After spending a little time on the mower, I thought about this thread, and have changed my mind.... (it's my perogative, after all...:-)
When I first contacted you privately, I wanted to let you know that I believed that Thad had/has said that you are not allowed on his property... not sure why, but that's what I've heard. If you have contacted Thad, and he has agreed to judge, then that is between the two of you. However, I do not value Thad's opinion as a judge now, because he has not followed the rules regarding trialing. It is up to us to "follow the rules", otherwise, why have score books, or trials at all? I have been told that he feels that the Brevet is nothing, and gives them away when he is judging. Why should I want his signature in my dogs' book? Why should I encourage and train my fellow club members to ignore blatant disregard for the rules of sport, just because it is "easier" for us to go to your place and trial?
I understand what you are saying about your club members concerns when they trial here.. but at least we announce our trials, we hold them in public, and we encourage spectators. If anyone had a problem with judges/judging etc I'd be happy to talk with them about it. But, this is a different kettle of fish. I cannot "honor" a dishonest person by calling them, or acknowledging them as a "judge". When I am asked to judge, I find it an honor, and I strive to be a good judge.. minding the rules of the sport, being club blind to people that train with me, and basically trying to emulate those great judges of dog sport that I've so long admired. I expect other "judges" to be the same. So, with that said, if you find another judge/decoy besides Thad, I can say with honesty that I can bring at least three entries, possibly more. But, if Thad is involved, I cannot enter, nor encorage others, to enter your trial.
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