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New York, NY – On January 1, 2006 responsibilities for Judges’ Education was transferred to Judging Operations. Uniform criteria for seminars and workshops were established and discussions initiated with the National Judges Groups and representatives of major clusters to develop a cooperative approach to judge’s education that will lead to enhanced quality, greater availability and more affordability.

Since January 1, 2006, five Procedural Seminars for aspiring judges have been presented in various parts of the country and three more are planned for the remainder of the year. Four Junior Showmanship seminars have been presented and two more are planned for the remainder of the year.

The basic AKC Institute concept has been revised and streamlined into a weekend format. The first will be presented in Fitchburg, MA on November 11 and 12, 2006, and the second is planned for Portland, OR on January 20 and 21, 2007.

An Advanced Institute for Non-Sporting breeds has been scheduled for February 23, 24 and 25, 2007 in conjunction with the International Kennel Club of Chicago Shows.

Registration information and materials will be available on the website or through Judging Operations on July 1, 2006. For additional information, contact Amanda Abel at 919-816-3862 or