"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
"The Greatest Obstacle to Discovery is not Ignorance -- It is the Illusion of Knowledge" ~ Daniel Boorstin
I have learned I need these dogs much more than they need me. Tim Bockmon
Not title, run. I know people who borrowed a dog and ran it just to judge. This is one of the requirments
In the past year AKC implemented this rule(4) Must Remain an Active Handler: An individual
must have handled a qualifying dog at the level he is being
asked to judge or higher within seven (7) years of the date
of the event. (Club’s responsibility to monitor.)
/Paul(2) Handling Experience: At the Master test level and
each division thereof, one Judge shall have qualified a dog or
dogs (5) times at the Master level. At the Senior and Junior
test levels and each division thereof, one Judge shall have qualified a dog or dogs four (4) times either at the level being
judged or at a higher test level. Monitoring the qualifications
of judges is the responsibility of the event-giving club.
as someone who has asked club members to work a field trial for almost every year since 1970 I can tell you it is hard to ask someone to go into a field when the temp is 80+ degrees and cover up in a layout blind after throwing a bird. a well brushed blind is bad enough when no breeze is going through --- I hope all respondents to his thread have had the pleasure of throwing birds and then hiding in a layout blind for maybe half the field of 80 all age dogs when a test may take more than 15 minutes
A nice guy like you needs more bad days with your dogs so you pass on your experiences in this sport .
You'd be amazed at the number of folks judging AA stakes who've never placed a dog in one, including the person a short time back nominated to judge the National & did.
Everyone's friend is No One's friend
Someday your life will flash before your eyes. It's your responsibility to make sure it's worth watching!
All of our workers are club volunteers - sorry it is still hard to ask one of them to spend time in a layout blind
we seldom use any paid workers at the Madison Retriever club or the Wisconsin Amateur Field Trial Club
A MEN, - ED!
The rest of this puzzle is the answer to the question, "how did the RAC vote?
This arbitrary "legislation" is judging by legislation and excludes options
needed by experienced judges who understand 'Bird Placement', safety
for all - persons & dogs - and do not reflect the unacceptable conditions
Trog talks about.
Excessive distance, long 400 yd. tests thru cover & terrain that
compounds stress on dogs & workers, impairs both and most often
has the potential to cause havoc when cover is heavy, temp. & hunidity
Harry asked the right questions ... what he got was the typical "cover up" from AKC.
This rule needs to be re-thought and if the current members of RAC can't
come up with a reasonable alternative, maybe even conditions that ameliorate "the fear mongering", then we need new RAC members -
Last edited by canuckkiller; 07-08-2013 at 08:05 PM.
Look at the bright side. Eliminating lay-outs means clubs won't have to limit master entries to 30 to get a test done in 2 days.
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