I remember a big Facebook kerfuffle after the NARC last year on no-birds. It seems people are the most adamant about things they weren't there to see for themselves.
I would imagine that the dogs have gotten so good that these technical tests are required to separate a National Champion from the finalists. The precise placement of birds is required to get the desired effects of suction, memory, marking ability etc. If a bird doesn't fall in such a manner that it creates the desired effect, it may make the test that much harder for a dog. Or unfairly easy for a dog creating a disparity in what the other dogs were shown. A lot to consider for judges for sure.
Having to ride a flyer that long has to be stomach turning for shooters out there in a national. Usually a no-bird in a HT or weekend trial means the shooters whiffed or just tipped the bird. Big difference between that and not dropping a bird in a hula hoop at 50 yards.
Alas, rose, as I am having a sumptuous T'giving dinner replete with Long Island cheese pumpkin pie anon as prepared by the lone w-o-m-a-n member of this guild, I must take exception to the "ancien regime" tag and Monty Pythonish aura ascribed to it (Ministry of Silly Walks for Dogs By Gunners To Un-Marked Flyers notwithstanding) - and point you instead to a perhaps more redolent tableaux, the Cambridge dons' gluttony fest, a literal swan song if you will, in "Porterhouse Blue" by Tom Sharpe. Mr. Niles Bora may not be in assent, but I am merely suggesting, metaphorically, that no matter how fustian the guild may be, its august members should always be seated at the head table (between standing to shoot flyers, of course) for feasting on the 10th series at the NRC.
Casey we can just double up the bird count and make sure everyone gets a no bird at every trial. Extra practice so getting a couple at the National is just another normal weekend
Empire's Honey Ryder QAA2-CBR-F-3-18-2013
Crossfire's Empire Builder SH, QAACBR-M- 2-15-2009
GCH Breakwater Salutes USS MADDOX SH-CBR-F-10-27-2006
RIP Rainyvalis Callin' Hawaii 5-0-CBR-F- 2-19-2002 - 09-27-2006
and the labs, too many to list.
Not really a great thing to say to somebody even if there is a smiley face behind it. Im not a real religious man but we all know there is a plan for all of us. At 63 Im sure not the same as I was when I was 20 but in a lot of ways I am better than I was then. But I'll tell you what, if God has a plan for me that I don't agree with he's in for a fight. In fact come to think of it I probably fight with him on a daily basis.
We all do things better as we age. Few of those require our best eyesight and athletic coordination.
Fight all you want, father time is undefeated. Don't worry, no one will ask your wife or pharmacist to compare 20 steve to 63 steve.
cornbread and ice tea 's took the place of pills and 90 proof