There is plenty of room for everybody to play.
The trick going forward, is having enough players......... So everybody can play.
I donno about your area of the country, but TX/MN has plenty of players. Big entries, regards.
there are lots of ways to skin a cat. for some folks it seems to be "all about the dog". these folk want their dog to reach its highest potenetial and they do what is necessary to ensure the dog has the best of everything in professional training, handling and events schedules. they sometimes go and watch sitting in a nice folding chair. they attain great satisfaction that the breeding they performed or purchased a pup from turned out a nice dog. they remember the puppy work and basics they performed while interviewing pros to determine which would seem to suit their dog best. all their avilable resouces go into the development of the dog.
for others it seems "it's more about me". i trained this dog. i am part of a great training group. i handled this dog. i spent the time necessary to campaign this dog. i beat this pro or that pro with my dog. they get great rewards when all their available resources go into development of the dog.
i am new to field trialing but not new to dogs. i train and handle my own pups sometimes. sometimes i sit in a nice folding chair. sometimes i look on rtf results to see what happened.
but if i imagine my best ft day ever, i would be sitting in my chair on a cool autumn day in the gallery. and someone interupts my talking dogs with a guy like say??? mac dubose or dr.ed and says, "hey your dog just won the open!"
as long as i got a good chair, whats wrong with that?
Just talking my situation:
Dog is just turned 1yr old. Just out of the yard.
I am very happy with her progress,and I believe because of the Pro, my foundation work is more solid than any dog I have had previously.
Sho just ran her first set of land blinds lat week.
She hasn't had any water blind work.
very little in the way of big water marks.
For me to sit back and say my Goal is to run major stakes in FT, seems silly to me.
To much can happen in the future. Dog could get hurt.
Her water work may be less than stellar.
There may be all kinds of stuff down the road.
I,m just focusing on today,and trying to get better.