Much like you and others I've been out of the game for years. Yes we have no skin in it but we do have opinions or solutions on the problems that the game faces today and into the future. Unfortunately people like you me and others don't have access to the people in power so the more things change the more things stay the same. Maybe the new RAC will be more open....heavy sarcasm!
As for pro's judging... Bill Fabian and Bobby George have both judged AA stakes in the past 5 yrs. Maybe the RAC should contact them and their judging partners for feedback on the pro topic. Or at least talk to the competitors at those events and ask if the test and judging were so much better with a pro holding the book.
But your statement that pro's would double the judging pool ...really? There are maybe 40 AA pro's in the country. Even if you added gun dog, hunt test and derby dog trainers you would have a hard time getting to one hundred. And most of the former would be no better than warm bodies IMO.
I do agree with you for the most part on newbies. But I'm not sure it's the $1000 a month that keeps new people out. Pro's no longer want a 3 month commitment (winter trip) they want a 3-5 year commitment or $36000-$60000. Few can afford that.