MNRC-Owner handler seems like a good idea to me
I think the proposal is stupid. What should they care that my 2 yo. quals. for the MN? As I read the letter of explanation preceeding the proposal, it seems unduly focused on the age of the dogs attending. If they think, "it does not necessarily benefit the young dog", then just establish an age limit to attend the MN. Dog's 3 and over with a title and 6 passes in that fiscal year. I don't see it passing. And if it did pass, I'd be hard pressed to find 12 test in my area to run, nor would I want to expend that sort of money in this economy, and I'm betting many others feel that way too and wouldn't stay in the program.
Of course, AKC makes money for these events. They also have expenses for those events. This is just a short list:
AKC Performance Events staff are paid employees. Time is spent by AKC staff to verify the information on every event application before it is approved. AKC prints a number of materials used by event secretaries. Staff time is spent preparing these kits which are mailed to all event secretaries. Every event secretary is shipped 2 rules & regulation booklets, booklets on how to handle problems, and numerous forms to fill out to report field trial wins, placements, and JAMS or hunt test pass/fail. AKC staff time is spent verifying all information on the winners, placers, JAMS, and passes. They check all of the info -- dog name, registration number, owner name etc. to make sure it is accurate.
AKC staff time is spent on recording and keeping track of winners, placements, JAMS, and passes. When a dog titles, AKC staff time is spent preparing a certificate and then it is mailed to the dog owner at no cost.
700 dogs x 6 events @ $3.50 per dog... $14,700. Think of the time (salaries) to process the information for 700 dogs x 6 events (info on 4200 dogs) plus the cost of printed materials and postage for those 6 events. I think paying the $25 or $35 application fee and then the $3.50 per dog could be seen by some as a bargain.
AKC has to make money on Performance Events to cover their many operations, including the salaries of AKC representatives who attend events occasionally to make sure the clubs are following AKC rules and regulations.
Last edited by helencalif; 04-18-2013 at 04:18 PM.
LIke someone said earlier, there are mature dogs form the FT arena that would fall under the "must have an MH, plus 6 passes rule and have to get a max of 12 passes.
I like the owner/handler idea, but it's not realistic - the handlers that have pros run their dogs because they are not good handlers. And handlers who work and can't go to tests and have to keep a job in order to have a retirement income so they can be full time handlers once they retire!
Eric is correct about the extra work that Regional can bring to clubs.
The easiest way for Regionals to work is to take a club's normal HT weekend and CALL it a regional qualifier. One requirement for the club could be to have one judge at each stake be a past MN judge, with the IDEA that the judging should be tougher. But you know how varied that could play out around the country.
Or 2 clubs get together and hold a special 3 master stake if the AKC will go along with that idea (with the MN judges as well.
There's no way to have more than one MN. Too much to plan for and the Board and the MN trailer/equipment has to be there as well.
Don't you think that somewhere along the way amateur handlers have gotten shoved to the back of the Master National bus?
I think that if the MNRC wants to limit entries they should propose a limit on entries and not come up with a bogus story about concern for younger dogs. To me, this proposal hurts most the folks who are likely to step up and try to qualify and run a MN when it is close to them--those for whom the MN might be a once in a lifetime experience--and I think it is particularly mean spirited to reduce entries in a way that would disproportionally affect those folks.
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A MH title is a MH title no matter the age. It's silly to start to decide by age/experience who should qualify by age.
There are Master Dogs at two three years old talented, trained, ready to compete at the National level. Conversely there are seven and eight year old dogs who needed 20 passes to get thier titles who will never be able to compete or even qualify at anything other then a weekend test. Some hunt tests have small numbers, few pros, easy tests or follow judges that have reps for passing everything. Don't have a solution for numbers outside of raising qualification scores
As are done in obedience trials and that won't fly, but, putting young MH dogs in the backseat shouldn't fly either.
It is more economical to send your dog with a pro. Most amat can't take off that long a period while the pros can go down way ahead of time and start training. Most pros pool together rent a house and already have training areas. Amat shows up and he is attending a meeting on how to work wingers etc.
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