Over the past years there have been a number of enterprising individuals who have used their skills in various ways which has allowed them to produce some income from the sport of
Retriever Field Trials. Many of these efforts have gone a long way in educating amateur trainers in methods of training their dogs for field trials. The Advisory Committee feels that people partaking in these educational tools should not be considered professionals: therefore, writing books, making videos and taking part in seminars would not classify a person as a professional. The committee believes that the clearest line that can be drawn between the amateur and the professional is the real life training and/or handling of a dog for compensation.
That being said, we recognize that someone who instructs an individual on the handling and training of their dog(s), and is compensated for that instruction, is acting as a professional.
Therefore it is proposed that under the STANDING RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE RETRIEVER ADVISORY COMMITTEE page 36, Under 3. Amateur Definition (a) WILL READ AS FOLLOWS:
3. Amateur Definition: The following definitions and standards should be followed in determining the status of any person to be an Amateur:
(a.) For purposes of eligibility to judge under Section 3 of Chapter 14 of the Rules for Retriever trials, a person shall be considered an Amateur who, during the period of two years preceding the trial in question, has not received compensation from the direct training of a dog for hunting, hunting tests or field trials and/or the handling of a dog in the same, and/or the regular and systematic personal instruction of other individuals regarding the above pursuits at any level.
Compensation as provided above is defined as money goods or services to a person or any member of their household. Any person participating in an occasional organized seminar or workshop to improve the training and handling of field trial, hunting test or hunting dogs will be exempt from the above provisions as will a person who receives payment for providing educational material. (such as books. videos, etc) to the public on the training and handling of field trial, hunting test or hunting dogs.
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