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North Texas Agility
AKC Trial Secretary Service:  Agility, Specialties, Obedience/Rally
AAKC Rules Effective January 1, 2013
Agility Clubs Allowed to Hold Twelve Events Per Year The Board reviewed a Staff recommendation to allow clubs licensed for Agility to hold up to twelve events per calendar year. Currently, clubs licensed for Agility are limited to eight events per year. Following a motion by Dr. Battaglia, seconded by Mr. Amen, it was VOTED (affirmative: Dr. Battaglia, Mr. Amen, Ms. Cruz, Ms. Scully, Mr. Kalter, Dr. Smith, Mr. Arnold, Dr. Newman, Mr. Feeney; opposed: Mr. Ashby, Mr. Gladstone, Dr. Garvin, Mr. Powers) to consider the matter at this meeting, waiving the usual notice requirement. Following a motion by Dr. Battaglia, seconded by Ms. Scully, it was VOTED (unanimously) to permit a club to hold up to twelve Agility Trials in a calendar year, effective January 1, 2013.
Per September 2012 Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors
Agility - Publishing Full Running Orders Prior to the Event The Board VOTED to amend the Regulations for Agility Trials, Chapter 1 Section 19, to allow Agility trial secretaries to publish a full running order prior to the event that includes the dogs catalog numbers, call names, breed of dog and the name of the handlers and/or owners. These changes are effective August 1, 2012. (Changes are underlined) Section 19. Running Order ...…A judging schedule and the results of the random draw of each height and within each class will be sent to all entrants. Entrants will receive the catalog number assigned to each of their dogs along with their dog’s registration number for verification of accuracy in the catalog. Included in the judging schedule will be the quantity of dogs in each of the heights within the classes. It is not required that any of the catalog numbers for any of the other entrants be listed on the judging schedule. Due to the moving of entries after the close of the trial but in accordance with the move-up regulations the numbers assigned to dogs do not necessarily indicate what their running order will be at the trial. The judging schedule will be sent to entrants as soon as possible after entries have closed but at least seven (7) days minimum, prior to the first day of the event. Trial secretaries may also publish a full running order that includes catalog number, the dog’s call name, breed of dog, along with handler and/or owner. This may be done using email as described above. Trial Secretaries shall include the following sentence on the required judging schedule and on the running order if one is published prior to the trial: “This is a preliminary schedule which is contingent upon the move-up entries that may not have been received yet.”
Per July 2012 Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Directors
Beginning January 1, 2013, the class currently known as Excellent B (Standard, JWW, and FAST) will become known as Master (Standard, JWW, FAST). This is being done to help clarify that there are two, distinct classes after Open – that being Excellent, then Master.  Within AKC’s Agility Regulations, this class has always been referenced as “master”, reflected in the MX, MXJ, MXF title designations, etc.  Exhibitors consistently confuse Excellent A and B, treating these two, separate classes like Novice A and B. With this name change to Master we hope to get rid of that confusion which leads to qualifying legs being lost.
Per Announcement from AKC to Licensed Agility Trial Secretaries September 17, 2012:
Name Change for Upper-Level Classes
Ok, at long last, here are the regulation changes and FAQs page for AKC’s regular to preferred one-time cross over allowance.  Basically … Effective January 1, 2013, an exhibitor may show their dog in a preferred class that is equal to or less than where their dog is currently showing in the equivalent regular classes. As such, a MACH dog may initially enter Master Preferred level STD/JWW classes, skipping the lower Excellent, Open, and Novice preferred levels. Once we see a dog qualify in preferred on/after January 1, that will become the dog’s ‘starting point’ for preferred. As such, if a MACH dog qualifies in Novice Preferred on/after January 1, 2013, then the dog must complete the Novice, Open, and Excellent level classes before being eligible to enter Master preferred. There are many other class variations, but those are the basics. This is a ONE-TIME cross over allowance – based on the first qualifying preferred class entry AKC processes on/after January 1, 2013. No legs/Qs or points cross over from regular to preferred. Each class (i.e. Standard, JWW, FAST, T2B) have their own, separate one-time cross over allowance. The cross over does not work “backwards” from preferred to regular. It is complex to explain in writing, however simple in scope. Please read thru the attached PDF and let me know of your questions. We’ll continue to build the FAQs page (which is being posted on AKC’s Agility web page). Steve H AKC Agility Field Rep – Event Analyst
Dear Trial Secretaries and Judges, There was an error in the Regulation and the subsequent FAQs that were sent out yesterday regarding the Regular to Preferred Crossover. Let me clarify: -The crossover only happens when a dog moves to Preferred at a higher level than they are qualified for in Preferred.  - Once a leg is earned at the higher level the dog may no longer be entered at a lower level. - Dogs may only be entered at the level they are currently eligible for in Regular classes OR Novice. Example:  A MACH dog may enter Novice Preferred or Master Preferred classes. If they enter Novice Preferred and earns a couple of legs they have NOT used their one time crossover.  This dog may still be entered at the Master Level in Preferred at any future date.  If the dog is entered at the Master Preferred Level and earns a leg they have then used their one time crossover.  A MACH dog may not enter Excellent A or Open for their crossover class.  They may only enter Master Preferred as their crossover OR they may choose to enter the dog in Novice Preferred. My sincere apologies for any confusion this has caused.  Carrie Carrie DeYoung Director of Agility Click here for the revised rules and FAQs.   American Kennel Club
DECEMBER 2015 - New agility title announced from AKC Agility Grand ChampionThe Board reviewed a recommendation to create a new title called Agility Grand Champion (AGCH). This prefix title is designed to recognize the lifetime achievement of dogs that excel across all classes in the AKC agility program. The AGCH title will add value to the FAST, Time 2 Beat, Premier Standard and Premier JWW classes. These classes currently are not part of the Master Agility Championship (MACH) or Preferred Agility Champion (PACH) titles.To earn the AGCH title, the following number of qualifying scores must be earned at the highest level of these classes: Standard & Jumper with Weaves – 100 each; Fast and Time 2 Beat – 75 each; Premier Standard and Premier JWW – 50 each.These qualifying scores may be earned from either the Regular or Preferred classes or a combination of both these classes. Qualifying legs will be grandfathered back to July 1, 1999. Following a motion by Mr. Kalter, seconded by Dr. Davies, it was VOTED (unanimously) to approve the addition of this title and approved the following changes to the Regulations for Agility Trials - Chapter 2, with titles starting to be awarded on July 6, 2016. The thing I want to accentuate is: recognize the LIFETIME achievement of dogs
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