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I stepped out the front door to get ready to train just now, 6:48 PM. How can I train, it is 92 deg outside!
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I stepped out the front door to get ready to train just now, 6:48 PM. How can I train, it is 92 deg outside!
Agree it was too hot today. Except maybe for some light drills or practicing heeling into the holding blind.


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Dawn, how come they didn't have any events? That's very sad.
One of the clubs had neither an AKC nor a NAHRA test, just plain lack of manpower. Same committee year after year, most of whom aren't even running dogs, just working their b**** off for 2-3 days from sunup to sundown, getting up at 4-5 am, 3 days in a row, to drive hours and work all day. Dwindling membership, lack of workers.

The other club that had no NAHRA test, not sure, they never got huge entries, maybe it wasn't worth it.
The other club I was thinking of DID have their AKC HT. I looked on RTF to see if I could find why they didn't have it, but they did, moved the date early spring, that's why I didn't see it on the calendar.

So it was only one AKC HT down in our area. 2 NAHRA tests down.

I'm finding in all of my clubs most people are willing to work but not to chair. It's too big of a commitment for working folks.
On top of it, 2 of my clubs in NY have lost long time experienced core membership because people started training with pros and training on pro grounds, so they don't need the clubs.
I myself dropped out of 2 of my 4 clubs because it's too much volunteer work. I still have too much with 2 clubs.

Also - I started doing this about 10 years ago and see a huge change in the entry sizes and participant population. They used to be smaller and have more club members therefore the workload was shared more evenly.
Now huge entries with mostly non-club members who show up to run their dogs but don't belong to clubs and work.
My former club that had no tests this year are tired of working for free for people who don't work back.
I think they are discussing becoming a training only club. I don't know how they will make $$.


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I stepped out the front door to get ready to train just now, 6:48 PM. How can I train, it is 92 deg outside!
supposed to cool some by next weekend. Low 80s.


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One of the clubs had neither an AKC nor a NAHRA test, just plain lack of manpower. Same committee year after year, most of whom aren't even running dogs, just working their b**** off for 2-3 days from sunup to sundown, getting up at 4-5 am, 3 days in a row, to drive hours and work all day. Dwindling membership, lack of workers.
I'm finding in all of my clubs most people are willing to work but not to chair. It's too big of a commitment for working folks.
On top of it, 2 of my clubs in NY have lost long time experienced core membership because people started training with pros and training on pro grounds, so they don't need the clubs.
Now huge entries with mostly non-club members who show up to run their dogs but don't belong to clubs and work.

Dawn, you have some great points above. I haven't been doing field work for very long. But I have noticed that there is definitely an ebb and flow. It seems that so much depends on who is teaching classes. If no one is teaching, the numbers go low. Also getting people to help can be hard. Chairing an event is very time consuming. I don't know how people do it actually. We have a high reliance on retired people to take up the slack. This summer we have a guy that houses the ducks at his house, brings them to the events, acts as chair or secretary for the field trials, judges field trials and hunt tests, camps out at the location of our field trials and hunt tests to make sure all goes well, and he runs a dog. He's an amazing guy, but how many like him does each club have?


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I had a lot of fun training Maisey last weekend. We trained with some Canadian field trialers. Until then she had only seen hunt test stuff. Most of the marks incorporated some sort of water, either longer swims or across small channels. It was so cool to watch Maisey take water and not cheat when the water entries were almost 100 yards away. I didn't exactly know how she would do, but since she could handle, I was able to run her from the line and handle her if she thought about cheating (as opposed to walking up). She was a good girl and we didn't have to handle. She had a blast -- if she could run around the globe, she would, so these long marks were so fun for her.
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