Fancier Feedback Enhances AKC National Owner-Handled Series

Flashback: Judge Sheila DiNardo puts up Miniature Pinscher GCh. Marlex Classic Red Glare, handled by co-owner Armando Angelbello, as BIS at the 2013 NOHS Finals. 

From "AKC Updates," AKC Gazette: With the input of clubs, judges, exhibitors, and superintendents, the AKC Board of Directors has adopted the following updates to the AKC National Owner-Handled Series. Three changes approved by the board went into effect for the 2015 qualifying period that began in October:

  • Removing the limitation that dogs co-owned with a professional handler are not eligible to be exhibited in the NOHS. Professional handlers would still be prohibited from handling the dog in the NOHS. This rule change simply allows for situations such as a new exhibitor who co-owns their dog with a breeder who officially meets the definition of a professional handler. This new exhibitor would now be eligible to participate in the NOHS.

  • Changing the definition of professional handler to add the phrase “within the last five years.” With this update, fanciers who handled (for pay) other people’s dogs, or on occasion for a friend, would be able to compete in the NOHS after a term of five years. Professional handler is defined as anyone who belongs or has belonged to a professional handlers’ organization, distributed rate cards, or otherwise advertised or represented themselves as handling dogs for pay within the last five years.

  • Automatically marking all entries from the Amateur-Owner-Handler class as eligible for the AKC NOHS. This change was made to widen the pool of eligibility into the NOHS and to lessen the confusion between the class and the special attraction.

In addition, the Board amended its NOHS policy for clubs, which went into effect for the qualifying period that began last month:

All-breed and group clubs that hold at least two shows a year and offer a special attraction with group competition must offer the NOHS at a minimum of 50 percent of their shows in the calendar year. The NOHS does not have to be offered at the same show as the special attraction with group competition.

All-breed or group clubs holding only one show a year are not required to hold an NOHS competition in order to hold another special attraction with group competition.

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