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If your dog qualified for the National Am last weekend, but you are entered this weekend, do you scr

  • Yes, it's the sporting thing to do

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I think this topic was going on last year also, but I'm curious. What would you do?
 

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Tim,

I wished I was faced with that "issue" in real life, but I'm not.....

But I would gander, the answer for me would be I'd run it....let's be honest, I sure they heck didn't get a FT dog to sit home on the weekends, even if he is qualified already for the Nationals....

Lainee, Flash and Bullet
 

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If you are chasing points, then stay in and go for it. If you are entered, I would still run. I think it is very sporting not to run, but, I think it is not poor sportsmanship to run. As Lainee said, you buy and train them to run them. Their careers are too short the way it is!

Wishing everyone a "golden ticket to the big dance"

John
 

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You scratch the "Qualified" dog if you have another dog that needs to qualify. :twisted: :twisted:

Or it may be that you can get access to National caliber grounds somewhere and your time could be better spent training for the National.

This is a classic LVL'ism.

IT DEPENDS!!!!

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I'd like to see this happen................

If your dog is qualified, you can enter another trial and chase points for high point dog only....................

If you give up your qualifying win status for that year.

Meaning.......you can enter as many trials as you want after your dog qualifies but................

as soon as you come to the line with your dog you loose that win "status" you need to qualify each year.

You don't loose the 5 points on the dogs career, but you need another win before the National Am.

Anyone think this would make it interesting? I bet it would make those who are qualified to think long and hard. Bet there would be a lot less qualified dogs running towards the end of the season. :wink:
 

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Years ago I saw Lardy scratch all the dogs on his truck that were already qualified.
 

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Wildfowl Adventures said:
I can definitely tell you spent the weekend with Jimbo and he told you how the qualifying deal works for Stuttgart...
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People run in field trials because of the competition, not entering the best qualified dogs for nationals to run against the unqualified animals would be like taking the runner up to prom instead of the queen. I want to run against the best, often I lose but I aim for the bullseye and nothing else, this is not golf playing safe only lets others play with you.

I for one want the best to compete, if I win it will only be sweeter.
 

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Robert S. Libberton said:
I for one want the best to compete, if I win it will only be sweeter.
Did "you" win or the "dog" win?

:lol:
 

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If your still working on your skills as a handler and loking to hone those skills in as many situations as possible then it would be important to run your dog. It's also important to continue to present as many differet set ups as possible to your dog. The dog needs to stay sharp and they know the difference between trials and training.
No I don't scratch.Lyle
 

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I have heard people campaigned both ways but for me that is like a football team not winning a game because they in the playoffs with home field advantage.
 

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Well, I can see it both ways.

A few years ago I was fortunate to get a win on Archie and qualify him for the Natl Am. I was entered in two more events, the last two I could run before the Natls due to a long-planned Italy vacation.

I went ahead and ran him the next week, because I still needed to get two points with Gracie to get HER qualified and I figured I might as well run them both since they were already entered. I was doubly blessed with a win at that trial with Gracie to get both of them qualified.

I figured that I had more good fortune than any one man could handle with two wins in two weeks and scratched both of them the next week, cause I wanted some of my friends to have the same chance to experience the exhiliration of getting a dog qualified.

I'm heading to Colorado tomorrow for my last try to get those pesty two points with Gracie for my last chance. It would sure hurt if I get a third and the two dogs that beat me are both qualfied for the Natl Am.

But, I wouldn't be upset about it. Its a personal choice that folks have to make, and it's not my choice.

Happy Memorial day everybody.
 

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Tim West said:
I'm heading to Colorado tomorrow for my last try to get those pesty two points with Gracie for my last chance. It would sure hurt if I get a third and the two dogs that beat me are both qualfied for the Natl Am.
And that exact example is the bad part about it.

Again, let em' run. But when they do after they are qualified........they lose that win "status". Don't lose the points, but when they step to the line after they've qualified..........they need another win.

This keeps em' running if it's really all about "getting experience, blah, blah, blah"

Heck, you can run a dog without a collar anytime. :wink:
 

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Tim West said:
I'm heading to Colorado tomorrow for my last try to get those pesty two points with Gracie for my last chance.
Best of luck Tim! I want to root for a radio guy and his dog running the Nat'l Am. 8) Especially a CC Mangement Alum from the pre-Deregulation days. :wink:
 
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