I ran 2 maybe 3 Masters last year where the 3 series set up as a double due to time constraints. 6 more dogs yikes! Something gotta give.
Good setups with great bird placement, is there an app for that? ???The discussion about HT judging is interesting, largely because FT judging elicits similar complaints.
As for "sharper pencils," I would hope that's not the solution, but instead judges setting up better tests.
Put the birds where the dogs don't want to go. Sounds easier than it is.Good setups with great bird placement, is there an app for that? ???
It’s something I feel I still struggle with when setting up for myself.
Yes indeed, Derby Stakes are hard to judge ...But derbies are hard, 8 pure marks...especially on water....
In this example Dog A marked the bird and therefore did better.Dog A skirts around the water and goes directly to the bird, Dog B hits the water and gets out 30 yards deep of the bird but hunts its way back to the bird, often Dog B is deemed to have done better than Dog A because dog A committed the "sin" of avoiding the water
Speaking of which the first all age I judged (and its not many) the last series had amateurs and dogs that all were "famous" to me from reading the national amateur and open blogs. There was a total of 800 all age points between the ten dogs left in the fourth series. Talk about star struck! I was so in awe and intimidated as a new judge too, ha ha! The handlers were so nice and the dogs were incredible! It was an experience, let me tell you!Like Peaches, I enjoy judging. It sometimes provides me an opportunity to see parts of the country that I've not seen before, to meet dogs that I've only heard about and not seen, and to meet new friends.
I agree, sometimes you just don't know what the judges are thinking on the judging. One thing I will comment on though. If a dog gut hunts the flyer but is in the flyer area I am pretty lenient. Also, if a dog hunts and hunts in a very tight area of the fall I feel like the dog marked that bird. It depends on the hunt on the right side of the gun that matters to me. Hooking and going straight to the bird is a different story.Just have a very thick skin running Derby’s. I think it’s the toughest to judge. Callbacks make you shake your head at times, hooks eventhough if it’s no hunt and straight to the bird may get you dropped eventhough a large hunt on the correct side will get you carried. If you have a dog that marks off guns you probably won’t do well, but don’t worry many FC AFC marked off guns and did well, one with over 300 AA points. Don’t pay attention to the gallery? they may say great job and you get dropped. Just go out and have fun. If your dog picks up the birds be pleased with your dog no matter the outcome. Cheating on marks is another discussion. Main thing is have fun with your dog and don’t get discouraged if you get dropped. The Derby has no indication on how your dog will be a few years from then.