Note this poll is totally hypothetical. Any similarities to any other RTF thread or persons signature line are purely coincidental. 8)
Picture yourself planning what test/trial to enter. You have two choices for the weekend you want to run. Both are equal travel time for you. Both are great clubs with great grounds. So you look at the judges at the level you are entering. One club has judge A on the team you will run under, the other club has judge B.
Who would you rather run under? Judge A or Judge B
Judge A - Very active dog trainer. Always has multiple dogs running every time you see him/her. Always does very well ether finishing at hunting tests, field tests and hunts or placing in trials. Maybe was a professional dog trainer in the past. Always has a group at the tailgate asking how to fix this and that with dogs. Has very few or zero judging points. You have never seen this person set up a test.
Judge B -Does not have a dog he/she is training right now. Had one great dog years ago that went to the top but has done nothing since. Never goes out to the weekend training groups you see because he/she is always busy judging. Has more judging points than you can shake a stick at. You have run under him/her dozens of times. You know what to expect and have qualified under the set-ups of this judge.
Now everything else is equal, quality of club/grounds/travel time/other judge. EVERYTHING! The only variable is judge A vs. judge B who do you pick? The person that you KNOW is a very good trainer. Or the person you KNOW is a very qualified judge?
Have fun pondering