If titles or ribbons are the only rewards for playing this damn game, I am truly wasting my time! I do it for the joy of working with my own dogs. When one of them gets something right that we have been working on, reward enough! I have one that has been to the line five times in the Q. The old boy is 7. We have not made it to the fourth series in an AKC trial yet. I had a blast each and every time, kicked myself in the butt for all my greenhorn mistakes, went home happy and continued to work on it. So yes, I am extremely happy for the guy and dog this thread started for. Go get 'em and have fun. That someone is doing that is all the encouragement I need.
Not all of us prove our "quest for excellence" by throwing hundreds of thousands of $$ or dogs at a national title.