Please let me start off by saying I totally understand the need for more qualified judges and am sympathetic to all of those that are charged with securing qualified judges for your club's hunt test. The ever changing eligibility requirements each organization has can be maddening to try to keep straight and finding qualified judges is always trying. As an AKC and NAHRA judge, I always feel bad saying no and as someone that has chaired several tests, I understand how difficult it can be to secure good, fair, capable, interested and qualified judges.
That being said, does anyone know what the ramifications are to a club, to the judges or to the participants if a club conducts a test with a judge(s) that don't meet all the current required judging eligibility? I believe all of the hunt test organizations (AKC, UKC and NAHRA, etc) keep track of judging points, tests, seminars and apprenticeships but I don't believe that any of them track judges as handlers yet all the organizations have requirements of judges as handlers also. Keeping track of the handler requirements is left to the charge of each individual club. I'm not sure that everyone understands that and is following those requirements. I'm curious to know what each organization would do if a club held a test that did not meet all the requirements. Naturally, the most likely time this would come up is from a disgruntled handler that for any reason didn't pass a test and took it upon themselves to go on a search mission on the internet to find those judges' last handler qualifications.
*edited to add that, no, I did not get dropped this past weekend and have no Monday-after-a-test bone to pick.