A Limited Trial means that you are limiting the number of
entries that you will accept. This is increasingly necessary as
the sport grows by leaps and bounds. In some areas of the country
many trials are filling on the first day.
NADAC and AKC allow limited trials. At the present time, USDAA
does not. All organizations have guidelines or limits on the
number of runs a judge is allowed to handle.
If you decide to hold a limited trial, here are some suggestions:
The trial limits and opening and closing dates must be clearly noted
on the premium.
If the organization allows it, it is best to limit the number of runs
rather than the number of dogs.
Make the opening and closing dates dependent on the postmark,
not the day received. By using the postmark, it is fairer to all
and you eliminate the need for a competitor to try to "time"
the arrival of his or her entry. You also remove the need for
express delivery services that often result in the trial secretary
having to sign for something or making a trip to the post office to pick
it up. If you use the postmark, you should also let people know
that hand-delivered or electronic entries will not be accepted.
If you expect the trial to fill quickly, you might as well set a
fairly short time between the opening and closing dates. Be sure
to check with the sanctioning organization to see what is allowed.
Again depending on the organization, you may have the option of
filling entries on either a first-come, first-served basis, or using a
draw. Again, make sure the method you are using is clearly stated
in the premium.