Let's not be so quick to blame AKC. Let's blame ourselves for not demanding control of OUR sport. I have heard that there is a proposal for the RHT advisory committee to present to AKC. I heard a comment from someone that they tried it before, and club members were filling up the available spots and others were unable to enter. I know in our area, Our club members could not fill up an entire event. I would like to see a system that would advertise a event with a designated size of event and a defined opening and stay open until filled or closing date 7 to 10 days prior to the event regardless of entries. They should NOT allow day of- walk up entries.Having the ability to limit entries would help event committees alot. If there is a potential to get "locked out" of an event, that would force people to sign up earlier rather than wait till the last minute. However, I dont see the AKC allowing us to limit entries as that limits their revenue stream. I also understand the handlers desire to wait till the last minute, as that gives them a better idea of where they stand with there dogs closer to test day. I'm guessing the pros wait so they can decide which dogs there going to load up on the truck closer to test date (whos ready, who needs a little more time?)
I agree Steve. But thats not the norm. I personally don't think an extra week of training will make the difference.I do not understand at all why you would wait till the last minute to enter a hunt test unless you had something personal going on and werent sure you could make it. What possible difference could it make when you enter??????????
Just off the top of my head:I do not understand at all why you would wait till the last minute to enter a hunt test unless you had something personal going on and werent sure you could make it. What possible difference could it make when you enter??????????
I do not understand at all why you would wait till the last minute to enter a hunt test unless you had something personal going on and werent sure you could make it. What possible difference could it make when you enter??????????
"the Master National has no effect on our weekend tests"-author unknown, circa 2010 on RTF.I have to agree that it is very frustrating to wait until close to see what the final numbers are going to be, especially when trying to plan for an event. However, the reason for the lateness is because EE made the fee for everyone $4.50, without early registration discount, so why not wait until the last possible minute to enter. No reason for me to give EE my money earlier than absolutely required.
Now with that being said. If MAX entries is not a possibility, I think we need to start realizing that ALL master tests will be above the 60 dogs from here until the future (when the Master National is within reasonable distance away - i.e. East Coast and Mid-West for Alabama this year). because the AKC has now created the Master National Hunter designation where people need to pass multiple MN events before getting the designation.
From here on out, every single club should prepare for splitting when considering to run a hunt test, and then cut back in the event a split is not needed. I know that creates some problems, but I just ran a hunt test where a split was required. This club decided that both A and B stakes would run the same exact test. They had all series already set up with holding blinds and wingers and when one finishes, they just went to the open series. It went smooth. It was effiicient....etc. No need for more grounds. Yes there were more workers required as each flight kept their workers, but it was not much more.
Just my opinion.
Just off the top of my head:
I think perhaps most of the above applies to amateurs doing their own thing with one or two dogs???
- Dog may come into season a few weeks early--try to avoid the trouble of a scratch by waiting until the last moment.
- Unexpected vet bill or car repair--want or need to wait a payday to see if you can afford the test and travel.
- Spring test--the Old Man may or may not be in condition to run a double master, wait until the last moment to decide what to do.
- Waiting to hear if a work opportunity or obligation might come up for that weekend.
- Dog has only been in water 4 or 5 times this season--two blowups, two or three pretty-goods... wait till the last weekend of training to decide whether to throw the money at it.
- Just plain nervous--want to see what kind of event it looks like before throwing 80, 160, 240, 320 dollars at it plus as much in gas and hotel.
I'm thinking the same thing though a month is a bit much. 2 weeks is not a bad idea though.Why blame AKC? Why blame late entries?
Why don't the clubs move the closing dates up. Instead of closing 7 to 10 days before the event, close 30 days before the event?
If someone can't plan that far in advance, they can either lose their entry fee or enter a later event.