The inaugural AKC National Owner-Handler Series (NOHS) end-of-year competition will be held in conjunction with the 2013 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Florida. The competition will be open to the top owner-handled dogs from two qualifying periods. Dogs that finish ranked in the top ten (plus ties) for their breed for the 2012 or 2013 qualifying years will be invited to compete in the competition.
“AKC created the AKC National Owner-Handler Series as a pilot program in January to celebrate the dedication and enthusiasm of our owner-handler exhibitors, and we’re very pleased with the support the program has gotten since it was opened to every All-Breed club this spring,” said AKC Director of Event Operations Bobby Birdsong. “Since the Series has existed for less than a full year, we’ve scheduled the year-end event for December 2013 to allow exhibitors extra chances for competition and time to qualify.”
The qualifying period for the 2012 qualifying year is January 1, 2012 through October 10, 2012. The qualifying period for the 2013 qualifying year will be October 11, 2012 through October 9, 2013.
Rankings are compiled based on the AKC Owner-Handler Series Point Schedule for Best of Breed, Group and Best in Show placements. The rankings are available on the AKC website.
Once the results from the 2012 qualifying year have been processed, AKC will recognize the top 2012 dogs on a new webpage.
The inaugural AKC National Owner-Handler Series (NOHS) end-of-year competition will be held in…