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Re: We have to make it fun and enjoyable
I think there will always be the money issue that goes along with horseback field trials and makes it difficult for young people. A few years ago I sat down with a prospective "newbe" and buying only used but still serviceable equipment; truck, trailer, horse, electronics, etc. The derived figure was about 60k to start. With inflation and currency devaluation higher now. This is a substantial barrier to a young person trying to start a family.This does not include buying/leasing/befriending someone who has local training grounds, the cost of johnny houses,pen raised birds, lease on summer grounds in eastern Montana,hay for the horse, vet bills and so on.It does not include the cost of a professional trainer.AS a well known amateur friend of mine in south Georgia says " I never met a poor amateur field trialer who came more than once" In contrast, one can buy a used pickup,an off the shelf rifle,and a deer tag for not very much money;hunt public land with your kids and be successful.
: We need open arms, clubs working together and
: promoting their trials (fun). Have a local
: DOY/HOY award just for the club members.
: EVERYONE should go look for one new person
: each year and bring them along...for the
: ride. Offer to give them a dog to
: "run" in the puppy or derby stake.
: Let the judges and bracemates know they are
: new and HELP them! Get your kids on a horse,
: wheeler, or put a leash in their hand and a
: whistle around their neck (kids LOVE to make
: noise) and they will be begging to go with
: you when they get older.
: Get items donated and offer a free raffle or
: just GIVE an item to the newbies to keep
: them coming back. Talk to them, talk to
: them, talk to them!
: Put free trial or training ads/notifications
: online...craigslist...forums and PROMOTE
: your clubs.
: Host raffles - which reminds me...I have
: tickets for you...