Putting on the Open stakes with a pay out also involves losing money for most clubs and again, it is a donation by key club members that allow these trials to be held. Many open stake clubs have members who have dogs with the the pros that may attend. Another example of the amateurs supporting trials in order for the trials to be held.
Don't get me wrong - I think it is a good thing but it is also reality. If you think a club is getting rich off hosting a trial for anyone, try taking up the hosting of same. Most club members do it for the love of the game and because they think their club might be able to put on a class affair. It is very much hosting a party for your friends and acquaintances. Last time we hosted, it just costs me money at every turn. However, I don't care - I want to be involved. Also when we host and get guys to judge, I'm now obligated to go judge their trial. Easier to just go to trials and spend money on fuel and entries. Not cheap but definitely cheaper!