in my area, exhibitor numbers are way down for a variety of reasons and only junior exhibitors can show. is it a good idea to open this up so that exhibitors that can't afford to purchase an animal can show, ie for mr. smith from another post, and have a class which can't win overall champion, but will get numbers up and participation up? there is no local opportunity for an "open" class. or will it just speed up the process of elimination of the local shows due to "open" participation. currently what people do is "sell" the animal to the jr. exhibitor with the stipulation to sell it back with a variety of schemes to pay for feed. this is essentially cheating, but our recent local show had probably less than 10 AOB in it in three classes and it was sad to see the judge give reasons. i think only 3 people from my entire county showed. granted we have our county show coming up. the county to the north, Santa Clara county has the same problem. any suggestions????