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AKC Invites all-breed clubs to host an owner-handler series events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 30, 2012
Contact: AKC Communications
Phone: 212-696-8228
Email: communications@akc.org

New York, NY- The AKC Owner-Handler Series launched in January 2012 as
a pilot program to celebrate the owner-handlers who are the core of
the conformation dog sport and make up the majority of show entries.
Based on the positive feedback received from exhibitors, the American
Kennel Club(r) (AKC(r)) has opened the Series to every All-Breed club.

Any All-Breed club with an event date after July 3, 2012 is now
eligible to offer the AKC Owner-Handler Series at their show after
applying for it and listing it in the premium list. The AKC
Owner-Handler Series events currently scheduled can be found at:
http://www.akc.org/ohs/events.cfm.

“We launched the AKC Owner-Handler Series with a handful of events,
and based on their success, we’re opening this Series so that more
owner-handlers can participate,” said AKC Director of Event Operations
Bobby Birdsong. “More than 80% of dogs in the ring are shown by their
owners and we’re happy to celebrate the owner-handler’s dedication to
their breed and dogs.”

The top-ranked dogs from the AKC Owner-Handler Series are posted on
www.akc.org. Rankings of the dogs competing in the series are compiled
based on the special Point Schedule for Best of Breed, Group and Best
in Show placements in this specific series competition. View the
current rankings at: http://www.akc.org/ohs/points_ranking/
For more information about eligibility or judging procedure, visit the
AKC Owner-Handler Series Q&A. If you have questions about hosting one
of these events, please contact Bri Tesarz at glt@akc.org or
919-816-3514.

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The American Kennel Club (AKC) proudly celebrated its 125th
Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has
maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and
today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year.
The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry,
promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and
function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and
its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog
as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to
protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog
ownership. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund,
AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the
AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

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and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered
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