So I attended a HT judges seminar this past weekend. Pretty much the same as always. I did find it interesting how some of the other judges in the class judge marking. For example take a wide open triple. Dog picks up the two outside birds, pins them, gets lets say 10 on both marks. Lines up for the 3rd middle bird and immediately heads for the 1st bird again. Handler stops and handles the dog with no refusals to the middle bird.
Some judges felt that a zero was in order since the middle bird was the key memory bird and the dog showed no memory of the mark. Zero him and drop him, the first two marks didn't count as they were just to setup the key bird.
Others felt that a zero on that middle bird was warranted, but take into consideration the first two birds and overall for the series the dog gets a 6.6 (10+10+0/3)
Others felt that math was just to complicated, one handle was acceptable, but two warranted a zero in marking.
I also found it interesting that this scenario was presented as the first series of the test, and the group A judges didn't care, drop them anyway. Under group B and C the dog would advance to the second series. I'm curious what the majority of AKC HT judges on the board think? What group do you fall into...