Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Yes, SchH trials are usually pretty long. Though I'd have to imagine that if they didn't get finished with OB until close to midnight, this must have been a night trial. We tend to have daytime trials here in MI, but to start at dawn and not be finished until close to dinner time isn't unusual. Yes, it's a long day for the dogs but really that's part of the point of a 3 phase sport testing if the dogs can work not just in terms of doing vastly different things on the same day, but in being able to handle a long day with a lot of pressure throughout that day.
As far as all the talking, well I guess I look at it this way. An apprentice judge is one day likely going to become a real judge. And I'd much rather have that person well educated before that happens than have them just go out and start judging dogs. So if the presiding judge is spending time talking with the apprentice, presumably educating that person, on each dog, comparing notes and scores to make sure the apprentice didn't miss anything and gets good training from his mentor, then I'm perfectly fine with that. That's the whole point of an apprentice program. If it were really 15 minutes, that's probably excessive. I've trialed where there have been apprentice judges and it always takes longer while they discuss things, and that's never bothered me. Never taken 15 minutes, but maybe this mentor was being really thorough, or the apprentice had a lot of questions. Either way, I don't see how making sure the next generation of judges is well taught is a bad thing and if that means a little inconvenience to people now, so be it. Anyone who's trialing under that judge in the future will no doubt appreciate that someone took the time to teach them.
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