. You get less than you think you should on occasion & get more credit than you think you should other times, but most times you get just what you earned. ...
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    And my understanding is that handlers follow...

    And my understanding is that handlers follow "their" judges around to gain their titles. Not a good idea for our sport.
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    Re Chavez, got this off Good Dog Info: FC-AFC...

    Re Chavez, got this off Good Dog Info: FC-AFC BEFORE AGE 2 (LEN FERUCCI). US AMATEUR NAT'L 22 MONTHS, WENT 9 SERIES (LEN FERUCCI). FERUCCI SOLD TO SWINGLE AT 24 MONTHS. 47.5 AA POINTS BEFORE AGE 3....
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    Chavez has that achievement as well. I believe...

    Chavez has that achievement as well. I believe he was a multiple open winner prior to age 2.
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    I do this occasionally as well when my dog is not...

    I do this occasionally as well when my dog is not picking out a gun. Had a judge refused to place me one time for doing this, said I was intimidating the dog by stepping over her (nonsense of...
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    My experience has been that it is harder to get...

    My experience has been that it is harder to get the dog to give you the line you want versus not knowing the line. I don't think I see the line better from one side or the other but sometimes have...
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    Not taking anything away from Ammo. Her...

    Not taking anything away from Ammo. Her accomplishments speak for themselves. I actually had a little part in her achievements....she got a derby win when I was judging.
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    Just to counter Ed's comment, I will wager that...

    Just to counter Ed's comment, I will wager that most of the national champs over the last 20 yrs are two-sided dogs.;)

    That said, most amateur handlers of two-sided dogs don't understand or make...
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    Probably somewhere in the past a dog has won a...

    Probably somewhere in the past a dog has won a derby at 6 mos. But a number of dogs have won opens before age 2 which seems like a much more impressive achievement, IMO. Chavez among those young...
  23. Even dogs that have become very nice AA, field...

    Even dogs that have become very nice AA, field champion dogs have greatly varied progressions to their success. I know some long time successful field trialers (with multiple nat'l champs) that will...
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    Agree BCs are good close. I think 40 yds is a...

    Agree BCs are good close. I think 40 yds is a stretch based upon my experience but I have heard the claim before & I don't doubt the anecdotal experience. But assuming my experience is similar to...
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    If you have AA competition as a goal, that is the...

    If you have AA competition as a goal, that is the intent of Van Engan's system. If you are focused on a good derby dog & maybe a Q dog is your goal then Hillman's might be best. A good approach to...
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