I can't believe that those of us who know Ray have not mentioned already that his wife judges also.
I have been on a plane all day and this is my first read while waiting for the next one.
And as far as training 30+ dogs. I used to train more for the public than I do now, and at one time had 16 client dogs and 8 of my own. I trained alone. All got adequate work each day because I started at 5:30 and went till done. Not a lot of discussion about every single set up, mark and blind, and beer drinking in between dogs like you see at many club training days. Load the wingers and get after it. Have a plan. Execute it. Have a plan B. Not rocket surgery to paraphrase Richard. It's a profession and those who are good at it can make it look tremendously easier than it really is.
I have run a bunch of HT's this spring, judged 1, marshalled several, helped put one on as part of my payback and can only think of one pro who gummed the works. It was in Fla., I had never seen him before and unfortunately, both days he held up all 3 flights, talking to clients and friends. HE IS THE EXCEPTION, NOT THE RULE!!!!!!!!! And he only had about 8 dogs.
My take on this whole Pro thing is that a lot of non pros who wish to run the MH don't train to the standard necessary to pass the test and when compared to pro trained dogs, they don't measure up. I know that is not how it is supposed to be judged, but it is just human nature. They would like to think if it were all non pros, the bar would be lower. There you go, a topic for another discussion.
Off to Argentina regards,
The pain of regret is much worse than the pain of hard work.
I have a friend with a single dog that ran in about 6 master tests this spring. He was able to get registered via EE but had to work very hard at continually watching EE for openings.
I don't have an issue with this pro entering 13 dogs but I think the other 20 handlers should enter their own dogs and compete for openings just like every one else.
Go Nutts with dog training
HRCH Patton's Parker Co. Shadow "Shadow"
HRCH Clineline Hijacker "Jack"
HRCH Marks a Lot Midnight Hudson, SH "Hudson" RIP (5/26/01-6/18/15)
Castile Creeks Rawhide, MH "Rowdy"
SEMPER FI . FROM MY COLD , DEAD HANDS .
Seriously, it will peter out. It will be especially tough in the east and in the fall, but once dogs get qualified it will slow down. Late spring would be a good time if you want to give it a shot.
David Didier, GA