For those who have been in the dog games for a while, where do you see the sport in 30 years? I would think there is enough interest to keep it going by the time I retire.
Someone who is in the Field Trial Hall of Fame told me a few years back said, "this a dying sport". I don't think it will die completely but will very different as we know it today. There are factors that will come to play in the sport. Those factors are mainly new blood to the sport, and the decline of training and trialing grounds. Those factors will vary from region to region but overall I believe there will be less people participating, less available grounds for new comers to train, less available grounds for trialing and more trials on fewer properties. Those properties will increasingly be held by professionials. There will be fewer clubs, fewer events and smaller numbers at those events. The future of the sport is not demise but atrophy.
I don't see either country being allowed to use even dead birds in 20 years let alone 30....we must have talked to the same person ;-)
The only other thing I fear is that the tree hugger/PETA crowd somehow gets stupid legislation passed, to where it becomes like Canada where live birds are not used...
You are correct for my neck of the woods. The HT entries are greater and profits can be made when there are double Junior and Senior stakes which pump up the entries. The Master National will be on the west coast in 2014 which I hope will mean higher entries in Master stakes for No. Calif. clubs. The clubs have to hang in there through this year, 2013, and into 2014. Their bank accounts are going to drain, but hopefully the economy will be turned around somewhat by 2014.Most clubs have to have a HT or 2 to cover the losses from their FTs.