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Re: Sugarknoll Warpaint
If I pay my entry fee and my dog isn't interfering with bracemate, I believe I have the right to run out his brace, notwithstanding the accepted practice off picking up after 2 ups.
I have to say that you're right. You do! But tell me, do you LIKE to piss the judge off? Also, as a judge, I don't have to judge him anymore. I have judged guys like you, demanding your moneys worth - and I've left more than one out on the backcourse running his dog. By himself. You conveniently forget another rule - once the first brace is cast off, the judges ARE IN CHARGE of the trial. Not the club officials, not The Field, the judges!
That's one reason why I liked to judge pros more than amateurs. More than once I've told George Tracy, "You're not making any money with this dog" and he'd reply, "Thank you, I'll pick him up" or maybe once in a while, "Thanks Harry but his owner's in the gallery and if you don't mind, I'll keep running him." And of course, I was good with either response! Unlike amateurs who just LOVE to watch their dog have a poor race or no birds in the first 35 or 40 minutes, pros want to win and if their dog has no chance, well, let's run the next one.
I told a young Mike Tracy once to pick his dog up at about the 40 minute mark and he asked me, "If my dog went on to have three or four finds in the last 20, are you telling me you couldn't use him?" and I replied, "Mike, that dog could have a dozen finds in the last 20 and I wouldn't use him! George was there, of course and he told Mike to shut up and put a rope on his dog. Mike said to his father, "I just wanted to be sure, it never hurts to double check." and picked the dog up. George and I laughed about it. and I said, "So, we're training young pros today, huh?" George just nodded.