I did not want to hijack another column on Derby Marks, so here we are
Here is a photo we used in setting up Open Marks. Again, I have not been to the field, so distances are arbitrary and for illustration purposes.
Some assumptions for illustration:
- We are pointing North, so that we have reduced sun issues
- Wind is at our back, so we have reduced wind issues
- This is our field for first and second series, so you need to leave room for two sets of marks
- We have two days and less than 30 dogs, so that time is not an issue
As a Derby judge, don't forget that your dogs are:
- Young, and full of piss and vinegar
- May have traveled one day to get to trial
- Have probably sat in truck for a day at the trial
So, when they come to the line, they want to RUN.
So, in my first series, I like:
1) Longer marks, so that the dogs can run
2) Wider marks, so that the dogs do not switch, or hunt old falls
I can't tell you how many derbies I have run where the first series was short and tight - Maddening!
I want enough difficulty to get separation.
Not so much difficulty to get elimination
If someone gets us a new photo, we can set up marks with a clean field.