Todd, I do understand that apprenticing is not needed to judge the minors. I just feel that I would need to do that to get comfortable with the mechanics of the job before doing it. Surely it is not a problem to apprentice a few times under good judges if they are amenable? And Ted, I agree, the hunt test requirements do seem to be a logical progression. As usual, there are still plenty of obstructionist that discourage a new pool of judges.
Owned and handled by Cruisin' with Indiana Jones, JH
Alternate Handler: Westwind Buffalo Soldier
Apprentice Handler: Snake River Medicine Man, JH
minor stakes; or (c) judging five minor stakes.
Not only is it not needed it isn't done, by putting you with a judge that has A, B or C your first time this is your apprenticing, one thing you could do is volenteer to be the stakes chair for X amount of trials, opens your eyes to alot of things...
Just within this past week, on behalf of our Club, I have ordered the HT and the FT judges test from Patricia Conaway in the Performance Events department. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I took the FT Judges test she emailed me my results within a couple of days.
In the final analysis the idea of too many field trials for the number of qualified, willing & available judges is actually self-regulating. If there are too many trials to find qualified judges, some trials will cancel their events. Others will have limited fields because folks know the judges to be unreliable or inexperienced. While I understand the frustration for clubs & handlers, in the end it takes care of itself - because the only answer to developing & finding more qualified judges is for owners to actually handle their dogs in training & at trials (classes just won't get it done). And unfortunately the trend is against the owner/handler in favor of owners having pros train their dogs virtually exclusively & handle those dogs predominately in open stakes.
David Didier, GA
"Determining and applying the criteria for when and when not to use correction is the essence of the art of dog training. I make a distinction between a mistake and a lack of effort." - Mike Lardy - Volume I "After Collar Conditioning"