Do you even know the meaning of the phra$e, "short attention span"?
My point is, having judged grouse trials and ridden brace after brace of no bird work AND THEN having to go into a pen bird second $eries doesn't necesarily bring the best dogs to the fore. Yes, if the judges know what they're doing, they'll call back the best ground races but the best GROUSE dog may flag on box birds in the second and be eliminated. You think THAT helps the sport? Or that dog may be great in the open but not so great in a 5 acre field where he has to be hacked onto a sickly little quail. Does THAT help the sport?
I love wild bird trials! I wish wild birds were so plentiful in all venues that all tria;ls could be held on them. If you like to walk or ride all day watching dogs cover birdless ground, more power to you. I have a parking lot that I'll rent you, even toss out a few half dead quail for your dog to point. Sound like fun? And I'll only charge you $50.00 a dog, OK? For 5 birds. Bring a few of your like minded friends and I'll maybe only charge you $40.00. If you have enough friends, that is. Do you have any friends?