To run dogs under his judgment was a pleasure and correctly done.
Yep, that guy pretty much knew what he was talking about. Let me add a comment or two. When judging, I always tried to give the dog a break. If my partner and I didn't know exactly what happened, I would accept the solution that benefited the dog. Backing is tough if you don't see it happen. Sometimes the backing dog is really the pointing dog for his bracemate "stole the point." I've had handlers tell me that, sometimes friends who I am pretty sure wouldn't lie to me - but my response was always the same if I didn't see it, it didn't happen! A judge can only judge what he sees, not what he hears. I liked to judge and never had a handler dispute my decision (I have seen some handlers berate a judge after the decision). When in my cups I have been known to say that I may render a poor decision through stupidity (I don't really understand what happened.) or ignorance (I was out of position and didn't SEE what happened.) but I will never cheat. I have too much respect for the sport to ever render a false decision. I guess enough people believed that so that if they didn't like the placements it was, "Those poor SoBs don't know any better." and thus my partner and I were left alone. :-) Harry