What did I learn this weekend?
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" - that is it.
After about 6 years doing HT - I apprentice judged a Master Stake - 45 dogs. Ultimately 14 passed. I had an OK time - long days; tried to learn as much as possible. I still have a ton more to learn but some things are a little more clear because of this experience allows me to get a glipse on the judging perspective.
Some things I learned and or have noticed before - but Now with a new perspective.
- Make sure everyone thanks the Judges - (seems to be a thankless job.)
Experience Handlers - can be too slow on a whistle and too fast to cast. ( like the rest of us.).
Most dog owners only see what they want - "the good" and not the bad stuff.
You can get all the birds - but your marking scores don't average > 6.99 - sorry no pass.
Long hunts on go birds will hurt you- If don't mark well the rest of the way.
A good handle is better than an Out of Area Hunt/Extended Hunt resulting in Stubbling On Bird (SOB).
Sit means sit - well it does to some but not all.
Go ahead and add to this list if you want- but I glad a did it and appreciate the club and the judges I did it with.