What concerns me most about this is the apparent anonymity of the 5/26/12 trial. If all trials MUST be authorized in advance by NARA, and the secretary MUST obtain approval in advance for judges and decoys, why was the Michigan Ring Club 5/26/12 trial not advertised publicly? Both Dan Williams and I looked for the trial on the www.ringsport.org site on Friday 5/25 as he had heard news of it some two weeks prior and he emailed me that Friday morning inquiring if I knew the trial was being held the next day. The trial did not appear in the “event” listings on the NARA www.ringsport.org website until the day of the trial on Saturday 5/26/2012 @ 01:21:49. (I used _:alert(document.lastModified) to obtain this time stamp.) I am wondering if this delay in posting a previously sanctioned trial was done intentionally to restrict the number of advanced competitor entries.
The Rulebook http://www.ringsport.org/Documents/Rulebook2009.pdf gives very specific instruction as to the required number of decoys necessary to hold a “Brevet” (as CCDSA is) OR a “Trial” (offering Ring I, II, III). The Rulebook states to hold a “trial” TWO decoys must be on hand to ONLY perform the exercises in Ring III as well as additional decoys for Ring I and Ring II. The club you are questioning Cheryl, only listed a single Level I decoy on hand and a 2nd decoy “TBD”. Does that mean they never intended to offer any competition higher than a Ring II? We know they exclusively invited participation privately… was that to insure no one trialed higher than a Ring II? I am of course wondering if CCDSA can do the same and offer a “limited trial” with Brevet and a Ring I only. Doing so would be very beneficial for our club pocketbook, eliminating the requirement to hire THREE or FOUR decoys, and it would allow those that wished to show under the head of Ring in France a greater opportunity to do so (an especially attractive option for our CCDSA club member Glenna Logan to trial for her Ring I as she wasn’t invited to participate at the Michigan Ring Club event despite training with Thad all of last year.)
Although I believe the exclusivity was indeed sanctioned by NARA, I cannot find an immediate answer on the website. The procedures link on the website page http://www.ringsport.org/policies.htm#Policy500 directing you to "The procedures for trial authorization shall be: Trial Procedures (http://www.ringsport.org/hosttrial.php) is not active and returns an error message, so the document "Host a Trial" requirements cannot be accessed. I am anxiously waiting to hear back from Shannon so I can be clear on what CCDSA can and cannot offer at our upcoming July 28-29, 2012 trial. Hopefully we will find that our trial can be similarly restrictive and sanctioned to only offer Brevet and Ring I. That would be a tremendous boost to our trial as we have so many competitors inquiring and including a Ring I level would be a marvelous addition!!!