My stance on this issue is that I want an equal chance to get entered as everyone else. I don't want to have to monitor EE 24 hrs a day to know when that 8 minute window of opportunity to enter is going to happen. Additionally I dont type nearly as fast as most, so I'm not sure I'd do well in an 8 minute typing race. I didn't spend a yr and a half & countless hours driving 1000's of miles to find adequate training groups and facilities to get my dog ready to run a Master test to be excluded because I couldn't get in. We are supposed to be testing dog and handler abilities: not computer monitoring or typing skills of the owner/handlers or their pros
Lonnies post illuminates the dangers of having actual Ams; who are the ones who can work and actually put on the test, excluded from even entering their dog. He makes a valid point about the need to reserve spots for Ams; after al the game was invented for the Ams.
I'm in the same boat as Lonnie, my days of working tests that I'm excluded from entering are over. Call us selfish if you want. To me it is just logical; I have better things to do with my time than to be an unpaid volunteer so that a Pro can make money running his string of dogs. If I were a pro, Id be very concerned about killing the goose that is laying his golden egg