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Kennel Club announces companion show idea
-benefiting societies and enthusiasts alike


In line with the proposals of the Canine Events Conference and ad hoc group formed after the initial meeting last April, the Kennel Club is forging ahead to introduce the ideas which came out of the Think Tank.

In an unusually full and prompt press release earlier this week the Kennel Club announced the formal introduction of the Companion Shows to attract more general public to the show scene via the old principle of exemption or ‘fun’ shows.

the idea was approved by the General Committee last week and this initiative, says their press release, ‘complements the Companion Dog Club which was launched in 2001 to provide pedigree and crossbreed dogs and their owners with a club that promotes and appreciates all types and breeds of dog and celebrates the bond between man and dog.’

The Kennel Club press release continues: ‘Following the General Committee meeting of the 14 January 2003 the Kennel Club is pleased to announce approval of another idea resulting from the Canine Events Group meetings. This new concept supports the Club’s strategy which is to improve and develop the show scene and to encourage newcomers into the sport.

‘In an attempt to make the previously titled ‘exemption shows’ more widely understood by the public and dog owners generally it has been agreed to change both their title and content and to open them up to Registered Societies. KC Registered Societies have not previously been able to hold such shows in their own right, but many have provided help and support to the organisers of these charitable shows over the years. It is hoped that this decision will provide Societies the opportunity to attract new dog owners into their midst and to encourage them, in turn, to become involved in other club activities and shows.

‘The addition of more pedigree classes, an unlimited number of novelty classes and the removal of the maximum prize money restriction are just some of the changes which have been made in order to make these Shows more attractive.

‘This initial concept has now been tailored toward the dog show world, having been successfully piloted at Discover Dogs 2002 last November, when the Companion Dog Of The Year Final was held. The initiative has now been further developed so that all canine enthusiasts can take part, providing benefit to all.

‘Said Rosemary Smart, Chief Executive; "The primary reason for staging the Canine Events Conference and setting up the Group was to find ways of arresting the decline in attendance at dog shows and other canine events. It is vital that the needs of existing dog enthusiasts are satisfied and it is also important that new people are attracted and encouraged to take part. The Kennel Club is taking forward many of the ideas discussed at the meetings and it is hoped that Companion Dog Shows will prove to be attractive to registered Societies, established "Exemption" Show organisers and dog owners who might not previously have considered going to a show with their dog. It is also hoped that when some Companion Dog Shows are associated with registered societies, this will attract newcomers to move on and become interested and take part in the open show scene as well."

‘If readers would like further information regarding this initiative and assistance with staging these shows or help with locating shows in particular areas then please contact Sylvie Lyus of the Kennel Club Shows, Trials and Awards Department on 0870 60 66 750, extension 261.’

An entire listing of the specific show regulations for Companion Dog Club shows is included below.

A Companion Dog Show may comprise of up to ten classes for pedigree dogs whether registered or unregistered and an unlimited number of novelty classes for both pedigree and non-pedigree dogs whether registered or not. The limit of pedigree classes used to be five.

If the organisers are a Kennel Club registered Club or Society at least 50% of profits will be donated to a charity or charitable cause of the Club’s own choice with the remainder as profit for the Club. It is envisaged that this will encourage sponsorship from outside agencies and attendance by enthusiasts will be further encouraged via greater prize values as the maximum prize money regulation has now been removed. Sponsorship money and prizes can now be raised and the profile of the canine society will also be raised by local charitable donations.

Companion Dog Shows may be held as separate events or in conjunction with licensed dog shows and in the case of a Companion Dog Show being held by a registered Society, the Guarantor will be nominated by the Society. In addition any number of ‘Novelty Classes’ may be scheduled open to all entered dogs, whether KC registered or not as well as Companion Dog Club novelty classes which will be open to members of the Companion Dog Club.

F(3)
SPECIFIC SHOW REGULATIONS
COMPANION DOG SHOWS


These Regulations must be read in conjunction with Kennel Club General Show Regulation F.

1. A Companion Dog Show may comprise of up to 10 classes for pedigree dogs whether registered or unregistered, and an unlimited number of classes for both pedigree and non pedigree dogs whether registered or not. The schedule for the show must follow that of the specimen schedule provided by the Kennel Club with the show licence.

2 . Application.
a. A Companion Dog Show will only be licensed for the purpose of raising money on behalf of charities or charitable organisations. The organisers must inform the nominated charity in writing of their intention to hold a Companion Dog Show on their behalf. The charity’s acknowledgement of this letter (original not a copy) must accompany the licence application. The licence will not be issued without this information.
b. If the organisers are a Kennel Club registered club or society, at least 50% of profits must be donated to a charity or charitable cause.
c. Companion Dog Shows may be held as separate events or in conjunction with licensed dog shows.
d. Applications for a licence to hold a Companion Dog Show must be made in writing at least 42 days before the date of the show. The application must specify the charity or charitable cause, the date, the show venue and the name(s) of the judge(s), and must be accompanied by the charity’s acknowledgement letter and the relevant fee.

NOTE: Applications for Companion Dog Shows to be held in Scotland or Wales must be made direct to the Scottish Kennel Club or Welsh Kennel Club as appropriate.
e. The licence will only be valid if on the day of the event a current Public Liability Insurance document is held and is on display.

3.Guarantor(s).
a. The licensee of a Companion Dog Show shall be the Guarantor for the show. In the case of a Companion Dog Show being held by a registered Society, the Guarantor will be nominated by the Society. The Guarantor shall retain receipts or accounts for monies taken at the show and, where applicable, forward these to the organisation on whose behalf the show was held. The Kennel Club may require production of receipts or accounts after the show.
b. The Guarantor shall be responsible for the event, its safety and finances.
c. All entry forms together with any other documents must be preserved by the Guarantor for at least twelve months and must be forwarded to the Kennel Club if required.

4. Classification.
a.Classes for pedigree dogs shall be confined up to any 10 of the following:
1. AV Sporting Dogs
2. AV Hounds
3. AV Gundogs
4. AV Terriers
5. AV Non-Sporting Dogs
6. AV Utility
7. AV Working
8. AV Pastoral
9. AV Toys
10. AV Puppy (6 – 9 months)
11. AV Puppy (6-12 months)
12. AV Junior (12 – 18 months)
13. AV Open
14. AV Veteran (Over 7 years)
15. Any Combination of Groups
16. Junior Handlers Class (Under 18 years of age – Dog owned by exhibitor or the exhibitor’s parents.
b. The basis for the grouping of the breeds is defined in Kennel Club Regulations for Classification and Registration. Licences will not be issued for shows scheduling any form of additional class for dogs of a particular breed or group even if this class is open to non pedigree dogs of a similar type.
c. Novelty Classes. Notwithstanding the above any number of novelty (fun) classes may be scheduled open to all entered dogs whether KC registered or not.
d. Companion Dog Club Novelty Classes. Limited to those dogs that are members of the Companion Dog Club.

5. Regulations
a. Obedience Classes. Obedience classes may be scheduled at Companion Dog Shows provided the tests and titles of the classes differ from those laid down in Kennel Club Rules and Regulations.
b. Agility and/or obstacle courses. Agility and/or obstacle courses may not be held as part of a Companion Dog Show. However, an Agility Test may be held in conjunction with such an event provided it is organised by a registered society in accordance with Kennel Club Regulations for Agility Tests, and a separate licence is issued.
c. Dogs which have won any of the following awards are not eligible for entry at Companion Dog Shows:
1. Challenge Certificate (or any award that counts towards the title of champion under the rules of any governing body recognised by the Kennel Club). (Pedigree classes only).
2. Reserve Challenge Certificate. (Pedigree classes only).
3. Junior Warrant. (Pedigree classes only).
4. Obedience Certificate. (Obedience classes only).
d. Only dogs of 6 calendar months of age and over on the day of the show are eligible for entry.
e. Exhibitors and officials at Companion Dog Shows shall be subject to Kennel Club Rule A42.

REGULATION C.1.

FROM: 1. Types of Society and Organisation
a. Registered Societies
The General Committee will consider applications to register Societies as detailed below:
Breed Society – Society serving the interest of a specific breed or sub-Group either nationally or regionally, as defined within its title. Once registered these Societies may hold Breed and Obedience Shows and Matches, Agility Tests and Matches, Heelwork to Music Competitions and in certain cases Field Trials, Gundog Working Tests, Working Trials and Rallies. (For Breeds on the Imported Breed Register, registered Breed Societies will be termed ‘Provisional’.)
General Society – Society serving the interests of more than one breed either nationally or regionally, as defined within its title. Once registered these Societies may hold Breed and Obedience Shows and Matches, Agility Tests and Matches, Heelwork to Music Competitions and in certain cases Field Trials, Gundog Working Tests, Working Tests and Rallies.
Dog Training Society – Society with activities confined to the training of dogs. Once registered these Societies may hold Obedience Shows and Matches, Agility Tests and Matches, Heelwork to Music Competitions and in certain cases Working Trials and Working Trial Rallies.
Agility Society – Society with activities confined to the training of dogs for Agility Tests and Matches and Heelwork to Music Competitions. Once registered these Societies may hold Agility Tests and Matches and Heelwork to Music Competitions.
Ringcraft Society – Society with activities confined to Ringcraft Training (Breed and/or Obedience). Once registered these Societies may hold Breed and Obedience Matches.

TO: REGULATION C.1.
1. Types of Society and Organisation
a. Registered Societies
The General Committee will consider applications to register Societies as detailed below:
Breed Society – Society serving the interest of a specific breed or sub-Group either nationally or regionally, as defined within its title.
Once registered these Societies may hold Breed and Obedience Shows and Matches, Agility Tests and Matches, Heelwork to Music Competitions, Companion Dog Shows and in certain cases Field Trials, Gundog Working Tests, Working Trials and Rallies. (For Breeds on the Imported Breed Register, registered Breed Societies will be termed ‘Provisional’.)
General Society – Society serving the interests of more than one breed either nationally or regionally, as defined within its title. Once registered these Societies may hold Breed and Obedience Shows and Matches, Agility Tests and Matches, Heelwork to Music Competitions, Companion Dog Shows and in certain cases Field Trials, Gundog Working Tests, Working Tests and Rallies.
Dog Training Society – Society with activities confined to the training of dogs. Once registered these Societies may hold Obedience Shows and Matches, Agility Tests and Matches, Heelwork to Music Competitions, Companion Dog Shows and in certain cases Working Trials and Working Trial Rallies.
Agility Society – Society with activities confined to the training of dogs for Agility Tests and Matches, Heelwork to Music Competitions and Companion Dog Shows. Once registered these Societies may hold Agility Tests and Matches and Heelwork to Music Competitions.
Ringcraft Society – Society with activities confined to Ringcraft Training (Breed and/or Obedience). Once registered these Societies may hold Breed and Obedience Matches and Companion Dog Shows.
(Amendments underlined)
(Effective Date 01.02.03).

F.1.
FROM: F.1.Eligibility.
a. Show licences will be issued to registered or affiliated Societies only, with the exception of Exemption Show licences which will be issued to unregistered organisations only.
b. Dogs entered at Kennel Club licensed Shows, with the exception of Exemption Shows, must be registered at the Kennel Club in accordance with Kennel Club Regulations for Classification and Registration B.
TO: F.1.Eligibility.
a. Show licences will be issued to registered or affiliated Societies only, with the exception of Companion Dog Show licences which will be issued to registered Societies or unregistered organisations.
b. Dogs entered at Kennel Club licensed Shows, with the exception of Companion Dog Shows, must be registered at the Kennel Club in accordance with Kennel Club Regulations for Classification and Registration B.
(Amendments underlined)
(Effective date 01.02.03)

F.2
FROM: e. Exemption Shows – at which registered and unregistered dogs are eligible to enter. (vide Kennel Club Show Regulation F(3)).
TO: e. Companion Dog Shows - at which registered and unregistered dogs are eligible to enter. (vide Kennel Club Show Regulation F(3)).

(Amendment underlined).
(Effective date 01.02.03).