Event Committee Bulletin: Winter 2012


From the Editor

The holidays have passed and hopefully everyone had a wonderful new year! With any luck you are now taking a step back and relaxing a bit. Who am I kidding? If a dog show person isn't working on their event then they are probably participating in another one! The new year has brought many new programs to AKC. We have launched the AKC Owner Handler Series. More information and a schedule of events can be found at www.akc.org/nohs. Open Shows and the 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition along with Reserve Best in Show start July 3rd. Look for information on all these new programs on our website and in future Event Committee Bulletins.

This issue includes an update of the new Visiting Judges Approval Process from Judging Operations as well as information about advertising your upcoming event. As in every issue, you will find frequently asked questions, explanations of recent rule changes, and friendly reminders. Finally, there is information about Motel 6 offering discount to Dog Show Exhibitors!

Please send us your feedback about this issue. Your feedback gives us the guidance we need to be sure we are providing you and your event committee with the information you want and need.

In this Bulletin:

Bri Tesarz


Are you a new event committee member? Have been working with the committee for some time but still have questions? Have you been the show chair for many years but aren't sure of all the new AKC policies? If you answered yes to any of these questions the AKC Show Committee Seminar is for you!

These seminars cover topics such as AKC paperwork, superintendent & judges selection, preparing a premium list, event hearings, new AKC rules, regulations, and policies and much more! A knowledgeable and experienced AKC representative facilitates the seminar and is available to answer any of your questions about putting on the best event you can.

Upcoming seminars include:

  • St. Louis, MO on June 2, 2012
  • Atlanta, GA on August 25, 2012

Seminars are scheduled throughout the year. To find the latest information on upcoming seminars visit our seminar search page and select "Show Chairman" as the seminar type. If your club is interested in hosting a seminar please contact Bri Tesarz at (919) 816-3514 or glt@akc.org at least 6 months in advance.

Visiting Judges and the new Judging Approval Process

As many show chairpersons and judges selection committees for kennel clubs are aware, the Board of Directors of the American Kennel club has recently adopted a new Judging Approval Process which will be implemented March 1, 2012. What you may not be aware of is that the new process contains modifications relative to Visiting Judges which may affect you directly in the assigning of your conformation judging panels for upcoming events.

Motel 6 and Studio 6 Discount Codes

Motel 6 is a proud sponsor of American Kennel Club programs and is committed to helping purebred dog fanciers find great, affordable, dog-friendly accommodations.

We hope that you will encourage your Show Chairperson or the person planning your Premium List to include this information regarding Motel 6 and Studio 6 as a great value, pet-friendly lodging option.

AKC Weekly Winners Gallery℠ Adds Featured Upcoming Events Section

The AKC Weekly Winners Gallery, which recently launched its new look, now also includes a special “Featured Upcoming Events” section.

Clubs can now advertise their upcoming events in the Gallery’s new section for as little as $150, and information about their event will be shared with tens of thousands of active exhibitors across the country.

There are three ad sizes available so clubs can include all the important details or just the essentials -- location, date, superintendent and more! Also, with repeat ad-run discounts clubs can run ads well before the event and right before the entry close date as a reminder.

The AKC Weekly Winners Gallery, an official publication of the American Kennel Club, is a weekly e-newsletter sent to over 100,000 fanciers every Wednesday. The Gallery is also posted to the AKC’s Weekly Wins webpage and posted to the AKC’s Facebook page, with over 75,000 followers, ensuring that event ads get the maximum exposure!

For ad rates and sizes please contact Samantha Smith at 212-696-8259 or winshot@akc.org.

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.

  • If the event type and fees are incorrectly listed in the Online Plans System do not pay with your credit card. Contact your event representative to have this corrected.
  • Open Shows & 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy competition become sanctioned events July 3, 2012. At these events, Certificate of Merit (CM) points can be earned.
  • Reserve Best in Show becomes effective July 3, 2012. This is not an optional award -- clubs must offer it if they offer Best in Show.

For more information, contact event_news@akc.org.

Questions & Answers

Do all clubs have to offer the 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition?
The 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition is an optional event for clubs to offer. It is a great way to draw new people into the sport and increase your entries.

Where can I find information about the AKC Owner Handler Series?
All details and upcoming events in the AKC Owner Handler Series can be found at www.akc.org/nohs.