While I'm not a horseback field trial guy, and I'm sure most of you aren't either, I never understood the disdain some gundog owners have for high-level field trial competition, of both the pointing and retrieving flavor. I'm pretty sure most of us aren't professional athletes, but should that prevent you from enjoying pro sports? Of course not. These dogs are the canine equivalents of professional athletes; unbelievable performers trained to a level beyond the means of the vast majority of us. And I for one prefer to enjoy them for what they are, rather than criticize them for what I perceive them to be.