AKC’s Event Committee Bulletin
A Publication of the AKC Event Operations Department
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From the Editor
We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday! As 2010 winds down and we look towards 2011, we reflect on the many initiatives started in 2010 including the Certificate of Merit and Grand Champion titles, Breeder of Merit programs, and several rule changes among others. In this issue you will find articles about new pilot programs beginning in 2011 including holding independent specialties concurrently with an all-breed event and enhanced services for specialty clubs.

This issue also contains information about handling dog aggression at AKC event and emergency judge overloads. These are just two of the many topics covered at AKC Show Committee seminars conducted throughout the year across the country. You will also find a brief article about show committee seminars as well.

As always, we encourage you to contact us at event_news@akc.org with questions, ideas, and suggestions in order to make this a more informative communication tool.

Questions & Answers
Q: How should my club submit their membership list?
A: Clubs have several options when submitting their membership list. The quickest way is to utilize the membership list upload tool on our website. If this is not an option clubs may send in a traditional hard copy membership list will all contact information for each member.

Q: What is the 4-6 Month Puppy Competition I have been hearing about?
A: In 2011 AKC will be piloting this competition as a Special Attraction at selected shows each month in order to refine it for use as a future event.

Q: Can a specialty club have an independent event at the same time as an all-breed club?
A: Yes, this is a new pilot program which AKC instituted for events held on or after January 1, 2011. See complete details regarding the policy here.

Q: Are Grand Champions ranked? If so, how and where can I find the rankings?
A: The top 25 Grand Champions of each breed are currently ranked based on Grand Championship points. These rankings can be found here.


Contact Us
   Bobby Birdsong,
 Director of Show Events:
 Conf. Rules & Policies
 (919) 816-3571

 Bri Tesarz,
 Programs Administrator
 (919) 816-3514

 Event Records
 (919) 816-3538

 Agility & Rally Plans & Records
 (919) 816-3725

 Judging Operations
 (919) 816-3570

 Companion Events
 (919) 816-3575

 Event Plans
 (919) 816-3579

Dog Aggression at AKC Events
Dogs participating in AKC events are expected to be well trained and socialized. Aggressive behavior that results in injury of dogs or humans is unacceptable and the event committee has a duty to investigate and to disqualify the dog from AKC events unless there are mitigating circumstances that caused the aggression.

A minimum of three event committee members must investigate the circumstances surrounding the attack and complete the current AKC form AEDSQ4, Dog Aggression – Action By Event Committee, Witness statements and a description of the incident must be included with the report. It is the club’s responsibility to disqualify the aggressive dog if the following three conditions exist. Read more.
Judge Overloads
Entries have closed and in the days following you receive a call from your Superintendent or Show Secretary informing you that one of your judges has overloaded. What do you do now? Read about the rules and procedures here.
AKC Show Committee Seminars
Are you a new event committee member? Have been working with the committee for some time but still have questions? Have you been the show chair for many years but aren't sure of all the new AKC policies? If you answered yes to any of these questions the AKC Show Committee Seminar is for you!

These seminars cover topics such as AKC paperwork, superintendent & judges selection, preparing a premium list, event hearings, new AKC rules, regulations, and policies and much more! A knowledgeable and experienced AKC representative facilitates the seminar and is available to answer any of your questions about putting the best event you can.

Upcoming seminars include:
  • Denver, CO on February 20, 2011
  • Warwick, RI on April 13, 2011 (limited seating)
  • Beckley, WV on April 30, 2011
  • Orlando, FL on June 23, 2011
Seminars are scheduled throughout the year. To find the latest information on upcoming seminars click here and select "Show Chairman" as the seminar type. If your club is interested in hosting a seminar please contact Bri Tesarz at (919) 816-3514 or glt@akc.org at least 6 months in advance.
Enhanced Services for Specialty Clubs
AKC is developing additional services to assist specialty clubs. Specialty show secretaries will be able to submit show results online starting in early 2011 and will be able to "validate eligibility" of dogs entered in the event using these services. If your club is interested in helping us test these new services contact Bri Tesarz at glt@akc.org.
Friendly Reminders
In the rush to complete event registrations, submit applications, judging panels, and show results, or deal with the multitude of issues that are involved with hosting an event, it is easy to forget a few things. Below are some friendly reminders regarding some common misunderstandings or misconceptions that the Event Operations department sees on a regular basis.
  • If there is an incident resulting in a dog disqualified by the event committee, special attention must be paid to the completion of the proper form. To disqualify a dog, all of the following must be present: 1) an attack to a dog or person, 2) an injury to dog or person, and 3) the committee must believe the dog presents a hazard to persons or other dogs. This means that on the Dog Aggression – Action By Event Committee form, items numbered 1, 2 and 4 must be answered “Yes” in order for item number 5 to be a “Yes.”

  • There is no application fee for clubs that have less than a 30 dog entry at the previous years show.

  • When using the Online Plans tools remember that your application should be submitted prior to submitting your Judges Panels just as is done when submitting these via hard copy.

  • Each club has its own event plans representative based on the state the club operates in. All letters are signed by the managers but the individual representative issues the letters.
For more information, contact event_news@akc.org.
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