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  1. It's another example of how convoluted rules...

    It's another example of how convoluted rules become when you try to legislate solutions to relatively minor problems.
  2. Since you asked so nicely, (I not being...

    Since you asked so nicely, (I not being sarcastic), I'll try to set you straight. This thread isn't about Pros judging in the Amateur stake, it's about some proposed rules to limit the Amateur stake...
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    So many good points on this page, but I'll quote...

    So many good points on this page, but I'll quote yours as I agree totally. Of course you would expect the more time spent on line running and training a dog, the better judge you would be, but I...
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    Well the trailer sure looked good. I always like...

    Well the trailer sure looked good. I always like accurate or at least fair portrayals of hunting in movies.
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    I also am ok with Pros judging, but don't think...

    I also am ok with Pros judging, but don't think it will ever happen. I do want to point out how much the Pros I know help out or even completely run field trials around here. Many of the field trials...
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    Russell, I felt kind of like you do when I...

    Russell, I felt kind of like you do when I transitioned into field trials back in the mid nineties. The first thing I felt was though nobody was unfriendly, the FT gallery wasn't as fun and welcoming...
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    What was your solution? With 17 pages of post I...

    What was your solution? With 17 pages of post I must have missed it, I'm sure others did too. I believe people do want solutions, and there have been many good points brought up.

    John
  8. Thank goodness there was a guy in our training...

    Thank goodness there was a guy in our training group who had gone through it some years prior with his old Golden. He was able to talk me off the ledge as I was sure my old timer was having a seizure...
  9. Yes it is very scary. Ask you vet about giving...

    Yes it is very scary. Ask you vet about giving her motion sickness med like Dramamine. My 12 year old Golden had a pretty severe Vestibular episode. I had to hand feed him for a few days as he...
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    Great thread Ted, lots of really good comments....

    Great thread Ted, lots of really good comments. Here's some random thoughts in no particular order:

    - New Blood; I just received my Retriever news yesterday and saw the article that prompted this...
  11. Holway Barty was the first dog that came to my...

    Holway Barty was the first dog that came to my mind as well.
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    I think we'll have to agree to disagree on that...

    I think we'll have to agree to disagree on that one Ted.
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    How many setups have you guys run where the...

    How many setups have you guys run where the gunner is completely invisible? Seems to me that 90% of the time I can see where the gunner is retired. Like I said, pick out the gun then the bird is...
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    If you try, you'll get better over time. First...

    If you try, you'll get better over time. First step is locating the gun, if the gun is retired, make note of the holding blind where the gun is hiding, then remember where the gun stood when they...
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    Very good point, I feel the same way. Why fly two...

    Very good point, I feel the same way. Why fly two high point judges in when you could fly one experienced mentor judge to take a relative newbie under his or wing for the weekend. I know some would...
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    I don't mean to insult you intelligence, but how...

    I don't mean to insult you intelligence, but how about working on lining him up right. Like Todd, I'm a little skeptical. A good marker will come back to the line and line himself up looking straight...
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    You already knew he was a great photographer,...

    You already knew he was a great photographer, didn't you?;)
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    Definitely not, it's actually pretty hard and a...

    Definitely not, it's actually pretty hard and a lot of good handlers never get it.

    I agree that many times the first series of a large trial is designed to eliminate dogs, but I have run under a...
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    Wow! Congrats Tony, great picture.

    Wow! Congrats Tony, great picture.
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    Being the glass half full guy I am, I have to...

    Being the glass half full guy I am, I have to point out that the flip side, those good judges that I will go out of my way to run under. I agree with Mike on the trick test judges. I don't mind super...
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    It still happens a little out west during the...

    It still happens a little out west during the Spring and fall shoulder seasons. I like the 60-65 dog Open, 45 dog Amateurs that can be done in a day and a half leaving ample time for a 25 dog derby...
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    Nice thread and good post, particularly this...

    Nice thread and good post, particularly this page. I just wanted to follow on Steve's last sentence regarding super experienced judges judging the derby. I was invited and encouraged by Roger...
  23. Me too. Maybe he can come to our next field trial...

    Me too. Maybe he can come to our next field trial and run test dog in the Open or Amateur. It might give him a greater appreciation.
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    You're one of the young bloods I was thinking...

    You're one of the young bloods I was thinking about when I posted my comment before. I'll admit we have a problem getting good judges, but I don't think it's all doom and gloom as I see good people...
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    Good story Earl, just the kind of person I'm...

    Good story Earl, just the kind of person I'm talking about. In our sport the terms young and new are relative. The young people I'm talking about are 50ish, early retirees how finally have the time...
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