I don't know what would happen if we paid bird boys or flier guns. We are lucky enough to have a dedicated membership that helps out with that. It's not 5-10 people trying to pull off the whole thing with no helpers.
I think the proposal as listed would drive business to larger, better equipped clubs and force the smaller ones to pass on the extra entry fee to their participants.
I think if it were done as a straight pass through it would still be cheaper than travelling further in a lot of cases, although I'm sure every person's situation is different.
I think what may make my viewpoint a bit odd to people is that I don't see this as a huge amateur/pro problem. I don't see those guys as "offenders" or anything of the sort. Simply put the more dogs we run and the more people that participate the better chance we have of the game being around for our kids and grand-kids.
It's very easy for me to say, and I recognize that fully, so people can get mad at me if they want, but limiting entries stinks for the long term future of the game. Finding ways to increase capacity is what's in all of our best interest, once we think beyond ourselves being "put out" by a big entry.
That's the big picture view point (mine anyhow).
Everyone who is an active worker seems to be tired of "getting crapped on" by a pro bringing 30 dogs to a test... $2,500 right there in entry fees and only one (big) vehicle plus maybe 3 people on the grounds. That would be 25 trucks and 30-40 people if they were all amateurs. Seems like the more big trailer loads you bring in the more efficient you could be and the less beating your grounds are gonna take.
If you had 2 - 30 dog pro strings it would take a lot less coordination than with one 30 dog string and 30 other individuals running. Get those guys to bring their bird boys and or clients out (I'd bet they would) and you'd have a pretty smooth running test.
Someone said early.. the pros bring the income and the clubs give them a place to make a living.
Open minds on this stuff seem hard to come by. Everyone's viewpoint, however much we may disagree , is valuable to the discussion.