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What determines whether or not you enter a FT/HT within a 4 hour drive?
Explain your opinion.
 

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You need a couple more categories in there....your bank balance and other commitments that are on the same weekend!

For me, I have to work some weekends to earn a living. I am self employed, but commission-only so bank balance and commitments factor heavily into what weekends I take off whether it's an hour or eight-hour drive.
 

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I am really all the above!
I run 1 dog. For Ft's I will not run a minor stake on a Friday. For Hts I will only run under judges with FT points. I also try not to run 2 consecutive weekends.
I am curious of others opinions.

Tim
 

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Tim Carrion said:
What determines whether or not you enter a FT/HT within a 4 hour drive?
Explain your opinion.
There's a FT/HT within 4 hours????? Where?????

:D :D :D :D

That doesn't happen to often out here...12 hrs might be a better threshold for West Texas. Mostly long trips are because of the place (Colorado, Arizona ect...)

John
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Tim, we really do need a few more categories.
But anyways, I enter because first of all, I want to run my dawg, or I like the club, enjoy the people, have a great time whether we Q or not. I'll support anybody that takes the time to put on a trial, as a worker, handler or a judge, believe me I know the work involved.

This next year I hope to support quite a few of the NE AKC clubs, as I'll be running a PD pup in the Derby in 2006 as well as the NFRA Derby. I'll finally get to meet some RTF folks that play the AKC game.

At the same time, I hope to entice others to experience what NFRA has to offer as Sondra, John and Tim did this year. Hopefully we'll get a NFRA test in MD in 2006.

I'm out here to have fun folks, whether it be with my dawgs or my clients dawgs. There are very few folks that I've met in the dawg games that I don't like, if any.
And I can only hope those same feelings get reflected back to me.

See ya all in 2006................when we're ready we'll come play with ya........................ :wink:

Hopefully some of ya will come experience the NFRA games also..........
 

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As there are only a total of about 6 HT w/i 4 hours of me, none of the above are deciding factors. I go to them all.
 
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Tim Carrion said:
For Hts I will only run under judges with FT points.
Why would a judge have to have FT points to judge a HT? Wouldn't a HT judge know the rules for a HT better than a FT judge?

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Sharon Johnson said:
Tim Carrion said:
For Hts I will only run under judges with FT points.
Why would a judge have to have FT points to judge a HT? Wouldn't a HT judge know the rules for a HT better than a FT judge?

Sharon
IMHO FT judges design better test to evaluate dog work. In my experience some pure HT judges are more involved in tricks and line choreography than actual retrieving skills.
Judges with experience/ sufficient points in both generally know the the rules of both venues.
Right or wrong it is how I decide who to run under.

Tim
 

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At the start of each year, I map out the trials that I might attend.

Ideally, I run two trials on, one off. At times, I run three trials on, one off.
Of the trials I ran this year, half were within 4 hours, half were more than 4 hours away (most of those were 8+ hours away)

In order, I consider:

1) Judges
2) Grounds
3) Trial size
4) How the dogs are running

Because you must enter trials two weeks or more in advance, the last factor is hard to gauge.

Ted
 

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I try not to load up on several tests over three weekends, two is usually my limit. Judges sometimes play a role but at this point you are either ready or not, go run the test as it is set up. 8) Train for the all around retriever and anything that shows up on test day will just be another thing, if your dog is ready they won't even bat an eye. :wink:

Margo
Who is getting ready to dip her toes in the Master pond. :shock:
 

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Bad poll - there are usually multiple criteria for entering a test. In other words, it's not an either/or but instead a multiple choice.
 

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It all depends on what my checking account can handle! :wink:

We ran 12 trials in 15 weeks. About half were 4-5 hour driving range and the other half was 7-10 hours and one required flying and was a double header. I think I managed to squeeze in 2 or 3 HTs for Flash, too.

Talk about a sick, sick addiction :shock:

FOM
 
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