[ SHOWGSD-L ] Grand Champion...(Concept, Highlights, Q&A)

  • From: "pmick12" <pmick12@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 03 Sep 2009 17:02:01 -0400

From the AKC Delegates' list...........

Grand Champion Title Concept





Dear Delegate,



The Grand Champion Title Procedure will be presented at the Delegate Parent 
Club Committee Meeting, the Delegate Dog Show Rules Committee Meeting, and 
the All Breed Delegate Committee meeting on Monday, September 14, 2009.  In 
addition, the concept will be presented at the Delegates’ Forum on Tuesday, 
September 15, 2009.



The Grand Champion title concept is an effort to provide our exhibitors with 
an additional venue to participate in with dogs that have obtained their 
Championships while assisting AKC Clubs with increasing their entries.  It 
will continue exhibitor participation and camaraderie in our sport while 
emphasizing breed judging by recognizing quality and breed type.



The development of a “Grand Champion” concept is consistent with the ongoing 
objective to encourage the exhibition and, ultimately, the breeding and 
registration of purebred dogs. It is also consistent with the structure of 
exhibition at other livestock events.



This Grand Champion concept proposal parallels and is an extension of the 
traditional system to earn an AKC Championship title on a dog.  It is 
simple, similar in format to that used to finish a dog, and, because it 
focuses exclusively on competition at the breed level, it will add minimal 
time to the current judging process.



While the “Grand Champion” concept does require a rule change, it would add 
a new dimension that offers exhibitors enhanced participation for an 
additional conformation venue to compete in at this time. The “Grand 
Champion” title bar is set higher, but not out of reach for the average 
exhibitor to obtain in a reasonable time period. This concept provides the 
Best of Breed, the Best of Opposite Sex and Select Winners the ability to 
accumulate “Grand Champion” points.



All Breed, Limited Breed, and Specialty Clubs, Superintendents and AKC will 
realize additional revenues due to the increase in entries while exhibitors 
participate with one entry fee for both Best of Breed and “Grand Champion” 
title competitions. This concept should not only provide revenue increases, 
but insert new excitement and quality of achievement. The fancy will be able 
to participate in a new venue with realistic expectations that are 
obtainable.



In summary, the Grand Champion Program’s attributes include:



o       Keeping people competing beyond the championship level and 
recognizing dogs of quality in breed competition



o       An opportunity for additional recognition without having to campaign 
and advertise heavily



o       Keeping the people coming back to shows to enjoy the sport and 
people in it and the camaraderie offered



o       Increasing the emphasis of the breed – it highlights breed 
competition



Increasing entries for clubs
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Grand Champion Highlights





·            All Champions of record that are eligible to be entered in Best 
of Breed competition, are automatically entered in competition for points 
toward the “Grand Champion” title when they are entered in the Best of Breed 
class at a dog show. There are no additional entry fees or cost to 
exhibitors for participation in this competition at AKC events.

·            Dogs and bitches that have earned their Championship and are 
moved up to the Best of Breed class would be eligible to compete on the day.

·            All eligible exhibits entered in the Best of Breed class will 
compete and judging will be concurrent with traditional Best of Breed 
judging.

·            Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, Select Dog and Select 
Bitch can earn “Grand Champion”                 points at AKC All Breed, 
Limited Breed or Specialty events.

·            The judge will award Best of Breed, Best of Winners, Best of 
Opposite Sex, Select Dog and Select Bitch. Judges may withhold any awards at 
their discretion.

·            For eligible Champions, the Best of Breed (BOB), Best of 
Opposite Sex (BOS), Select Dog (SD) and Select Bitch (SB) winners can 
acquire points toward the “Grand Champion” title. A maximum of four dogs may 
be awarded “Grand Championship” points.

·            Best of Breed winner will receive the highest number of “Grand 
Champion” points available regardless of sex. Best of Breed “Grand Champion” 
points are based on the total number of dogs and bitches competing in the 
breed or variety using the point schedule for the individual dog’s sex.

·            Best of Opposite Sex winner will receive Grand Championship 
points based on the total number of dogs defeated of the same sex. The 
Select Dog and Select Bitch will receive points based on the total numbers 
of dogs defeated of the same sex.  Best of Breed or the Best of Opposite Sex 
will not be included in this computation.

·            Best of Opposite Sex point computations may be equal to the 
Best of Breed winner but in no case will they exceed “Grand Championship” 
points awarded to Best of Breed.

·            Best of Breed winner will receive the highest number of “Grand 
Champion” points available regardless of sex. Best of Breed “Grand Champion” 
points are based on the total number of dogs and bitches competing in the 
breed or variety using the point schedule for the individual dog’s sex.

·            Best of Opposite Sex winner will receive Grand Championship 
points based on the total number of dogs defeated of the same sex. The 
Select Dog and Select Bitch will receive points based on the total numbers 
of dogs defeated of the same sex.  Best of Breed or the Best of Opposite Sex 
will not be included in this computation.



·            The existing schedule of points and divisions will be used to 
calculate “Grand Champion” points.  “Grand Championship” points will be 
awarded based on the number of eligible entries exhibited. All class 
exhibits and champions in breed or variety competition present will be 
counted to compute “Grand Champion” points.

·            “Grand Championship” entries will not affect the annual 
computation schedule of points assigned to each Points Division.

·            The existing schedule of points and divisions will be used to 
calculate “Grand Champion” points.  “Grand Championship” points will be 
awarded based on the number of eligible entries exhibited. All class 
exhibits and champions in breed or variety competition present will be 
counted to compute “Grand Champion” points.

·            “Grand Championship” entries will not affect the annual 
computation schedule of points assigned to each Points Division.

·            Once an eligible dog or bitch has accumulated 25 “Grand 
Champion” points with three majors under three different judges and at least 
one point under a fourth judge, it may be designated “Grand Champion” and 
receive an AKC enhanced certificate indicating they have completed the 
necessary requirements for the title.



·            “Grand Champion” title holders will continue to accumulate 
points towards a future “Grand Champion point system after completion of 
title (Top 25, 50 or 100 by Breed, and Group).



·            Any dog who completes its Grand Champion title will receive an 
invitation to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

·            Winners Dog, Winners Bitch, Best of Winners, or non-regular 
class winners, are not eligible to compete for “Grand Champion” points.

·            There will be no “Grand Champion” points awarded when all 
competing Champions of Record or move-up dogs are defeated by a class dog or 
bitch receiving the Best of Breed award.

·            If the Best of Opposite Sex winner is the Winners Dog or The 
Winners Bitch, neither the Best of Opposite Sex nor the Select award for 
that sex will be eligible for “Grand Champion” awards.

·            Any exhibits found to be ineligible for “Grand Champion” points 
would have those points disallowed administratively by the AKC.  If Best of 
Breed is found to be ineligible, all Grand Champion points awarded will be 
administratively disallowed for Best of Opposite Sex, Select Dog and Select 
Bitch.

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Grand Champion Question & Answers (Q&A)







Q) What is a Grand Champion?

A) A Grand Champion is a champion of record that has completed the 25 points

     required beyond the traditional requirements for a Championship and 
focuses on

     competition at the breed level.



Q) What dogs are eligible to be awarded Grand Championship points?

A) All Champions of record that are eligible to be entered in Best of 
Breed/Variety

     competition as well as dogs and bitches that have earned their 
Championship and are

     moved up, would be eligible to compete on the day.



Q) How many dogs are eligible to be awarded “Grand Championship” points?

A) A maximum of four including, Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, Select 
Dog and

     Select Bitch.



Q) Is a separate entry form and entry fee required for Grand Championship

     competition?

A) No, all eligible dogs entered as well as those moved up to the Best of 
Breed/Variety

     class are automatically eligible to compete without additional fees.



Q) When will judging of the Grand Championship class take place?

A) Since the Grand Championship is not a separate class, judging is 
concurrent with the

      traditional Best of Breed/Variety judging. Judges will award Best of 
Breed/Variety,

     Best of Winners, Best of Opposite Sex as well as Select Dog and Select 
Bitch.



Q) What are Select Dog and Select Bitch and how and what are they awarded?

A) The Select Dog and Select Bitch are similar to Awards of Merit in that 
this dog and

     bitch are next best as far as the quality of the dogs in competition. 
These awards are

     selected after Best of Breed/Variety and Best of Opposite Sex. However 
the Select

     Dog and Select Bitch are eligible for Grand Championship points.



Q) Grand Champion points, what are they and how are they determined?

A) Grand Championship points are similar to the current points awarded, 
however they

     can only be won by dogs & bitches that are eligible to be entered in 
the Best of

     Breed/Variety class and are based on the existing schedule of points 
and divisions. All

     of the class entries, champions, move ups in breed/variety competition 
present will be

     counted to compute Grand Championship points.



Q) Last week in Region 2 there were 28 Doberman entered, 7-11-(3-7) and my

     specials bitch won Best of Breed, how many Grand Championship points 
would she

     have been awarded?

A) She would have been awarded 5 points as all of the Dobermans (28) in 
competition would

      have counted as the same sex and in Region 2, 26 bitch’s results in a 
5 point major.















Q) My specials bitch is already a Champion of record. What does winning a 5 
point

     major mean?

A) It means she has started on the path to becoming a Grand Champion as she 
will need to have three

     majors under three different judges, with at least one point under a 
fourth judge and a total of 25 points

     to become a “Grand Champion” of record.



Q) How will I know when she becomes a “Grand Champion?”

A) The American Kennel Club will send you an enhanced “Grand Champion”

     Certificate when all requirements have been completed.



Q) Can my specials Doberman bitch continue to compete when she becomes a 
Grand

     Champion?

A) Yes, she can continue to compete.



Q) If a class dog/bitch wins Best of Breed/Variety will they be awarded

     Grand Championship points?

A) No, class dogs/ bitches as well as winners of non-regular competitive 
classes are not

     eligible for Grand Championship points. If the Best of Breed/Variety 
winner is a class

     dog/bitch or from a non-regular class there are no Grand Championship 
points

     awarded for the breed/variety that day.



Q) If a class dog/bitch or non-regular class winner is awarded Best of 
Opposite Sex over

     eligible dogs in the Best of Breed/Variety class will they be awarded

     Grand Champion points?

A) No, as in the previous question they are not eligible for Grand Champion 
points,

     however the Best of Breed/Variety winner and the Select winner of the 
same sex are

     eligible for Grand Champion points.





EXAMPLE OF AWARDING GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS



Show in Region 2    Breed: Dobermans    Entry: 7-11-(3-7)



BOB:  Bitch Special                   5 points, defeated all Dobermans in 
competition, total of 28.

BOW: Not Eligible

BOS:  Dog Special                      3 points, defeated all Doberman dogs 
competing, total of 10.



Select Dog:   Dog Special           2 points, defeated 9 Doberman dogs.

Select Bitch: Bitch Special          3 points, defeated 17 Doberman bitches.





POINT SCHEDULE

                 1 Point   2 Points   3 Points   4 Points   5 Points

Dogs              2             6              10            14 
24

Bitches          2            10              17           20             26



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