Jr News Q&A
Dear Jr. News:
Can you please clarify/confirm if a Novice, upon their 3rd win with competition, can move up to the open class on the *same* day as their 3rd win with competition? I have seen this done at shows in the past and want to ensure there are no contrary rulings in which would make this a difficult/impossible task (such as regulations that would supersede this one itself).
If a judge or steward were to question this action, who would be the best official to clarify?
I have copied the section of the Junior Showmanship Regulations here that I am referring to:
Section 5. Classes and Divisions.
(B) Open. This class shall be for boys and girls who are at least 9 years old and under 18 years old on the day of the show, and who have won three first place awards in a Novice Class in a licensed or member show, with competition present. The winner of a Novice Class shall automatically become eligible, upon notice to the Open Class ring steward, to enter and compete in the Open Class at the same show provided the win is the third (3rd) first place award with competition and further providing there are one or more Junior Handlers competing in the Open Class.
Your interpretation is correct, if a Novice Junior obtains their third first place with competition, they may show in the Open Class. The Junior may advise the steward, who in turn should call for the Superintendent to enter the Junior Number in the Open Class. One thing to consider is that is the Junior does exhibit in the Open Class and is defeated, they are no longer eligible to participate for Best Junior if it is offered.
If there is ever a question, the AKC Rep should be called for clarification.