robk , I think you misread Husky . They said that Helmut and H are so good that they can't be beat . That's not condescending , that is the ultimate praise. Husky feels they are not worthy of being a competitor while Helmut still reigns, deservedly so.
Maybe because for a lot of people, just the experience qualifying and getting the opportunity to be part of a team representing their country and traveling abroad with their dog would be worth it even if they placed last?
I have competed in one national level event with one of my dogs and am doing another this weekend (this is not IPO) and while it's not an international level event and due to their being several divisions, it is much easier to qualify for than something like the WUSV, but even then it is still an experience and we are all excited to go. My goal for this weekend is to be clean. If I avoid costing my team due to any handling errors, for me that is success regardless of where we actually place. I already have a pretty good idea of which dogs/teams will be competing for the top spot and am excited to get to see that.
I most certainly am not taking away from the feeling of pride any competitor would and rightly should have about competing on a world level but if you get there you wanna win...or I would anyway. Tremendous accomplishment to get to the WUSV and I'm not trying to take that away from any of the 100+ competitors but like Carmspack said I was trying to give a huge compliment to Hank and Helmut and not try to take away from the other teams, dogs and competitors. I think from the way he looked and if he stays healthy he could go for another 2 years personally and that's just my opinion.
RobK....I was trying to say that Hank and Helmut are the current gold standard and I truly admire what they have done and accomplished...3 WUSVs in a row I believe? I'm no expert but very very few dogs and handler combos have one two let alone three and I feel that this is an exceptional feat worthy of my comment. I won't even mention the "in a row" part haha. You certainly have the right to disagree but this is my opinion.
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