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  • Yes, it's the sporting thing to do

    28 37.33%
  • No, tough luck if you get knocked out, I'm not loosing my entry fee

    32 42.67%
  • I'm running because I'm chasing Hi point dog or Women's Retriever Pts or Purina points or whatever

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Thread: IF you are qualified, do you scratch?

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    Senior Member Tim West's Avatar
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    Default IF you are qualified, do you scratch?

    I think this topic was going on last year also, but I'm curious. What would you do?

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    Senior Member Charles C.'s Avatar
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    Unfortunately, I don't think I'll ever have this problem. I suppose it would depend on how close the trial was and how trial-wise my dog was. Some dogs do fine running several weekends in a row.

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    I wished I was faced with that "issue" in real life, but I'm not.....

    But I would gander, the answer for me would be I'd run it....let's be honest, I sure they heck didn't get a FT dog to sit home on the weekends, even if he is qualified already for the Nationals....

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    If you are chasing points, then stay in and go for it. If you are entered, I would still run. I think it is very sporting not to run, but, I think it is not poor sportsmanship to run. As Lainee said, you buy and train them to run them. Their careers are too short the way it is!

    Wishing everyone a "golden ticket to the big dance"


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    What makes ya think you are going to get in the Money again !!!!

    Not a problem I have had the privledge to deal with.

    I voted, and would personally scratch.

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    Last edited by DRAKEHAVEN; 02-05-2011 at 04:50 PM.

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    Senior Member Jerry's Avatar
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    You scratch the "Qualified" dog if you have another dog that needs to qualify.

    Or it may be that you can get access to National caliber grounds somewhere and your time could be better spent training for the National.

    This is a classic LVL'ism.

    IT DEPENDS!!!!

    "Where The Hell Is Bedias, TX?"

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    Its a competition.
    I would go and compete -----National Qualified or not.
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    Senior Member Ken Guthrie's Avatar
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    I'd like to see this happen................

    If your dog is qualified, you can enter another trial and chase points for high point dog only....................

    If you give up your qualifying win status for that year.

    Meaning.......you can enter as many trials as you want after your dog qualifies but................

    as soon as you come to the line with your dog you loose that win "status" you need to qualify each year.

    You don't loose the 5 points on the dogs career, but you need another win before the National Am.

    Anyone think this would make it interesting? I bet it would make those who are qualified to think long and hard. Bet there would be a lot less qualified dogs running towards the end of the season.
    These are field trials and the people involved largely don't understand a normal day much less a "normal days hunt".

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    I can definitely tell you spent the weekend with Jimbo and he told you how the qualifying deal works for Stuttgart...

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    Years ago I saw Lardy scratch all the dogs on his truck that were already qualified.
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