Talking with folks at Port Arthur RC HT this weekend and a light popped on. One heavily discussed topic was entries and overload (imagine that). As an aside, Port Arthur did a great job again. THANKS!
My light bulb in a balloon thingy is. MN should require 6 passes per year to Q to run. 4 of those passes may be by a pro handler. The other 2 must be done by the amateur owner with no pro co-owners allowed. Thereafter any handler may run the pup at MN.
Justification is IMHO titles are steps up the ladder for breeders and money in their pocket so to speak. Therefore they have pros do the field work and they both reap benefits. I have no issues with business enterprises or business plans, just trying to take some of the pressure off the Hunt test game that was started for primarily the Ams and has grown way beyond that intent by entrepreneurs.
Yes I believe the field side of the breeds has benefited greatly from our game and the associated breeders and pros. Further I have no interest in what or how much money MN or AKC gain or lose in such an endeavor so that could be left out of discussion. If handlers, owners and clubs agree on something and put it forward the committees will be forced to read the hand writing on the wall.
What are your thoughts?