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2013 AKC Obedience Classic Welcomes Additional Competitors With New Masters Class

(Tuesday, July 24, 2012)

--Eligibility Criteria Also Updated--

A new Masters Class added to the inaugural AKC Obedience Classic slated for December 2013 in Orlando, Florida, as well as revised eligibility for the Novice, Open and Utility classes, will give more Obedience exhibitors a chance to compete, the American Kennel Club® announced today.

“With the eligibility criteria as it was originally established, we determined that there would be a large group of Obedience Trial Champions that would not be eligible to enter the 2013 Obedience Classic, and also would not be ranked high enough within their breed to be invited to the 2013 National Obedience Championship,” said Pamela Manaton, Director of Obedience, Rally and Tracking. “As a result, we created a new Masters class that will allow OTCH titled dogs to enter and compete if they meet the eligibility.”

The inaugural 2013 AKC Obedience Classic will take place December 14-15, 2013 in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with the 2013 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and the 2013 AKC Agility Invitational. It will offer four class levels: Novice, Open, Utility and Masters, open to all dogs who meet the qualification criteria in the qualifying period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.

The 2013 event eligibility requirements are as follows:

I. Novice Class Eligibility
a. Must have earned a CD title during the qualifying period.
b. After earning the CD title, a dog must earn three (3) more qualifying scores in the Novice class (A and/or B), or one (1) HIT award, during the qualifying period.

II. Open Class Eligibility
a. Must have earned a CDX title during the qualifying period.
b. After earning the CDX title, a dog must earn three (3) more qualifying scores in the Open class (A and/or B), or one HIT award, during the qualifying period.

III. Utility Class Eligibility
a. Must have earned a minimum of the UD title.
b. A dog must earn six (6) qualifying scores in the Utility class (A and/or B) during the qualifying period.
c. OTCH titled dogs may not enter this class.

IV. Masters Class Eligibility (Open and Utility)
a. Must have earned a minimum of the UD title.
b. A dog must earn six (6) qualifying scores of 193 or better in Open B during the qualifying period; and
c. A dog must earn six (6) qualifying scores of 193 or better in Utility B during the qualifying period.
d. OTCH titled dogs may enter this class.

For ongoing Obedience updates, bookmark http://www.akc.org/events/obedience/.

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