It's been a good run. Started out 10 years ago wanting a gun dog. Discovered hunt tests and achieved a Master Title at 3.5 years, and 8.5 all age points after that. Ok considering he saw only 12 marks on water one year. Under different circumstances Sundance would of been a field champion. Makes me sick thinking about it.
This game is hard. But even harder if you don't have the time to train. I'm only able to train 4 months of the year on water, no place or people to train with after work, and drive 3 hours round trip to train. Then go to work. Now that I've I have reached a tipping point. Which is no longer gives my dog enough training to make it worthwhile. Trying to run field trials and train two days a week is pointless exercise.
I'm not retired. Nor am I able to hire a pro. And for me it is pointless to do so. For I like the dogs and not so much the game. For others itís the reverse. Some like both. It just not much fun anymore. So Iím done. Take care.