Training is the bedrock of field trials and hunt tests. The trick is it has to be ongoing and current. Things learned last spring do not seem to carry on for months.
Today Bailey failed because he avoided the "honor". He had decided he wanted to keep on hunting. In field trials, you train to "avoid" the honor, if possible, by being the dog that is way out front. Bailey is almost always in the bird fields before the other dog gets there.
Bailey didn't bother the other dog on point, but looked at him for a second, "blinked" (as it is called), and turned to run back into another part of the bird field to find birds. The judge called out the traditional, "Thank you handler." When you hear that, you know your dog is out of contention for a pass. Both yesterday and today there were problems with the honor.