I think all of us who play these dog games need "professional" help!Exactly! I really don't understand what the OP's question is or what point he is making. If he is just wondering if ever in the history of the Amateur National a completely amateur trained dog has won, Bon answered that affirmatively. If he's trying to show that it is a rare event, I believe that is true, and I have great respect for those amateurs such as Howard, Chris and Bill Petrovich who train smart, hard and regularly to a very high level. I know there are probably quite a few that I haven't mentions, I just know those guys off the top of my head as they are western dogs that I occasionally run against.
The reality of our sport is that in order to succeed, not only do you and your dog need to beat every other well trained super dog, you also need to consistently perform well on the very hard marking test and blinds that judges set up on a regular basis. The time commitment, resources and sacrifices necessary to do this are incredible. Some people have the dog, training knowledge and land to do this all by themselves, some are even able to do it while working a regular job, but most need professional help. For those that really catch the bug-obsession, retirement is where experience, training knowledge, good dogs, ability to travel, time and money all coincide to perhaps allow a 100% amateur success.