AKC HERDING REGULATIONS - CHANGES

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PERFORMANCE EVENTS DEPARTMENT- AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB - NOVEMBER 21, 2011

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At its November meeting, the AKC Board of Directors passed several changes to the AKC Herding Regulations to be effective January 1, 2012. They are as follows:

1. CHAPTER VI, COURSE B, SECTION 2. Course Layout.

The course is laid out in a triangular pattern with the handler’s post on the bottom, gate #1 on the left and gate #2 of the right. The course can be reversed at the discretion of the course director.

The host club has two options:

A. Equilateral triangle – Each angle of the triangle is approximately 60 degrees. Each leg of the drive shall equal approximately 1/3 of the total outrun length (except for the minimum of 100 feet for sheep and cattle and 50 feet for ducks).

B. Isosceles triangle – The total drive distance must equal the outrun length except for the minimum of 300 feet for sheep and 150 feet for ducks. The drive distance from gate #1 to gate #2 must be a minimum of 100 feet for sheep and cattle and 50 feet for ducks. The other drive legs must be equal in length (except for the minimum of 100 ft for sheep and cattle and 50 ft for ducks).The isosceles triangle may be useful for clubs as they transition from Course B intermediate to advanced tests. The isosceles triangle can be achieved by moving the handlers post back while leaving the gates in place.

This change is meant to make it easier for clubs to transition from Intermediate Course B to Advanced Course B. The current Regulations state that each of the Course B drive legs shall equal approximately one-third of the total outrun length. Therefore the course is an equilateral triangle. This course design is still available for clubs. The change provides clubs another option to obtain the longer total drive distance required for the Advanced level. Clubs may obtain the longer distance by simply moving the handlers post back. This saves moving the gates. The course under this option is an isosceles triangle.

2a. CHAPTER V, COURSE A, SECTION 3. Levels.
Started Level Course A – Description, Pen.

Pen - Turn toward the top of arena and the stock move to near the gate. The dog holds the stock in a location near the exhaust pen but away from the gate while the handler opens the gate while the handler opens the gate. The dog must demonstrate it is willing to disengage from the stock. The leash shall not be placed on the dog until just prior to opening the gate to leave the arena.

2b. CHAPTER V, COURSE A, SECTION 4. Judging Course A.

D. General Deductions:

8. Up to 5 points deducted if, when entering the arena, the dog remains on lead as the handler leaves the gate area to proceed to the appropriate post or if, when leaving the arena, the lead is applied early rather than just prior to opening the gate to leave the arena.

This change is meant to clarify (and therefore provide consistency) as to when a handler is allowed to leash the dog after penning the stock. A dog should disengage from the stock after they are penned. This can be properly demonstrated by the handler not leashing the dog until just prior to the handler opening the gate to leave the arena. This is the same location where the leash is removed from the dog as it enters the arena.

3a. CHAPTER IV, SECTION 3. Herding Trial Titles.

The American Kennel Club will issue a Herding Started certificate designating the specific course and livestock type for an eligible dog, and will identify the titlist by the use of HS (course and livestock) after the name of that dog in official AKC records, once the dog has been certified by three different Judges to have received qualifying scores in the Started class, same course and livestock type, at three licensed or member club herding trials. A Herding Started Master title can be earned by receiving eight (8) additional qualifying scores on the same course and stock. This title will be designated with an “M” after the current title. The owner must track these qualifying performances on a Master Title application form developed by the AKC. Upon achieving eight additional qualifying scores, the application form is mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the Performance Events Department. Upon verification, the title will be applied to the dog’s record. The Started Master title will suppress the Started title earned for the same course and stock. No Master title certificate will be issued unless ordered by the owner for a fee established by the AKC Board of Directors. The American Kennel Club will issue a Herding Intermediate certificate designating the specific course and livestock type for an eligible dog, and will identify the titles by the use of HI (course and livestock) after the name of that dog in official AKC records, once the dog has been certified by three different Judges to have received qualifying scores in the Intermediate class, same course and livestock type, at three licensed or member club herding trials. A Herding Intermediate Master title can be earned by receiving eight (8) additional qualifying scores on the same course and stock. This title will be designated with an “M”. The owner must track these qualifying performances on a Master Title application form developed by the AKC. Upon achieving eight additional qualifying scores, the appliction form is mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the Performance Events Department. Upon verification, the title will be applied to the dog’s record. The Intermediate Master title will suppress the Intermediate title earned for the same course and stock. No Master title certificate will be issued unless ordered by the owner for a fee established by the AKC Board of Directors.

The American Kennel Club will issue a Herding Excellent certificate designating the specific course and livestock type for an eligible dog, and will identify the titles by use of HX (course and livestock) after the name of that dog in official AKC records, once the dog has been certified by three different judges to have received qualifying scores in the Advanced class, same course and livestock type, at three licensed or member club herding trials. A Herding Excellent Master title can be earned by receiving eight (8) additional qualifying scores on the same course and stock. This title will be designated with an “M”. The owner must track these qualifying performances on a Master Title application form developed by the AKC. Upon achieving eight additional qualifying scores, the application form is mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the Performance Events Department. Upon verification, the title will be applied to the dog’s record. The Excellent Master title will suppress the Excellent title earned for the same course and stock. No Master title certificate will be issued unless ordered by the owner for a fee established by the AKC Board of Directors.

3b. CHAPTER IV, SECTION 1. Trial Levels. The regular levels at a Herding trial shall be Started, Intermediate and Advanced. A licensed or member club trial need not include all levels, but in order to hold an Intermediate level the trial must include Started level. If an Advanced level is offered, Intermediate and Started levels must also be offered.

An owner may enter a dog in any trial level he or she deems appropriate; however, once that dog has acquired a qualifying score in a higher level at a licensed or member trial, it shall be ineligible to be entered in any lower level on that course/stock. A dog will remain eligible to compete in both Herding Started and Herding Intermediate classes for up to 60 days after the dog has earned a title in a given trial level, course and stock provided the dog does not acquire a qualifying score in a higher level on that course and stock. Dogs that have achieved any title of Herding Advanced (HX) are eligible to compete in any Herding Advanced (HX) class for an indefinite period of time.

Many participants are not ready to move up after their initial three passes on a given course and stock. The Master title will allow these individuals to remain involved while they prepare for a more difficult level. The owner is required to track progress toward the Master title on a form developed by the AKC. A copy of the form is attached to this e-mail (entitled “Herding Master Title Application Form”). The form may also be found on the AKC website at http://www.akc.org/pdfs/events/herding/master_title_application.pdf.  . Once a dog has received eight additional qualifying scores (8 passing scores after the 3 passes needed to earn the initial title), the owner sends the form to the Performance Events Department. (Note: In order to count toward the Master title, the eight additional qualifying scores must be earned after January 1, 2012.) Upon verification, the Master title is placed on the dog’s record and will appear on the dog’s pedigree. Master titles will be designated with a “M” after existing titles. No title certificate will be issued unless ordered through the use of the Application Form for a fee of $20. Ordering a title certificate is at the discretion of the owner. The Master level title will supersede the initial title earned in the class. For example, HSASM will supersede HSAS on a dog’s pedigree.

In order to allow a dog to work toward the Master title, the “60 day limitation” for allowing a dog to enter a class (level – course – stock) after it had earned its initial title has been modified.

4. CHAPTER I, SECTION 5. Making Application.

Applications for licensed and member club herding tests and/or herding trials must be received by AKC at least three (3) months prior to the closing date. Herding clubs will be permitted to hold up to 10 licensed trials during a calendar year. A club may hold as many Herding Tests as it desires.

Currently clubs are limited to 8 trials per year. This modification increases the annual limit to 10 trials. While the great majority of clubs do not use their current limit, there are some that hold 8 trials. The addition of the “Master” titles may increase participation and support additional trials.