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Members,
 
The following motion has been voted on this month by the ASCA Board. Results are below.
 

BD.17.24 Change to Conf. Rule 7.4

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

 

Motion by Gibson

Second by DeChant

I move to approve the following change to 7.4 in the Conformation Rule Book.

 

Effective Date: As soon as approved by the Board.

 

Rationale: This rule was revised in April 2016 to include the words “bred, or co-bred.” The current title does not reflect the addition of the “bred or co-bred” dogs. This had an unintended consequence of making dogs bred or co-bred by the judge ineligible to show at shows with multiple judges, like Nationals and Nationals pre-shows, even if they are not owned or co-owned by the judge and even though they will not be judged by the judge. In the past dogs bred or co-bred by a judge could be shown, as long as the dogs would not end up in their breeder’s or co-breeder’s ring and as long as they were not owned or co-owned by the judge. This revision corrects this problem.

 

PROPOSED WORDING

7.4 Owned or Co-Owned Dogs and Bred or Co-Bred Dogs

No dog owned, or co-owned, bred, or co-bred by an officiating Conformation judge can compete in the same Conformation event that he or she is judging. An exception will be made for a show at which multiple judges are judging. Dogs owned or co-owned by a judge may not be shown at that show, but dogs bred or co-bred by a judge may be shown, as long as they are not shown under the judge who bred or co-bred them.

Dogs owned, co-owned, bred, or co-bred by an officiating judge may be shown in Junior Showmanship as long as the judge is not judging Junior Showmanship. In no case will a junior show a dog to a judge who is an owner or co-owner, breeder or co-breeder of the dog.

 

CURRENT WORDING

7.4 Owned or Co-Owned Dogs

No dog owned, or co-owned, bred, or co-bred by an officiating Conformation judge can compete in the same Conformation event that he or she is judging.

Dogs owned, co-owned, bred, or co-bred by an officiating judge may be shown in Junior Showmanship as long as the judge is not judging Junior Showmanship. In no case will a junior show a dog to a judge who is an owner or co-owner, breeder or co-breeder of the dog.

Members,
 
The following motion has been voted on this month by the ASCA Board. Results are below.
 

BD.17.26 Change to Obed. Rule 1.1.3

Approve: Gibson, Gray, King, Kissman, Roberts, Silveira, Vest, Wesen

Oppose: DeChant

Abstain: 0

Motion carries.

 

Motion by Silveira

Second by Gray

I move to change some wording of the following Obedience Rule as it gives an Affiliate the right to make an exception to ASCA’s out-of-state Affiliate Sanctioning Rules which no other Performance Program Committee has. This would place the other Affiliates in a given state/area at a disadvantage for sanctioning certain events within their own state/area.

 

Effective Date: Upon Board approval

 

Rationale: Twenty-five years ago, ASCA Affiliate Clubs were formed in Area’s with a 200-mile radius of each other.  ASCA’s model was changed to its present form with unlimited Affiliates organized within a state or area of that state.  At that time, it was considered important to allow only one Sanctioned Event per state/area to allow for maximum participation in each Sanctioned Program at a particular venue.

 

This motion will remove the possibility of an ASCA Affiliate granting an out of state Affiliate an exception to ASCA’s procedure that regulates how an out of state/area Affiliate can sanction an ASCA Event in a state/area other than their own.

 

Of particular concern, is the possibility that an Affiliate would like to have an out of state Affiliate come in and Sanction a Performance Event for them as they are not familiar with the program and do not own any of the required equipment.  By allowing this out of state Affiliate to Sanction an Event in conjunction with the in-state Affiliate’s Conformation Event and granting a variance to ASCA’s procedure, in state Affiliates are denied the protection ASCA’s procedure was designed to create. 

 

PROPOSED WORDING

1.1.3 First Rights

Each Host Club, which holds a sanctioned event at least once in every two consecutive years, shall have first right to claim the corresponding dates or holiday weekend for its event to be held in the next succeeding two years. If the Club having first right to the date(s) does not host a sanctioned event on that date in the following year, another Club may use the preexisting date for an event. The original Club shall still have first right to the date on the second year following their original event. If they do not host a sanctioned event on that date in the second year, they lose the first right to the date. The ASCA Business Office will hold paperwork from any other Club wishing to use a preexisting date until the ASCA Business Office has been notified that the Host Club with the preexisting date will not use the event date that year. If paperwork has to be held pending receipt of the notification from the Host Club with the preexisting date, the ASCA Business Office will notify the second Club within 14 days upon receipt of the Sanctioning Request Form. To facilitate timely receipt of materials, Clubs wishing to use a preexisting date should contact the Host Club and request notification be sent in writing to the ASCA Business Office stating the preexisting date will not be used that year. If the Host Club with the preexisting date does not use that date on the second year following their original event, first claim to that date will pass to a second Host Club, if there is one. If a date has not been previously claimed, the Host Club whose sanctioning is postmarked first shall be awarded the date.

 

ASCA Affiliate Clubs may request sanctioning for any event to be held outside of their state/area only under the following terms:

a. If a state/area (state/area A, for instance) is not served by an Affiliate Club, then any Affiliate Club from another state/area may sanction events in state/area A on a first-come basis;

b. If state/area A is currently served by one or more Affiliate Clubs and wishes to sanction an event at a site that is outside of their state/area, they must first secure written permission from all of the Affiliate Clubs within the state/area where they would like to sanction the event. Written permission shall be submitted to the Business Office with the Sanction request before sanctioning can be granted. NOTE: If an out-of-state ASCA Affiliate Club is invited by an ASCA Affiliate Club to assist in managing their Sanctioned Events, requirements for seeking and providing written permission from other clubs within the state/area are unnecessary as the out of state Affiliate is not Sanctioning ASCA Events but rather helping the instate Affiliate with their Event.

 

If an Affiliate Club organizes in a state that formerly did not have an Affiliate Club, then the new Club shall have primary sanctioning authority.

 

CURRENT WORDING

1.1.3 First Rights

Each Host Club, which holds a sanctioned event at least once in every two consecutive years, shall have first right to claim the corresponding dates or holiday weekend for its event to be held in the next succeeding two years. If the Club having first right to the date(s) does not host a sanctioned event on that date in the following year, another Club may use the preexisting date for an event. The original Club shall still have first right to the date on the second year following their original event. If they do not host a sanctioned event on that date in the second year, they lose the first right to the date. The ASCA Business Office will hold paperwork from any other Club wishing to use a preexisting date until the ASCA Business Office has been notified that the Host Club with the preexisting date will not use the event date that year. If paperwork has to be held pending receipt of the notification from the Host Club with the preexisting date, the ASCA Business Office will notify the second Club within 14 days upon receipt of the Sanctioning Request Form. To facilitate timely receipt of materials, Clubs wishing to use a preexisting date should contact the Host Club and request notification be sent in writing to the ASCA Business Office stating the preexisting date will not be used that year. If the Host Club with the preexisting date does not use that date on the second year following their original event, first claim to that date will pass to a second Host Club, if there is one. If a date has not been previously claimed, the Host Club whose sanctioning is postmarked first shall be awarded the date. ASCA Affiliate Clubs may request sanctioning for any event to be held outside of their state only under the following terms: a. If a state (State A, for instance) is not served by an Affiliate Club, then any Affiliate Club from another state may sanction events in State A on a first-come basis; b. If State A is currently served by one or more Affiliate Clubs and wishes to sanction an event at a site that is outside of their state, they must first secure written permission from all of the Affiliate Clubs within the state where they would like to sanction the event. Written permission shall be submitted to the Business Office with the Sanction request before sanctioning can be granted. NOTE: If an out-of-state ASCA Affiliate Club is invited by an ASCA Affiliate Club to sanction events in conjunction with the inviting club, requirements are waived for seeking and providing written permission from other clubs.

 

If an Affiliate Club organizes in a state that formerly did not have an Affiliate Club, then the new Club shall have primary sanctioning authority.

Members,
 
The following motion has been voted on this month by the ASCA Board. Results are below.
 
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BD.17.27 Change to Obed. Rule 1.1.1 – Restore deleted language

Approve: DeChant, Gibson, King, Kissman, Roberts, Silveira, Vest, Wesen

Oppose: 0

Abstain: Gray

Motion carries.

 

Motion by Silveira

Second by Gray

I move the ASCA Board of Directors restore the last paragraph of the following Rule to the Obedience Rule Book.

 

Effective Date: June 1, 2017

 

Rationale: Last July, the following rule was slated for removal by Board action effective June 1, 2017. In this case of the Obedience Rule Book, we made an error we need to fix. The first paragraph is what we had intended to remove which is limited to discussion regarding other Registries. The last paragraph is remaining the same in all of our other Program Rule Books, so we do not want to remove it from the Obedience Program.

 

PROPOSED WORDING

Obedience Rule Book

1 General Regulations

1.1 General

1.1.1 Affiliates

Official ASCA programs that require sanctioning and award points or qualifying scores that lead to an ASCA title shall not be conducted by any individual(s), non-ASCA Affiliated corporation(s) or business(es). Affiliate Club(s) in good standing with ASCA will have the exclusive right to schedule, sanction and conduct Official ASCA programs. No individual(s), non ASCA Affiliated corporation(s) or business(es) shall realize any monetary profit, or any other benefit as a result of any connection with an ASCA sanctioned event. Normal event sponsorship or advertisement by any individual(s), corporation(s) or business(es) shall not be considered to be in conflict with this rule. Individuals, corporations or businesses that enter into agreements with Affiliate Clubs to supply materials, services, facility rentals, livestock rentals or any other products or services required for the implementation of sanctioned events shall not be considered to be in conflict with this rule. The use of a Club’s name for event purposes cannot be transferred.

 

CURRENT WORDING

1 General Regulations

1.1 General

1.1.1 Affiliates

Affiliate shall not seek membership nor seek licensure or sanctioning for any event with another registry other than a registry with which ASCA has an agreement. The registry with which ASCA has an agreement is the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).

 

The Host Affiliate of an ASCA Nationals Specialty shall neither invite nor contract with another registry, nor the affiliates of another registry, with which ASCA has an agreement to hold an event.

 

The ASCA Business office will refuse to sanction any show/trial of an ASCA Affiliate held with the United States Australian Shepherd Club (USASA) National Specialty unless such show is approved by a vote of the membership when at least 50% of the Affiliate Club members cast a vote and action is approved by 2/3 of those casting votes. Note: “held with” as used here is defined as anywhere on the same show/fair grounds during (from the first day through the last of) the USASA Nationals events. Official ASCA programs that require sanctioning and award points or qualifying scores that lead to an ASCA title shall not be conducted by any individual(s), non-ASCA Affiliated corporation(s) or business(es).

 

Affiliate Club(s) in good standing with ASCA will have the exclusive right to schedule, sanction and conduct Official ASCA programs. No individual(s), non ASCA Affiliated corporation(s) or business(es) shall realize any monetary profit, or any other benefit as a result of any connection with an ASCA sanctioned event. Normal event sponsorship or advertisement by any individual(s), corporation(s) or business(es) shall not be considered to be in conflict with this rule. Individuals, corporations or businesses that enter into agreements with Affiliate Clubs to supply materials, services, facility rentals, livestock rentals or any other products or services required for the implementation of sanctioned events shall not be considered to be in conflict with this rule. The use of a Club’s name for event purposes cannot be transferred.

 

Members,
 
The following motion has been voted on this month by the ASCA Board. Results are below.
 

DN.17.02 Multiple Sired Litters

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

 

Motion by Roberts

I move to accept the motion from the DNA committee as follows:

 

*Note from Roberts: The process outlined in this motion has been approved by the Office Manager. The Office has a new order form for DNA kits. It is not part of the motion, but I can provide it for anyone that would like to see it.

 

Effective Date: Upon BOD approval.

 

Rationale: This rule needs to be updated to require the use of Extended Marker Sets if the sires of multiple sired

​litters

 are closely related. As it stands now, if sires are closely related and the lab cannot determine who the actual sires are, the registration papers will be marked NFB (not for breeding). The owner of the litter will have to submit further dna tests using the extended marker sets. This rule will require the use of extended marker sets, upfront, there by streamlining the process for both the breeder and the ASCA business office.

 

Motion by Gina Larson

Second by Carol McLaughlin

I, Gina Larson, move to accept the following changes and additions to rule 1.3.2 of the Registration Rules and Procedures.

 

Results of the committee vote:

Approve: 4

Oppose: None

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: 2

 

PROPOSED WORDING

1.3.2 MULTIPLE SIRED LITTERS

Litters sired by more than one stud dog (whether by design or by accident) are permissible, provided the following criteria are met:

A. The breeder(s) must DNA profile the dam, sires and every pup produced from this multiple sire breeding; this profiling is to be at the expense of the breeder(s)/owner(s); this profiling is to be done by ASCA’s approved DNA lab; and the results of the profiling must be on file with ASCA before litter registration can proceed.  Proper records must be maintained (photos, video, written description, etc.) so the sample from each individual; adult and pup, can be positively matched to each animal.

 

B. It is strongly recommended in the case of intentional or known multiple sires, the breeder consider the use of the extended marker set at the initiation of the DNA verification process.  Because of the potential problems associated with sampling a very young animal (pup), the method of sample collection will be determined in consultation with ASCA’s approved DNA lab. Kits for multiple sired or potentially multiple sired litters must be ordered, by phone, from the ASCA Business Office;

 

C. The extended marker set is required to be utilized, at the initiation of DNA verification, if the sires are of close relation, i.e. father/son, siblings, or uncles. This is due to the high probability of corresponding genetic markers between possible sires.

Because of the potential problems associated with sampling a very young animal (pup), the method of sample collection will be determined in consultation with ASCA’s approved DNA lab. Kits for multiple sired or potentially multiple sired litters must be ordered, by phone, from the ASCA Business Office.

 

D. In cases where the standard set of markers used cannot exclude a sire(s) for a pup(s), thereby verifying parentage to only one sire, the registrar will mark the registration papers for the pup(s) as NFB (Not for Breeding) and issue the registration papers as such. All pups in the litter who have been verified to their parents may be registered with full breeding rights, if the breeder so chooses. If the breeder or subsequent owner, of the pup(s) registered as NFB due to lack of parentage verification, chooses to retest the pup(s) and parent(s) in question using the extended marker set in order to narrow parentage to one sire, there will be additional fees charged per animal.

 

Note: In the case of accidental multiple-sired litters, or any litter whose coloration may raise concern with the registrar, each potential sire will need to be profiled, including any recently neutered males, if applicable. During the interim time between actual castration and total absence of sperm, conception is possible per the American Veterinary Medical Association (i.e. a male can continue to reproduce 14 days after castration).

 

Coat color alone cannot be used reliably for parentage verification. The reasons range from the simple dominant/recessive type of coat color inheritance to the less common incidence of phantom merle individuals. The former might be a red factored black. The latter dogs are genetically merle but phenotypically solid or almost solid in color. These incidences include dogs with a single inconspicuous merle spot, merle patch on tail before docking, etc.

 

CURRENT WORDING

1.3 Litter Registration Rules and Procedures

1.3.2 MULTIPLE SIRED LITTERS

A. Litters sired by more than one stud dog (whether by design or by accident) are permissible, provided the following criteria are met:

 

B. The breeder(s) must DNA profile the dam, sires and every pup produced from this multiple-sire breeding; this profiling is to be at the expense of the breeder(s); this profiling is to be done by ASCA’s approved DNA lab; the results of the profiling must be on file with ASCA before registration can proceed; Proper records must be maintained (photos, video, written description, etc.) so the sample from each

individual, adult and pup, can be positively matched to each animal;

 

C. Because of the potential problems associated with sampling a very young animal (pup), the method of sample collection will be determined in consultation with ASCA’s approved DNA lab;

 

D. In cases where the markers generally used cannot exclude a sire(s) for a pup(s), thereby verifying parentage to only one sire, the registrar will mark the registration papers for the pup(s) as NFB (Not for

Breeding) and issue the registration papers as such. All other pups in the litter who have been verified to their parents may be registered with full breeding rights if the breeder so chooses. If the breeder or

subsequent owner chooses to retest the pup(s) and parent (s) in question using an *expanded marker system* in order to narrow parentage to one sire, there will be additional fees charged per animal tested.

 

Note: In the case of accidental multiple sired litters, OR ANY LITTER WHOSE COLORATION MAY RAISE CONCERN WITH THE REGISTRAR, each potential sire will need to be profiled, including any

recently neutered males, if applicable. During the interim time between actual castration and total absence of sperm, conception is possible per the American Veterinary Medical Association (i.e. a male can continue to reproduce 14 days after castration).

 

Members,
 
The following motion has been voted on this month by the ASCA Board. Results are below.
 

JR.17.02 Change to 7 Nationals Awards

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

 

Motion by King

I move to accept this motion from the Junior Committee.

 

Effective Date: June 1, 2018

 

Motion by Andrea Bair

Second by Donalyn Shock

 

Results of the committee vote:

Approve: 6

Oppose: None

Abstain: 1

Non-Voting: None

 

PROPOSED WORDING

7 Year End Awards

All Region and overall winners shall receive a prize, to be awarded at the Nationals Banquet. All of the first-place juniors (of each age group), also the overall winners for each division (Handling, Obedience, Rally, Agility and Working), and the All-Around Junior (if any) shall receive a prize, also to be awarded at the Nationals Banquet. All juniors who achieve a level of the 500 Club Program will be recognized and receive their awards at the National Specialty. Scheduling to be at the host club’s discretion, but preferably upon the completion of the Junior Finals competition.

 

CURRENT WORDING

7 Year End Awards

All Region award winners shall receive a prize, to be awarded at the National’s Banquet. All of the first place juniors (of each age group), also the overall winners for each division (Handling, Obedience, Rally, and Working), and the All-Around Junior (if any) shall receive a prize, also to be awarded at the National’s Banquet.

Members,
 
The following motion has been voted on this month by the ASCA Board. Results are below.
 

OB.17.03 Change to 1.1.2 & 1.22 Entry Limits

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

 

Motion by Wesen

I move to accept this motion from the Obedience Committee.

 

Effective Date: June 2017

 

Rationale: The Business Office requested this action. Not all clubs were placing limits in their premiums. There was concerns that some of the less experienced Show/Trial Secretaries were creating workloads of more than 8 judging hours per day for judges.

The Business Office was contacted and responded that this language should solve the problem in February 2017.

 

Motion by Laurie Rubin

Second by Pat Pierce

I move we amend Sections 1.1.2 Premium and 1.22 Limitation of Entries to clarify that premiums must contain an entry limit and a statement of what will happen when that limit is reached.

 

Results of the committee vote:

Approve: 6

Oppose: None

Abstain: None

Non-Voting: 4

 

PROPOSED WORDING

1.22 Limitation of Entries

A club must clearly state in its premium the entry limit for its trials along with what will happen should such entry limits be reached. Examples include but are not limited to: (a) Entries will be limited to eight hours. If limits are reached, entries will close. (b) Entries will be limited to 25 entries for the morning trial and 25 entries for the afternoon trial.  If limits are reached, we will add a ring and hire an additional judge.

 

For trials in which a judge is assigned multiple classes, for events in which there are multiple trials in the same day, and/or when lighting conditions or facility limits necessitate, a. A club may limit entries in either of the following ways: (1) by stating the maximum number of entries per trial or day or (2) by stating the maximum number of hours per trial or day.  Trial Secretaries may use the Entries Per Hour table below and/or The ASCA Obedience Judge Time Calculation Worksheet, available on the ASCA website, to assist in determining when entry limits have been reached.

 

Entries Per Hour

Class

6

Utility, Wildcard Utility, Versatility

7

Open CDX, Open ODX, Wildcard Open

8

Novice, Graduate Novice, Brace, Wildcard Novice, Team

9

Beginner Novice, Pre-Novice

 

A club shall not assign a judge more than eight (8) hours per day of judging, as determined by the Entries Per Hour table or Calculation Worksheet, except when there is a stated agreement by the judge to accept more entries.

 

If a club anticipates an entry in excess of its facilities for a Specialty or Sanctioned Obedience Trial, it may limit entries in any or all classes, but n Non-regular class entries shall not exceed 25% of the total limited entry.  For a full-day trial, in which one judge will be assigned only one class, a club may limit entries in any or all entry limits for Regular classes shall be to sixty-four (64) Novice, fifty-six (56) Open, or forty-eight (48) Utility dogs.

 

Prominent announcement of such limits must appear on the title or cover page of the premium list for an Obedience Trial or immediately under the obedience heading in the premium list for a Dog show, with a statement that entries in one (1) or more specified classes in the Obedience Trial will automatically close when a certain limit or limits have been reached, even though the official closing date for entries has not arrived.

 

An Affiliate club may limit its Sanctioned Obedience Trial to ASCA registered Australian Shepherds only. Prominent announcement of such limits must appear on the title or cover page of the premium list for a Sanctioned Obedience Trial or immediately under the Obedience heading in the premium list for a dog show.

 

1.1.2 Premium

Entry limitations, & what will happen when limits are reached (See 1.22 Entry Limitations) i.e. maximum number of entries or hours per trial or day

 

CURRENT WORDING

1.22 Limitation of Entries

If a club anticipates an entry in excess of its facilities for a Specialty or Sanctioned Obedience Trial, it may limit entries in any or all classes, but non-regular class entries shall not exceed 25% of the total limited entry.  For a full-day trial, in which one judge will be assigned only one class, a club may limit entries in any or all Regular classes to sixty-four (64) Novice, fifty-six (56) Open, or forty-eight (48) Utility dogs.

 

For trials in which a judge is assigned multiple classes, for events in which there are multiple trials in the same day, and/or when lighting conditions or facility limits necessitate, a club may limit entries in either of the following ways: (1) by stating the maximum number of entries per trial or day or (2) by stating the maximum number of hours per trial or day.  Trial Secretaries may use the Entries Per Hour table below and/or The ASCA Obedience Judge Time Calculation Worksheet, available on the ASCA website, to assist in determining when entry limits have been reached.

 

Entries Per Hour

Class

6

Utility, Wildcard Utility, Versatility

7

Open CDX, Open ODX, Wildcard Open

8

Novice, Graduate Novice, Brace, Wildcard Novice, Team

9

Beginner Novice, Pre-Novice

 

A club shall not assign a judge more than eight (8) hours per day of judging, as determined by the Entries Per Hour table or Calculation Worksheet, except when there is a stated agreement by the judge to accept more entries.

 

Prominent announcement of such limits must appear on the title or cover page of the premium list for an Obedience Trial or immediately under the obedience heading in the premium list for a Dog show, with a statement that entries in one (1) or more specified classes in the Obedience Trial will automatically close when a certain limit or limits have been reached, even though the official closing date for entries has not arrived.

 

An Affiliate club may limit its Sanctioned Obedience Trial to ASCA registered Australian Shepherds only. Prominent announcement of such limits must appear on the title or cover page of the premium list for a Sanctioned Obedience Trial or immediately under the Obedience heading in the premium list for a dog show.

 

1.1.2 Premium

The Premium shall at a minimum indicate:

a.       Club name

b.       Club officers (emails and/or phone numbers)

c.       Show committee (emails and/or phone numbers)

d.       Show/trial secretary (mailing address, email and phone number)

e.       The names of the judges hired (level through which they will be judging)

f.        Names of the classes offered (regular, optional titling and non-regular), division and class order (Note: All regular classes should be listed as follows: Novice A and B, Open Dog Excellent A and B, Companion Dog Excellent A and B, plus Utility A and B.

g.       Date of trials

h.       Refund information

i.         Show site particulars including directions to site and when the site is open or closed

j.         Awards particulars

k.       When group exercises shall be held and in what order

l.         Entry fees, pre-entry and closing entry date with mailing particulars

m.     Motel/hotel/camping information

n.       Tracking number application attached and/or linked

o.       Entry blank attached and/or linked as applicable

p.       Entry limitations, i.e. maximum number of entries or hours per trial or day

q.       If allowing bitches in season, the prominent statement: Bitches in season permitted.  They must be crated at least 50’ from obedience ring, wear pants and run last after all obedience judging is finished. (Effective June 2017)

r.        If allowing bitches in season, details on which trial/s allow them when there are two trials in one day. (Effective June 2017)

Members,
 
The following motion has been voted on this month by the ASCA Board. Results are below.
 

OB.17.04 Change to 1.1.2 & 1.13 BIS Placement Option

Approve: Unanimous

Motion carries.

 

Motion by Wesen

I move to accept this motion from the Obedience Committee.

 

Effective Date: June 2018

 

Rationale: If the obedience bitches in season (OBIS) are not eligible for awards, other competitors will not have to wait until the end of a trial to receive their own scores and awards. This will make it more likely that clubs will offer the OBIS option, knowing that fewer other competitors will be inconvenienced by it. An intact bitch owning competitor asked the Obedience Committee to consider this, stating that her own ASCA club would probably only allow OBIS under these conditions.

This will affect obedience competitors by making the running of OBIS less inconvenient for them. It will affect clubs considering the OBIS option by providing a different path for allowing OBIS. It will affect owners of intact bitches by possibly giving them a reduced chance at awards or possibly giving them a chance to trial for legs and scores instead of not at all.

An email was sent to the Business Office April 3, asking if this option would create problems for the computer program. If so, we will withdraw the motion. A reply has not been received as of April 9.

 

Motion by Laurie Rubin

Second by Pat Pierce

I move that, except for Nationals, we give clubs the option when allowing bitches in season to compete in obedience of having the bitches earn legs and scores only without being eligible for awards.

 

Results of the committee vote:

Approve: 4

Oppose: 1

Abstain: 2

Non-Voting: 3

 

PROPOSED WORDING

1.1.2 Premium

The Premium shall at a minimum indicate:

a.       Club name

b.       Club officers (emails and/or phone numbers)

c.       Show committee (emails and/or phone numbers)

d.       Show/trial secretary (mailing address, email and phone number)

e.       The names of the judges hired (level through which they will be judging)

f.        Names of the classes offered (regular, optional titling and non-regular), division and class order (Note: All regular classes should be listed as follows: Novice A and B, Open Dog Excellent A and B, Companion Dog Excellent A and B, plus Utility A and B.

g.       Date of trials

h.       Refund information

i.         Show site particulars including directions to site and when the site is open or closed

j.         Awards particulars

k.       When group exercises shall be held and in what order

l.         Entry fees, pre-entry and closing entry date with mailing particulars

m.     Motel/hotel/camping information

n.       Tracking number application attached and/or linked

o.       Entry blank attached and/or linked as applicable

p.       Entry limitations, i.e. maximum number of entries or hours per trial or day

q.       If allowing bitches in season, the prominent statement: Bitches in season permitted.  They must be crated at least 50’ from obedience ring, wear pants and run last after all obedience judging is finished. (Effective June 2017)

r.        If allowing bitches in season, details on which trial/s allow them when there are two trials in one day. (Effective June 2017)

s.        If allowing bitches in season, whether they will be eligible for awards or only allowed to compete for legs and scores.

 

1.1.3 Disturbances

Bitches in season are not permitted to compete except under the specific circumstances detailed below. The judge of an Obedience Trial must remove from competition any bitch in season, any dog which its handler cannot control, any handler who interferes willfully with another competitor or his dog, and any handler who abuses his dog in the ring, and may excuse from competition any dog which he considers unfit to compete, or any bitch which appears so attractive to males as to be a disturbing element.

 

If a dog or handler is disqualified or excused by a judge, the reason shall be stated in the judge’s book or in a separate report.

 

Bitches in season may compete and will be eligible for all awards at the Nationals Obedience Trial and Obedience Finals. They are to compete last after all obedience judging is finished with the exception of run-offs each day. This includes sits and downs, which shall be held separately. Multiple bitches in season may take part in group sits and downs together.

 

Regular trials may also allow bitches in season (OBIS) to compete, if a club chooses to and if it is specified beforehand in the premium. Clubs allowing OBIS may choose to exempt them from awards. In that case, OBIS will compete, after all run offs and awards are completed, for legs and scores only. If a club does not exempt them from awards, OBIS will compete after all obedience judging is finished with the exception of any run-offs for which the OBIS might be eligible. Any awards or placements for which the OBIS might be eligible will be presented after the OBIS competes.

 

If a club chooses to allow them in two trials on the same day and specifies this clearly in the premium, bitches in season entered in the first trial will be allowed to run at the end of the first trial and again at the end of the second trial.

 

Bitches in season must be crated (not placed in an exercise pen) at least 50′ away from the obedience rings prior to and during the competition, except while competing.  Bitches in season must wear pants.  Handlers must notify the Show/Trial Secretary at least 30 minutes before the start of the trial if they plan to compete with a bitch in season.

 

CURRENT WORDING

1.1.2 Premium

The Premium shall at a minimum indicate:

a.       Club name

b.       Club officers (emails and/or phone numbers)

c.       Show committee (emails and/or phone numbers)

d.       Show/trial secretary (mailing address, email and phone number)

e.       The names of the judges hired (level through which they will be judging)

f.        Names of the classes offered (regular, optional titling and non-regular), division and class order (Note: All regular classes should be listed as follows: Novice A and B, Open Dog Excellent A and B, Companion Dog Excellent A and B, plus Utility A and B.

g.       Date of trials

h.       Refund information

i.         Show site particulars including directions to site and when the site is open or closed

j.         Awards particulars

k.       When group exercises shall be held and in what order

l.         Entry fees, pre-entry and closing entry date with mailing particulars

m.     Motel/hotel/camping information

n.       Tracking number application attached and/or linked

o.       Entry blank attached and/or linked as applicable

p.       Entry limitations, i.e. maximum number of entries or hours per trial or day

q.       If allowing bitches in season, the prominent statement: Bitches in season permitted.  They must be crated at least 50’ from obedience ring, wear pants and run last after all obedience judging is finished. (Effective June 2017)

r.        If allowing bitches in season, details on which trial/s allow them when there are two trials in one day. (Effective June 2017)

 

1.13 Disturbances

Bitches in season are not permitted to compete except under the specific circumstances detailed below. The judge of an Obedience Trial must remove from competition any bitch in season, any dog which its handler cannot control, any handler who interferes willfully with another competitor or his dog, and any handler who abuses his dog in the ring, and may excuse from competition any dog which he considers unfit to compete, or any bitch which appears so attractive to males as to be a disturbing element.

 

If a dog or handler is disqualified or excused by a judge, the reason shall be stated in the judge’s book or in a separate report.

 

Bitches in season may compete at the Nationals Obedience Trial and Obedience Finals. Regular trials may also allow bitches in season to compete, if a club chooses to and if it is specified beforehand in the premium. They are to compete last after all obedience judging is finished with the exception of run-offs each day. This includes sits and downs, which shall be held separately. Multiple bitches in season may take part in group sits and downs together.

 

If a club chooses to allow them in two trials on the same day and specifies this clearly in the premium, bitches in season entered in the first trial will be allowed to run at the end of the first trial and again at the end of the second trial.

 

Bitches in season must be crated (not placed in an exercise pen) at least 50′ away from the obedience rings prior to and during the competition, except while competing.  Bitches in season must wear pants.  Handlers must notify the Show/Trial Secretary at least 30 minutes before the start of the trial if they plan to compete with a bitch in season.