Agreed.That is currently the biggest problem in both hunt tests and Field trials IMO. Not enough dedicated amateurs participating, handling and training their own dogs.
People are always thrilled when they handle a dog to their first ribbon in Junior or started. Often they are inspired to attain a higher level.
What satisfaction or inspiration could anyone get from paying a pro to handle a dog to a junior pass?
I would also add what satisfaction or inspiration could anyone get from paying a pro to handle a dog to a senior pass or a masterpass or a Derby, Qual or Open Jam, 4th Place, third place, second place, or blue ribbon?
I learned how to write a check in the sixth grade, and the skill set to complete that task has not changed since.