Planning an ABC Event? Here are things you need to know!

Please contact your Event Advisors as you begin your event planning process.  Thank you!

Event Coordinating Committee 

All American Kennel Club (AKC) event applications must be processed and approved through the American Bloodhound Club (ABC).  In 2014 the ABC Board of Directors created an Event Coordinating Committee (ECC) to help our regions facilitate timely and successful events. The ECC is comprised of three highly experienced and knowledgeable Event Advisors who operate on a regional basis as follows:

Mary Lou Olszewski – Northeast and Southeast regions
Olbay101@aol.com  (410) 692-0429

Suzi Paine – Northwest and North Central regions
themaja@comcast.net  (253) 535-1408

Lyn Sherman – Southwest and South Central regions
LynSherman@aol.com  (310) 455-3244

Anyone planning a Regional, Supported Entry or National event should contact their respective regional Event Advisor for assistance with their event application process and ABC approval. (Those planning a Trailing event should continue to contact Jan Rothwell, jhrhound@aol.com, for assistance.)

All ABC Event forms will be accessible on line at www.americanbloodhoundclub.org.

General Information: 

General Information: (Effective August 1, 2017)
The event application process will take a minimum of eight (8) months from the closing dates to allow for all appropriate approvals. In addition, some events require additional time for responsible planning. The following deadlines are provided for planning purposes:

Supported Event at an All-Breed Show – Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Tracking, etc.
Ten (10) months to begin the process and no later than eight (8) months to submit approval paperwork.

Regional Specialty at all All-Breed Show - Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Tracking, etc.
Ten (10) months to begin the process and no later than eight (8) months to submit approval paperwork.

     Regional Specialty – Independent - Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Tracking, etc
Twelve (12) months to begin the process and no later than ten (10) months to submit approval paperwork.

National Specialty – Independent & All-Breed Show - Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Tracking, etc
Thirty (30) months to begin the process and no later than twenty  (24) months to submit approval paperwork.

The ECC reserves the right to refuse applications that do not meet these deadlines due to the time constraints required to process through both the ABC and the AKC


Please review the Summary below for a condensed view of  Practices adopted by the ABC Board of Directors for Dog Shows.

Summary of Practices for ABC Dog Shows

Summary of Practices for ABC Dog Shows - December 2019

Judge Selection Process

Judges Selection Proces SBR


Checklist to help you understand the process:

ABCRegionalChecklistandGuidelines

NationalChecklist web


AKC Judges Eligibility Criteria - AKC Judge Eligibility


The Process?  Important - EACH EVENT will require it's own application and financials. Please do not combine.

  1. Select and complete your application and preliminary financial forms.
  2. Email the completed forms to the ECC. (Email to all three Advisors please)
  3. The ECC will review and approve based on the above guidelines.
  4. The ECC approval process may require additional information prior to approval.
  5. Approved applications will be submitted for ABC Board approval.
  6. The ABC Corresponding Secretary will submit ABC approved application to the AKC for approval.
  7. You will be notified of the approvals throughout the process.
  8. A final financial report is due as follows:
  9. Supported events - 60 days
  10. Regional specialties - 90 days
  11. National specialty and National combined with Regional specialties - 120 days.

What can you expect from the American Bloodhound Club for your event?: 

  1. The ABC can provide Regions up to $300 for an Independent Regional Specialty and up to $1000 for a National Specialty. All seed money is considered a loan and must be approved by the ABC Board on a specific need basis. All loans and be repaid to the ABC within 30 days following the event.
  2. The ABC is responsible for conducting the judge’s selection as well as the judging expenses for the Breed and Futurity Judges at a National Specialty.  Regions are responsible for the Obedience/Rally judging expenses.
  3. Regions (generally Event Chairs) are responsible for selecting the judges as well as incurring the judging expenses for all other National, Regional and Supported judges i.e. Sweepstakes, Trailing, Tracking, Top Twenty, etc.
  4. The ABC offers approved Challenge Trophies, up to six Awards of Merit for National Specialties and a Bronze logo on a walnut plaque, for BOB, BOS, WD, and WB. (link to section on Challenge Trophies) Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex and Best of Winners are not eligible for an Award of Merit.
  5. The ABC will provide two (2) large and two (2) small Pewterex Trivets for BOB, BOS, WD and WB and three Awards of Merits for Regional Specialties at no cost to the hosting region.   Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex and Best of Winners are not eligible for an Award of Merit.
  6. The ABC does NOT provide trophies for Supported Events.
  7. Space will be made available in one or more issues of the ABC Newsletter and Bulletin as follows:

National Specialty -  4 page limit - anything returnable i.e. forms, tickets, meal reservations,  etc will be an insert only
Regional Specialty - 2 page limit - anything returnable i.e. forms, tickets, meal reservations, etc will be an insert only


All ABC Newsletter and Bulletin advertising must be submitted prior to stated deadlines.   Raffle and meal reservations with tear slips are best suited for the eNewsletter.                    All advertisement in Club publications is subject to the editor’s discretion.  See document - Bulletin coverage for National and   Regional specialties.

  1. The expertise of the Events Coordinating Committee is to provide guidance for all events.

What happens after your Event?:

  1. A Final Financial Report must be filed with the Events Coordination Committee (ECC) within 60 days following a Supported Event,  90 days following  a Regional Specialty unless it is combined with a National and if so, can be filed along with the National report which is due 120 days following a National Specialty. Final Reporting is the responsibility of the Show Chair with the help of the Event Committee. The ECC will review and forward the Final Report to the ABC Board with a recommendation. The ABC Board has final approval for all events. In turn a Specialty/Supported Invoice acknowledging any financial obligations for the hosting clubs will be sent to the hosting Club and Show Chair. If an event has not filed a Final Report, they may not be approved for any future event until it is completed, submitted and approved. 
  2. Following all events the Show Chair or representative is expected to submit an article for the ABC Bulletin where pictures and results can be shared.
  3. If seed money was made available the loan is expected to be paid within 30 days to the ABC Treasurer.

What do I need to know about Sweepstakes?: (This information and selection needs to be included in the appropriate premium list.)

Puppy/Junior Sweepstakes Classes are generally specified in 6 - 18 months or 6 - 24 months, broken down as follows:

6 - 9   Month Puppy                                                   12 - 18 Month Junior
9 - 12 Month Puppy                                                   18 - 24 Month Junior

A competition will be held to award Best Puppy, Best of Opposite Puppy, Best Junior, Best of Opposite Junior and culminate with Grand Sweepstakes. Regions are also permitted depending on the projected entries to offer Best in Sweepstakes and Best of Opposite in Sweepstakes.

All Puppy/Junior sweepstakes entries must be at least 6 months of age and not over either 18 months or 24 months depending on your event selection and what is presented in the show premium list.   You can choose to allow or NOT any of the following to compete:   1. Champions of Record, 2. Owners or Amateur Handlers, or 3. Owners, Amateur Handlers and/or Professional handlers.

Show Premium Example: The Sweepstakes is open to all Bloodhounds who, on the day of the show, will be at least six (6) months of age and under 24 months of age and are eligible owner or amateur handled. Dogs shown in Sweepstakes MUST also be entered in one of the regular classes at the regular entry fee and on the official AKC entry form. First Place Winners in each Puppy/Junior Classes will respectively compete for Best Puppy in Sweepstakes, Best of Opposite Puppy in Sweepstakes, Best Junior in Sweepstakes, and Best Puppy Sweepstakes. The Best Puppy In Sweepstakes and the Best Junior in Sweepstakes may compete for Grand Sweepstakes. Champion of Record may compete.   Puppy and Juniors will compete following Veteran Sweepstakes.

Cash prizes for will be paid in the ring to the person exhibiting the dog. Claims for prize money must be made in the ring before the judging of that breed is over. The Show Secretary and show giving Club disclaim any liability for cash prizes after the breed judging is over.

Division of the monies: (All monies not claimed due to absence or non-entry in regular classes will revert back to the show giving club) Here is an example:

35% (suggested) of the total entry fee will be retained by the club for expenses. The remaining 65% will be divided as follows:

Grand Sweepstakes                  30%
Best Puppy                                 20%
Best of Opposite Puppy           15%
Best Junior                                 20%
Best of Opposite Junior           15%


Veteran Sweepstakes classes may be offered as follows:

7 - 8 Year Class                                              7 - 9 Year Class
8 - 9 Year Class                      or                     9 - 11 Year Class
9-10 Year Class                                              11 Years and Over
10 Years and over

A competition will be held to award Best Veteran Dog and Best Veteran Bitch in Sweepstakes.

Veteran Sweepstakes is open to all Bloodhounds who are at least seven (7) years of age on the day of the show. Entrants DO NOT need to be entered in the regular classes. Veteran Sweepstakes entrants can be neutered or spayed. Veteran Sweepstakes entrants DO NOT need to be champions of record to compete.

As a show chair you can choose to allow or NOT Owner or Amateur Handled, or Owner, Amateur and/or Professionally handled. The judge will only award First Place in each class, ultimately awarding Best Veteran Dog and Best Veteran Bitch. Every entrant shall receive a participatory rosette.

Show Premium Example: The Veteran Sweepstakes is open to all Bloodhounds who, on the day of the show, will be at least seven years of age and are either owner or amateur handled. Dogs shown in Veteran Sweepstakes need not be entered in one of the regular classes or at the regular entry fee. Indicate your Veteran Sweepstakes Class with the age division in the space provided. Entrants need not hold a Championship Title. Spayed or neutered Bloodhounds may also be shown in the Veteran Sweepstakes. There will be no competition between the sexes.   Veterans will always be judged BEFORE Puppy and Junior Sweepstakes.

Division of the monies: (All monies not claimed due to absence or non-entry in regular classes will revert back to the show giving club) Here is an example:

35% (suggested) of the total entry fee will be retained by the club for expenses. The remaining 65% will be divided as follows:

Best Veteran Dog   - 50%
Best Veteran Bitch - 50%

Note: At an independent Regional or National Specialty a spayed or neutered Bloodhound may compete in both regular non regular or Veteran classes as well as Veteran Sweepstakes.

All expenses for Sweepstakes are the sole responsibility of the hosting club and the show committee.


What do I need to know about Futurity Stakes?: (National Specialty Only)

Futurity Stakes Classes are divided by sex as follows:

6 - 9 Month Puppy
9 - 12 Month Puppy
12 - 15 Month Junior
Over 15 Month Junior

Best Puppy in Futurity Stake -
BOS to Best Puppy in Futurity Stake
Best Junior in Futurity Stake
BOS to Best Junior in Futurity Stake
Grand Futurity Stake Winner

Summary of Conditions for Futurity Stake Entrants:

Futurity Stake is open to all Bloodhounds in conjunction with the first ABC National Specialty Show, held on or after the date that they reach 6 months of age providing they have been nominated according to the official ABC Futurity Guidelines (link) and are not eligible for subsequent Futurity Stake judging. Champions of record are eligible to compete. Futurity entrants must also be entered in one of the regular classes at the ABC National Specialty Show. Fee for this class must be paid. Futurity Stake must be indicated as an additional entry on the official entry form and must include age, division and sex. i.e., Futurity 6 – 9 Dog.

Division of Prize Money:

After 25% of the Total Futurity Stake monies is deferred to cover expenses, the remaining 75% shall be divided among the Futurity Stake winners as follows:

80% shall be divided equally between the eight (8) respective classes whether or not there are any entrants for that class. Total prize money for each class will be awarded in the following manner:

1st Place winner receives          40%
2nd Place winner receives         30%
3rd Place winner receives         20%
4th Place winner receives         10%

The remaining 20% of the Futurity Prize monies shall be awarded in the following manner:

5% will be awarded to the Best Puppy in Futurity
3% will be awarded to the Best Opposite Sex to Best Puppy in Futurity
5% will be awarded to the Best Junior in Futurity
3% will be awarded to the Best Opposite Sex to Best Junior in Futurity
4% will be awarded to the Grand Prize Futurity Winner

Division of individual prizes will be awarded in the following manner:

50% of the total prize money awarded to an entrant shall go to the breeder(s) of the entrant
35% of the total prize money awarded to an entrant shall go to the owner(s) of the entrant

15% of the total prize money awarded to an entrant shall go to the owner(s) of the sire at the time of litter nomination provided that the owner of the sire has been a member in good standing of the ABC for at least a twelve month period immediately preceding the date of the Futurity Stake judging. If not, the 15% earmarked for the sire’s owner(s) shall revert back to the Total Futurity Stake monies for division at the next Futurity Stake as outlined in Section 8 of the Futurity Guidelines.

For Futurity questions please contact Sandy Katos, ABC Futurity Director. rigbydoodle@gmail.com or, phone (516-546-3738)

Sandy will be your source for eligibility questions, entrants, prizes, and procedures. We recommend that you contact Sandy Katos prior to planning your Futurity Stakes.

Show Premium Example: An exact copy of the summaries and conditions above should be sent to your show superintendent/secretary.

Last Edited January 27, 2016

 

 

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