I was on my club's trophy committee one year. What an interesting thing to delve into. We had 3 people sorting through boxes and boxes of trophies. Some purchased over the years and some donated over the years. So as we sorted it was an immense task! Our specialty consisted of obedience, rally and conformation. So trophies for everything. We had 1 of these, and 4 of these, and 2 of these. Nothing with a rhyme or reason. We had so much stuff and decided to try not buying anything at all. We'd tag an item BOW, but couldn't always figure out where to place the tag to make it easy for a steward to find the item when they were at the show. Ugh!! But we did it and managed to clean out a tremendous amount of backlog of trophies from years gone by. In the meantime we had plenty of additional items donated for specific trophies. That made it hard again. Then we had to make sure it was all in the premium. Ugh again!
After that experience we came to the conclusion to ask people to only donate money, not items. That helped a lot. But still trophies are super time consuming for a committee. Then there's the whole storage thing, where to keep them before they go to the show? Being in Alaska we have one odd issue. If the trophy is large, often the winner doesn't want to pay to bring it on the plane to fly home. Lots of our exhibitors are from other states and fly up. So now they have a very nice large framed print, how do they get it home? One year someone donated a wood bench for your entryway. Huge! The winner did not fly home with that bench!
So I'd say give money to the club, and let the committee figure out the best trophies to purchase. Sometimes they get good deals from vendors specifically for trophies.
~ Stacey with Hunter, Lucy and Riot, missing Reilly, Tiger and Pennie