Debbie Crowder-BaaramuLuke Posted May 7, 2006 Report Share Posted May 7, 2006 From Sheepdog-L this evening, posted by Donald McCaig: "Dear Fellow Handlers, As we all know, there are too few slots available at some popular trials for those who wish to enter. While a simple lottery of entry forms is fair to individual handlers it may not be in the best interest of our sport. Imagine, for instance: a handler who has won the National Finals, hosted one of our important north american trials, served as an HA and ABC Director as well as being an officer in the regional club/ Perhaps this person has worked on the popular trial, perhaps hosted fundraisers or benefits. Yet she - or he -has the exact same chance in a lottery as a wannabe who has chosen this event to run her/his first open dog. It's fair but it isn't right. I owe this suggestion to Beverly Lambert. All the specifics - and the argument itself - are mine. I suggest that the HA assign values (seeding) for various achievements and that these can be attached to the entry form and that the trial host, when accepting entries by a certain date could use these numerical figures to decide between handlers. These suggested handler (not dog) points seem reasonable to me. The HA is entirely able to improve them. Any handler who has won the National Finals in the past 2 years: 5 points Any handler who has won the popular trial in the last two years 4 points Reserve champion popular trial or two 20 Finals (2 years) 3 points Handler with a dog in the top 150 qualifying dogs this year 2 points Hosted a trial within a year 2 points Served as HA or ABCA Director in past five years 2 points Worked at popular trial 2 points Officer or director of state or regional sanctioning club 1 point I look forward to the debate. Donald McCaig" Any thoughts? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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