I'll speak up here and gently dispute the "it's a racket." I think we often forget the work behind these kinds of programs.
First, AKC didn't have to step up and offer AKC recognition for Barn Hunt titles at all. I am incredibly grateful that they recognize the integrity of our sport by offering title recognition. It's certainly not something they do for all outside entities, but they have done so for us, since the very start of our sport. Having that tacit endorsement and also being able to hold events in conjunction is good for the sport of Barn Hunt!
Second, and importantly, this program costs the AKC money. Not just the employee time to process the applications and certificates, and not just the printing, stuffing, and mailing costs. But also the costs to program their computer databases to accept our titles.
It is entirely reasonable for them to recoup their costs plus a little extra in order to offer us this service. It's voluntary, no one has to do it. And you are correct, you do not have to do it for each title you receive. But some of us will. 🙂