: Anyone have any ideas to spark up the intrest
: in trials.
: When I go to trials it seams to look like a
: old folks home at lunch time. This year you
: are there and next year the seats are empty.
: What is the trials future? How can the fire
: be lit again with all the excitement of the
: younger crowd.
: Please chime in don't show your age, you can
: still type.
: What is the future 10 years from now?
Here is one suggestion which I'm pretty sure would help.
Add a walking handler and gallery Stake called Hunting Dog and place dogs by bird count. This would give new guys a chance to feel like they have a chance to win without going away thinking "my dog was just as good as the others and the judges wouldn't even look at him. I'm going back to hunting.".
From this point, they could be encouraged to ride some other stakes and get some exposure to what the upper levels are about.