|Point Schedules and Passionate Professionals
The changing habits of dog show exhibitors will be reflected in a revised AKC “Schedule of Points” going into effect in May 2012. Senior Editor Christi McDonald reports that beginning this year a new point schedule will be created annually based on entry figures from the preceding year only, rather than from the previous three. The distribution of championship points will now be divided into 15 separate divisions, with some states realigned as never before. Find out how the shift will impact how far you’re willing to travel to reach the competition.
In today’s Down and Back, Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn shares with readers one of the things she loves most about going to dog shows – meeting people from all walks of life. Although most exhibitors have a wide variety of day jobs during the week, some fanciers have managed to blend their passion for dogs with their professional careers.
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AKC Point Schedule Divisions Due to Change in May 2012
By Christi McDonald
For as long as most of us have been showing dogs, the AKC “Schedule of Points” used to calculate how many championship points are available was based on a three-year average of entries at dog shows within a particular group of states, each group being labeled a “division.” As an example, the championship point schedule for Division 2 (comprised of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) in 2009 was based on a formula that calculated the entry in each breed at shows in those three states in 2006, 2007 and 2008, then created the new point schedule using those calculations.
National Specialties and parent club-designated specialties are excluded from the computations, as these events often rotate annually to different locations around the country and could artificially impact a particular division. more
Passion and Profession
By Pilar Kuhn
One of the things I love about being at dog shows is meeting people from all walks of life. We all share a common love of dogs, and exhibiting and competing, but our day jobs are quite varied. Some of us, however, have managed to blend our passion for dogs with our professions.
One of the more obvious professions in the dog world is the handler with multiple clients, although others have blended their way into the dog world just as completely.
If you listened to my podcast with Judy Kasper, you heard her mention that in the 1970s she quit her job as an educator to learn how to groom dogs. She has been grooming them ever since. more