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AKC Invites All-Breed Clubs to Host an Owner-Handler Series Event

(Monday, April 30, 2012)

The AKC Owner-Handler Series launched in January 2012 as a pilot program to celebrate the owner-handlers who are the core of the conformation dog sport and make up the majority of show entries. Based on the positive feedback received from exhibitors, the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) has opened the Series to every All-Breed club.

Any All-Breed club with an event date after July 3, 2012 is now eligible to offer the AKC Owner-Handler Series at their show after applying for it and listing it in the premium list. The AKC Owner-Handler Series events currently scheduled can be found at: http://www.akc.org/ohs/events.cfm.

“We launched the AKC Owner-Handler Series with a handful of events, and based on their success, we’re opening this Series so that more owner-handlers can participate,” said AKC Director of Event Operations Bobby Birdsong. “More than 80% of dogs in the ring are shown by their owners and we’re happy to celebrate the owner-handler’s dedication to their breed and dogs.”

The top-ranked dogs from the AKC Owner-Handler Series are posted on www.akc.org. Rankings of the dogs competing in the series are compiled based on the special Point Schedule for Best of Breed, Group and Best in Show placements in this specific series competition. View the current rankings at: http://www.akc.org/ohs/points_ranking/

For more information about eligibility or judging procedure, visit the AKC Owner-Handler Series Q&A. If you have questions about hosting one of these events, please contact Bri Tesarz at glt@akc.org or 919-816-3514.