"No Special Inducements. A hunt test-giving club
which accepts an entry fee other than that published in its
premium list or entry form, or in any way discriminates
between entrants, shall be disciplined. No club or member
of any club shall give or offer to give any owner or handler
any special inducements, such as reduced entry fees,
allowances for board or transportation or other incentive
of value for a certain number of entries or shall give or
offer to give in consideration of entering a certain number
of dogs, any prizes or prize money, except the officially
advertised prizes or prize money, which prize money shall
be for a stated sum or a portion of the entry fees. Except a
club, at its discretion, may allow for a reduced entry fee for
dogs handled by juniors. A junior handler is someone less
than 18 years of age on the first day of the test."
I'm more apt to work if I know I'll be respected in the process and not left out in the field with no concern for my dog's needs and getting ready to run. Love the folks who pay attention and say if you could just work for 10 dogs we would really appreciate it and then don't forget about you!
The other piece of this from the original poster's point of view is that it's a bit discouraging to not even be able to run your own club's event or one in close proximity. The pro has to make his/her living and they are not to blame, but somehow the average owner/trainer who spends what spare time they can training and has to run when the tests are in their area needs a sense of security that he is going to be able to get the title they've trained for.
If manpower is the issue than maybe if more folks stepped up to help out clubs wouldn't feel as much of a need to limit entries.
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Mitch Patterson '07
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Brassfire's Brass in Pocket JH, WCX ** (4 Master passes)
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Real Americans buy American.
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Millpond's Baby Boomer MH*** ... BABE
Snowshoe's Crazy For Lovin You SH ... NELSON
I can speak for only one No. CA club who decided to limit entries. Our grounds are limited. We can run two master flights and no more which is why we limited both flights to 60 dogs each (max entries 120). We also run double Senior and Junior tests -- one each on Sat and one each on Sunday swopping judges.
It has been suggested that since the MN will be held in CA next year, that we drop doing the double Sr. and Jr. and put on a 3rd flight of masters. We are thinking about that suggestion, but ... the grounds used for the Seniors and Juniors may not be best for a third master. Lots of cogitating needed to change to 3 master flights. Do-able, but maybe not ideal. Plus, we have not experienced HUGE master entries. Maybe next year we will.
As to "sitting in front of a computer" all day every day, out east here we have these things called "smart-phones" and "i-pads" and such. Makes it easy to stay in contact with important stuff. And if a handler - pro or not - has all of his/her dogs listed on EE it's 1 click per dog to enter. So entering 10 dogs might take a second longer than a single dog.
Sorry you did not get to enter the test you wanted to but not every chance occurrence is the result of some nefarious conspiracy. Maybe next time you could volunteer to be HT Sec'y. Then you'd have no trouble entering on time.
Last edited by Good Dogs; 07-13-2013 at 03:29 PM.