When Mike Mader and myself contacked the owner of the Z Bar ranch asked for permission to hold a field trial.We had no idea of the work it takes to put it on. Let alone get permission on this great wild bird prairie ranch. We got it with a Go For ItThe ranch went to work and basic remolded a old calfing house which is now used for headquarters.Heat air kitchen bath sleep quarters and ext.Jim M installed Kitchen cabnits
We contacted Joe Warsham Doug Myers Paul R Jim M and others which formed the club.
Joe lives probably 8 hours Doug at least 5 hours and not sure on Jim. Paul about 2 hoursand myself only about 25 miles,Mike Mader from Montana which worked wonders when the dog wagon was stuck and couldnt get around and kept people from getting lost in that vast country.
Thats just a start and wont go into detail as we all should pretty well know the rest.All I got to say is these guys and its members are some pretty decent people and love bird dogs to put on trials for us to enjoy.
: Most clubs do not break even on their trials
: any more. Membership is lower than at one
: time and the die hards supplement the
: hosting of trials out of their own pockets.
: You think it is expensive to go to a trial
: and it is. Try putting one on and going out
: to the grounds a half dozen times to make
: sure everything is properly laid out and
: ready to go. You have fuel to the trial and
: the active club members have four times the
: fuel in doing the preparation and running of
: the stakes plus being there before and after
: the trial.
: 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!