Scratches stink in either case outside of medical reasons. I'm guessing people who actually intend to run and committed when doing so rarely get 'blocked out' of a test. Unless, they wait too long so as to earn more interest on their 70 bucks. Seems a lot of pro's are running multiple stakes so a closed Master entry eliminates how many overall dogs on the truck being run?
At least in my experience the last thing a test committee wants to deal with is more last minute change and entry happenings.
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I would like to see
No refunds issued by EE even before the close...once your in, you're in unless approved by HT Sec. This would eliminate a lot of system manipulation.
7 day advance notification required before actual opening. It would take a pro a lot longer to enter 25 dogs than a amateur to enter two or three. As long as we all knew the opening time, it's fair.
My experience has been that an amateur is more likely to try and get refunds for a dog that didn't meet the scratch requirements than the pros. I have dealt with this on numerous occasions where a pro entered a dog for a insurance pass. Then scratched. They did not expect a refund nor asked. Maybe we are just lucky in our area!
Kyle - seen the same and agree.
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This (x) day notification is unnecessary. this is an entry, not a race !!! And this secret squirrel advanced notice to a select few BS is so outlandish, I cannot believe that it has even been mentioned in a serious dialogue
Simply open the entries on a given day and modify the EE entry acceptance program to allow for all handlers who wish to run a (read one) dog to do so , before any handler is allowed to run a second dog. If the limit has not been met in this manner,any handlers second dogs entry would be accepted , on a first come basis per the EE computer.
So there you have it , No one runs two till all who wish to, run one, and if there is room, three till all who wish to run two, or four till all who wish to run three .....or the limit is met.
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At an upcoming HT that I am judging, one pro is running 15 dogs and another is running 7. That is 22 out of the 60 dog limit. As a judge, my concerns are getting all these dogs thru the honor. I would hate for the club to be running bye dogs to cover these dogs. The cost in flyers and extra time would make the test financially and time wise very unproductive.
Also I don't feel clubs owe handlers a refund for anything other than bitch in season or injury to the dog.
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I wonder how Dawn would like to be judging the KCRC hunt test coming up the end of August where 2 pros have taken up 48 of the 60 slots. Club members are going to be real excited about donating time and labor for 2 days while the pros rake in anywhere from $1800 to $2400 in handling fees for 24 dogs each. Many club members will not even get to run 1 dog because 2 pros have hogged 80% of the Master slots. This will probably negatively affect entries in the O/H Qualifying as well.