While trying to run dogs and be the chief marshal this weekend it struck me again how hard it is for the minor stakes to keep a steady stream of dogs on hand. Two things came to mind. The first was the handlers that only had to be at the stake they were running were at a disadvantage. The second thing was the completion was at the mercy of when folks could show up and run. I had the #3 dog to run in the Q. Only 19 dogs were entered and I think I was about 12th to 15th to run. The folks after me were still at the open. and the stake would be waiting. This set-up I dont feel had any lighting advantage only the amount of scent down and quality of timing and throws. I do know that the derby was waiting on folks that had to run in the open then go to the AM. So finally this gets to my question of how long is it fair to other contestants, judges and workers to have to wait. Is watching the test dog and the next 10+ dogs in the open reason enough not to be at the derby or Q and run and get it over with. The stake marshals did a great job of moving folks from stake to stake and did have cell communication. I know that that has always been that way but does it make it right or fair? JMHO and back to your regular program......