Allrighty folks...i have had by far the weirdest weekend running hunt tests. Let me start off by saying on Saturday my dog and i passed our second JR test which was amazing! But Sunday was just plain nerve racking. So first live flyer on land series, the bird was thrown hit the wind and turned into the woods, Judges called "no bird", i decided to run right away again since he was already amped up and ready to run, so we came back to the line and second bird was thrown and shot and landed about 70 yards out in some decoys, judges called my number and i sent my dog and on his way out to the second bird (the only shot bird) he all of a sudden took a hard right and be lined into the woods...i thought "oh crap...now what"...after about 15 seconds or so he come busting out with the ORIGINAL LIVE FLYER!! so the judges said that was the strangest thing but let it fly. So we lined up for the second bird and BAM perfect mark, no hunting needed, and delivered to hand. So we got called back for the second series (the water work) and got the first bird after a little bit of hunting (bad mark on our part), and got set up for the second bird and sent him out and he decided to go visit the bird boy in the blind (dangit) and the bird boy had accidentally left a bird on the ground so the dog grabbed it and brought it back and delivered to hand! Judges discussed this and did NOT let me re-run or say anything really about it. At the end of the day at the passing out of ribbons, my number was not called and i asked the judges why, and they said his marking on the two birds was scored ZERO's so it dropped my average down (or so im told) but he had perfect line manners, brought me back 4 birds, delivered to hand, and never cheated the lines....needless to say i am upset with my self, the dog, and the judges for not (in my opinion) giving me re-runs for unforeseen circumstances.....I am new to this game and have been trying to learn all the rules and everything so i am not sure weather i am in the right or wrong for feeling like i kind of got screwed.
On a side note...i did not pass, but a PRO trainer who brought 4 dogs to line on slip leads and 1 on a choke chain (which i thought was 100% against the rules) was able to earn his ribbons????
Thats enough of a rant for now...just bummed now, but defiantly driven to train even harder!!!