Have never seen a trial. Aren't trials a direct competition with actual winners? If one wished to introduce money into the equation, couldn't one start a calcutta at a trial? (Surely some of that takes place). Have photographed many team ropings where they ran calcuttas. Seems pretty common in that sport. One could also point out that amateur rodeo makes the dog game look like a poor man's sport (and few dog gamers incur emergency room fees or life altering injuries). All sports have their costs. Very few people involved in any sport are good enough to earn enough to make their participation pay. What do folks pay to play golf? How many Tiger Woods are out there?
As for me, can't afford to play even in the HT game, and am not really interested in that anyway. I have gotten my dogs (one at a time) to be my buddies and hunting companions, and have trained them myself (that's where the personal satisfaction comes in) and have enjoyed having them work with me in the field. (NO ribbons, no applause, a few handshakes from hunting buddies, and wouldn't have it any other way).