Don't get me wrong I judge and enjoy it but every test I judge is one my dogs do not get to run in. Here in Region 2, despite our efforts to increase the judges pool, we do not have enough judges. Those that judge would not have the same number of opportunities to qualify their dogs. Doe that sound fair to you?
There is no HRC rule that prevents you from setting an early closing date for hunt test entries. If late entries are a problem for you, set a date to close entries.
One of the problems we as judges run into is waitng around for handlers, pro or non-pro, to get to a stake. We have to finish in a day and often waste time waiting before we can break down and move to another site. Increasing the number of dogs per handler would make this worst. Hire addition help and let them run some of the dogs.
FYI I figured you were a PRO. The link in your signature is a dead give away.
We have been told that we can have a hard close date if we desire but do not choose to. The mistake was made by the club that allowed sign up after the advertised close date. All they had to do was show them the premium and explain that entries were closed. They may be mad that year but they would definately sign up on time next.
I have learned to estimate the number of late entries based on previous years and it use to be quite high (about 1/2 the number that sign up early). We offer an early entry discount of $10 and it has brought the percentage of walk-in entries down.
Our test run completely on volunteer help. The clubs up here do not make enough money to pay help nor do we have a readily available source for workers. The help is often inexperienced and they could do a better job but we are just thankful to have them and do the best we can with who we have. I'm sure you do all you can to help at the tests but caring for and hauling 8 dogs from stake to stake to run doesn't leave much time for you do much else during the test.
What I don't understand is how allowing more dogs per handler will increase the opportunities for the "average joe". Running more dogs may inturn mean more money and work for a club but it does tranlate to more clubs with more tests. It won't increase the number of workers or judges or people who are willing to chair a HT.
Up here nearly every weekend is either a AKC or HRC test. We do are best not to schedule an event that goes head to head with another venue. HRC runs mostly May-mid June. (4 clubs), HRC tests in Sept. (1 club) AKC run mostly mid June-Sept.
Load up your dogs and come on up. I sure between us we can solve all the HRC problems over a beer at the tailgate. Good luck with your dogs.
Yankee Waterfowlers HRC
June 2,3 2012
Last edited by wsumner; 02-23-2012 at 02:46 AM.