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I'll chime in here since I'm going for a RACH: I absolutely think they should add RM and RACH to the VC/VCX point schedule. Many people that do both Obedience and Rally have the opinion that a Rally Master is at least as difficult as CDX (although there are no retrieves): you have a recall over jump EVERY time, there are go outs, backups, position changes that are essentially the same as command discrimination in Open you are just closer to the dog, etc. AND you have to get 10 legs to title. The judges so far have definitely judged harder in Master than they do the other levels (at least for me), so it isn't easy to get high scores in Master. Additionally, they have added new signs in the last few years to Excellent and Advanced (and maybe Novice too? I can't remember...) that are more difficult than they used to be.
If I had my way, RM would get the same number of points as CDX and RACH would get at least 8 or 9 points on the VC/VCX scale. I don't think it should get the same number of points as OTCH, but then I don't think a MACH should get that many points either considering that it is also non-competitive.
To your point Kate, Rally IS easier than obedience and the judging is absolutely more lax, but being really good at Rally is not easy. It's easy to get the lower titles because scores don't matter, but they do for the RACH. Each thing that would be a 1/2 point off in Obedience is a whole point in Rally. Even though most judges are a little more lax, there are a few that value precision very much and will take off 2-3 points for what I consider 1-point errors.
It's hard to keep a dog engaged when you have to stop and sit 15 times in one course or you have a judge that does not put the proper spacing between signs and you go straight from a finish to left turn to side stepping to a 270 with less than 5 feet between signs and less than 3 feet in a few places... <<<yes that really happened and even the most seasoned dogs bigger than a Sheltie got docked because they could not physically maintain position... And getting those Master points is HARD. Technically if you get perfect scores all the time, you can finish a RACH in 20 trials now that you get points for Advanced too, but it's very rare for that to happen. Rocket and I will max out our Adv/Ex points before we get the 20 Triples, but will have to continue competing in Master to finish the title. I'm hoping we will get enough points by RM3, but you never know...
Anyway, I do hope the GRCA will consider adding RM and RACH to the point schedule because they require a certain level of training and dedication that is beyond that of RAE and the lower levels.