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Highlights from the May 2006 Board Meeting

(Wednesday, May 10, 2006)

New York, NY – Highlights from the May 2006 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows:

  • The Board adopted a conflict of interest policy for AKC approved judges effective January 1, 2007. It would prohibit an individual with a significant interest in a dog registry or dog event-giving organization deemed by the AKC Board to be in competition with AKC from being an AKC judge. It would also prohibit AKC judges from judging non-AKC events in the United States. There are exceptions, which are included in the policy. The full policy is included in the minutes from the May meeting.
  • The AKC Board approved funding a Parent Club Conference for up to $150,000. The request was made by the Delegate Parent Club Committee, which will conduct the conference in the Summer of 2007.
  • The Plott becomes eligible to compete in the Hound Group, effective January 1, 2007.
  • The Conformation judging approval system was completely revised, and a procedure for the removal of breeds from approved judges was adopted. Complete details are included with the minutes of the May meeting.
  • The Board approved the Working Dog Sport as requested by four breed Parent Clubs (The American Bouvier des Flandres Club, the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, the German Shepherd Dog Club of America and the American Rottweiler Club). This is effective January 1, 2007, with the regulations to be approved by the Board.
  • The Icelandic Sheepdog was approved to participate in AKC Herding Events effective September 1, 2006.

The following Delegates were approved:

  • Leonard G. Abraham, Belchertown, MA, to represent Holyoke Kennel Club
  • Ann Barbash, Victor, NY, to represent Genesee Valley Kennel Club
  • Gayle Bontecou, Clinton Corners, NY, to represent Mid-Hudson Kennel Association
  • Janice Croft, Blaine, MN, to represent Land O’Lakes Kennel Club
  • Patricia M. Cruz, Coram, NY, to represent Heart of the Plains Kennel Club
  • Lee Davidson, Maineville, OH, to represent Clermont County Kennel Club
  • Denise Dean, Parks, AZ, to represent Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America
  • Roberta Mayers, Waterbury, VT, to represent Green Mountain Dog Club
  • Merry Jeanne Millner, High Point, NC, to represent Furniture City Kennel Club
  • Margaret Uminsky, Levittown, NY, to represent Nassau Dog Training Club
  • Robin Vuillermet, Killingworth, CT, to represent German Pinscher Club of America