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Wording is as presented in the Minutes/Secretary's Page, provided by AKC Secretary Gina M. DiNardo.

 

The Board convened via Zoom Video Conference on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 11:03 a.m. Mr. Sprung and the Executive Secretary were present in the NY Office. All other Directors participated in the meeting by video conference. The October 13, 2020 Board meeting minutes, copies of which had been provided to all Directors, were reviewed. Upon a motion by Dr. Battaglia, seconded by Mr. Sweetwood, the October 13, 2020 Board meeting minutes were unanimously approved.

 

PRESIDENTS REPORT

 Mr. Sprung reported that registration is continuing to do well during the COVID-19 pandemic spike. Litters, individual dogs, pedigrees, DNA, AKC GoodDog! Helpline and AKC PuppyVisor™ enrollments are each up.

     Events and Entries: As of November 9, 2020, events are down 62% in the aggregate from mid-March to year end.

     A total of 14,147 events have been cancelled or postponed in 2020.

     Fast CAT, Scent Work, Hunt Tests, Field Trials, Agility and Conformation Specialties are doing well.

     Total entries through September 30, 2020 are down 1,311,000.

     STAFF: Thirty-eight (38) individuals are back to work, one (1) went to work for AKC REUNITE and eleven (11) former employees were offered positions or have advised AKC that they would not return. Five (5) more positions are planning to return in 2020 and fifteen (15) in 2021, for a total of seventy (70) positions. There are an additional 16 positions that are approved for rehire in 2021 as workload requires.

     I.T.: The IT Department is set for the November 16-20, 2020 Delegate Committee meetings and the December 2, 2020 Delegate meeting which will be conducted via the Zoom platform.

     ORLANDO: A very robust and well-thought-out plan will be implemented in Orlando with extraordinary safety and social distancing measures in place. It is truly a multi-departmental venture.

     Conformation entries opened October 23, 2020 and closed on November 18, 2020. To date Conformation has 3,058 entries; Bred-By-Exhibitor: 549; Agility: 608 + 78 Juniors; Puppy and Juniors Stakes: 668; National Owner-Handled Series Finals: 317.

     The National Championship experience will be very different this year due to the event modifications for COVID-19.

     Gina DiNardo, Executive Secretary, and Paula Spector, VP, Corporate Services, participated in this portion of the meeting to share with the Board details about these modifications and safety measures planned for the National Championship week.

 

Legal Update: The Board reviewed a legal update as of October 2020.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION - There was an EXECUTIVE SESSION to discuss sensitive business matters. Nothing was reported out of this session.

 

FINANCE - Ted Phillips, Chief Financial Officer, provided a financial update for the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Despite the ongoing challenges due to COVD-19, a positive report of AKC’s operations was conveyed.

     YTD Net Operating Income is $9.6 million primarily due to higher registration revenues and cost containment, offset by lower recording and service fees.

     Registration Statistics: 2020 YTD Litter Reg. was 6.5% ahead of budget, 8.2% better than 2019 YTD. 2020 YTD Dog Reg. was 15% ahead of budget, 17% better than 2019 YTD.

     Registration Fees exceed the prior year by 18% or $4.4 million. This increase is led by Dog Registration ahead of 2019 by 23% or $3.9 million.

     Events and Entries continue to reflect the impact of COVID-19 cancellations. Compared to the same period in 2019, Events & Entries were down by 53.5% & 57%, respectively. Events & Other Fees trail budget and 2019 Actual by 25% and 27% respectively. This is primarily due to Recording & Service Fees which trail prior year by 52% or $4.6 million.

     One key offset is Pedigree & Other Litter Fees exceed budget by 22% or $1.1mil primarily due to 3Generation Pedigree Sales.

     Product & Service Sales exceed budget by 14% or $1.1 million led by Merchandise Sales due to increases in e-commerce sales ahead of prior year by 44% or $520k.

     Advertising, Sponsor/Royalties trail budget by 12.5% or $1.1 million due to a combination of lower income across all lines due to lower activity due to the pandemic.

 

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY Mari-Beth O’Neill, VP Sport Services, Sheila Goffe, VP Government Relations; Brandi Hunter, VP Communications and Public Relations; and Ashley Jacot, Director of Education, participated in this portion of the meeting.

 

American Hairless Terrier Stud Book - The Board reviewed a request from the American Hairless Terrier Club of America to keep the Stud Book Open for the Breed until January 1, 2026. The American Hairless Terrier Stud Book is scheduled to close January 1, 2021. Currently AKC will accept dogs registered with United Kennel Club. Following a motion by Mr. Tatro, seconded by Mr. Sweetwood the Board VOTED (unanimously) that the American Hairless Terrier Stud Book will remain open until January 1, 2026.

 

Siberian Husky Proposed Breed Standard Revision - The Board reviewed the proposed revisions to the Nose, Color and Disqualification sections of the Siberian Husky breed standard as submitted by the Siberian Husky Club of America, Inc. (SHCA). The current standard was approved October 9,1990. Following a motion by Dr. Davies, seconded by Dr. Garvin, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to approve the proposed Standard revisions for ballot by the SHCA in accordance with the Siberian Husky Club of America’s Constitution and By-laws.

 

Acceptance of Pedigrees from the Azerbaijan Kennel Club - The Board reviewed a request from the Azerbaijan Kennel Club to be added to the list of registries with pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration. Kennel Union of the Republic of Azerbaijan (hereinafter referred as KURA) is a national non-profitable canine organization in Azerbaijan, which was established in 2001 and a member of FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) since 2006, and FCI full member since 2015. KURA is the only all breed registry authority in the country. KURA issues Pedigrees and records registration records of all pure breed dogs in Azerbaijan.

     In 2019, KURA registered approximately 2500 dogs. Since 2015, KURA organizes CRUFT’S Qualification shows 2 times per year and International Dog Shows inviting FCI international judges; and KURA conduct and participate in education programs, seminars. This will be discussed further at the January Board meeting.

 

Mudi Eligibility to Compete in the Herding Group - The Board reviewed a request from The Mudi Club of America (MCA). MCA has submitted a petition seeking acceptance into the AKC Stud Book and for the Mudi to be eligible to compete in the Herding Group. MCA also submitted a proposed breed standard for approval. The Standard for the Mudi is in the AKC format. The Sport Services Department has approved the standard, and the club membership approved the standard in October 2017.

     While in the Miscellaneous Class, MCA held four Open Shows and national breed specialties. During this time the club has also conducted 4 judges workshops and breed seminars throughout the United States.

     The dogs are currently exhibited on a regular basis in the Miscellaneous Class at AKC events throughout the United States. 83 Mudi have competed in 287 different conformation events in 29 different states since moving into Miscellaneous. They have earned 42 Certificate of Merit Titles. Additionally, 63 Mudi have competed in companion and performance events earning 229 titles. This will be discussed further at the January Board meeting.

 

Parent Club Designation for Danish-Swedish Farmdog - The Board reviewed a request from the Danish-Swedish Farmdog Club of America to be designated as the Parent Club for the Breed allowing them to hold FSS Open Shows.

     The Danish-Swedish Farmdog Club of America has an active membership participating in Companion Events and FSS Open Shows when available. This will be discussed further at the January Board meeting.

 

Russian Toy Eligibility to Compete in the Toy Group - The Board reviewed a request from The Russian Toy Club of America (RTCA). RTCA has submitted a petition seeking acceptance into the AKC Stud Book and for the Russian Toy to be eligible to compete in the Toy Group. RTCA also submitted a proposed breed standard for approval.

     The Standard for the Russian Toy is in the AKC format. The Sport Services Department has approved the standard, and the club membership approved the standard in October 2017.

     While in the Miscellaneous Class they held six Open Shows and national breed specialties. During this time the club has also conducted 3 judges workshops and breed seminars throughout the United States.

     The dogs are currently exhibited on a regular basis in the Miscellaneous Class at AKC events throughout the United States. 205 Russian Toy have competed in 450 different conformation events in 39 different states since moving into Miscellaneous. They have earned 30 Certificate of Merit Titles. Additionally, 48 Russian Toy have competed in companion and performance events earning 144 titles. This will be discussed further at the January Board meeting.

 

AKC Detection Dog Task Force Patriotic Puppy Program Update & Strategic Plan - Sheila Goffe, VP Government Relations provided an update on the AKC Detection Dog Task Force Patriotic Puppy Program. The Detection Dog Task Force committee members are AKC Board members Dr. Carmen Battaglia, Co-Chair; Christopher Sweetwood, Co-Chair; Rita Biddle, Dominic Carota and Ann Wallin and AKC Staff members AKC VP Government Relations, Sheila Goffe; Executive VP, Mark Dunn and Executive VP, Doug Ljungren.

     The purpose of the AKC Detection Dog Task Force is “to study specific areas in which the AKC could help address the crisis of a shortage of high-quality explosives detection dogs for U.S. national and public security while also advancing recognition of AKC as preeminent authority on canines”.

     The DDTF focuses on three major areas:

     • Breeder Education and Outreach, • Conferences/Webinars and, • Public Policy (GR)

     The Patriotic Puppy Program (PPP) is a pilot program that falls within the education and outreach mission of the DDTF. The purpose of the patriotic puppy program is to study whether AKC breeders can provide a suitable and reliable source of future “green” dogs that could then be purchased by law enforcement or government agencies for advanced training and successful deployment, primarily as explosives detection dogs (EDDs).

     In August, the Patriotic Puppy Program transitioned to phase 2 of the program. Phase 2 restructures the program to broaden training and outreach to include the development of detector dogs for deployment at local and state levels. The Primary goal of PPP Phase 2 is to establish training protocols, assist trainers and place graduate puppies with local, state and federal Law enforcement.

 

Government Relations Update Third Quarter 2020 The Board reviewed an update for the for the third quarter of 2020 and a status update on current GR department activity, major projects, significant activities and legislative successes.

     The pandemic and response continue to have a dramatic impact on legislatures and policymaking at all levels of government. Legislative offices at the U.S. Capitol and many state capitols are closed to one-on-one constituent meetings. Instead, many meetings and communications are increasingly conducted by phone or zoom or similar electronic platforms.

     Through the third quarter of 2020, AKC GR has monitored, evaluated and responded to more than 3,300 federal, state and local bills and 630 pending (750 tracked) implementing regulations that could impact responsible dog ownership, the health and wellbeing of dogs, the rights of dog owners, and/or the interests of the American Kennel Club. This represents a nearly 50% increase in legislative analysis activity and a 40% increase in pending regulations over the same period in 2019.

     In addition, AKC GR has published alerts on more than 190 legislative proposals on state, local and federal issues that impact dog owners, and provided written and/or oral testimony for more than 175 of these measures. This represents a 46% increase in advocacy engagements over the same period in 2019.

     GR also monitored 753 proposed regulatory (administrative rule) changes at the state and federal level, with approximately 630 of these actively pending.

     In addition, AKC GR is monitoring, analyzing and responding to constantly changing state executive orders in all 50 states, state and federal legislation and relief packages, business/events closure requirements, and efforts to limit legal liability regarding COVID-19 transmission for organizations that follow CDC, state and other relevant health and safety precautions.

 

AKC Education Q3 Report The Board reviewed a memo that provided an update of the Education department’s activities and accomplishments for the third quarter of 2020 and provided a status update of current projects and initiatives.

 

Canine College

Breed Courses; Breed courses were offered with a 50% discount through September 30, 2020. The number of breed courses purchased in Q3 of 2020 was 29.5% higher than Q3 of 2019.

     • The Whippet breed course is undergoing final changes from the Parent Club and is scheduled to launch at the end of October.

     • The Azawakh, Pekingese, Norfolk Terrier and PBGV courses were updated in Q3.

     • The Italian Greyhound, Chihuahua, English Cocker Spaniel and Silky Terrier courses are currently under development.

Breeder Education The Breeding Systems and Genetic Defects and Health courses were completed and launched. The courses were completely redesigned and relaunched in Q3, featuring the most up to date information, as well as state of the art interactivities

     • A total of 2,359 Breeder Education courses were ordered in Q3 of 2020, which is an increase of 17.4% from Q3 of 2019.

     • The breeder exams for Breeding Systems and Genetic Health and Defects were updated in Q3.

Public Education

     • The AKC PupPals Program continues to grow and expand, most recently including those affected by the California wildfires. Since its launch in August 2019, we’ve received over 4,000 dog submissions and more than 900 requests for PupPals.

     • The Virtual AKC Patch Program continues to receive sign ups daily, with more than 40 children completing this program in Q3.

     • AKC Canine Ambassadors continue to teach about purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership through virtual offerings, though they are eager to return to the classrooms and libraries. We now have more than 380 active Canine Ambassadors

     • AKC Breed of the Week for Kids continues to be updated with a new breed each week. During Q3, the following breeds were introduced to the participants: Dogo Argentino, Sealyham Terrier, Australian Shepherd, Pomeranian, Great Pyrenees, Black and Tan Coonhound, Bulldog, and Vizsla.

AKC Education Webinar Series AKC Education continues to collaborate with Judging Operations to host breed webinars for judges. Webinar are currently offered every Tuesday evening. In Q3, 20 breeds were featured, reaching 5,162 live attendees. Since its launch in March 2020, 82 breeds have been presented to 24,041 live attendees. In addition, the recordings have been watched 6,267 times. Since March 2020, AKC reached more than 31,000 constituents using these educational webinars. Webinars on various topics will continue through the rest of 2020 and into 2021.

 

AKC Communications Q3 Report The Board reviewed an update on the Communications’ departments accomplishments for the third quarter of 2020.

TOTALS:

     Clips Evaluated in Q3: 3,540

     Q3 Potential Audience Reached: 6,722,492,060

     Publicity Value for Q3: $7,699,835.59

     *Numbers and values provided by media monitoring platform Cision.

 

Highlights of Communications/PR Activities:

     • Promoted the second AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge, resulting in a segment on PIX11 Morning News.

     • Created materials for AKC National Championship.

     • Distributed 13 press releases to appropriate media outlets.

     • Weekly “AKC Tips” articles written for McClatchy-Tribune reaching 600 newspapers, including the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dayton Daily News, Duluth News-Tribune, Fresno Bee, Idaho Statesman, Kingsport Times-News and Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, among others.

     • Offered outreach assistance to clubs to promote events or send cancellation notifications due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

     • Promoted first ever Virtual AKC RDO Day in September 2020.

     • Worked with AKC Reunite to create press materials to promote unveiling of trailers through their Pet Disaster Relief program.

 

COMPANION and PERFORMANCE - Doug Ljungren, Exec. VP Sports & Events; Pamela Manaton, Dir. Obedience, Rally, Tracking; Carrie DeYoung, Dir. Agility; and Caroline Murphy, Dir. Performance Events, participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference.

 

Assisting the Sports – Making Permanent Obedience, Rally and Tracking Modifications That Expire at Year-End In Obedience, Rally and Tracking six (6) Regulations were temporarily suspended or modified in 2020 to provide clubs and exhibitors flexibility due to COVID-19.

     The Staff recommends that these six modifications become permanent in 2021. The six modifications are – (1) Closing dates seven days prior to the event, (2) Eligibility restrictions for exhibitors, (3) Eligibility restrictions for dogs, (4) Eligibility restrictions during emergency judge changes, (5) Modifying the obedience Figure Eight exercise, and (6) Publishing the rally course maps.

Recommendation

     (1) Closing Dates – The recommendation is to permanently change the Regulations to allow clubs holding obedience and rally trials, at their option, to close the events at a specified closing date and time no later than 11:59PM seven (7) days prior to the event. This is a change to the Regulations and may be made by a vote of the Board. If approved, this change will be effective for all trials held on or after January 1, 2021.

     (2) Eligibility Restrictions for Exhibitors – The recommendation is to permanently change the obedience, rally and tracking Regulations effecting an exhibitor’s eligibility from thirty days to ten days prior to an event. This is a change to the Regulations and may be made by a vote of the Board. If approved, this change will be effective for all trials held on or after January 1, 2021.

     (3) Eligibility Restrictions for Dogs – The recommendation is to permanently change the obedience and rally Regulations effecting a dog’s eligibility from thirty days to ten days prior to an event. This is a change to the Regulations and may be made by a vote of the Board. If approved, this change will be effective for all trials held on or after January 1, 2021.

     (4) Eligibility Restrictions During Emergency Judge Changes – If numbers (2) and (3) above are approved, staff recommends permanently changing the Regulations for obedience and rally to waive the eligibility restrictions on exhibitors and dogs when there is an emergency judge change. This is a change to the Regulations and may be made by a vote of the Board. If approved, this change will be effective for all trials held on or after January 1, 2021.

     (5) Modifying the Obedience Figure Eight Exercise – The recommendation is to permanently change the Obedience Regulations to use cones instead of Stewards for the Figure Eight exercise. This is a change to the Regulations and may be made by a vote of the Board. If approved, this change will be effective for all trials held on or after January 1, 2021.

     (6) Publishing the Rally Course Maps – The recommendation is to permanently change the Rally Regulations to allow a club to distribute the rally course maps by email and to post them electronically online no earlier than 6PM the evening before each trial. This is a change to the Regulations and may be made by a vote of the Board. If approved, this change will be effective for all trials held on or after January 1, 2021.

     Following a motion by Mrs. Wallin, seconded by Mr. Powers, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to approve these changes on a permanent basis.

 

CHAPTER 1, OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS, GENERAL REGULATIONS

     Section 3. Premium Lists, Entries, Closing of Entries and Catalog Order. (Paragraph 5) The premium list shall specify the name and address of the Superintendent or Trial Secretary who is to receive the entries.

     Opening & Closing Dates. In order to provide fair opportunity for all exhibitors to enter upcoming events, premium lists are required to be published at least 72-hours prior to the acceptance of entries. Events whose entries are limited must have a defined date and time for the opening of entries which is to be prominently displayed on the cover page of the premium list. In addition, every premium list shall specify the date and time at which entries for a trial shall close. For all trials the specified closing date and time must be no later than 11:59PM seven (7) days prior to the trial.

     Whenever the closing day falls on a postal holiday, entries received in any form up to 24 hours from the published closing date and time may be accepted.

     Section 14. Dogs That May Not Compete. (Paragraphs 8 & 9)

     No exhibitor may show a dog under a judge at an obedience trial if the exhibitor has participated in a training session taught by that judge within ten (10) days prior to the date of the event.

     No dog may be entered or shown under a judge at an obedience trial if the dog is owned or handled by any person who has regularly served as a trainer or instructor of that judge, either individually or through classes, or if the dog has been regularly trained or instructed by the judge within ten (10) days prior to the date of the obedience trial. “Trained or instructed” applies equally to judges who train professionally or as amateurs and to judges who train individual dogs or train or instruct dogs in classes with or through their handlers (see “Glossary of Terms”).

     In either case above, the ten (10) day period is not in effect when a judge has been assigned on an emergency basis within 72-hours of an event.

 

CHAPTER 3, OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS, NOVICE

Section 5. Heel on Leash and Figure Eight. (Paragraph 6)

     For the Figure Eight, the handler will stand and the dog will sit in heel position facing the judge, midway between two cones that are 17 to 37 inches high and no more than 15 inches wide at the base, that will be placed 8 feet apart. The Figure Eight in the Novice classes will be done on leash; the handler may go around either cone first. The judge will ask “Are you ready?” before giving the first order. The handler and dog will walk briskly around and between the two cones twice. There will be no about turn, fast or slow, but the judge must order at least one halt during this exercise and another halt at the end.

 

CHAPTER 2, OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS, REGULATIONS FOR PERFORMANCE AND JUDGING JUDGING STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES

     Section 1. Standardized Judging. Heeling Pattern. The same pattern should be maintained as far as practicable for each competing dog. This is a foundation exercise, and it determines the standards for all exercises in which the dog is heeling. The minimum heeling requirements for any class are normal heeling, a fast, a slow, a left turn, a right turn, an about-turn, a halt, and a sit.

     The heeling patterns should not be in the area of the table and/or gate and should have only one element of an exercise on a leg. (For example, there shall not be a halt and a slow on the same leg of an exercise.) A fast must always be on a long dimension of the ring; slow may be either on the short or long dimension of the ring. The fast and slow should be of significant length, not just several steps. No pattern will have more than one fast and one slow. If possible, have one leg of the heeling pattern with no element on it. The “L” pattern is a minimal pattern. Other patterns are acceptable, but excessive complexity should be avoided.

     The judge may leave the Figure Eight cones in position in the ring, provided this equipment will not interfere with the performance of the other exercises.

 

CHAPTER 1, AKC RALLY® REGULATIONS, GENERAL REGULATIONS

     Section 2. Premium Lists, Entries, Closing of Entries and Catalog Order. (Paragraph 2)

     The premium list shall specify the name and address of the Superintendent or Trial Secretary who is to receive the entries.

     Opening and Closing Dates. In order to provide fair opportunity for all exhibitors to enter upcoming events, premium lists are required to be published at least 72-hours prior to the acceptance of entries. Events whose entries are limited must have a defined date and time for the opening of entries which must be prominently displayed on the cover page of the premium list. In addition, every premium list shall specify the date and time at which entries for a trial shall close. For all trials the specified closing date and time must be no later than 11:59PM seven (7) days prior to the trial.

     Whenever the closing day falls on a postal holiday, entries received in any form up to 24 hours from the published closing date and time may be accepted.

     Section 13. Dogs that May Not Compete. (Paragraphs 8 & 9)

     No exhibitor may show a dog under a judge at a rally trial if the exhibitor has participated in a training session taught by that judge within ten (10) days prior to the date of the event.

     No dog may be entered or shown under a judge at a rally trial if the dog is owned or handled by any person who has regularly served as a trainer or instructor of that judge, either individually or through classes, or if the dog has been has been regularly trained or instructed by the judge within ten (10) days prior to the date of the rally trial. “Trained or instructed” applies equally to judges who train professionally or as amateurs and to judges who train individual dogs or train or instruct dogs in classes with or through their handlers (see “Glossary of Terms”).

     In either case above, the ten (10) day period is not in effect when a judge has been assigned on an emergency basis within 72-hours of an event.

 

CHAPTER 2 AKC RALLY® REGULATIONS, REGULATIONS FOR PERORMANCE AND JUDGING; JUDGING STANDARDS, PROCEDURES AND SCORING

Section 25. Walkthrough Time. The course for each class will be posted at the ring when the judge arrives. The Trial Secretary may send copies of the course to exhibitors by email no earlier than 6PM on the evening preceding each trial and the courses may be published online electronically by the Trial Secretary at the same time, if available. The club should have a few printed course copies available for those that cannot take photos of the posted courses or the ability to access the website.

     When there are not more than 20 dogs entered, and the same start time is listed for the A and B classes of the same title level the judge will combine the walkthrough. At the listed start time for the class, a walkthrough of up to 10 minutes will be allowed for handlers without their dogs and judging of the class will follow. The judge must remain in the ring during the walkthrough but will not brief the handlers.

     For classes with 40 or more dogs entered an additional walkthrough time of up to 10 minutes will be provided.

     An additional 10 minutes must be added into the first hour of judging for the first walkthrough.

 

CHAPTER 1, TRACKING REGULATIONS, GENERAL REGULATIONS

Section 12. Dogs that May Not Compete. (Paragraph 8)

No exhibitor may show a dog under a judge at a tracking test if the exhibitor has participated in a training session taught by that judge within ten (10) days prior to the date of the event.

 

CHAPTER 2, TRACKING REGULATIONS, REGULATIONS FOR PERFORMANCE AND JUDGING

Section 9. (Paragraph 4)

     People cannot act as tracklayers for dogs if, within the past 10 days, they have boarded, laid track for, or regularly trained the dogs whose tracks they are to lay. The tracklayer must not be a person with whom the dog has resided or a member of the household or a member of the immediate family of the dog’s handler. The judges will determine the order in which the tracks are run and the number of each track.

 

Virtual Obedience Test Program - The Board reviewed a recommendation to create an AKC Virtual Obedience Test Program consisting of two beginning level classes – Virtual Beginner Novice and Virtual Novice. The purpose is to provide owners that are not able or willing to attend an in-person event an opportunity to stay engaged in the sport by evaluating their skill and teamwork via video. The experience with Virtual Rally has demonstrated, a virtual approach also attracts new participants to the sport. The exercises in virtual obedience will be slightly different than in-person tests, therefore the titles earned will be designated with the letter V - Beginner Novice Virtual (BNV) and Companion Dog Virtual (CDV).

     There will be two beginning levels of virtual obedience offered, with possible expansion of the program over time. The first two levels in the Virtual Obedience Test program will be Virtual Beginner Novice and Virtual Novice classes.

     Following a motion by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mrs. Wallin, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to consider the matter at this meeting, waiving the normal notice procedures. Following a motion by Dr. Battaglia, seconded by Mr. Sweetwood, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to approve an AKC Virtual Obedience Test Program effective March 1, 2021.

 

Retriever Hunting Tests – Amateur Set Aside Entries in the Master Hunter Test - The Board reviewed a recommended change to the Retriever Hunting Test Regulations to provide for clubs to set aside either 25% or 35% of the entries (club’s option) for amateur handlers in a limited entry Master Hunter test. Currently amateurs are having difficulty entering the Master level test because professional handlers are entering many dogs. This situation is undermining amateur involvement in the sport.

     This recommendation specifically sets aside entries for amateur handlers. If the entries are not used within one day, the slots are open to all handlers. No slots are lost; however, the change provides a degree of relief for amateur handlers, who are the backbone of the sport. Strong amateur participation will promote the future health of the program.

     The Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee unanimously supported this recommendation.

     Following a motion by Mrs. Wallin, seconded by Mr. Powers, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to consider the matter at this meeting, waiving the normal notice procedures.

     Following a motion by Ms. Biddle, seconded by Mr. Powers, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to approve is a change to the Regulations and Guidelines for AKC Hunting Tests for Retrievers effective for events approved by the AKC after April 1, 2021. Events receiving AKC approval prior to April 1, provided they have not yet started accepting entries, may implement the amateur set aside program, provided the host club reaches agreement with their entry service provider.

 

Chapter 1, Section 4. Entry Requirements. New paragraph #7 entitled “Amateur Set Aside Entries”.

 Amateur Set Aside Entries

     A club holding a limited entry Master Hunter test must set aside either 25% or 35% of the Master entries for amateur handlers. The amateur set aside level of 25% or 35% is at the host club’s option and shall be provided at the time the event application is submitted to the AKC. This percentage applies to the total entries, prior to worker set aside entries. The number of MH entries set aside for amateurs shall be as follows:

                                   Entries in a Limited MH Test

                                       66 100 132 200

Amateur Set Aside 25%  17   25   33   50

Amateur Set Aside 35%  23   35   46   70

 

Entries eligible for the amateur set aside slots must provide only one handler per dog and the handler must be an amateur. The entry must be submitted by an amateur and the dog must be handled by an amateur in the Master test.

     Entries reserved for amateurs shall open one day prior to general opening at 8:00 pm in the time zone where the event is being held. If the amateur entry limit is reached in the 24 hours prior to the general opening, entries shall stop until the general opening. Additional amateur handled dogs are eligible to enter at the time of general opening. If the amateur entry limit is not reached prior to the general opening, the unused amateur entry slots may be filled by any handler at the time of the general opening.

     If a dog is entered under the amateur set aside provision and the amateur handler is not able to attend the event, the dog may participate provided it is handled by another amateur. Any handler/owner misusing the amateur set aside provision will forfeit the ability to enter in this manner and may be subject to a fine from AKC. The amateur set aside provision does not apply to the Master Nationals or the Master Amateur Nationals.

 

Agility – For Exhibition Only Runs & The Fix and Go Option Made Permanent - In July 2019 the Board approved allowing the offering of For Exhibition Only (FEO) entries and the Fix and Go concept in Agility for a one-year trial period that started January 1, 2020. While the pandemic slowed the use of these ideas, they have been overwhelmingly accepted by the fancy. During the one-year trial period there have been no issues regarding these two additions to the program. Following a motion by Mr. Tatro, seconded by Mr. Carota, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to make the additions a permanent part of the AKC Agility program.

 

Virtual Pilot Programs Sports & Events launched several virtual pilot programs in 202.0 – Virtual Rally Novice and Intermediate classes, Virtual Agility ACT1 and ACT2 classes, and Virtual Water Test for Pointing Breeds. These programs have all proven to be successful. The Staff requested that these programs become permanent additions to their respective sports. Following a motion by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Tatro, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to extend these programs through 2021; Staff will report back on impact and results a year from now. See Appendix A (pages 28-41) for the AKC VIRTUAL OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS

 

CONFORMATION: Doug Ljungren, Exec. VP Sports & Events; Mari-Beth O’Neill, VP Sport Services; Tim Thomas, VP of Dog Show Judges; Glenn Lycan, Dir. Event Operations Support; and Alan Slay, Dir. Event Programs participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference.

 

Opening of Entries for All-Breed Conformation Shows With the demand for conformation dog shows and the entry limits being imposed, clubs are structuring the acceptance of entries in a manner which may not be fair to all potential exhibitors. This Board considered a Board Policy that limits the opening of entries for a show to a single time regardless of the method of submission. The Rules Applying to Dog Shows Chapter 11, Section 4 lists what an entry must have in order to be acceptable, the final paragraph of this section states:

     All the requirements of the foregoing paragraph and all other specific requirements printed in the premium list must be met before an entry can be considered acceptable.

     This sentence allows clubs, among other criteria, to only accept an entry via a single submission method or multiple submission methods. Recently, clubs have included multiple opening dates depending upon the type of entry submission.

     There was no motion to approve the suggested policy.

 

Assisting the Sports – Making Permanent Conformation Modifications That Expire at Year-End The Board reviewed modifications to regulations and policies made in 2020 for conformation to provide clubs and exhibitors flexibility due to COVID-19.

     This Staff recommends making two modifications – (1) to make permanent the modification allowing specialty clubs to hold up to four designated specialties in a calendar year in addition to the current two specialties or two days of specialties, (2) extend the change in Regulations to allow judges assigned to NOHS Groups/Best in Show to exhibit on the same day through December 31, 2021.

     Following a motion by Dr. Garvin, seconded by Mrs. Wallin, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to make this a permanent change to the Limited Number of Events Policy to allow allowing specialty clubs to hold up to four designated specialties in a calendar year in addition to the current two specialties or two days of specialties; and the Board VOTED (unanimously) to extend this change to the NOHS Regulations through December 31, 2021 to allow judges only assigned to NOHS Groups and/or NOHS Best in Show to exhibit the day they judge, but may not compete in the NOHS.

     These changes are effective immediately.

     Limited Number of Events Policy amended as follow:

Local specialty clubs have the option to hold shows on two days per year or two shows per year, at their option. Local specialty clubs have the option to hold one additional show in conjunction with their breed’s national specialty. Local specialty clubs may hold up to four designated specialty events in addition to the shows allotted in this section. There is no limit on national clubs.

 

The Use of a Club’s Name Cannot be Transferred The Board reviewed a recommendation for a Board policy to interpret and clarify Chapter 2, Section 5 of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows. The Rule states “the use of a club’s name for show purposes cannot be transferred.” The purpose of the Board policy is to clarify the Rule by stating the activities that the host club cannot delegate to a third party.

     In discussing this proposal, the Board acknowledged that the management of an event must be the responsibility of the AKC member or licensed club which has applied for and been approved to hold the event. The Board believes that it is imperative that Superintendents have their assigned roles which should not cross over into a club’s roles.

     The Board discussed the long-term implications for the AKC and the sports that were considered and deliberated in discussing the adoption of a new policy:

• Allowing third parties to hold events on behalf of the club undermines the primary purpose of clubs. Over time, clubs could become shells that get a small slice of the funds. This is a dramatic change from the network of engaged clubs that currently exist.

• Local community interaction and support is necessary for the long-term health of the AKC and its sports. Turning events over to “outside” organizations reduces this local interaction. If this were to become common across the country, it will have a detrimental effect in the long run.

• The motivation for hosting a show is dramatically different between a local club and a third party. The clubs are motivated to hold a quality event in order to give back to the sport. The third party is motivated to maximize profit.

• It would be unhealthy for the sport to allow a handful of third-party service providers to select judges.

• From AKC’s perspective, separating the responsibility for the event (the third party) from the accountability for the event (the club) increases the likelihood of administrative issues.

 

Following a motion by Dr. Battaglia, seconded by Mr. Powers, the Board VOTED (unanimously) effective immediately, to approve the following policy which lists the activities that cannot be delegated to a third-party service provider:

 

The policy is as follows -

The Use of a Club’s Name for Show Purposes Cannot be Transferred - The management of an event must be the responsibility of the AKC member or licensed club which has applied for and been approved to hold the event. To fulfill this responsibility, the following activities must be performed by the host club, sometimes in combination with the management of a cluster of events. Responsibility for these activities cannot be delegated to third party service providers.

     1. A club officer or club show chair must submit the AKC event application and other necessary documents.

     2. Obtaining local permits required to hold the event and paying all taxes.

     3. There must be an event committee with a minimum of five club members.

     4. Selection of and contracting with the judges.

     5. Selection of and contracting with the event facility. The host club must act as the liaison with the facility and provide the necessary insurance.

     6. Selection of and contracting with the veterinarians to service the event.

     7. Selection of and contracting with the official photographer.

     8. Preparing and posting the Disaster and Emergency Plan for the event, including having a qualified emergency medical technician in attendance.

     9. Contracting with vendors.

   10. Entering into sponsorship agreements for the event/cluster.

   11. Entering into an agreement to televise/broadcast the event.

   12. Assigning committee chairs to be responsible for managing the event.

   13. Only the host club can decide “other specific requirements” regarding how entries will be accepted.

 

Conformation Junior Showmanship, Canine Partners The Board reviewed a proposal to create an 18-month pilot program to allow Juniors with AKC Canine Partners-listed dogs to be eligible to compete in Conformation Junior Showmanship. The implementation of allowing Juniors to handle AKC Canine Partners will allow new young people and their families into the AKC, which will support the future of clubs and events.

     This will be discussed further at the January Board meeting.

 

Event Application Practices That Expire at Year End - In early April, two changes were made to the event application process to provide clubs flexibility – (1) If an event was cancelled, the application fee was applied to the next event of the same type, and (2) Clubs were allowed to submit applications later than the normal due date without penalty.

     Staff recommends that these practices be continued for 2021.

     Following a motion by Mr. Sweetwood, seconded by Ms. McAteer, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to permit the Event application fee for a cancelled 2021 events to be applied to the next event of the same type.

     Following a motion by Mr. Tatro, seconded by Dr. Battaglia, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to permit clubs to submit an event application up to 30 days prior to the event without incurring a late fee for future 2021 events.

 

AKC Vet Out-Reach Up-Date - The Sport Services Department coordinates the Vet Out-Reach Programs and Activities. Staff provided an update on accomplishments in 2020.

     Vet Out-Reach programs coordinated and assisted in awarding Veterinary Scholarships in the amount of $35,000.

     Staff coordinates Lunch ‘N Learn programs at the Vet Schools, providing an overview of the AKC, AKC Events, Purebred dogs and the AKC Affiliates. COVID-19 required the cancellation of presentations scheduled after March 15, 2020. Staff reached out to schools and coordinated 14 virtual presentations for the Fall semester, with Dr. Jerry Klein providing each of the presentations. A total of 20 Schools will have AKC presentations in 2020.

     Vet Students Tour of local Dog Show: Staff has developed suggestions for conducting a tour of the Dog Show which is provided to clubs interested in hosting a group of Veterinary Students, Pre-Vet, or Vet Tech Students.

     Guest Lecture: Staff gave a lecture for the Undergraduate Animal Science Class at NC State January of 2020 and coordinated tour of AKC Operations Center for 100 students in February 2020.

     Veterinary Conferences: Prior to COVID-19, staff attended multiple Vet Conference Annually including:

• Student AVMA Conference – sponsoring the 5K Promoting AKC FIT Dog

• AVMA Conference

• Theriogenology Conference

• AKC CHF Parent Club Conference 2019

• NC State Veterinary School Open House

• New York Vet

 

JUDGING OPERATIONS: Doug Ljungren, Executive VP Sports & Events; and Tim Thomas,  VP Dog Show Judges, participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference.

 

Conformation Judging Approval Process – Non-Approved Judges - The Board reviewed a recommended change to the Judging Approval Process from the Chairman’s Committee on the Judging Approval Process, regarding a Parent Club’s ability to request a non-approved individual to judge a breed specialty show.

     The Committee recommended a modification to the policy regarding a Parent Club’s ability to request a non-approved individual to judge a breed specialty show. Under current policy, parent clubs may request for a non-approved individual to judge a specialty show in its breed. There was agreement amongst the committee members approvals under this provision should not be limitless and that after a point, if one wished to continue to be invited to judge specialties they need to apply for judging approval. As a result, the Chairman’s Committee recommends that non-approved individuals may not be approved to judge more than five (5) breed specialties cumulatively.

     Following a motion by Dr. Garvin, seconded by Ms. Biddle, the Board VOTED (unanimously) to revise to the Conformation Judging Approval Process as follows (changes underlined):

 

PARENT CLUB’S MAY REQUEST APPROVAL OF AN ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL TO JUDGE A BREED SPECIALTY SHOW

Requirements for Applicant/Judge

• Any eligible individuals including, but not limited to, professional handlers may be approved on a case-by-case, event-by- event request from the Parent Club for approval to judge a specialty in its breed.

• Must be 21 years of age.

• Must be occupationally eligible, except that professional handlers may be approved under this policy.

• Should be knowledgeable, with success in breeding/exhibiting/handling in the breed for 15 years or more.

• Procedure and anatomy test required and if applicable, scale or wicket test required.

• A $35 per breed fee is required for non- approved judges.

• Individuals may not be approved for more than one specialty per calendar year and no more than five specialties cumulatively.

 

Conformation Judging Approval Process – Continuing Education - The Board reviewed a recommended change to the Judging Approval Process from the Chairman’s Committee on the Judging Approval Process, to require the addition of continuing education requirements for Conformation Judges; the requirements should entail the completion of a recertification course/exam on current AKC procedures and policies related to conformation judges every five years. The committee also agreed the most effective and efficient means to deliver the course/exam would be via AKC’s Canine College.

     Following a motion by Mr. Tatro, seconded by Mr. Carota, the Board VOTED (In favor: Battaglia, Biddle, Carota, Davies, Garvin, Hamblin, Knight, McAteer, Powers, Sweetwood, Tatro, Wallin; Against: Smyth) to approve the requirement for Conformation Judges to complete a recertification course/exam on current AKC procedures and policies related to conformation judges every five years.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

     Approved judges have an obligation through experience and ongoing study to demonstrate sound knowledge of current procedures and polices related to judging at AKC Conformation events.

     As the sound judging procedure, ring control, and a thorough knowledge of AKC Rules and Policies is essential to inspire the confidence of the fancy, all approved Conformation judges are required to successfully complete a re-certification course on current judging procedures and polices every five years.

     The re-certification course shall be completed online in AKC’s Canine College. Judges who fail to successfully complete will be marked inactive and ineligible to accept assignments until such time this requirement is met

 

This requirement will be implemented by January 1, 2022, allowing time to create and develop an effective and thorough course/exam. Fulfillment will be spread over time, with the most experienced judges who judge infrequently asked to complete first and ending with judges approved in recent years. Newly approved judges post implementation would be scheduled to complete in five years.

 

Conformation Judging Approval Process – Recertification Fee The Board reviewed a recommendation to the Judging Approval Process from the Chairman’s Committee on the Judging Approval Process, to charge a $50 fee for a recertification course/exam on current AKC procedures and policies related to conformation judges which would be required once every five years. There is a similar requirement for judges of other sports.

     For other AKC sports, the frequency for completion and associated fee varies from three to six years, with fee up to $100.

• Agility Judges – every three years at cost of $75-$100

• Obedience Judges– every three years at cost of $50

• Rally Judges - every three years at cost of $50 (must also complete Obedience requirement)

• Retriever Hunt Tests – every four years at cost of $25+

• Pointing Breed Hunt Tests – every five years at cost of $25+

• Herding Trials – every four years at cost of $25+

• Lure Coursing – every six years at cost of $25+

 

Following a motion by Mr. Tatro, seconded by Dr. Garvin, the Board VOTED (In favor: Carota, Davies, Garvin, Hamblin, Knight, McAteer, Powers, Tatro, Wallin; Against: Battaglia, Biddle, Sweetwood, Smyth) to approve a $50 fee for the course/exam associated with the requirement for Conformation Judges to complete a recertification course/exam on current AKC procedures and policies related to conformation judges every five years.

 

CLUBS: Doug Ljungren, Exec. VP Sports & Events; and Lisa Cecin, Dir. Club Relations, participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference.

 

Assistance to Member Club Applicants - Current Board policy for processing Member club requests includes a minimum household within their local territory requirement. Some licensed clubs eligible to submit a membership request are not able to meet the local household requirement despite possessing extensive experience in holding successful AKC events. Staff suggests a policy change to waive the local household requirement for member clubs based on event experience and history so they may be approved under Board policy.

     Staff recommends removing the minimum local household requirement for Member clubs from what is currently applicable, and require only 30 total households for All-Breed Clubs, 20 total households for Group, Local Specialty, Obedience, multiple-breed Field Trial and Agility clubs.

     This will be discussed further at the January meeting.

 

Delegates and Member Clubs - The Board reviewed a report on the prospective Delegate credentials to be published in two issues of the AKC Gazette, requests for AKC membership applications, and a report on Member Club Bylaws approved and newly licensed clubs.

 

Report on Member Clubs Bylaws Approved in September and October 2020 - Contra Costa County Kennel Club, Antioch, CA (1949), Philadelphia Dog Training Club, Philadelphia, PA (1949), Saccarappa Obedience Club, Westbrook, ME (1990), Saluki Club of America (1930)

 

Report on Newly Licensed Clubs approved in September and October 2020

     Greater Pittsburgh Tracking Club, greater Pittsburgh, PA, 18 total households, 17 local.

     Houston Area K9 Scent Work Club, greater Houston, TX (communities no further north to Spring, east to Baytown, south to Missouri City, west to Sealy), 67 total households, 35 local.

     On Track Agility Club of Maine, greater Augusta, ME (including communities in proximity to Interstate 25, east to Deer Isle, south to Portland), 27 total households, 19 local.

 

COMPLIANCE: Bri Tesarz, Dir. Compliance participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference.

 

(Final Board Disciplinary actions are reported on the Secretary’s Page)

 

REGISTRATION Mark Dunn, Exec. VP; Kirsten Bahlke, VP, Consumer Demand; and Aurora Greenberg, Senior Brand Marketing Specialist, participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference.

 

Registration Overview: September was our best month for Dogs since 2007 and our best September for Litters since 2009.

     YTD Total Revenue from Registration and related products and services is $41.5MM, which is 13% better than planned and $7.0MM better than the same period last year.

     The percentage of dog registrations that were registered by a “new” AKC owner increased from 57% in April – August 2019 to 62% in April – August 2020.

 

Selected Results from Dog Registration Survey - Staff conducted a survey of recent dog registrants who hadn’t registered a dog in the past 20 years to determine why they registered. Key insights from the survey were presented to the Board. Across all respondent segments, maintaining accurate breed records, breed pride and desire for a pedigree are the top 3 motivations for registering. Survey results indicate that Breeders are by far the most frequently cited way respondents learned about registration.

 

AKC Dog Registration Email Optimization - Staff recently redesigned three AKC Dog registration triggered emails. The Board was shown the creative designs and launch plan.

 

MARKETING Kirsten Bahlke, VP, Consumer Demand participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference.

 

Overview of Q3 2020 Results

• AKC.org continues to grow behind continuous search engine optimization and production of relevant content.

• Q3 was an exceptional revenue quarter for AKC Shop despite lack of significant traffic growth - Q3 revenue +39% versus Q3 2019

• AKC email sends grew by 30% in Q3 2020 versus 2019 while keeping engagement metrics strong

• Responsible Dog Ownership Day went virtual with great success and lessons learned for even better execution going forward

• The AKC social department continues to grow key social channels through innovative and relevant programming. AKC Facebook finished Q3 2020 with a total of 4,012,919 followers. AKC Instagram finished Q3 2020 with a total of 334, 687 followers. AKC Twitter finished Q3 2020 with a total of 98,986 followers

• Marketing collaborated with Sports & Events to host a second and third AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge with the addition of prize money for Group and Best in Show winners. Group winners were awarded $100 and BIS winners were awarded $200.

• Donations were made to AKC Reunite’s Adopt A K-9 Cop program and to the California Fire Foundation’s Supplying Aid to Victims of Emergency (SAVE) program.

 

AKC MEDIA Ron Furman, Dir. AKC Media and William Ellis, Manager, AKC.tv participated in this portion of the meeting via video conference

 

Broadcasting, Sponsorship, Licensing and Media – are actively maintaining the ongoing operations in their respective verticals. Engagement with clients, brands, vendors and outside communications are all geared to the proper tonality of the current situation while adapting, activating the priority projects to insure AKC mission & financial attributes.

     Planning for AKC.tv coverage for the AKC National Championship, including pre-shows that will lead into livestreams of the main shows and live streaming of all breed judging is underway.

 

CONSENT Following a motion by Mr. Powers, seconded by Mr. Hamblin it was VOTED (unanimously) to approve the following Consent item:

• Assisting the Sports – Extending Obedience, Rally and Tracking Modifications That Expire at Year-End

• Assisting the Sports – Scent Work Modification That Expire at Year End

• CAT and Fast CAT – Dogs with Coloring to Participate

• Dalmatian Club of America - Two Additional Road Dog titles

• Assisting the Sports - Agility Modifications That Expire at Year End

• Delegate and Club Approvals

• Resolution Edd E. Bivin

• Resolution Ronald H. Menaker

• Resolution Frank T. Sabella

 

Assisting the Sports – Extending Obedience, Rally and Tracking Modifications that Expire at Year-End - Four (4) Regulations were suspended or modified until year end 2020 for obedience, rally and tracking, that provide clubs and exhibitors flexibility due to COVID-19. The Board reviewed recommendations on how to handle these four modifications in 2021. The four modifications are – (1) Two judges required to earn a title, (2) Waiver of 30 days and 100 miles restriction for judges, (3) Distance between exhibitors in obedience Novice group exercises, and (4) Tracking test certification expiration dates.

     The Board VOTED to extend the following:

Two-Judge Requirement to Title – The waiver will continue through December 31, 2021. With judges less inclined to travel during the pandemic, this will provide exhibitors more opportunities to earn titles, enabling them to continue their growth in the sport by moving up to the next higher level. This waiver will be reevaluated prior to December 31, 2021.

 

Waiver of 30 days and 100 Miles Restriction for Judges – These accommodations will extend through December 31, 2021. (Previous limitations were judges could not judge again within 30 days and 100 miles of a previous assignment, nor could they judge the same classes at a cluster more than twice.) These waivers will be reevaluated prior to December 31, 2021.

 

Distance Between Exhibitors in the Obedience Novice Group Exercises – The distance between exhibitors in the Novice group exercise will continue to be increased to eight feet through December 31, 2021. With social distancing still a requirement due to the pandemic, this will provide greater safety to exhibitors.

 

Tracking Test Certification Expiration Dates – The expiration dates for tracking test certifications expiring in 2020 and 2021 will be extended for one year. This will allow continued eligibility for dogs to be entered in tracking tests.

 

Assisting the Sports – Scent Work Modification That Expires at Year End - The waiver of 30 days and 100-mile restriction for Scent Work judges was instituted to help clubs hire judges that did not need to fly or in some cases even stay in hotel rooms. Some states still have quarantine or testing restrictions and many judges still are not wanting to fly or stay in hotels. This waiver is due to expire on December 30, 2020. The Board VOTED to extend the waiver of the 30 days and 100-mile restriction for Scent Work judges through December 31, 2021. (Previous limitation was a judge could not judge again within 30 days and 100 miles of a trial.) This waiver will be reevaluated prior to December 31, 2021.

 

CAT and Fast CAT – Dogs with Coloring to Participate - The Board reviewed a recommendation to allow dogs with coloring to participate in AKC Coursing Ability Tests (CAT) and Fast CAT events. The purpose of allowing dogs to have coat coloring is to add an element of fun to events by allowing clubs to adopt themes or to encourage dogs to “run for the cause” in support of a local activity.

     The Board VOTED to amend the CAT and Fast CAT Regulations to allow dogs with coloring to participate in AKC Coursing Ability Tests (CAT) and Fast CAT events.

 

Dalmatian Club of America – Two Additional Road Dog titles The Board reviewed a request from the Dalmatian Club of America. The Dalmatian Club of America (DCA) is requesting their breed be eligible to apply for Road Dog Champion (RDCH) and Road Dog Excellent Champion (RDXCH) suffix titles through the AKC Parent Club Title Recognition Program.

     AKC currently recognizes three suffix Road Dog titles for the Dalmatian – Coaching Certificate (CC), Road Dog (RD), and Road Dog Excellent (RDX). Each one a higher level of achievement than the other. Coaching tests a dog’s ability to coach or follow while Road Dog tests both coaching ability and endurance. Road Dog Excellent evaluates coaching and extended endurance.

     The Board VOTED to approve the request of the DCA to offer two additional titles, the Road Dog Champion (RDCH) title and the Road Dog Excellent Champion (RDXCH) title.

 

Assisting the Sports - Agility Modifications That Expire at Year End - For Agility, three Regulations were suspended or modified until year-end 2020 to provide clubs and exhibitors flexibility due to COVID-19. The three modifications are - (1) Two judges required to earn a title, (2) Closing dates seven days prior to the event, and (3) Waiver of 30 days and 100-mile restriction on judges.

     The Board VOTED to approve the three modification as follows:

     (1) Two-judge requirement to title - this waiver will be continued through December 31, 2021.

     (2) Closing Dates –to permanently change Chapter 1 of the Regulations for Agility Trials to allow clubs licensed for agility, at their option, to close the event not less than seven (7) days prior to the trial. This is a change from fourteen (14) days prior to the trial. This change will be effective January 1, 2021.

     REGULATONS FOR AGILITY TRIALS AND AGILITY COURSE TEST (ACT)

CHAPTER 1 Section 14. Opening and Closing Dates.

     Opening Date: For all trials, clubs shall set a date and time that entries will first be accepted. Entries received prior to the opening date shall be considered invalid entries and shall be returned as soon as possible. Closing Date: Clubs shall set a date and time that entries will close.

          •The closing date for the trial shall not be less than seven (7) days prior to the trial.

          • Entries must be received prior to the published closing date and time.

          • Entries for any agility trial may be accepted until the official closing date and time even though the advertised limit has been reached.

          • The club may contact exhibitors to notify them of their entry status prior to the closing date.

          • Following the closing date, the Trial Secretary shall promptly contact all entrants and advise them of their status. Entries not accepted shall be returned within seven (7) days of the closing date

      (3) Waiver of Judge Distance and Time Regulation – to extend this accommodation Waiver of 30 days and 200-mile restriction on judges through December 31, 2021. This waiver will be reevaluated prior to December 31, 2021.

 

Delegate Approvals - The Board VOTED to approve the following individuals to serve as Delegates: Claudia L. Burk, Bakersfield, CA To represent Kern County Kennel Club, Carey Fayram, Gilroy, CA To represent Del Monte Kennel Club, Jan Ritchie Gladstone, Stokesdale, NC To represent St. Petersburg Dog Fanciers Association, Heidi Henningson, Springfield, NE To represent American Chesapeake Club, Michael L. Moscowitz, New Haven, CT To represent Shoreline Retriever Club, Sherri Swabb, Sugarcreek Township, OH To represent Dayton Dog Training Club, Laurie Zembrzuski, Leesburg, VA To represent Bedlington Terrier Club of America

 

Request for AKC Membership The Board VOTED to approve the following Club of Membership: Arrowhead Kennel Club Focal Point: Peoria, AZ

 

Resolution of Edd. E. Bivin, Ronald H. Menaker, Frank T. Sabella

AT A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB

Held on November first, two thousand and twenty,

The following Resolutions were unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, Edd Embry Bivin, First joined the Chairman’s Committee on the Judging Approval Process at the July of two thousand and seventeen meeting of the Board of Directors to review the Board Approved Judging Approval Process and determine where modifications may be warranted, and served on the Committee until April of two thousand and twenty; and,

WHEREAS, as a member of Chairman’s Committee on the Judging Approval Process he played an integral role in upholding the principals of fair play and the pursuit of excellence that form the foundation upon which our cherished institution rests; and

WHEREAS, as a Committee Member he brought to bear his invaluable experience gained during his time on the Judges Review Committee from March two thousand and twelve to April two thousand and thirteen, his many years as Vice Chancellor of Texas Christian University, and his nearly sixty years as an AKC judge whose keen knowledge and impeccable reputation has earned him the respect and esteem of dog fanciers around the world; and,

WHEREAS, the work of the Chairman’s Committee on the Judging Approval Process resulted in the revised Judging Approval Process presented to and approved by the Board of Directors in November of two thousand and seventeen and effective January the first, two thousand and eighteen; and

WHEREAS, the revised process placed emphasis on reestablishing the difference between equality of opportunity and identical treatment of applicants, and provided a clear and defined path for approval while upholding the Mission Statement and Core Values of The American Kennel Club; and,

WHEREAS, we are ever mindful of the vital contributions he has made to The American Kennel Club and the Sport of Purebred Dogs; and, WHEREAS, we will ever cherish our association with this dog show judge of unprecedented achievement, educator, sportsman, and friend; and,

 

WHEREAS, RONALD H. MENAKER, Established the AKC Chairman’s Committee on the Judging Approval Process and assumed the role of the Committee’s Chairman at the July of two thousand and seventeen meeting of the Board of Directors to review the Board Approved Judging Approval Process and determine where modifications may be warranted, and served as Chairman of the Committee until April of two thousand and twenty; and,

WHEREAS, as Chairman of the Committee on the Judging Approval Process he played a leadership role in upholding the principals of fair play and the pursuit of excellence that form the foundation upon which our cherished institution rests; and

WHEREAS, as Committee Chairman he was uniquely qualified to lead the review of the Judging Approval Process by virtue of his many years as an AKC Delegate, his long tenure on the AKC Board of Directors, his term as AKC Vice Chairman of the Board, his fourteen years as AKC Chairman of the Board, his work during ten years as Show Chairman of the AKC National Championship Show, and his status as a respected dog show judge of international reputation; and,

WHEREAS, the work of the Chairman’s Committee on the Judging Approval Process resulted in the revised Judging Approval Process presented to and approved by the Board of Directors in November of two thousand and seventeen and effective January the first, two thousand and eighteen; and

WHEREAS, the revised process placed emphasis on reestablishing the difference between equality of opportunity and identical treatment of applicants, and provided a clear and defined path for approval while upholding the Mission Statement and Core Values of The American Kennel Club; and,

WHEREAS, we are ever mindful of the vital contributions he has made to The American Kennel Club and the Sport of Purebred Dogs; and, WHEREAS, we will ever cherish our association with this sportsman, businessman, friend, and towering figure in the history of our organization; and,

 

WHEREAS, Frank T. Sabella, First joined the Chairman’s Committee on the Judging Approval Process at the July of two thousand and seventeen meeting of the Board of Directors to review the Board Approved Judging Approval Process and determine where modifications may be warranted, and served on the Committee until April of two thousand and twenty; and,

WHEREAS, as a member of Chairman’s Committee on the Judging Approval Process he played an integral role in upholding the principals of fair play and the pursuit of excellence that form the foundation upon which our cherished institution rests; and

WHEREAS, as a Committee Member he brought to bear his more than twenty years as one of America’s most successful and popular professional dog handlers whose expert presentation of Poodles set a high standard for future generations of handlers and dogs, and his experience gained over forty-five years as a highly esteemed AKC judge who is one of only seven individuals to have handled a dog to Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club and to have judged Best in Show at that same prestigious venue; and,

WHEREAS, the work of the Chairman’s Committee on the Judging Approval Process resulted in the revised Judging Approval Process presented to and approved by the Board of Directors in November of two thousand and seventeen and effective January the first, two thousand and eighteen; and

WHEREAS, the revised process placed emphasis on reestablishing the difference between equality of opportunity and identical treatment of applicants, and provided a clear and defined path for approval while upholding the Mission Statement and Core Values of The American Kennel Club; and,

WHEREAS, we are ever mindful of the vital contributions he has made to The American Kennel Club and the Sport of Purebred Dogs; and,

WHEREAS, we will ever cherish our association with this legendary handler of show dogs, revered dog show judge, sportsman, and friend; and,

 

NOW THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED, the Directors of The American Kennel Club extend their most sincere best wishes for your years ahead and their deep appreciation for your dedicated services to The American Kennel Club.

Dr. Thomas M. Davies

AKC Chairman

 

It was VOTED to adjourn Tuesday, (per minutes; "September") but probably meant November 10, 2020 at 5:27 p.m.

 

Adjunct Judges: Mr. Richard Todd Jackson, Mr. Gregg G. Kantak

Deceased Judges: Mr. Jack A Grimes, Mr. Clinton Mugurussa, Mr. Ronald F Roberts, Mrs. Dody Froehlich, Mr. Roger R. Hartinger, Ms. Susan E. Paine, Mr. Steven G. Schorr, Mrs. Pamela Winters

Emeritus Judges: Mr. Robert H. Slay, Mr. Didier Ardoin

Reinstated Judges: Mr. Wayne Cavanaugh

Resigned Judges: Hon. David R. Merriam

 

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The world’s 1st public web-site (TheDogPlace.org) from Animal Health to Vaccines.

The world's 1st online dog-news, (TheDogPress.com)  covers AKC records, politics, people and shows.

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