We will keep plugging away and hopefully breeders will nominate their litters.
The futurities are the only stakes that recognize breeders for their efforts.
Futurity winners dominate the major circuit events.
: Some Futurities have fallen out of favor which
: is really a shame. Breeders who want to
: help identify and showcase their quality
: matings should really support the futurities
: thru nominating their litters. Are we not
: proud of our selected stud dogs and
: The history of the NBHA Futurity was a great
: proving ground for identifying not only
: future shooting dog champions but niches
: that were proven over time. Dogs that
: either won or were one hour finalists at the
: NBHA Futurity went on to prove their merit
: at walking, horseback shooting dog and even
: all age.
: Managing and promoting a Futurity is a major
: task for the chairperson and secretary of
: the event. It is a year long effort and
: with the expenses of advertising - these
: things barely break even in good years.
: I don't have an answer right now on how to
: reinvigorate some of these breeders stakes.
: Obviously, Mike has continued to attract
: excellent entries and competition which
: starts with the breeders' nominations. This
: requires continual good management and
: promotion on his part. I for one am proud
: to see his shooting dog futurity continue to
: prosper and hope the American Field All Age
: events and the other Futurities grow again
: for the future of our sport.