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1. Can other breeds compete at a BMDCA Specialty Trial?
2. Can show committee chairman, including the Show Chairman show their dogs at the Specialty?
3. What are rules AKC has regarding foreign judge applications?
4. What are Show Committee concerns regarding sponsors?
5. Does the National Club provide any financial support towards the Specialty?
6. What are the guidelines regarding judges not judging a specialty two times within a four year period?
7. What happens if the specialty looses money? Do we have to cover the loss?
1. Can other breeds compete at a BMDCA Specialty Trial?

NO. The only way this could happen is if a particular event, say agility, was advertised in a separate premium by an all breed club. This event then being held in the same region, allowing BMD owners to particpate if they so choose. AKC would not allow the BMDCA a berner club to have an event with other breeds of dogs.

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2. Can show committee chairman, including the Show Chairman show their dogs at the Specialty?

The BMDCA board, has at this time, not taken a position on this question. It may in the near future.

AKC discourages show chairman from showing at a show for which they are responsible. The primary concern being too much contact with the judge. It can be uncomfortable for the judge and for the exhibitors. But, if a chairman does choose to show, how much contact with the judge is too much contact?

If possible the ideal would be that all contact be avoided. If there is a "judge selection committee" that might be possible. It puts the judge in a very awkward position, especially if the chair is also the person that hired them.

The AKC judges' guidelines suggest that judges avoid any gray area . It goes on to say ...if you(the judge) have doubts about whether something is inappropriate you probably should avoid the situation. Ideally the same guidelines should apply to the event chair. It is better to avoid the appearance of impropriety than to have to explain things later.

At this time the best recommendation is that each Show Committee determine each case individually. If the show committee can honestly vote that there is no conflict with the judge and the committee member who wants to show, that should help resove any question of impropriety.

This approval should be included in the show committee minutes. It should be made very clear that this approval is based on Very Limited contact with the judges.

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3. What are rules AKC has regarding foreign judge applications?

Refer to the AKC Show Trial Manual for exact directions. The pertinent information can be found at; AKC Show Trial Manual Chapter 4 Page 5.

The club must submit the request for approval of a Visiting (Foreign) judge who has not previously judged in the US at least six to seven months before the date of the event to the AKC Judges' Department. The individual must be an approved judge in good standing in their country.

Make it clear to the Visiting Judge that the assignment is subject to AKC approval. For a judge who is not fluent in English a translator must be available. All inquiries about Visiting Judges should be directed to the Judges Department at AKC.

On a more practical note and something that will be included in a future revision of the guidelines: If a foreign judge is chosen to judge the judges selection committee needs to make sure that person is well informed with regards to AKC judging procedures. To include: Normal ring procedures, as well as the normal progression of classes, and how ribbons are awared thru BOB. This person should be advised of the Award of Merits given at Nationals. As we all know shows are run much differently in other countries.

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4. What are Show Committee concerns regarding sponsors?

There is no reason not to get sponsorship. If the host club has the contacts and means to get different things sponsored that is great. Generally you don't see sponsorship of Ways & Means items. (Most sponsors want their logo etc. on whatever they sponsor) That of course doesn't mean it couldn't happen.

One of the more common areas of sponsorship is Hospitality. Getting someone to pay or donate a day of hospitality room costs. Or items in the welcome bag. Don't forget that you can solicit regional clubs for sponsorship.

One of the things you should be careful of is exclusivity. Some sponsors want exclusivity. Exclusivity should be carefully coordinated. Don't forget you have many vendors that will want to be at your show you don't want to have to leave someone out due to a prior exclusivity agreement.

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5. Does the National Club provide any financial support towards the Specialty?

Yes. The National club provides the host club with $5000 of seed money. This money is to be spent based on the host club's budget.

At the conclusion of the specialty the host club must repay the seed money to the BMDCA.

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6. What are the guidelines regarding judges not judging a specialty two times within a four year period?

The guideline says: No breed conformation judge may be selected for the BMDCA within a four year period of a prior assignment at a BMDCA specialty. All judges chosen to judge at a BMDCA specialty will be asked not to judge BMD's for the six months prior to the specialty.

The BMDCA guidelines also state: The person selected to judge the breed at a Regional specialty cannot be slated or can they accept an assignment to judge the breed at the BMDCA National Specialty for 2 years after the date of the proposed regional.

No individual can be selected to judge at the proposed regional if they are slated to judge at the next scheduled BMDCA National Specialty or have judged a the last prior BMDCA National Specialty.

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7. What happens if the specialty looses money? Do we have to cover the loss?

The BMDCA covers any losses that occur. That is why the BMDCA Specialty Guidelines has very stringent requirements regarding financial reporting. If managed properly losses shouldn't happen.

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