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Thread: Ok.....so just how BIG is the retriever games community?????

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    Well i have no clue but

    From the HRC website "Formed in 1984, the HRC boasts active membership of 8,500+ with 132 Clubs in 36 States and 2 Provinces."

    EE has 68 AKC hunt tests for July - Sep or about 130 tests as most are 2 day tests. That would mean about 520 tests per year. If we use 90 dogs per test (60 master, 15 senior, 15 junior) and 2 dogs per handler average that is 45 handlers per test. 45*520 = 23,400. If we assume each handler attendes an Avg of 5 tests per year we get to 4,680 handlers.

    I am not familiar enough with field trials to guestimate.

    So my guess is it is between 10k and 20k. Definitely not determined by an exact science.

    I am just glad to be a part of it no matter how big or small it is.
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    I know of ten+....that are in my training group
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    Quote Originally Posted by blind ambition View Post
    The number shrinks even further when a club is looking for judges and is smaller yet at the end of a test weekend when things need packing away and the grounds tidied.
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    Somewhere between 20,000 & 30,000 I would guess.
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    Mmmmm. Just add up the number of Retriever owners according to AKC registered dogs and the number goes thru the roof And I'm sure there is a plethora of owners who train and hunt that do not play the game . One man in my training group does not enter, but does gun for HT.Ie ; plenty of us dog folk to fall thru the cracks
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    I joined a club that is 100 miles from me. I live in retriever hell.
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    With 8 to 10 clubs in Mo. I would say we are pretty well represented ...HRC and AKC clubs...Steve S
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve schreiner View Post
    With 8 to 10 clubs in Mo. I would say we are pretty well represented ...HRC and AKC clubs...Steve S
    Odd how the closet club to me is still 2 hours away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn White View Post
    Odd how the closet club to me is still 2 hours away.
    Seems typical for many. We're in two clubs, one is 2 hours to the south of us the other 1-1/2 hours to the west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Farrar View Post
    I joined a club that is 100 miles from me. I live in retriever hell.
    I hear ya Dave. Weekends aren't too bad but through the week we're pretty much on our own.

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