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JUDGES ON JUDGES FEES
If you judge, exhibit, or serve your club, learn what’s really
going on with the AKC judges tax. Background, and Dr. Penta's keen
analysis on new fees for Dog Show Judges.
Barbara J. Andrews,
| Sept. 14, 2010
initial coverage of AKC’s vote to impose a judges fee,
at end of page)
we asked all three judges’ associations
for a position statement;
American Dog Show Judges (ADSJ) Dr. Gerard Penta, President; the Dog
Judges Assoc. of Am. (DJAA) President, Col. Joe Purkhiser, and the
Senior Conformation Judges’ Assoc. (SCJA). Lt. Col. Wallace H. Pede,
Purkhiser wrote back that he preferred not to discuss the DJAA’s
position with anyone until it was presented to AKC. Col. Pede
responded for the SCJA and we published his comments along with a
letter to the judges by
Kennel Club CEO, Mr. Ron Menaker.
heard nothing from ADSJ President Dr. Gerard Penta and assumed he
chose not to reply for more than 9,000 subscribers and a
quarter million readers. It was a seriously bad assumption because
he had replied but said that his email did not make it into my inbox.
I should have followed up with a phone call to him and I failed to
do that. I have apologized to Dr. Penta and I apologize to our
readers. His reply is as staunch and inarguable as that of the SCJA. Here is what Dr. Penta sent to me:
This is a very busy period (two
institutes, newsletter, surveys, meetings, etc.) but
perhaps the following statement will provide what
you need for your publication.
"It is clear that the judging
community realizes just how self-defeating these
fees would be if they are ever collected. Just
as the AKC is attempting to increase entries
through the new Grand Champion program, they
have come up with new fees which will have the
opposite effect on entries.
"These new fees will greatly harm
judges who do not judge frequently enough to
pass the expense on to the clubs. Many will
quit judging. In fact, the AKC anticipates the
loss of 1,000 judges over this issue. The fees
will be an added burden to clubs who must, like
the judges, either absorb the expense or pass it
on to exhibitors. To pass it on will invite a
further decline in entries. Faced with either of
these options, some clubs may fold. I have not
been told if the AKC Board is also prepared to
accept the loss of a number of clubs as well as
their anticipated loss of judges. In the end of
course, the exhibitor will be forced to pay a
higher entry fee, which is particularly damaging
to the dog show world during these critical
economic times. As I wrote in the last issue of
The Voice, “In essence, an annual judges fee is
a way for the AKC Board to conscript their
judges into service as AKC tax
collectors.......this proposed fee is most
disappointing because it is a sign of our
confused response to the challenge of falling
registrations. Do we really believe that feeding
upon ourselves is the best way to confront those
forces aligned against us?” This latest
short-sighted action of the AKC Board of
Directors, and the dire financial straights
which prompted it, demonstrate a failure of this
Board to provide the vision, creativity and
leadership our sport so desperately needs."
having received the above, I was
pretty hard on Dr. Penta in the editorial which followed.
let personal feelings interfere with professionalism and offer my public embarrassment as a lesson to others in the sport.
Were it not for Col. Pede, neither Jerry Penta nor I would have ever
known what happened.
Keenly aware of his obligation to
the judges, Dr. Penta agreed to allow us to run his President’s
Message to the ADSJ membership. Disgruntled exhibitors,
overburdened club officers; we all
need a dose of the real world he so perfectly portrays. As
exhibitors, we come equipped with a sharp tongue and of course, much more
knowledge than the judge who “dumped” us. Indeed, there are some
judges who have yet to mature in the profession but Jerry Penta has
it right. Even if a judge fails to make everyone happy that day, he
or she has earned the right to be there! For most, it was a long
expensive journey to the center of that ring.
Before exploring any
links, you must
Read Dr. Penta's Message to the ADSJ Membership!
AKC Judges Fees (Tax)
AKC rationale for judges; fees SCJA comments, etc.
Judging Fee Withdrawn,
judges' groups react (or not), AKC President's
Dig up a little
Gold in these related links re:
ongoing, unrelenting fee increases and attempts to tax judges.
On Judges Fees
They stopped the fee 5 years ago
$25 p/year, p/dog Annual Activity Fee on AKC
Tyou can't blame AKC for trying.
AKC Economics = 700% increase,
on AKC fees.
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