The main concern we have is in the low cost entry fee knowing no pro can afford to come to the trial.It is a amateur trial from the get go. The club knows it but the club members get open wins which look good on there resume.I believe to win a open trial FDSB they should have to compete with pros not just amateurs.
I must comend you folks in your Champion stake.
It used to be extremely hard to hold a Nat Chship qualify stake and usually took several trials and clasics before they got it done. You all got it done the first year correct me if im wrong.Quite a feat to say the least.
You folks did hold a nice money purse and I agree WHY did they not show up?/
It was real late in the season but guess there are a few fairly close ?
Maybe it was because the grounds were brand new and they need time to check out where they normally plant the birds .HA Ha
We all know its tough to compete with these pro guys. They have mastered every trick in the book and all work together to keep a amateur out of the money.Kind of like all the pro wrestlers ride in the same bus from match to match.BUT you can beat them with a well trained dog that only minds you and thats the fun of it.
Hey man it rained again . No rain till real late May but timely rains lately so never know we may have birds if it keeps it up.
: Pony Express FTC ran a National Qualifier
: this past spring with a $300 entry fee PLUS
: a Derby stake that paid back 100%. The
: Club also GAVE an additional $500 for the
: "Find of the Stake" which was
: determined by the judges and a Club
: official. Purina was very generous in their
: support. This had the potential for a good
: pay out, National Qualifier, Purina Points
: and should have been attractive to
: This was a new trial and every attempt was
: enlisted to make sure it fit into the
: existing schedule of NQ Open AA stakes in
: the general Midwest region. Pros were
: contacted before hand and after the trial
: was advertised but as far as I know, the
: stake maybe was too new for them to adjust
: or they just were tired or perhaps didn't
: need another trial. They have a long season
: and demands and history of going to certain
: trials. They did not attend and everyone
: wanted them to come! Brought in one judge
: from KY and one from AL whose reputations
: were excellent and a long way from home.
: The Club received complements from them on
: the grounds, facilities, the organization
: and conducting of the trial, etc.
: The lower than desired entry was NOT the
: Club's fault in my mind unless I am missing
: something. It was certainly not set up as
: an "easy" trial to win and just
: held for that purpose. The Club has again
: contacted area pros and asked for
: suggestions as to scheduling or what would
: attract them to attend and compete on the
: grounds which are excellent and fair in my
: mind. There are other Open AA trials in the
: USA of similar quality and longer history
: which periodically attract a limited
: starting field. NO ONE likes this. Costs
: money to put these on and lots of time and
: judges traveling and expectations built,
: We'll see what happens. No hard feelings
: either way. So...having a $300 entry fee,
: giving back 100% of monies in the Derby and
: handing back another $500 in bonus money
: didn't have the door being beat down. Clubs
: that run Open stakes with small entry fees,
: I have no problem with either. You get what
: you get and they aren't trying to trick
: anyone to my knowledge. They just didn't go
: as far out on a limb as charging $300 and
: hoping a party ensued! Of course maybe Pony
: Express can make this up on volume ---you
: know---keep losing money until you break