Troy, there's no guarantees on this but I have judged the Royal Invite for the last 3 or 4 years without being on the list. Just show up before
10 am on Saturday and wait until those with their letters get checked in. Then they will start filling the tables with "extra" judges and CBJs do get preferance. After the meeting and oath (about 11:20 or so) you'll get a short stretch & potty break before judging starts. I gauran-farking-tee that you'll see judges showing up & being pi$$ed that "their" seat was given away. The letter says clearly that check-in starts at 9:30 am but some folks can't understand such things
. By the way, this is the first year that I've gotten signed up for the Invite, but they always need extras to cover the no-shows or late comers.
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UDS 075 UCB WSM and a bunch of other stuff.
The above post is only my opinion - mine & mine alone.