I've been involved in several sanctioned events put on by clubs in order to get AKC approval for a licensed event.kbr said:Come on everybody, I have heard lot's of people say if you have a field trial we will come and support you,now we are doing it and our entries are slim. Arkansas and the surrounding states are loaded with retriever folks. If you have a dog come on and enter, you will have a good time.I know there are lot's of H.T. guy's out there with nice dogs that could come and run and lot's of F.T. guy's with dogs sitting at home that weekend. Our closing date is Tuesday October 25th.
My experience was that a sanctioned event with a bare minimum number of entries is preferable to an event with a large number of entries. Seems to me that the goal should be to have enough to meet AKC requirements withough undue stress or strain on the event organizers.
So, if you only have a handful of entrants for a sanctioned event, why is that a problem?