Event Committee Bulletin: Fall 2010


From the Editor

This will be our fifth issue of the Event Committee Bulletin. We continue to get positive feedback and requests for specific information to be included in this publication. Event Operations created this bulletin for event committees and we want to be sure it is meeting your needs each and every time. Please continue to send us ideas, suggestions, and comments at eventnews@akc.org or give us a call!

September is Responsible Dog Ownership month. Throughout September clubs all over the country host RDO Day events. As you read the article"Meeting Eligibility Requirements to Hold Future Dog Shows"remember that Responsible Dog Ownership Day activities meet one of the Major Activity requirements! We would like to hear about your club's activities and how you make the event a success. Another way clubs can meet their compliance requirements is to help their community prepare for a natural disaster. There seems to have been a rash of natural disasters throughout the country recently. Often times in the rush and confusion to prepare or evacuate in the face of such emergencies our four-legged companions are forgotten. Clubs can assist their community in planning for these disasters and not forgetting our beloved pets. Check out the "Are You Prepared?" article for some tips.

Also in this edition are explanations about moving a dog to an eligible Open Class at conformation events, updates from the Companion Events department, and information about how clubs can help get the word out about AKC registrations!

In this Bulletin:

Are You Prepared?

Disaster Planning is one of the Eligibility to Hold Future Dog Shows additional activities. With hurricanes, floods, tornados, wild fires, and other natural disasters providing the "Are You Prepared?" flier can remind dog owners to consider their pets in their family's disaster planning.

Companion Event Resources

Companion Events has provided a page for Trial Secretaries and Superintendents. This page will be updated frequently with announcements and clarifications to AKC Companion Event regulations. It is designed as a resource to trial secretaries and superintendents by providing the most current information available about AKC regulations and policies. It can be accessed from the obedience, rally, agility or tracking home pages.

Recent Rule & Regulation Changes

Changes to Rules Applying to Dog Shows

Chapter 3, Section 5; Effective: July 1, 2010
The Twelve-to-Eighteen Month class can be further divided into two age groups consisting of twelve month of age and under fifteen month, and fifteen months of age but under eighteen month of age.

Chapter 11, Section 6; Effective: July 1, 2010
Entries may no longer be changed via telegram.

Read more on the disclosure of the full text of amendments to the Rules Applying to Dog Shows.

Changes to Dealing with Misconduct

Section X, SUSPENSION; Effective: Immediately
An Event Committee may only grant a stay of a suspension if the following conditions exist:

  • The Event Committee has classified the conduct of the suspended individual as a violation that, pursuant to the AKC Discipline Guidelines, has a mitigated penalty that includes a reprimand.
  • The Event Committee is recommending that the AKC impose the mitigated penalty.

Read more on disclosure of the full text of amendments to the Dealing with Misconduct.

Meeting Eligibility Requirements to Hold Future Dog Shows

The AKC compliance obligations are designed to help clubs advance the sport of dogs in the community they are licensed to serve. Each clubs constitution includes "to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition." The goal of these "eligibility requirements" is to give clubs a list of options for activities that will gain members, increase entries, and to educate the public concerning the sport of dogs. Clubs are asked to meet specific requirements in each calendar year in order for the club to be approved to host events for the following calendar year. However, clubs are also encouraged to have fun with these activities and should be creative to develop activities suitable to the local area. These requirements are feasible and with proper planning will promote our sport to the public, attract new club members, and increase the entry for your events.

Every registration makes a difference...for all dogs!

Without the continuing help of our clubs, the AKC cannot live up to its mission of advocating for the purebred dog as a family companion, advancing canine health and well-being, working to protect the rights of all dog owners and promoting responsible dog ownership. As we continue extensive outreach to the AKC community regarding our efforts to meet the challenge of decreasing registrations, we need your help in telling your club members why AKC registrations are so important.

Friendly Reminders

In the rush to complete event registrations, submit applications, judging panels, and show results, or deal with the multitude of issues that are involved with hosting an event, it is easy to forget a few things. Below are some friendly reminders regarding some common misunderstandings or misconceptions that the Event Operations department sees on a regular basis.

  • Applications must be signed by a club officer.
  • Clubs must send in an updated officer and membership list every year.
  • If your club is purchasing a package deal from a Superintendent be sure to check the appropriate line on the Application for Show/Trial and list the On-Site Secretary's name on the application.
  • When using the Online Plans system to submit your event application only pay for your events once. If after the first time you do not receive a receipt, please call (919) 816-3579 for assistance.

For more information, contact eventnews@akc.org.

Questions & Answers

Can my club email our premium list to all exhibitors?
Four (4) hard copies of the premium must still be mailed to the AKC. Clubs may send their premium out to exhibitors via e-mail; however, the premium must be available to anyone that wishes to receive a hard copy upon request.

Are there any upcoming Show Committee seminars?
All scheduled Show Committee seminars can be found on the Seminars page by selecting "Show Chairman" in the drop down box and clicking "Go." For more information you may contact Bri Tesarz directly at 919-816-3514 or glt@akc.org.

Can a dog be moved from Bred-By to Open class if the breeder/owner/exhibitor cannot show the dog?
According to Rules Applying to Dog Shows, Chapter 11, Section 6 a dog may be moved to an eligible Open class only if the dog is ineligible for the class it is entered. If any breeder/owner/exhibitor is at the event, the dog is eligible for the Bred-By Exhibitor class and may not be moved. If all breeder/owner/exhibitors cannot attend the event then the dog may be moved into eligible Open class in accordance with Chapter 11, Section 6. For additional questions please contact eventnews@akc.org.