Event Committee Bulletin: Winter 2013


From the Editor

Welcome to 2013! We hope this year holds many new & exciting things for your club and its events. It is always great to hear from clubs with new ideas that have increased your entries and/or your gate. Also, send us your club's best practices for making your events run smoother and more efficiently. Please send these success tips to eventnews@akc.org.

This issue contains information regarding AKC Club Membership List Upload Tool, televised events, and new program survey information. As always, we have explained recent rule changes and included some friendly reminders.

Send us your thoughts on what you would like to see in the Event Committee Bulletin in the future! We look forward to hearing from you.

In this Bulletin:

Happy New Year,
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:

  • York, PA on March 15, 2013

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 glt@akc.org at least 6 months in advance.

The AKC Needs Your Club's Feedback!

Attention club secretaries: Please remember to complete the survey that was emailed to you regarding our new events (AKC National Owner-Handler Series, 4 to 6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition, and AKC Open Show). Your feedback is valuable in understanding what is working and how we can improve them. If your club is in need of the survey links, please email akcsurvey@akc.org.

Club Membership List Upload Tool

AKC's Board of Directors has extended the deadline to submit membership lists using the Club Membership List Upload Tool to July 1, 2013. After the deadline, a $50 processing fee will be charged to clubs for membership lists not submitted via the Club Membership List Upload Tool.

Your club's membership list will only be used by AKC to conduct AKC business relating to events, club relations, legislation, and other outreach by AKC to its affiliated club members. The names and email addresses on the list will not be provided to government agencies or sold to third parties. After submission of the club's membership list using the Club Membership List Upload Tool, your club officers will receive an email from the AKC confirming the submission of the list.

Televised & Live Streamed Events

Clubs that have commercial filming or live streaming events must have a contract with AKC involvement. Please see the AKC Board Policy regarding commercial filming at events.

Changes to Rules Applying to Dog Shows

Chapter 3, Section 16; Effective: July 3, 2012
A Reserve Best in Show must also be offered by any club giving group classes. The Reserve Best in Show winner will be chosen by the same judge that has been assigned Best in Show from the remaining group winners in the ring after awarding Best in Show.

Chapter 4, Section 1; Effective: July 3, 2012
Reserve Best in Show judge is the same judge as for Best in Show. The name and address of this person must be submitted to The American Kennel Club at least eighteen (18) weeks prior to the closing of the event.

Chapter 5, Section 1; Effective: July 3, 2012
The Reserve Best in Show ribbon/rosette may be any unassigned color or combination of colors.

Chapter 5, Section 7; Effective: July 3, 2012
A prize at an all-breed show may be offered for outright award to the recipient of Reserve Best in Show.

Chapter 6, Section 2A; Effective: July 3, 2012
The prize and/or trophy offered for Reserve Best in Show must be included in the condensed premium list.

Chapter 7, Section 13; Effective: July 3, 2012
Judges are limited to judging 175 entries in one day unless they are judging a specialty, in which case they may be assigned a maximum of 200 entries. If the specialty is held as part of an all-breed show the increased limit only applies if the judge is not assigned any other breed, a Group or Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show.

Chapter 7, Section 19; Effective: July 3, 2012
Only one judge shall select the Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show. Additionally, the AKC Board of Directors suggests that whenever possible the Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show be determined by one who has not already judged any breed or group at that event.

Chapter 10; Effective: January 1, 2012
Clarifications were made to this chapter to update the requirements for show veterinarians to better accommodate on-call veterinarians and to require clubs to inform them of their duties.

  • Clubs needing an ID & Password to manage their events using Online Event Management should email eventplans@akc.org. This information can only be issued to a club officer.
  • AKC defines club officers as: President, Vice President, Secretary (Recording & Corresponding), Treasurer, and Delegate, if a member club.
  • To add a 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy competition to your event, clubs must complete pages 2 & 5 of the Show/Trial Application.

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.

For more information, contact eventnews@akc.org.