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Thread: Do you have to be wealthy to run field trials?

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    Senior Member sunnydee's Avatar
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    Default Do you have to be wealthy to run field trials?

    NO but it sure doesn't hurt. My income is somewhere between middle class and poverty but I still love running field trials, you might say I'm living a field trial lifestyle on a hunt test budget.

    I have definitely have had to make some compromises and sacrifices like telling my kids that I'm spending their inheritance money, thank God they are ok with that. I gave my golf clubs to my son because I don't have the time or money to do both.

    I had to promise my daughters that I would never ask them to throw me a dead duck but my grandkids are another story. I have never paid a pro trainer but on the other hand my goals and accomplishments are probably not as big as people that do.

    Being retired definitely gives me more the time to put into this very addictive sport and I've be blessed with hooking up with great amateur trainers along with access to great training grounds. Instead of spending my money on fancy clothes, expensive restaurants, and exotic places, it goes for Mike Lardy videos, Gonia whistles, white coats, Motel 6's and pheasant and duck flyers.

    The last trial I ran this year was a 31 dog amateur with only 5 dogs finishing the trial, out of those 5 dogs two of them were mine. I was grinning from ear to ear and dancing around like a crazy person, you would of thought I just won a National.

    No doubt about it I'm field trialer for life.
    Terry Crawford

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    I have met more dogs that deserve better owners than owners that deserve better dogs

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    Senior Member labsforme's Avatar
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    Terry, to play and win consistently I believe one has to have deep pockets and the mentality you and I don't have in washing and selling those that don't make it and keep pups rotating until they have the ones that are extraordinary.
    Congratulations on your accomplishments. Come on up and run Montana.

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    Senior Member road kill's Avatar
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    Someone told me it is easy to become a millionaire in the Field Trial game.

    Just start with 2 million!

    I'm just sharing what I heard.
    Stan b & Elvis

    So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory, the MOMENT." ~ Aldo Leopold

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    Senior Member Ron in Portland's Avatar
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    Terry...let me see...

    You have two really nice dogs. You get to do what you love, as much as you want to. And you've got kids that love and support you, and grandkids. Grandkids.

    Sounds like you're pretty wealthy to me.

    (I think from now on, when I see you, I'll point you out to my friends. "There goes one of those wealthy field trialers. Raising the bar again..."
    Ron Rhodes
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    Well said and oh so true.

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    Senior Member captainjack's Avatar
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    Wealth, like performances in a field trial, is relative...

    Where I come from, having the disposable income to enter and travel to even one field trial would be considered wealthy. So yes, I think you do have to be wealthy, and I am thankful that I'm able to do it.
    Glen Guider, GA
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    Depends where you live.FT Clubs who own their grounds are the most desired. Frugality, dedication and personal FT skills are required. The more you can do yourself the better team you can create.

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    Senior Member EdA's Avatar
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    I might be wealthy if I had a cheaper hobby for 46 years.

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    Own a really bad ass dog, and the financially wealthy will be your friend. You can replace money, but you can't replace a really good dog. They only come along once in a lifetime unless you're really financially wealthy.
    Brooks Gibson

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    Senior Member Payce's Avatar
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    Wealth can be defined several different ways. My opinion, having a really good dog is never cheap, no matter if you FT or not. It takes time and that is the most valued, limited thing we all have.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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