[QUOTE=8mmag;1205235]OK I just counted. I have run a mere 27 trials in my lifetime, and I thought the judging in 26 of them was fair, honest, and competent. We would all like to be 100% satisfied all the time, but I don't think you're gonna get much better than 96+% although it is a worthy goal worth striving for. I guess for me the glass is still half full.[QUOTE=8mmag;1205235]
Congrats on putting that out there (very Daring )I'm of the type that you learn what's what from experience
I've ran 3 FT's, all qualifying stake; so not much in the ways of experience; 2; I thought fair enough (@ least in their top placements) everything gets a little convoluted (3,4-RJ), but what do such placements really mean, there's no points, no qualifying list, no title progression. 1 (was rather interesting) but I was warned prior so that's my own fault . Overall I think it's intelligent to at least look into who's judging, their record, and take into account recommendations of people who have been around a bit; but I'll run under most judges (once) and make up my own mind. I dislike generalities; but people and judges are individuals, some will always be fair, some will always be interesting. I'll look for and travel for those I know to be fair and pass up the trials with those I know to be interesting, and give the unknowns the benefit (once). Glass half-full; but eyes wide open .
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I believe the number one component in judging is choosing a person with good judgment. I'm talking about the kind of person who in general day to day life, is quick to recognize and sum up situations, make a judgment of said situation and act accordingly. In addition that person needs to possess good dog sense. Some people just seem to naturally understand what makes dogs tick, while others no matter how many years they spend around dogs, just don't get it. Thirdly that person needs to know the rules inside and out, and have the integrity to adhere to those rules.
Rboudet, I have run under Bill. He is one of the good ones, good test, fair call backs and one of those judges that puts the handler at ease when he is running his dog, you would like him.
Being outspoken about field trial matters does not generally endear oneself to "FT royalty or the ruling class". That being said I have been fortunate to share my home with several members of field trial canine royalty so perhaps that makes me guilty by association.
not good for the game. I have offered the website & database to both Retriever News & a couple of folks in
the ruling class but to date there are no takers. Why do you suppose that would be the case?
When I was choosing judges, which was the prerogative of the POTC & this was in the days before all info
was easily gathered I still found it easy to line up quality judges. & I will add we could fly them in from near
& far as the airlines were engaged in price wars. So I did it this way:
1) I asked all board members plus a couple of members who they would like to see judge our trial during my term in office
2) After submission there were names that were on more than 1 list, so they got vetted 1st
3) I went through 10 years of FT News to see if there were any missteps, those who finished less than 4 dogs were dropped
4) I then called the people submitted & gave them their choice of 2 years of trials (Spring & Fall)
Using that procedure we were able to have a high quality judge in all stakes paired with a local who was active & also worked our trials.
Among those high quality judges was the Duke of Windsor. I know who he is, he wouldn't recognize me in a lineup .
One of my favorite pastimes going to a National to participate or work was watching the ruling class & the FT royalty parade & preen!
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i have never considered judging. one reason is i don't have the necessary experience. the second reason is i like marshalling. the third is i am usually dishonest. being honest is over rated and usually causes me some kind of grief in life.
here is an example:
yesterday was really nice weather. since the time has changed it doesn't get dark until 7pm. before going out to train i told my wife i would only run two marking sets and a couple of blinds. i said i would be home by six and take her to dinner.
i was training in this field that is adjacent the back lawn of a condominium complex, a large hedge row divides the two. the marking sets were done and i had a double blind with one of the blinds planted by the hedge row. the first two dogs ran the blinds nicely. the third, a bitch, lined the first blind. when i sent her for the second she slipped my whistle, ran through the hedge row and got lost. i whistled and she wouldn' come back through the cover. (some folk have seen her do this recently) so i went out to get her.
when i stepped through the bushes i saw a young beautiful woman sunning in a bikinni. she was petting my blf and sharing a ham sandwich with her. the lady asked if i wanted a sandwich and a glass of lemonaid. i agreed and she invited me inside. well one thing led to another and when i came to my senses i noticed it was 8 pm. i thanked the young lady for the refreshments and ran to my truck. all the way home i was trying to think of a lie to tell my wife that would explain me getting home two hours after i said i would and one hour after dark. i couldn't come up with a good lie and decided that honesty was the best policy.
when i came through the door she said, "WHERE IN THE WORLD HAVE YOU BEEN?" i answered, "honey, i ran 'ol quiz' on this blind. she went through a hedge and didn't come back. i went to get her and this beautiful young woman was sunning in the yard. she invited me in for a sandwich and some lemonaid......one thing led to another and......"
she interupted me immediately and said, "YOU LYING SACK OF $#IT, YOU RAN FOUR SETUPS AGAIN!!!!!" so much for honesty?