Performance Events Updates

Performance Events Updates

 

Here are some updates regarding Performance Events from the November Board Meeting.

William Speck Reappointed as AVP of Performance Events

The American Kennel Club® announced today that William Speck has been reappointed to his previous position of Assistant Vice President of Performance Events. Speck retired from AKC as AVP in 2003 but continued to serve as a consultant to the Performance Events Department.

"Like a good Retriever, Bill keeps coming back," joked John Lyons, AKC's Chief Operating Officer. "We are fortunate to have Bill with us again on a full time basis -- the depth of his knowledge and expertise in the performance world is unique and his enthusiastic admiration for the sport will continue to be an invaluable asset."

Beagle Advisory Committee

John Rabidou and Caroline Kelly-Murphy, staff, participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference.

The Board considered a number of amendments to the Beagle Field Trial Procedures for Large Pack Field Trials. Following a motion by Mr. Marden, seconded by Dr. Davies, it was VOTED (unanimously) to amend Procedure 3 in the Beagle Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedures for Large Packs, effective January 1, 2006, as follows:

Delete Section 3-B, renumbering 3-C through 3-E as 3-B through 3-D and amend 3-C (now 3-B) as follows:

Procedure 3

[Delete section]
3-B The actual and recorded owner of a Beagle 18 months of age or older and registered with The American Kennel Club may apply to have the hound's eligibility for the 13inch or 15inch class officially determined through certifications by the Judges at field trials held under either Brace or Small Pack Procedures. When such application is received, The American Kennel Club will issue to the owner three forms for certification of measurement. These forms must be presented by the owner or his authorized agent to the Field Trial Secretaries of licensed or member trials or recognized Federation Winners Stakes at the time entries are being accepted for the trials or stakes, and the Field Trial Secretaries shall present the forms to the Judges before the hound is measured. Note: A judge may only measure the same hound once. While the hound need not be entered in a trial where it is measured, it shall be measured in public at the place where the drawing for a class is to be held during a half-hour period prior to the closing time for entries for that class. After the hound has been measured and the form completed and signed by the Judges, the Field Trial Secretary will also sign it and shall forward it to The American Kennel Club. If two of the three forms are completed at separate trials within one year of the date of issuance by The American Kennel Club, and if the two forms agree as to whether the hound measures 13inches or under, or over 13inches but not over 15inches, The American Kennel Club will issue an official card of eligibility to the owner. The card shall be recognized at all field trials held under American Kennel Club Rules and Procedures as establishing a hound's height eligibility, in lieu of the requirements of Procedure 3-A above, and the hound shall be ineligible to compete in a class for hounds of any other height.

Re-number 3-D as 3-C
Re-number 3-E as 3-D

Boykin Spaniels in Hunting Tests
Following a motion by Ms. Scully, seconded by Mr. Menaker, it was VOTED (unanimously) to add the Boykin Spaniel to the list of breeds eligible to compete in AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests, effective January 1, 2006.

Retriever Field Trial Accelerated Approval
The Board considered a recommendation from the Delegate Field Trial and Hunting Test Committee to implement a plan to expedite the licensed trial eligibility of Retriever Field Trial Clubs that met certain criteria. A club that qualifies may be approved to hold a licensed Retriever Field Trial on a probationary basis, under the following conditions:

  • The Licensed event application must include a letter from the established licensed club agreeing to mentor the new club in the conduct of its first licensed event. The letter must indicate that the directors of the existing/licensed club approved the mentoring.
  • The new club's members will be entirely responsible for all facets of the trial. All new club requirements would apply.
  • An AKC field representative should observe the event. If for any reason it is not possible to have an AKC field representative in attendance, AKC management will arrange to have a report submitted by an individual in the mentoring club, who will be designated by AKC. The report from the Field Representative or designated mentoring club member will be filed with Club Relations Department and the Performance Events Department. A satisfactory report from the Field Representative or designated mentoring club member is required to move the club from probationary to fully licensed status.

The club would be required to have a large percentage of members with 10 + years experience to qualify for this accelerated program.

Following a motion by Mr. Goodman, seconded by Mr. Marden, it was VOTED (unanimously) to adopt the above program, effective December 1, 2005.

All Performance Events
The Board considered a proposal to extend the above Accelerated Club Approval Program to all Performance Clubs. Following a motion by Dr. Davies, seconded by Mr. Merriam, it was VOTED (unanimously) to approve this proposal, effective December 1, 2005.

 

Also, the following Pointing Breed Field Trial Rules have become effective January 1, 2006:

 

Amendment to Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedure for Pointing Breeds

Effective: January 1, 2006

CHAPTER 5. Judges

( Chapter 5. Judges )
The following policies apply to all field trials:

 As a condition of approval, all Judges must have a record of having handled a dog or dogs to five (5) placements in adult stakes in any Pointing Breed field trials, exception being made for persons that have judges ten (10) or more assignments at AKC field trials.

 In order to be approved to be published in the premium list, the two Judges of each stake must have a combined record of having judged at least five (5) adult stakes in AKC-licensed or member club trials. For example, if one Judge has judged two adults stakes, the second Judge must have judged at least three adult stakes at AKC-licensed and member club trials.

 Persons that have never judged an AKC field trial must take a self-administered test prepared by AKC and successfully apprentice twice at an AKC Licensed or Member club field trial at the stake/level to be judged or higher.

 The AKC strongly recommends that all prospective Judges attend an AKC-sponsored field trial seminar .

 Persons who have judges at ten (10) or more field trails are exempt from the five placement requirement, the self-administered test and apprenticeship requirement.


 

Amendment to Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedure for Pointing Breeds

Effective: January 1, 2006

 

PROCEDURE 1
Standard Procedure for Pointing Breed Field Trials

 

Procedure 1

1-C Gun Dog and limited Gun Dog stakes. A Gun Dog must give a finished performance and must be under its handler's control. It must be handle kindly, with a minimum of noise and hacking by the handler. A Gun Dog must show a keen desire to hunt, must have a bold and attractive style of running, and must demonstrate not only intelligence in quartering and in seeking objectives but also the ability to find game. The dog must hunt for its handler at all times at suitable Gun Dog Range*, and should show or check in front of its handler frequently. It must cover adequate ground but never range out of sight for a length of time that would detract from its usefulness as a practical hunting dog. The dog must locate game, must point staunchly, and must be steady to wing and shot. Intelligent use of the wind and terrain in locating game, accurate nose, and style and intensity on point, are essential .

*Walking Handler Gun Dog range—In Walking Gun Dog Stakes, the dog's range should be suitable for the waking handler. Horseback Handler Gun Dog range—In Horseback Handling Gun Dog Stakes, the dog's range should be suitable for a horse back-mounted handler taking into consideration the cover and terrain.


Amendment to Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedure for Pointing Breeds

Effective: January 1, 2006

 

PROCEDURE 2. JUDGES

Procedure 1

The Judges may place the dogs 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in each stake. The judges must agree on the placements of all dogs.

Judges should withhold 2 nd place in an Open Stake if the performance of that dog would not merit championship points should the dog placed 1 st be found to be ineligible.

Based on the number of starters in an Amateur Stake, Judges should withhold either 2 nd , 3 rd or 4 th placements if the performance of a dog would not merit championship points should one of the dog's placing either 1 st , 2 nd or 3 rd be found to be ineligible.

The decisions of the Judges shall be final with respect to the running and placement of the dogs, and in all questions concerning the merits of the dogs. They shall have full power to turn out of any stake any dog that does not reasonably obey its handler or interferes with the work of its bracemate, and any handler who, in their opinion, willfully interferes with another handler or his dog.


 

Amendment to Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedure for Pointing Breeds

Effective: January 1, 2006


PROCEDURE 6-L. RUNNING AND HANDLING

Procedure 6-L

Any scouting for a dog shall be done by a scout appointed by the handler of that dog. The scout shall be named prior to the start of the brace and shall act solely with permission of one or more of the Judges. A scout must not handle a dog in any manner, except at the direction of a Judge, and except as provided for in the second paragraph of Procedure 6-K, above. Such violation will be cause for the dog to be immediately ordered up by the Judges. When not scouting, the scout shall ride behind the Judges so as to be readily available to the Judges and handler.


Amendment to Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedure for Pointing Breeds

Effective: January 1, 2006

 

PROCEDURE 1

Standard Procedure for Pointing Breed Field Trials

Procedure 1.

1-A puppy stakes. Puppies must show desire to hunt boldness, and initiative in covering ground and in searching likely cover. They should indicate the presence of game if the opportunity is presented. Puppies should show reasonable obedience to their handlers' commands, but should not be given additional credit for pointing staunchly. Each dog shall be judged on its actual performance as indicating its future as a high-class bird dog. Every premium list for a licensed or member trial shall state whether or not blanks are to be fired in a Puppy Stake. If the premium list states that blanks will be fired, every dog that makes game contact shall be fired over if the handler is within reasonable gun range. At least 15 minutes and not more than 30 minutes shall be allowed for each heat. Championship points will be withheld if a dog has not run for the required time.

1-B Derby stakes. Derbies must show a keen desire to hunt, be bold and independent, have a fast, yet attractive, style of running, and demonstrate not only intelligence in seeking objectives but also the ability to find game. Derbies must establish point but no additional credit shall be given for steadiness to wing and shot. If the handler is within reasonable gun range of a bird, which has been flushed after a point, a shot must be fired. A lack of opportunity for firing over a Derby dog on point shall not constitute reason for non-placement when it has had game contact in acceptable Derby manner. Derbies must show reasonable obedience to their handlers' commands. Each dog is to be judged on its actual performance as indicating its future promise as a high-class bird dog for Gun Dog or All-Age stakes. Preference should not be given to one potential over another. Application is more important than range in a Derby . At least 20 minutes and not more than 30 minutes shall be allowed for each heat.

Championship points will be withheld if a dog has not run for the required time.

All placed dog must have established a point .

1-C Gun dog and limited gun dog stakes. A Gun Dog must give a finished performance and must be under its handler's control at all times. It must handle kindly, with a minimum of noise and hacking by the handler. A Gun Dog must show a keen desire to hunt, must have a bold and attractive style of running, and must demonstrate intelligence in seeking objectives and ability to find game. The dog must hunt for its handler at all times at a range suitable for a handler on foot, and should show or check in front of its handler frequently. It must cover adequate ground but never range out of sight for a length of time that would detract from its usefulness as a practical hunting dog. The dog must locate game, must point staunchly, and must be steady to wing and shot. Intelligent use of the wind and terrain in locating game, accurate nose, and style an intensity on point, are essential.

A dog that does not point cannot be placed. A dog should not be called back to point after running of its brace except under the most extreme and unusual circumstances.

At least 30 minutes shall be allowed for each heat. Championship points will be withheld if a dog has not run for the required time.

1-D All-aged and limited all-age stakes. An All-Age Dog must give a finished performance and must be under reasonable control of its handler. It must show a keen desire to hunt, must have a bold and attractive style of running, and must show independence in hunting. It must range well out in a forward moving pattern, seeking the most promising objectives, so as to locate any game on the course. Excessive line-casting and avoiding cover must be penalized. The dog must respond to handling but must demonstrate its independent judgment in hunting the course, and should not look to its handler for directions as to where to go. The dog must find game, must point staunchly, and must be steady to wing and shot. Intelligent use of the wind and terrain in locating game, accurate nose, and style and intensity on point, are essential.

A dog that does not point cannot be placed. A dog should not be called back to point after the running of its brace except under the most extreme and unusual circumstances.

At least 30 minutes shall be allowed for each heat. Championship points will be withheld if a dog has not run for the required time.


 

Amendment to Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedure for Pointing Breeds

Effective: January 1, 2006

 

PROCEDURE 1

Standard Procedure for Pointing Breed Field Trials

Procedure 1

1-D All-age and limited all-age stakes. An All-Age Dog must give a finished performance and must be under reasonable control of its handler. It must show a keen desire to hunt, must have a bold and attractive style of running, and must show independence in hunting. It must range well out in a forward moving pattern, seeking the most promising objectives so as to locate any game on the course. Excessive line-casting and avoiding cover must be penalized. The dog must demonstrate its independent judgment in hunting the course, and must show a willingness to handle when called upon. The dog must find game, must point staunchly, and must be steady to wing and shot. Intelligent use of the wind and terrain in locating game accurate nose, and style and intensity on point, are essential.


Amendment to Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedure for Pointing Breeds

Effective: January 1, 2006

 

PROCEDURE 6. RUNNING AND HANDLING

Procedure 6-I

Multiple unsuccessful attempts to locate game on the same contact shall be counted as a single non-productive.

Glossary-Non-productive: When a dog has established a point and the handler can not produce game in the general area


Amendment to Field Trial Rules and Standard Procedure for Pointing Breeds

Effective: January 1, 2006

 

PROCEDURE 6. RUNNING AND HANDLING

Procedure 6-P

AKC approved electronic tracking collars will be permitted in all stakes unless prohibited in the Premium List. Use of the receivers will be permitted only after the dog/dogs have been eliminated from contention. Judges shall have complete control of the transmitters, receivers and their use. Judges will inspect the collars prior to placement on dogs. Judges will carry the receiver, and when the handlers are given the receiver, dogs will be out of contention. Any misuse by handlers, scouts or gallery members will be severely dealt with by suspension and/or fines.