More big news from AKC.
Effective July 1, 2012 clubs must offering the 4-6 month puppy class. Apparently, puppies in this class will not compete for Championship points. Evidently, AKC will work out some sort of point schedule for this class that will result in the award of a Beginners Title or Certificate. I don’t have any details about the Beginners Title/Certificate or points schedule at this time.
Effective July 1, 2012 clubs must offering something called an “Open Show.” Again the details are sketchy. AKC plans to notify all new registered owners about the opportunity to participate in the Open Show. It is billed as a family event. Ostensibly, the show [read class] is for people who are new to conformation showing, i.e. Novice handlers. No professional handlers, whether or not they are owners, will be allowed to compete in the Open Show.
Excerpt from the December 16, 2011 AKC Delegates Meeting
Events introduced the four-to-six-month beginner puppy competition increase entries, attract
new exhibitors, socialize puppies with introduction to AKC Conformation games. On
average, clubs that offered this special attraction enjoyed a five percent increase in entries
of these puppies. Many of these were first-time exhibitors and potential new club members.
The Open Show is an upgrade from the currently approved Sanctioned Match and is more
receptive to exhibitors, FSS and miscellaneous breeds. An electronic invitation to new
owners was sent from AKC informing them of the educational training opportunities in both
the four-to-six-month puppy and the open show. It should be noted that no champions or
professional handlers are permitted in these events. It's truly targeting the new exhibitors.
Both of these special attractions are approved to become AKC-sanctioned events in July
2012 and to offer a beginner's title. That's the Certificate of Merit that's currently being
offered to competitors in the miscellaneous class.
In : AKC News