: Kevin, we at the NBHA do recognize both
: "Amateur Judgement Ceases at
: Flush" and a "Sporting Dog"
: (hunting dog/retrieving) stake. South
: Carolina has had a GREAT following in the
: Sporting Dog stake. The entire Assoc. enjoys
: good numbers in the Cease at Flush stake.
: What we have found is yes, the Sporting Dog
: stake welcomes new individuals but rarely do
: they cross over to broke dog stake. We would
: LOVE them to, but we are finding hurdles
: (not really known to us) getting them to run
: in more stakes.
: They BOTH are great stakes to open to new
: people...I agree...
I still think that anyone new that shows up is clueless about how dogs are judged and disheartened when a dog that finds the most birds loses. If they were allowed to start with no judgeing discretion to deal with and if their hunting dog finds the most birds and wins, then it will be fun for them and they might become interested in the details of judgement as they attend more trials.
The way it is now, most people out for the first time are told or determine immediately they have to get a better dog if they want to compete. Broke or not, most don't have dogs trained/broke in any way, shape, or form to what judges are looking for and are not interested in trading in their hunting dog for a field trial dog.