So right now we got the Limited entry MH HT, and the FT lack of judging thread. HT boiling down to too many MH people filling up tests at record rates; and FT boiling down to not enough FT people, taking over the reins.
SO Off the wall solution, I'm sure someone will tell me the rules don't allow it but let's theorize?
AKC allows for a Hunt test club to run a Qualifying stake in conjunction with it's tests, I've been to a few so I know they do happen. It's not usually a big draw in the HT circuit but...
My question would be can a AKC FT club run a Master Hunt test stake in conjunction with their trial?
If they could it would open up one more hunt test for the master people to go to and with the race to the MNH; it would pretty much guarantee a FT club at least 60 extra entries, more than many Derbies and Qualifying stakes combined. It would also get the HT people out to a field trial, something most have never bothered to do. Who knows might even put some interest out to run it, even if it didn't 60 extra dogs (@ $80+ a pop) can add some flexibility to a test. If such were offered I'd most likely put a dog in the Qual and the MH; that way if we went out in one we might be sticking around, to finish the other. If I'm sticking around I might go to a BBQ/Raffle, might throw some birds and take a look at the other stakes; rather than driving home . Now logistics could be a pain, might want to run this or that stake to make it manageable, but it's an idea .