How many ribbons should you order?
Let's look at a one ring NADAC trial with five classes each day: 2 rounds of regular and one round each of jumpers, chances, and a non-jumping class (weavers, tunnelers, hoopers, or T&G) each day.
For each round of regular or jumpers we have five jump heights (8", 12", 16", 20", and 20+), three levels (Novice, Open, and Elite), three divisions (Standard, Vet, and JH), and two categories (Proficient and Skilled). Skilled has only four jump heights (4", 8", 12", and 16").
For each round of regular or jumpers, there could be this many first place awards:
The non-jumping classes don't have separate placements for divisions, so there could be this many first place awards:
Chances does not award placement ribbons (only qualifiers), so it isn't included here.
So, if you award up to 4th place, you would theoretically need this many placement ribbons PER DAY:
WAIT A MINUTE ! Unless you're willing to run until midnight and hire 2 judges, a one ring trial won't have more than 500 runs per day. How could we possibly need over 1000 ribbons???
Well, the fact is that you probably aren't going to have more than a handful of junior handlers, and you certainly won't have 4 at each jump height and each level. Although there will probably be more vets, again they will be limited.
In addition, many handlers (especially at the higher levels) don't take ribbons, or don't take placement ribbons unless they also Q.
What is comes down to is that there is no absolute formula you can apply to figure how many ribbons you need. However, you CAN draw on the experience of other clubs and trial secretaries who have provided the following guidelines:
For a one ring trial, 5 classes/day, 2 days, 500 (max) runs per day:
You would not necessarily double this for a 2 ring trial, unless you are separating rings by handler (see the page on multi-ring trials). In most 2 ring trials you'll have larger classes, but there won't be any more 1st place ribbons than in a 1 ring trial. You probably will need more Qs and placements beyond 2nd:
Here are some other suggestions:
Have fun !