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The Agility committee will be working on Judge education.
These are the five items the current CC will be working on;
Conformation finals judge draw

Update judge’s books to take care of inconsistencies

Update Breeder Judge requirements

Update 7.6 and 9,10

Online Judge Education, Judge test

As always the CC is open to any suggestions and comments from the membership.

Updated 9/3/17

Nationals is fast approaching.  The DNA committee is finalizing the details for the blood draw.  The draw will be held in conjunction with ASHGI and will be on Tuesday, October 31st from 8 a.m.-noon. Thank you, Michelle Berryessa DVM, for agreeing to be our supervising vet.

Order your DNA kits from the Business Office. There will also be kits available for purchase on site.

We will mail the completed kits/samples to the lab for you.  We make this easy, no appointment necessary!

Looking forward to seeing everyone in TX!

We are excited to have the first ASCA Dock Jumping trial as a pre trial at the 2017 Nationals. Thank you, Heart of Texas ASC, for putting this on. Visit the ASCA 2017 site for more information.

HOF is working on verifying ODX addition to HOF is correctly represented in rule book.
Updated 9/19/17

The Junior Committee would like to welcome Shelby Shank!!
Also, current Juniors, Junior parents, and all Junior & Conformation judges:  Please plan to attend the Junior Seminar on Sunday, October 29th, after the preshow.  We will be going over and demonstrating the proper way to do a few of the patterns as well as how they change based on the judges location.  We encourage all to attend whether you are interested in learning how to do them or how to judge them…see ya then!
Thank you,
Andrea Bair
Junior Committee Chair
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“NAIA announces a victory in New Jersey. Governor Christie has vetoed SB63 pertaining to dog breeding and sourcing. The bill has been returned to the legislature.”

May 1, 2017

It has been an incredibly long and arduous fight, but we are proud to announce that the bill formerly known as New Jersey SB 63 pertaining to dog breeding and sourcing has finally been conditionally vetoed! Kudos and huge thanks to NAIA Board Members Barbara Reichman and Julian Prager for their hard work and incredible commitment to this fight, combined with all of YOU who took the time to make your voices heard. Thanks to Governor Chris Christie and his staff for listening to our concerns and doing the research necessary to understand the complexity of the issues and make the appropriate changes. As of May 1, Governor Christie has returned the bill to the legislature with the changes we and the rest of the stakeholders had requested.

The bill has taken a long and winding road with many twists and turns, beginning as legislation to force pet stores to source only from shelters and rescues then dropping that requirement (thanks in large part to our input) and morphing into a bill that would treat hobby breeders as commercial breeders. The bill has gone through several different forms and bill numbers, the last version that was presented to the Governor being S3041. It was a much better version than what we started with but was still damaging and would still treat small hobby breeders as pet dealers and all the unrealistic requirements that would entail.

We at NAIA Trust have been working hard to unravel the confusion and keep you abreast to help you efficiently take action. NAIA Board Members Barbara Reichman and Julian Prager have worked directly with legislators throughout this entire process, right up to the Governor’s office. They have devoted countless hours drafting proposed amendments and positions, developing relationships, and communicating our concerns to protect breeders and owners. Between their work and the flood of calls to the Governor’s desk, we have finally succeeded!

Gov. Christie agreed with us in his conditional veto of the bill; he stated that while he commended the efforts to protect New Jersey pet purchasers, aspects of the bill went too far. “The bill would also have the unintended consequence of restricting consumer access to pets, even from responsible breeders,” stated Gov. Christie in his veto. He is definitely a friend to responsible dog breeders; he GETS it. He also made sure to get rid of all of the awful animal rights propaganda that was included in the recitals and findings to the bill. Some of the important changes he has made include:

  • Both the definition of “breeder” and “pet dealer” were changed to only apply to USDA licensed breeders, so in essence pet shops would be required to purchase from USDA licensed breeders (as they are now), and small at-home breeders are left out of the unrealistic requirements as we wanted.
  • The attempt to regulate out of state pet sellers has been removed.
  • The inclusion of anyone selling more than 10 dogs or cats in the state of New Jersey has been removed from the definition of pet dealers.
  • The bill previously prohibited pet shops from obtaining animals from breeders that had three or more USDA citations; this was replaced with “3 or more separate, final, and conclusive orders for violations.”

So, what happens next?

While this conditional veto represents a major battle won, the war is not over yet. The veto still has to go back to the legislature. The legislature can either accept the veto, do nothing (which means it will die), or they can attempt to override it. An override would require 27 votes in the Senate, and that never happened under 8 years of Gov. Christie.

Because the conditional veto will go back to the legislature, we will still need your support and help to ensure that Gov. Christie’s partial veto is accepted. Simply make sure you are signed up to follow NAIA Trust and will receive our alerts. Following NAIA Trust is easy and will keep you up-to-date on legislative issues like this one that affect you and your animals. If you haven’t signed up for NAIA Trust yet, you are missing out. We have made many improvements to our site to make it easier to understand the issues and taking action is as easy is clicking a button if you make sure to check “remember me” when you sign up for our alerts. Sign up here today to be a part of future victories like this momentous one in New Jersey!

The MVA Committee is currently working on further defining/clarifying the rules around who may show to or what dogs may be shown to the MVA Evaluation Judge. This has been an area of gray in the past for competitors, so trying to define and clarify. We’ve recently done some rule cleanup which will be published in the June rules update. We also continue to review different methods of calculating and scoring MVA. We’ve welcomed a new member, Sandra Hawkins, and really appreciate the new addition to the committee and look forward to working with her.

3.4      Continuing Education Requirements for all ASCA Obedience Judges

(New section Effective June 2018)

3.4.1      Staying Up to Date on Rules

It is the responsibility of all ASCA Obedience judges to stay up to date on the current rules and regulations affecting the ASCA Obedience program. Lists of rule changes for the most recent rulebooks can be found on the ASCA Website. Only those program rules contained in the latest version of each rulebook shall be enforceable.

3.4.2      ASCA Obedience Judges Education

Starting July 1, 2018, all ASCA Obedience judges will be required to certify at least every three years that they have completed one of the required options for continuing judge education. Newly approved judges will be required to certify within 12 months of first approval. The list of judge education options for each year will be delineated in the ASCA Obedience Judge Education Certification Form to be posted on the ASCA Website. In addition, upon request, the Business Office will send the Obedience Judge Education Certification Form for the current year to judges who can’t utilize the online version.


All current ASCA Obedience judges must certify between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 that they have completed the initial continuing judges’ education. Starting in 2021, certifications for judges whose last names begin with the letters A-M will be due between January 1 and June 30. Certifications for judges whose last names begin with the letters N-Z will be due between July 1 and December 31.

3.4.3      Certification of Continuing Education

In order to maintain judging eligibility in the ASCA obedience program, it is the responsibility of each ASCA Obedience judge to complete and submit the Obedience Judge Education Certification Form at least every three years. Judges are welcome to certify more often, according to a schedule that is more convenient for them. For example, those who also judge ASCA Rally might choose to re-certify every two years (i.e. 2018, 2020, etc.). The ASCA Business Office will keep a record of which judges are up to date on certification and thus eligible to judge.

The Obedience Judge Education Certification Form can be submitted online or by downloading and sending a copy to the Business Office. Starting January 1, 2019, judges who are not up to date with certification will not be eligible to judge until they complete and submit the Obedience Judge Education Certification Form. After 2 years of lapsed certification, a judge’s name will be removed from the ASCA Obedience Judge list.

Obedience Judge Education Certification Form

Lasted updated 3/12/18

Rally Committee

Hopefully everyone has now seen the new rally signs, and started practicing them!  Some are fun, some may be very challenging to handlers as well as dogs.   They are a great addition to the ASCA Rally program, and we are looking forward to seeing new fun courses come June.

If you are a member of a club that hosts rally trials, please remember to print the large signs prior to June 1st.   The file on the web site lists only the new signs in large size, so that you do not need to sort for the new signs.

For those thinking ahead toward finals in Colorado, the decision was made by the Committee to NOT use the 2018 signs on the courses, since the dogs that qualified had not seen those signs yet.  The new signs can be used in the Pre-shows, and in the Nationals trials.

While everyone is looking forward to those new signs, some judges are a little nervous about spacing, and including them on their courses.   What looks to be a beautiful course on paper can be found to simply not work when laid out on the course.  That leaves the judge trying to figure out what can be done, to make it work, without delaying the trial.  The best way to avoid this situation is to send courses for prior approval.  The Review Committee is happy to review courses in advance of your trial.  This removes the concerns when setting up the course.

Some of the new signs were designed to allow more directional changes.  They have been needed for many years, and will allow judges more flexibility in course design.  Judges are reminded, however, that the path must allow the stated degree of direction change to the path of the team.  And as always, when exiting a station, the number for the next sign must be directly in front of the team.  New moving signs were added for all levels that provide some fresh alternatives.  Many of the upper level signs are intended as baby steps for obedience, and to add some of the newer elements of obedience.  The Rally Committee hopes that judges and contestants enjoy these new signs.

Some of the new signs will require more space on the course.  Again, what looks good on paper may not work when laid out on the course.  Care must be taken to assure there is adequate space for all exercises.  Another reason to have courses pre-approved so you can enjoy your judging experience.

The Rally Committee is dedicated to making the ASCA Rally Program the best Rally program.  But, we need your help.  We often hear stories about situations at shows that may, or may not, have been addressed appropriately.  When the show report comes in, there is no documentation of anything happening.  If you, as a contestant see things at shows that you feel need to be addressed, even if it is to just affirm that the situation WAS handled correctly, please contact a member of the rally committee.  We cannot address your concerns without your input.

Corinne Shanks

Rally Committee Chair


Lasted updated 11/28/17

Wow what a great ASCA Nationals event in Texas.  The stock were the best EVER!!!!  That is not just my opinion but the opinion of everyone that I talked to in Texas.  The format of having the National Trial first and the Stock Finals later in the week was also Great!  There were people from many other competition areas in the stands and excited to see the Finals Stockdogs competing for the first time.  The Texas Shoot-Out was an absolute HIT that brought competitors together to enjoy the fun and challenge of something totally new to an ASCA event.  The videos are on YouTube and I encourage everyone to take a look.


The SDC Seminar / Meeting was very productive.  There were 33 people in attendance.  The Farm Trial program was discussed at length.  Some of the Action Items were a) the judge of the event should have input into the course,  b) the judge could change the course if the difficulty was lacking or the stock safety was in question, and c) the SDC should develop a judges evaluation form similar to the Agility program evaluation for the Farm Trials.   The SDC Survey results were available for a general overview.  There were 220 responses to the Survey.  The distribution was even across regions with 20 Stockdog judges responding to the survey.  The real shocking (grin) news was that 80% of ASCA Stockdog competitors are female, and the majority are between 55 and 64 years of age.  The majority of respondents, which included 64 owners of training / trialing facilities, would be “unlikely” to participate in an Introduction to Stock event.  There were only 4 of the 20 Stockdog judges who indicated that they would be likely to participate in such an event.


There was a very favorable response to the Farm Trial Program and even more interesting was a very favorable response to a “variable course” arena trial.  The variable course would be one that the obstacles could be different and the order of completion could be different.  The SDC will be taking up the results in discussion.


Thank you all for your support.  All ASCA membership is always welcomed by the SDC.


Have a great day.


Rick Hardin

SDC Chair