I think the suggestion to consider (bearing in mind Ted's thoughts) is to start the Open, Amateur and a minor stake on Saturday. Typically minor stakes can be finished in one day and if it did then the second minor could start on Sunday. Any stakes still running would continue on Monday. I know most clubs are used to dealing with 3 stakes running at the same time and have difficulty when 4 are going, but that doesn't become an issue in this scenario. This still keeps the trial in the 3 day window, it just potentially reduces the burden on the working Amateur if the trial runs into a typical work week.
At the end of the day its the clubs discretion on when they hold trials.
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The best trials occur when folks from all over come together and are willing to help out. More people putting in less time rather than less people putting in more time.
Not a fan of Friday start for Am. For the reasons already stated. Often, too, they get over in 2 days, anyway.
Not a fan of starting 4 stakes on Sat, either. It just makes mechanics too difficult. Especially now, as there are several amateurs, running 5-6 dogs, double staked.
But as Kyle said, "At the end of the day its the clubs discretion on when they hold trials."
And, as Ted said, " There are lots of things to consider and no easy answers."
Next weekend, have a 78 dog Open. That Open will be run by Paul Sletten, Charlie Moody, and Jeff Horsley. All professionals.
For our club, N. Al, that has been a huge help. Huge.
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You can't have a field trial without having an open stake. So I'm thinking that they probably can't put on a 4 stake trial and having half a field trial which beats not having a trial at all.
Could be wrong.
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