headline news -- I will not be participating in the BSP or national IPO (although my dogs have) anytime soon.
HAHAHAHAHA! Your dogs have?!? Does genetic obedience give them the magical ability to tell you what it was like? Or do you just feel
it when you're in their presence?
I have competed in obedience - top dog there --and I did compete in French ring and Campagne.
Why would you bring this up? You were never in a french ring national either.
I know the work that goes into it and all the things that can go wrong
You don't know
anything because you have never done it. You have never been in a national. Anything you have to say on the subject is conjecture or hearsay. But then again maybe your dogs told you.
If you want to encourage young contestants at any levels of IPO , and especially at the top trial the BSP, then why not have an entry dedicated to YOUTH where all competitors fit within an age range. This way the playing field is leveled and you are comparing apples to apples. This would allow for some allowances to physical capabilities , give honest critiques, enough to create improvement , not so much to devaste and discourage a potential talent .
As K mentions above, there already is and this kid got out there and earned his spot in the BSP by coming in second place. Mind you most of the kids that he beat are in their mid to late teens.
Really? Is this where you are going to go? Are you really going to crap on a second kid to justify you crapping on the first one?
I have see plenty of people that have problems keeping up with the dog during the blind search. Maybe we should get rid of anyone that is short, disabled or fat? Do we need to start wheelchair IPO too?
Why don't you just butt out of it?
IPO has nothing to do with you. The people that actually get from behind their keyboard and go out on the field don't seem to have a problem letting kids come out and play.