For all of you who don’t know, the Cluster Shows in January have moved to Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. 16,th, 17th, and 18th. We are as usual, the middle Show. So our show day is Sunday. Mark that on your calendars. Monday this year is Martin Luther King’s Birthday and Puyallup KC is taking that day. The proposed plans are to rotate the Clubs each year. It is time to send out the SOS’ for Stew-ards. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org .
This year has brought several proposed changes to the Dog Show world. Some have passed with no problem, another sent back for more clarification.
As of October Mixed Breeds are eligible to register with the AKC as such. Their registration numbers should start being assigned by January. They will be able to enter Companion Events at Stand Alone Shows . That is Obedience, Rally and Agility
As we heard from AKC Delegate Bo Gloster, the proposed Amendment to split the Groups to a number of 10, was referred back to the Board. Seems that some of the Parent Clubs objected to which Group they had been assigned. It is difficult for me to understand why the Siberian Huskies and the Alaska Malamutes, object to be listed in a Group labeled “Northern Dogs”. By their very name, unless I have misplaced those regions, are at the North end of all my maps. And don’t they pulled dog sleds in the Northern snow?
The Amendment was passed to allow Clubs to further divide the 12-18 Class at the option of the Show giving Club. Probable division would be 12-15 and 15-18, as is done at Specialty Shows.
The biggest change and one that will affect those of us who either Judge or Steward, is the addition of the Grand Champion title . This will be voted on at the December meeting. It is assumed to pass, and if so would be implemented by May. So we would run into it at our Summer Show. Bo sent out a very detailed explanation in his report dated September 19, 2009. I would suggest that you, who judge or steward print it off and study it. As you face it in the ring, both of you will have to rely on each other for support until it becomes the norm. Especially if it is a class dog or bitch that takes the Breed, unless that becomes a thing of the past because for Judges it makes it more involved. Abridged edition on next page.