Event Committee Bulletin: Winter 2010


From the Editor

We hope everyone had a happy, healthy holiday season! This year promises to be a year filled with new things for clubs and the AKC such as the Certificate of Merit and Grand Champion titles. We encourage clubs and exhibitors to contact AKC if they have any questions about the implementation of these new titles. If you have an idea for a future article please do not hesitate to contact us at eventnews@akc.org.

The purpose of this newsletter is to assist event committees put on a more engaging, efficient, enjoyable event. Our articles are intended to help you and your members come up with new ideas or borrow the ones in the articles if you like! We include frequently asked questions and friendly reminders to ease the event planning process.

In this issue there are several new rule changes explained including the new Grand Champion title. We encourage you to review the requirement that all dogs be individually registered prior to entering an event which became effective January 1st. Finally, there is an article with ideas for attracting exhibitors to your event.

In this Bulletin:

Grand Champion

On May 12, 2010 the Grand Championship competition will start concurrent with the implementation of the 2010-2011 Schedule of Points. Competition for this new title will be judged concurrently with Best of Breed competition at both all-breed and specialty shows.

Certificate of Merit

Beginning January 1, 2010 all dogs that compete in the Miscellaneous Class will be eligible for a Certificate of Merit (CM) suffix title. This is an introductory title that is aimed at encouraging participation in the Miscellaneous Class and will be superseded by the CH title when earned. For a complete description of the title please review the Rules Applying to Dog Shows, Chapter 3, Section 23 Purple Insert.

The Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed in each of the individual breeds in the Miscellaneous Class will be eligible for points based on the number of dogs defeated in their breed. To receive the Certificate of Merit a dog must earn a total of 15 points based on the following point structure:

Dogs Competing Points
2 1
4 2
8 3
12 4
16 5

CM titled Dogs may continue to compete in the Miscellaneous Class so long as they are of an eligible miscellaneous breed.

Attracting Exhibitors

Clubs frequently complain about small entries at their events. Many follow tried and true principles that work while some find unique solutions to be exhibitor friendly.

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. Here are some friendly reminders regarding some common misunderstandings or misconceptions that the Event Operations department sees on a regular basis.

Questions & Answers

How do I order additional rule books?
As stated by the Board of Directors, "all rule books will have one uniform price of $5.00. A $3.00 shipping/handling fee charge will be applied on all rule books that are processed and shipped from the Raleigh office. Free, downloadable PDF copies of the latest version of all rule books are available from the AKC website. Rule books will continue to be sent free of charge to Superintendents/Event Secretaries, Public Education Coordinators, AKC Clubs, upon receipt of a request on club letterhead, and AKC Judges. The AKC Booth will continue to provide rule books at no charge to Delegates, Judges and Exhibitors."

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.

If my club is based in New York and our show is held in New Jersey, which point schedule do I use?
You will always use the point schedule for the Division in which the physical location of the show is listed. See the details of all Divisions’most recent Point Schedule.

How do I find out whom my event plans representative is?
To find who your event plans representative is you can call (919) 816-3579. You will need the name of your club, the state your club operates in, and the type of event(s) (conformation, agility, obedience, rally, and tracking) that your club hosts.