I/We have all read all about the issues of large trials and the possibilities of reducing numbers. We all have also read about how many of the existing and proposed restrictions may/could/will exclude the "little" guy who works the trial but is prohibited from running a dog. Many feel instead of restrictions more trials are needed. Trials on the same weekend close enough to split the heard. But again an issue, who will put on these trials? This got me pondering another option. Like other options it may require a rule modification, I do not know. It seems like the natural progression to me. In the beginning wealthy estate owners had grounds keepers and houndsmen training the dogs. These folk evolved into professional retriever trainers. In the beginning people sat, pen in hand and filled out and mailed in dogs entries. This process evolved into on line entry services. In the beginning individual retriever clubs hosted trials. Hired bird boys and/or used club members volunteers. Is it time for a for hire business to start putting on trials?
Farms go out of business every day. Some are developed into residential housing. Some are made into golf courses. Imagine a farm someplace with great land and water sites becoming a "We put on field trials and hunt tests" place. They have a staff that maintains the grounds and is trained and ready to fill all ALL positions of a trial except the judges. A club calls up and says I need to book a weekend in May for a trial. Here Are my 6 judges names. And BAM a trail happens. Everything is taken care of. Lodging for judges, workers is already taken care of. Birds provided or even raised on site. Meals, Port-O-lets, even camping if wanted. Every weekend, if in the right part of the country this place could have a trial/field test, hunt test. Then if successful it could branch out. locations in other states. Or even a mobile version. Club calls and the desired weekend an 18 wheeler and a couple campers pull up with people and gear and birds, EVERYTHING and once again BAM a trial happens.
Is this the logical progression of things? Is this already happening? No way I could have been the first to think of it. Rules say how many trials a club can host but this would not be a club but a service hosting for a club.