It really surprises me that so many people seem to think the way they do things with reference to their dog is the only valid way, and that those who do things differently should be given less priority. Why should they make the MN an O/H event?
Some folks enjoy the journey of having their dog professionally trained for all kinds of reasons. I'd imagine that almost all of these dogs, enjoy the journey as part of the owner/trainer/dog team. Some of the motivation people have for running tests is ego. So what? Some of the reasons some folks hunt is ego. The reason folks have a new jacked up 4x4 is ego. Ironically the reason the OP started this thread and the reason for all of the replies is ego is it not?