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Petition Against the UKC Event Secretary Rule

Discussion in 'Other K-9 Shows and Events' started by JanS, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Petition Against the UKC Event Secretary Rule

    UKC released a press release stating that starting July 1, a club's show secretary could not show their own dogs at a show. They stated the reason for the rule was due to paperwork inaccuracies and the lack of attention from the show sec at the shows. This rule was for both conformation and performance events.
    As expected, the clubs and exhibitors were outraged and you can find various threads on UKC's message board and Facebook page regarding the issue. Due to the outcry, the performance people put the rule on hold to do some further investigation but the conformation side has not.
    Why is this a big deal? Because UKC clubs are run by a small majority of people who do the job to be able to show and promote UKC. The options for these clubs is now to either find someone who will do one of the hardest and most detailed jobs of running a show and be OK with not being able to show their own dog or hire an event manager (which most clubs can't afford) or stop putting UKC shows on. This page is to join exhibitors and clubs together to work as one to stop the insanity!

    Here is their Facebook page:
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  2. Dobs4ever

    Dobs4ever Hot Topics Subscriber

    AKC has had this rule in place for a long time. WAY too much commradarie with the chair who hired you and it would make any wins seems questionalbe. UKC is behind the times. That is exactly how judges get called crooked!!!!
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  3. Pitts

    Pitts Hot Topics Subscriber

    Same thing in all schutzhund related events. The trial secretary can not be showing a dog in the event.
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  4. Gelcoater

    Gelcoater Expert ThreadCrapper $ Premium Subscriber $ Hot Topics Subscriber

    I know little to nothing about these shows.It does sound (from the outside looking in) like there needs to be some kind of change.If I were going to be showing and new the people running the event were also showing I would feel a little like I was going to play a game of cards against the house who stacked the deck.Sure they can say it's not,but who knows for sure?Only the ones with a stacked deck.......
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  5. Dobs4ever

    Dobs4ever Hot Topics Subscriber

    It is the nature of the game - You know going in you will take your lumps but you also know that if you are good you will get your fair share of wins. It does make it discouraging and it does make it harder to understand the entire scheme of things. Titles are important not so much for what is says about the dog but what it says about the breeder. Do they care enough to put themselves out there. I have never believed that a title was the ultimate test of a dogs breed worthiness but it sure is a test of a breeders willingness to put themselves out there for all to examine under the microscope which can separate good breeders from great breeders. It just takes it to a higher level. JMHO folks.

    You may have dobermans for a 100 years and if you have never tried to actually accomplish something with them in competition you just can't understand enough about temperament, conformaiton or willingness to work - I like the sport of Schutzhund because it test the heart and stamina of the dog to perform underpressure. It just facinates me to see how different dogs handle things differenlty and how they reason or work themselves through a challenge.
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  6. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Well they apparently revised the rule after the petitions and comments.


    KALAMAZOO, MI, Feb. 21, 2012

    Thank you for all of the comments and suggestions we have received regarding the Event Secretary rule change going into effect in July of this year. We went through and carefully reviewed all of the potential suggestions received and we are glad to have come up with a revision using our combined efforts that we feel will meet the needs of the majority of clubs as well as the UKC.

    Among the many suggestions received it was made clear that there is quite a bit of confusion out there regarding the Event Advocate program, what Event Managers actually are, and that most UKC clubs and exhibitors are unaware that UKC has any disciplinary procedures for clubs that do not adhere to UKC rules and regulations when hosting events. To help clarify all of these points three press releases in addition to this one are being released to address each of these programs as well as an FAQ for the new Event Advocates and for Event Managers. We hope this will clarify some of UKC’s new procedures and programs and help everyone better understand the vision and scope of these new programs.

    We truly appreciated hearing from all of you and want to assure you that each suggestion was read and considered individually. The following revision to the Event Secretary rule and the three press releases yet to come are products of your efforts and ideas sent to us to help move our events forward in a positive way. Again, thank you to all who participated in creating these changes.
    Effective July 1, 2012

    Dogs owned by an Event Secretary may be entered in an event in which they serve in that capacity provided that a secondary person capable of fulfilling all of the Event Secretary’s duties remains at the Secretary’s table and available to exhibitors and judges for the duration of time the primary Secretary is unavailable.

    Event Managers may not enter any dogs in the event in which they serve in that capacity, nor may any dog be entered in an event that is co-owned by an Event Manager.
    Event Chairpersons may enter a dog in an event at the discretion of the event giving club. It is strongly recommended that event giving clubs restrict the Event Chair from entering or handling a dog in any event in which they serve in this capacity.
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