Experienced Dog People as Judges, plus Memorial Day Masters
“Every breed has iconic members who for one reason or another elect not to pursue judging approval from AKC, but whose opinions on our breeding stock are as valuable as gold.” So writes Senior Editor Christi McDonald as she reminds readers of a long overdue revision to the AKC’s judging approval process. Discover the rule change that could ensure that National Specialties remain the showcase for evaluating breeding stock.
Last weekend, dog shows were hosted around the country by 53 different all-breed clubs and many more limited-breed and specialty organizations. With so many Best in Show awards up for grabs, Master Blogger Billy Wheeler has been awfully busy crunching the numbers. Discover who the weekend’s big winners were in today’s Back Story.
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The new AKC judging approval process that went into effect on March 1, 2012, includes some very interesting points that are, in my opinion, improvements over the previous process. Whether they will in fact make a noticeable difference in how well judges carry out their assignments – that is, whether or not we’ll get better judges – remains to be seen. In the next few weeks, we’ll review some of the changes to the process and I’ll talk to some judges, and possibly some exhibitors as well, to see what they think. more
I have reviewed all the results from this past week’s 53 all-breed shows, and there are some clear winners that emerged from the multiple show clusters.
First out of the gate was the country’s Number One Dog All Breeds, the German Wirehaired Pointer, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm. Oakley & handler Phil Booth copped the first two big rosettes in Kalamazoo, MI, then added three more Sporting Group firsts to the tally. more