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Highlights From The October 2013 AKC Board Meeting

(Friday, November 01, 2013)

New York, NY – Highlights from the October 28-29, 2013 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows. Full details on these actions, as well as other actions taken, are included in the minutes for the meetings, which will be posted on the AKC website.

  • The Board voted unanimously to designate the AKC Board Room as the Walter F. Goodman Memorial Board Room, which will be commemorated with a brass plaque.
  • The Board approved the 2014 budget.
  • The Board adopted a new policy regarding the granting of group judging eligibility with the effective date to be set at the December 2013 Board Meeting.
    • An AKC judge approved to judge breeds comprising 80% of the entries in a group the previous year could be approved for the group after passing the breed standard tests and submitting a $25 non-refundable processing fee per breed for the remaining breeds in that group.
    • The group approval would be for no more than three years, dating from the first group assignment.
    • The judge may not be assigned breeds not currently approved on either regular or permit basis constituting the balance of the group.
    • Group status would be removed after three years if a judge has failed to gain approval for the balance of the breeds within the group.
  • Effective January 1, 2014, Basset Hounds and Bulldogs are to be judged on a ramp in Group and Best in Show competition.
  • Effective January 1, 2014, Miniature Poodles will be eligible to compete in AKC Hunting Tests for Retrievers.
  • Several amendments were made to the Obedience and Rally Regulations, effective January 1, 2014, affecting the size of premium lists, refunds for bitches in season, wait lists to fill openings created by withdrawn entries, and determining the size of Rally rings. The complete changes are in the minutes of the October 2013 meeting.
  • Several amendments were made to the Agility Regulations at the request of the 2013 Agility Advisory Committee. They affect such areas as two trials in a day for breed clubs, refunds for bitches in season, determining overloads, correcting entries after closing, using video to determine the running order, when courses may be built, limits on walk-throughs, and clarifying what identifying information may be worn in the ring. The complete changes are in the minutes of the October 2013 meeting.