Retriever Advisory Committee Minutes
Retriever Advisory Committee
Cheraw, South Carolina
November 12, 2005
Mr. Nelson Sills, Chairman of the Retriever Advisory Committee, opened the meeting at 2:10 PM with the introduction of the AKC Performance Events staff. Mr. Sills then introduced AKC COO John Lyons to say a few words about the improvements to the Performance Events Department. Mr. Lyons briefly spoke about management issues that prompted a change in leadership and the return of the Performance Events Operations staff to Mr. John Rabidou, Director of Performance Events.
Mr. Sills then introduced Mr. John Rabidou who spoke of the "sin of success" urging the field trial community to be patient as we work towards the solution of too many people with too many dogs entering field trials today.
Mr. Sills then introduced Mr. Bill Speck who spoke briefly about the new policy to go into effect December 1, 2005 – Accelerated Events – in particular for Retrievers which will speed up the process of licensing new field trial clubs.
Marshall Simonds, Chairman of the Retriever Advisory Sub-Committee, took the floor. Our large entry situation is less catastrophic than was feared, Mr. Simonds stated, however, with the adoption of several of the following proposals we will be taking steps to alleviate the problems associated with large entries. We will seek by accelerating the process for new clubs to be eligible to hold events within nine months to a year instead of three years. Secondly, holding a third licensed trial within a year so long as it is held in conflict with another club within a 200 mile radius.
Due to changes in this year's report, ballots will be sent out as soon as possible and clubs will be given until the end of January to vote. Ballots will be mailed to each field trial giving club's President and Secretary of record in order to ensure that the club receives the ballot and has an opportunity to vote.
Mr. Simonds then presented the proposed changes to the Field Trials Rules and Standard Procedures for Retrievers.
A short discussion followed regarding the professionals role in the sport.
The meeting adjourned at 3:15 P.M.